All publications that include HVTN trial data must meet the criteria for authorship, disclosure, scientific integrity, and other requirements of peer-reviewed scientific journals.
For primary protocol publications (reporting on primary and/or secondary objectives of a single trial), the protocol team serves as the writing team, usually with the protocol chair as lead author. The order of authors is at the Protocol Chair's discretion and should reflect the contributions of all who have participated, including site PIs, junior investigators and the vaccine developer(s). For protocol publications reporting results of a phase I trial, a representative from the DAIDS Preclinical Research and Development Branch may also be included as an author. For cross-protocol publications, either the proposing investigator or investigator proposed by leaders of the network or appropriate science committee will serve as the lead author. Additional authors may include other investigators, representatives from DAIDS, SCHARP, HVTN Laboratory Program, and/or site investigators.
The author line of primary protocol publications must conclude with "and the NIAID-funded HIV Vaccine Trials Network". All publications that include HVTN trial data must acknowledge NIAID-funded HIV Vaccine Trials network, specifying the grant number of all entities (Clinical Research Sites, SDMC, Laboratories, etc) contributing to the study, as applicable. In addition, all publications must include a disclaimer such as “the content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.” For abstracts, include the disclaimer in the poster or in the PowerPoint presentation.
All authors — plus vaccine developers — must sign off on draft manuscripts and abstracts before submitting them to the Scientific Review Committee. The Scientific Review Committee does not review abstracts or manuscripts submitted without this sign-off.