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Our journals came together to put forth a plan that highlights joint first-authors in citations that are part of the references section of original articles. This has already been implemented by some of us (Gastroenterology,1 ,2 Hepatology3) but is now part of the Instructions to Authors in all five partnering journals (Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Gut, Hepatology, and Journal of Hepatology). Prior to this, we and most, if not all, other journals highlighted joint first-authors of articles they published on the first page of the article (though such acknowledgment is sometimes difficult to note in some journals). In practical terms, our plan implies that citations listed in the references section will use either bold lettering or an underline to highlight all joint first-authors of a listed reference (as an example, see Reference 1).
There are several reasons for coming together and featuring this policy in a commentary that is jointly published in all five journals. For one, we are delighted to collaborate on timely and relevant initiatives, disseminating information and goals that are of common interest and of benefit to our field, readers, and authors. For example, sometimes we jointly …
Editor's Note This commentary is being published simultaneously in the February 2015 issues of the five journals (listed alphabetically): Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Gut, Journal of Hepatology, and Hepatology. The editors of the five journals collaborated equally on this effort and in that sense can be considered co-first authors. We wish to thank Dr Glenn Eisen, past editor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, for his initial involvement and support of this effort.
© 2015 by the AGA Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and British Society of Gastroenterology, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and European Association for the Study of the Liver.
This article is being published jointly in Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Gut, Hepatology, and Journal of Hepatology.
Acknowledgements We thank our managing editors for helping facilitate the joint publication of this commentary in our five journals. All authors contributed equally to this effort.
Competing interests None.
Author names in bold designate shared co-first authors.