All manuscripts at JEI must have at least two authors, one or more student authors and a senior author. Authorship is the highest form of acknowledgement you can give to someone who contributed to your manuscript.
If you are listing someone as an author on a manuscript you need to seek and gain their permission prior to submitting your manuscript. This allows them to verify that they agree with the information contained in the manuscript and are okay with it being published.
In scientific writing authors are listed in order of their contribution to the work. This means that the author listed first did the most experimental design, data collection and analysis, and/or writing, and the author listed last did the least. In fact, the last/senior author often only contributes in reviewing experimental design and/or the manuscript.
If any authors contributed equally to the work this can be denoted by placing an asterisk (*) after their name and the statement “these authors contributed equally to this work” at the end of the author affiliations.
You will still need a senior mentor. If you discussed your experimental design with a teacher or parent, or if they helped edit your manuscript, then this should be acknowledged by listing them as a senior author.
If you did everything on your own, we strongly suggest asking a teacher or parent to read your draft as they will pick up on things you have missed and then list them as a senior mentor. Even if you do not have an adult read over your manuscript, you will still need to list a senior author.
We are happy to assist with author order if there are questions regarding it or if authors need to be added or removed. If an author is being removed we will need to see communication from the author being removed that they have consented to this (and we reserve the right to independently verify this with them as well).
Prior to publication, you will be sent a proof to review and can verify authors, order, affiliations, etc. at that time. (Please note that we will not generate a proof of a manuscript unless there are two or more authors listed.)
In compliance with laws involving minors, a student’s parent or legal guardian must submit the manuscript to JEI via Editorial Manager on the student-author’s behalf.