Researchers' perspectives on collective/community co-authorship in community-based participatory indigenous research

J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2010 Dec;5(4):23-32. doi: 10.1525/jer.2010.5.4.23.


Ethical tensions exist regarding the value and practice of acknowledging Indigenous contributions in community-based participatory research (CBPR). Semistructured phone interviews with researchers documented their perspectives on authorship in the scholarly dissemination of their community-based participatory Indigenous research. Thematic analysis resulted in four key ideas: (1) current practices regarding methods of acknowledging community contributions; (2) requirements for shared authorship with individual versus collective/community partners; (3) benefits to sharing authorship with collective/community partners; and (4) risks to sharing authorship with collective/community partners. Findings suggest an emerging but inconsistent practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Authorship*
  • Canada
  • Community-Based Participatory Research / ethics*
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*
  • Inuits*
  • Researcher-Subject Relations / ethics*