• The lab’s policy follows the IJCME recommendations on Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors, which state that authorship should be based on four criteria:

    • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND

    • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND

    • Final approval of the version to be published; AND

    • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

  • Importantly, we view substantial contributions to data acquisition or analysis alone to be sufficient for authorship, as long criteria 2-4 are met. For this reason, research assistants in our lab often end up being coauthors on our publications.

  • Criterion #1 also implies that Dr. Poldrack will not accept authorship on any work that he has not played a substantial role in either designing, analyzing, or interpreting.  Please do not send completed manuscripts with a request for him to be a coauthor.

  • The sharing of data on its own is not considered to be sufficient on its own to warrant authorship; instead, credit should be given through citation of a data descriptor and/or dataset DOI.  However, authorship is appropriate in cases where the dataset owner provides substantial input into the research, or when required by the data use agreement.


  1. The listed affiliation should include any institutions where one was affiliated while completing the work.

    • Any work completed at Stanford should include the Stanford affiliation, even if the individual has left Stanford.

    • Work completed prior to joining Stanford but published after joining the lab does not need to include the Stanford affiliation, but it may be included (along with the institution where the work was completed) if work was done on the paper after joining the lab.