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Each page on the Birds of India website has, or is expected to have, an author or a set of authors. As a policy, we give authorship only if: (a) one contributes significant range extensions or similar new natural history information, or (b) one contributes text about the species (read guidelines to do so).

Images are given on the website along with the image copyright, so photographers are credited on the images themselves. We reserve authorships only for substantial or new information, not merely for images even if they belong to rare species that have not been photographed before.

Similar authorship policies are in place on almost all technical biodiversity-related websites (e.g., Tree of Life, and Encyclopedia of Life projects). All non-technical websites (including Wikipedia), of course, do not give authorships either for images or for information that their various contributors contribute, and even the photographer names are not mentioned right next to the images on many of these websites (especially true of the very successful Wikipedia model). Therefore, our copyright policy for the images and authorship policy for the page content are in line with the policies on other technical websites, and are more attractive and fair in many ways compared to other websites.

The editors of this website have written these copyright and authorship policies after reviewing policies for many other technical websites and academic journals. The final decision on authorships will be made by the editors based on their personal experience of scientific publishing.

Cite this page along with its URL as:

Vishnudas, C. K., R. Vijayan, and K. Kunte. 2022. Authorship Policy For The Birds Of India Website. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.

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