PERC Authorship Guidelines for Publications

It is expected that all PERC approved studies must include the PERC logo on presentation slides and posters as well as including PERC in the main list of authors and methods section of all manuscripts.

Special Considerations: RCTs

All PIs of PERC-Endorsed RCTs must register their trial prior to enrolling patients; publish the study protocol either in a peer-review journal or on a publically available, maintained website (e.g. Research Institute website) and must explicitly name PERC in the main author line and in the methods. These requirements will be detailed in the PERC-Endorsement letter. All PERC approved studies must provide the trial registry number to PERC executive. All RCTs must also provide the PERC executive with a list of DSMB members and their affiliations and a copy of the DSMB charter prior to commencing patient recruitment. Resources and examples provided on the PERC website.

Special Considerations: Cohort Studies

All PIs of large prospective cohort studies must publish the study protocol either in a peer-reviewed journal or on a publically available and maintained website. This requirement will be detailed in the PERC-Endorsement letter. The study protocol must explicitly name PERC in the main author line and in the methods.


  1. Prior to the start of any PERC study the principal and site investigators should agree upon the contribution of each member to the study and the implications this has on authorship.
  2. Participation in PERC studies does not guarantee authorship. PERC principal investigators should generally adhere to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, issued by the International Committee for Medical Journal Editors which is quoted below:

 “All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. One or more authors should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article.”

“Authorship credit should be based only on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Conditions 1, 2, and 3 must all be met. Acquisition of funding, the collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, by themselves, do not justify authorship.”