Q: Is it possible to change the authorship sequence at the proofreading stage?

Detailed Question -

One of the authors asked to change the sequence of the authors, but the manuscript is at the proofreading stage and is going to be published in a few days.

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The proofreading stage is indeed a bit late to change the order of the authors, but it can still be done if the reasons are genuine. Perhaps this author believes that the level of contribution of the various authors changed while making the revisions or that the order was not as per the contribution to begin with. For doing this, you will need to inform the journal editor at the earliest and provide them the written consent of all the authors on the revised order.

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