Only the primary author will be eligible for the award.
First, the primary author (and coauthors) should meet all 4 criteria from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE):
- 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.
Second, the primary author plays a vital role in designing the study, collecting and assessing data, writing the study results, formulating tables and figures to support the text, explaining how the study compares/contrasts with previous work, as well as how the study may influence current and future clinical practice (see manuscript requirements in Information for Authors). The Application Form includes a field for the primary author to highlight contributions to the work.