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Credit where it is due: clients’ contribution to academic research

Alex McClimens Senior research fellow, Sheffield Hallam University
Jonathan Evans Consultant for the charity Speaking Up for Autism

Alex McClimens and Jonathan Evans ask how researchers should describe and acknowledge the contributions of participants with learning disabilities

When the contributions of a group of people with autism and Asperger syndrome to a study of stress were not acknowledged, the participants were understandably upset, but the researchers’ efforts to remedy the situation made things worse. This article explains why contributors and co-authors should be kept informed about the purposes of their work, and should be given time to comment on draft publications.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 7,26-28. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.09.16.7.26.e1474

Correspondence

a.mcclimens@shu.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 07 June 2012

Accepted: 07 March 2013