Q: Can I add or remove an author when resubmitting a manuscript after the peer review changes?

1 Answer to this question

You haven’t provided more details. So, it would be difficult to advise you on the specifics of your situation. However, generally speaking, it is permissible to add or remove an author if there’s a genuine reason for this. It may be that the peer review asked for a major revision, due to which you needed to make extensive changes with the help of another author. In the same situation, perhaps after the peer review, a section or angle to which a previous author had contributed was no longer deemed necessary. Or it may simply mean that the earlier author was no longer available to make the changes.

In such cases, as you can understand, you need to discuss the matter with all authors involved before proceeding with the changes. If needed, for those whose authorship you need to remove, you could still acknowledge their contribution in some way through the Acknowledgments section. This is not so much to ‘keep them happy,’ but to accurately recognize their contribution to the paper. Additionally, you need to inform the editor of these changes, providing a rationale for each. If not, this is likely to cause an authorship issue later and lead to a delay in acceptance and publication.

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