Which author is normally responsible for sharing reprints of a publication with readers?
The corresponding author.
The corresponding author is normally responsible for sharing reprints of a publication with readers.
The corresponding author is the senior author who is responsible for providing intellectual input in research. He has the responsibility to allow the protocols to be followed in particular research. The information provided by the corresponding author is considered to be proper and reliable.
There is a visible difference between the responsibilities of the first author and the corresponding author.
The first author is the researcher or the student who is doing the research. The first author is also called as the presenting author. He is responsible for conducting the research with the co-workers or colleagues who are assisting him in the research work.
The first author has to prepare the manuscript and also to analyze the data.
The corresponding author is the senior author who is responsible for proofreading, manuscript correction, handling of revisions, paper submission and resubmission of the revised manuscripts until the manuscripts are accepted.
Sometimes, when the research is done in collaboration with some other organizations, then the first author and corresponding author remain the same. However, co-authors increase depending on the number of helping hands in the paper along-with the senior scientist or collaborator with whom the researcher liaised with.