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H. Lewis1, S. S. Lee2, K. A. Goddard3, B. S. Wilfond4, B. B. Biesecker5; 1Seattle Children's Hosp., Seattle, WA, 2Columbia Univ., New York, NY, 3Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Portland, OR, 4Seattle Children's Res. Inst., Seattle, WA, 5RTI Intl., Washington, DC

Prioritizing equity in authorship is a challenge for large research teams. Navigating across institutions, disciplines, career stage, and team size contributes to the complexities. The Cancer Health Assessments Reaching Many (CHARM) study is exemplary of this layered challenge. CHARM integrates a focus on Team Science that aims to elevate the effectiveness of research teams by prioritizing diversity and inclusion through collaboration, conflict resolution, and effective communication. This approach facilitated a process to gather reflections and feedback from all CHARM investigators on prior or existing experiences with authorship that identified a need for a more equitable process. Using a Team Science approach, standard authorship guidelines for CHARM were developed to strive for better equity and inclusion. CHARM also developed an electronic matrix to track the number of manuscripts, team member authors, and distribution of authorship opportunities. Using this matrix, the CHARM team can further its goal of inclusion by identifying opportunities for those who have had fewer authorship opportunities, through mentorship of junior researchers as first authors by experienced senior authors. By clarifying authorship and writing group roles in guidelines, expectations of the level of involvement in a manuscript can be clarified and differing views on authorship position can be avoided. While CHARM authorship guidelines are specific to the team, the development process can be appropriated within other large research teams. The process included assessing authorship expectations and norms to reveal existing assumptions; soliciting specific issues and concerns with existing or prior authorship experiences; using facilitated small group discussions to illuminate optimal outcomes; and deliberating on guideline priorities within a small working group that can be taken to the team for consensus. Team leaders can configure these priorities into a fair and equitable process to be implemented across the team following final discussions and input from all team members.
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