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Asked 3rd Jun, 2014

Is it possible to add more than one corresponding author to an article?

How could one add contact details of the co-authors?

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10th Mar, 2021
Vahid Chamanara
IFO Iran Fisheries Organization
of course, it is possible. But some journals will not allow you to introduce more than one author, so you have to talk to the editor if you would like to do that.

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3rd Jun, 2014
Ana Raquel Madureira
Escola Superior de Biotecnologia
Yes you can. If it is correct or not that is another story. You can put more than one corresponding author in an article. I have one article with two corresponding authors and I saw other articles in the same situation. Just include in the file of manuscript when listing the authors the asterisk in both corresponding authors and them put below the information of both of them (Phone, email etc).
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3rd Jun, 2014
Ian Kennedy
University of the Witwatersrand
No, because it is THE corresponding author. All the other co-authors have been let off doing secretarial work and are busy back at their research.
It is very common to include the E-mail address of all co-authors.
If there is no corresponding author tagged, then you are free to contact any of the authors (people will usually try the first-mentioned author first).
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3rd Jun, 2014
Ana Raquel Madureira
Escola Superior de Biotecnologia
Yes you can. If it is correct or not that is another story. You can put more than one corresponding author in an article. I have one article with two corresponding authors and I saw other articles in the same situation. Just include in the file of manuscript when listing the authors the asterisk in both corresponding authors and them put below the information of both of them (Phone, email etc).
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3rd Jun, 2014
Ian Kennedy
University of the Witwatersrand
Obviously you are anticipating a flood of correspondence, so you have to asterisk more than one co-author to handle the flood of queries!
3rd Jun, 2014
Subrata Chakraborty
Dibrugarh University
But if there are more than one corresponding author, with whom the journal will communicate during the process of publication. Sound strange.
You then create a situation of 1st corresponding author, 2nd...!
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The question sounds a bit naive, but we are here on RG to support ANYONE. So humor is positive, but only with ONE corresponding author.
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4th Jun, 2014
Helmuth Haslacher
Medical University of Vienna
Hi, of course, shared corresponding authorship is accepted by some journals. See f.e. here:
Haschemi, A., P. Kosma, et al. (2012). "The sedoheptulose kinase CARKL directs macrophage polarization through control of glucose metabolism." Cell Metab 15(6): 813-826. (Shared corresponding authors: Haschemi A, Pospisilik AJ)
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4th Jun, 2014
Francisco M. Ochoa Corona
Oklahoma State University - Stillwater
Yes, it is possible and the decision relay on the editor of the journal. There are not ethical issues. I did it a couple of times and will continue if necessary. It may happens the research to be published requires the blend of different technical field of expertise. Also, principal investigators can bring funding from different sources seeking the technical solutions. The most important, however, is that the corresponding authors may had brainstormed as a team sharing equal credits for the intellectual contribution. Readers can contact one or both authors depending on the area of interest. Not giving this possibility will reduce team-working. Bottom line, explain your reasons to the editor when submitting your share article. Cheers!
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4th Jun, 2014
Subrata Chakraborty
Dibrugarh University
@Haslacher. Thanks for the info. But with whom the journal will communicate in that case.
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4th Jun, 2014
Helmuth Haslacher
Medical University of Vienna
Hi Subrata, it depends on a) whether the journal offers the feature of shared contributorships and b) how the submission process is designed.
In most journals, the person who submits the manuscript by an online managing system (and thus communicates with the journal) is not necessarily the one who is the declared corresponding author. That means, that - when you enter all the co-authors in the online-tool - you can assign persons to the function "corresponding author", irrespective of whether this person communicates with the journal or not. However, the term "corresponding author" is quite historical; it just means, that the author bears responsibility for all communication dealing with this paper since he or she is the most experienced and senior person among all co-authors.
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The corresponding author, as for my personal knowledge regarding the Romanian situation, is in most cases, I would say, the person who has done the most work, or the one who "owns" the project. One also has to weigh in the intellectual work behind the project as a whole and from that perspective the person who has done the work, perhaps a detail in a much bigger perspective, may not be the appropriate person for details although that person has done most of the work for the paper in question. So in some cases the question is definitely harder to answer. Not being corresponding author, does not necessarily detract much from being first author.
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6th Jun, 2014
Alexandre Beluco
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Is it really necessary?
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7th Jun, 2014
Mahfuz Judeh
Applied Science Private University
It is logical. I believe shared corresponding authorship can be accepted.
8th Jun, 2014
Maria Amador-Dumois
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
In my experience the corresponding author is not always the person that has done most of the work. In a lot of cases, the corresponding author is the person with time communicate with the editors and sort questions among co-authors. Having one or various corresponding authors may varied from discipline, editorial requirements, volume of correspondence expected, division of work (in some articles co-authors clearly define their roles as theoretical or methodological experts) or authors' preference. An interesting article regarding corresponding authors is Teixeira da Silva, J. A., Dobránszki, J., Thanh Van, P. & Payne, W. a. (2012) Corresponding authors: Rules, responsibilities and risks", The Asian and Australasian Journal of Plant Science and Biotechnology (http://www.globalsciencebooks.info/JournalsSup/images/2013/AAJPSB_7(SI1)/AAJPSB_7(SI1)16-20o.pdf)
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11th Jun, 2014
Mozhgan Ahmadi
Islamic Azad University Khorasgan (Isfahan) Branch
until now I thought that it is not really necessary but based on responses here, there are few rare cases.
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13th Jun, 2014
Domenico Montanari
Italian National Research Council
I did not think it was possible, it seems a good thing
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20th Jun, 2014
Rachel Y Lei
US Oncology
Yes. I did on two papers. You can always ask for it, the worst thing that can happen is they say it's not possible.
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You can have more than one corresponding author, however, one of them should act as the "Guarantor". Guarantor is the person who is usually have its role in Corresponding author, but in this case one of them should be the guarantor and he/she should be a man who supervised the whole research and the team worked under his/her supervision.
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24th Jun, 2014
Rachel Y Lei
US Oncology
In my (limited) experience, the first author who is typically the submitting author is automatically designated as the corresponding author in the process of communicating with the journal in terms of submission, revisions, and production issues. But as some have pointed out above, the corresponding author listed on a published article has a different purpose, namely that if any reader wants to contact the group with questions, interviews, request additional resources alluded to in the publication, etc. they should write to the corresponding author. So, the corresponding author needs to be someone who is completely knowledgeable about the content of the article and can answer any questions that may arise.
The reason that we listed two corresponding authors on my recent articles is because while I was the first and submitting author, I do not necessarily anticipate being with my current institution long-term (this is not uncommon for graduate students, postdocs, and other early-career researchers), so I listed both myself and the PI as the corresponding authors so if I am not around when the reader wants to contact me they can contact the PI.
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yes you can, 
look in to the this article, 
You can consider two people as CR, but not sure about more than 2 CR.
13th Jul, 2014
prof V.S Muralidharan
Central Electrochemical Research Institute
you can do  - better give email if of all authors  along with the address
13th Jul, 2014
prof V.S Muralidharan
Central Electrochemical Research Institute
sorry it is email ID
8th Oct, 2014
Fredrick Ishengoma
Dodoma University
It is possible. There are even papers with more than two corresponding authors (3 and probably more)
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8th Oct, 2014
prof V.S Muralidharan
Central Electrochemical Research Institute
no one will reply
17th Mar, 2015
Aamir A. Hamza
University of Bahri
you can have two , but the norm and practicality of having one CR author will facilitate quick responses to reviewers, editors, gallery proof reading. otherwise each one will depend on the other.  
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17th Mar, 2015
prof V.S Muralidharan
Central Electrochemical Research Institute
fix responsibility on one
15th Apr, 2016
Omid Alavi
Hasselt University
No, it cannot be done. However, you can add some emails in corresponding author's contact place.
2nd Jul, 2016
Haruna Saidu
Gombe State University
Verily, adding more than one corresponding author to a particular article does not hold true. A manuscript should have one corresponding author but the email address can be more than one. So Omid you are right
Yes you can but it is not normal.
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22nd Dec, 2016
Mohammad Rehan
King Abdulaziz University
For sure there are many articles, even in top journals, which have two corresponding authors.
The Important question here would be, whether is it normal/ ethical practice or are there any specific rules/ guidelines written somewhere on this issue?
Would be nice to hear from seniors.
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25th Mar, 2017
Nirmala S.V.S.G
Narayana Dental College and Hospital
Most of the national and international journals guide lines corresponding author should be only one and he or she will be taking care of the article till the publication
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18th May, 2017
Laya Heidari Darani
Islamic Azad University Falavarjan Branch
Dear Chalamala,
I think that the answer is "NO"; otherwise, it depends on the journals. Maybe, you can contact the editor and s/he might permit that.
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19th May, 2017
Ranjita Santra
Government Medical College & Hospital
It sounds quite strange dear researcher . But then 1&2 corresponding authors may be maintained provided that journal have the provision. Any of them can do the task and then transmit the information of corrections to other co-authors as well before final submission of revision. In this kind of situation, the chief editor must be written to comply with the journal guidelines for authors.
19th May, 2017
M. M. Ahmed
Jahangirnagar University
Yes, you may, but is it necessary.
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19th May, 2017
Becky Aloo
University of Eldoret
I think that there can only be one corresponding author per article
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19th May, 2017
Mohamed Hassaan
National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
only one the one who make submission for the article,
and then you can make coauther
so only one
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19th May, 2017
Mohamed Hassaan
National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
for coauther some journals ask for their contact but on the paper you put only the email of corresponding one
19th May, 2017
Aristidis Matsoukis
Agricultural University of Athens Greece
''Is it possible to add more than one corresponding author to an article?'' It is possible, but, in my opinion, it is not correct. Unless the percentage contribution for this specific activity is shown clearly in the article, regarding cases with more than one corresponding authors. It is a matter of ethics.
Regards 
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20th May, 2017
Sirajo Abubakar zauro
Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto
My own opinion here is that the corresponding author should be one only. Why? Looking at the authors' guidelines of almost all the journals, you realize that they specifically mention corresponding author not "authors" hence it is only right to use a single corresponding author.
20th May, 2017
Gomaa A. M. Ali
Al-Azhar University
Yes, it can. As in my case, some of my papers we were more than one corresponding authors, for ex.
But some of the journals are restricted to one cross Author only.
Check the journal's author guidelines 
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20th May, 2017
Mustapha Immurana
University of Health and Allied Sciences
It simply depends on what the journal requires
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21st Jun, 2017
Madhumita Mukhopadhyay
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), West Bengal
The concept of corresponding author is not only for communicating purpose. One or more authors who have conveyed the basic idea, formulated and planned the research work can be corresponding author. In today's, multidisciplinary work, multiple brains could initiate an idea, and formulate an article. Even students can also be the corresponding author, if the entire concept belongs to them..
The concept of corresponding author is misinterpreted of only being for communicating purpose. 
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12th Dec, 2017
Serguei Alejandro Martín
University of Bío-Bío
It is not very common, but there are some papers that uses it.
Best Regards
SAM
12th Dec, 2017
Edmond Demollari
Agricultural University of Tirana
Thank you Serguei. I will take in consider your advice.
12th Dec, 2017
Domenico Montanari
Italian National Research Council
Yes, I did! Why not?
6th Mar, 2018
Belul Gixhari
Agricultural University of Tirana
Yes you can. You can put more than one corresponding author in an article, but you must include the details for each author for ex. (phone, email, etc).
6th Mar, 2018
Serguei Alejandro Martín
University of Bío-Bío
Agree.
7th Mar, 2018
Che Zawiyah Che Hasan
Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah
Yes, you can. An article can have more than one corresponding author. Elsevier allowed me to do this in my previous accepted manuscript.
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7th Mar, 2018
Madhumita Mukhopadhyay
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), West Bengal
yes, it is possible. although, the manuscript has to be uploaded from the email account of any one. Two or more corresponding persons should be designated within manuscript
9th Mar, 2018
Aslan Gholami
Shahid Beheshti University
It is possible to submit a paper with two corresponding authors. For more information you could check the following link:
" While some journals allow the practice of including two contact authors or corresponding authors, many journals do not. In your case, having two corresponding authors is a requirement for your paper. If you submit the manuscript with one corresponding author and explain in the paper or cover letter that you need to have two, you cannot really be sure whether the journal will allow this. If the journal does not allow, you will have to either go ahead with one corresponding author or withdraw your paper. The withdrawal process might be time-consuming and an additional hassle for you.To avoid this, you can send a pre-submission inquiry to the editor rather than submitting your manuscript. In the email, you can explain why you need two corresponding authors and two first authors, inquire if that is acceptable, and if so, how to submit your paper on the online system. If the editor gives a positive reply, you can go ahead and submit your paper. In case the editor replies that the journal policies do not allow this, you can submit your paper elsewhere directly without having to wait for the withdrawal process to complete. "
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4th Jul, 2018
Domenico Montanari
Italian National Research Council
recently I could do it, so yes, it's possible in some journals!
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4th Jul, 2018
Jie Dou
China University of Geosciences
It depends on the journal, usually one paper, only
one corresponding author
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21st Oct, 2018
Yasir I. A. Al-Yasir
I think so
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22nd Oct, 2018
Ismail Younis Al-Hadeedy
Kirkuk University
Yes of course.
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23rd Feb, 2019
Ekundayo Adepehin
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Absolutely possible.
yes, for some journals.
3rd Apr, 2019
Madhumita Panigrahi
Gopabandhu Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya,puri
Yes it is possible but completely depends upon the journal.
11th May, 2019
Alireza Mirahmadizadeh
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
yes you can, but depends to the journals
11th May, 2019
Millie Nne Horsfall
University of Port Harcourt
It is possible to have two corresponding authors.
11th May, 2019
Soheil Hassanipour
Guilan University of Medical Sciences
Yes
19th May, 2019
Mohamad Jamali moghadam
Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch
Hi,
While some journals allow the practice of including two contact authors or corresponding authors, many journals do not. In your case, having two corresponding authors is a requirement for your paper. ... If the journal does not allow, you will have to either go ahead with one corresponding author or withdraw your paper
Regards
MJM
4th Jun, 2019
Zhongwei Yang
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Only mention the information of co-corresponding authors (e.g., email address) is not enough. If your system check the it in the e.g., web if science. You can see there is still only one corresponding author.
So, it depends on the rule of journal.
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1st Aug, 2019
Mekdimu Mezemir Damtie
Concept Engineers Inc.
It depends on the publisher.
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7th Sep, 2019
Jabir Mumtaz
Wenzhou University
Yes possible, we can use two corresponding if publisher or journal allows.
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30th Oct, 2019
Xinhu Li
Zhejiang University City College
Yes, mostly two is acceptable and also depend on the journal.
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30th Oct, 2019
Daphne Lin
Air Force Institute of Technology
Thanks for all the answers!
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30th Oct, 2019
Zhaowu Yu
Fudan University
it is possible to have two corresponding authors, but it also depends on the journal itself.
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26th Nov, 2019
Emmanuel Nii Martey
Capital One
Yes, it's possible to add more than one corresponding author to your article but it largely depends on the journal/publisher policy. Mark them with an asterisk and provide their contact information in the manuscript. If the journal/publisher has a problem with that you will be contacted.
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15th Dec, 2019
Saeid Teshnehdel
University of Mohaghegh Ardabili
It depends on the publisher. Some Journals allow us to select two corresponding author.
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31st Jan, 2020
Karina Pamoukaghlian
Universidad de la República de Uruguay
Very usefull information indeed!
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13th Apr, 2020
Millie Nne Horsfall
University of Port Harcourt
It is possible if the journal agree to that. Some journals may prefer to have two corresponding authors for easy accessibility.
30th Apr, 2020
Mamtha Balla
University of Toledo
that's a very good information, good to know
6th May, 2020
M. Cihat Alçiçek
Pamukkale University
Yes it is possible, because in some cases the first author cannot deal with the submission processes due to variety of reasons such as the publication raises after the study of PhD student, but the student may be out of science, or the first author does not want to spend time for submission processes. Anyhow, nothing is wrong to have two or more corresponding authorship.
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9th May, 2020
Mamtha Balla
University of Toledo
I think it also depends upon the journal
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12th May, 2020
Tanu Malik
Lovely Professional University
Yes, it can be possible to include two corresponding authors. It depends on the journal also.
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13th May, 2020
Mekdimu Mezemir Damtie
Concept Engineers Inc.
How about two first authors ? Is that possible to have two first authors ?
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22nd Jun, 2020
Mahmoud Farout
An-Najah National University
yes you can, specially if each one of them participate in part of the article it is required to have both as correspondence.
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22nd Jun, 2020
Abdelhameed Ibrahim
Mansoura University
Yes you can
28th Jun, 2020
Sara Lashkari
Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Does anyone know a journal that specializes in medical physics and accepts two corresponding authors?
9th Aug, 2020
María Silvia Ferrucci
National Scientific and Technical Research Council
I consider it appropriate when collaboration on the article has been equitable.
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30th Oct, 2020
Subhash Babu
Indian Agricultural Research Institute
Yes you can add second even more corresponding authors among the coauthors of the manuscript. But it depends on the publishers.
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1st Nov, 2020
Md. Abdur Razzak Choudhury
Sylhet Agricultural University
Yes, it can be.
1st Nov, 2020
Abdelhameed Ibrahim
Mansoura University
Some journals allow that and in some others, this is not allowed. It depends. but, some reviewers and associate editors may reject the paper because of this.
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1st Nov, 2020
Hiteshi K. C. Chauhan
Harvard Medical School | Fortis Hospital Mohali
Even if technically possible, adding two corresponding authors to one paper is tantamount to “ two” many cooks spoiling the broth. Probably refrain from doing so unless absolutely necessary.
4th Nov, 2020
Subhash Babu
Indian Agricultural Research Institute
Yes, it is possible to add more than one corresponding author in an article. But it depends on the publishers.
5th Nov, 2020
Karina Pamoukaghlian
Universidad de la República de Uruguay
thank you. Unfortunatly not all journals allow to do this!!!!
14th Nov, 2020
Majid Moradi zirkohi
Behbahan Khatam Alanbia University of Technology
While some journals allow the practice of including two corresponding authors, many journals do not. However, most journals do not mention anything about the permissible number of corresponding authors in the author guidelines. This can be a problem for authors who wish to have more than one corresponding author for their paper. In this case, the authors lost a lot of time in formatting the paper according to the journal guidelines and preparing for submission, only to be rejected because of the issue of two corresponding authors. It is always preferable to send in a pre-submission inquiry to a journal to find out whether the journal allows this.
With research becoming increasingly collaborative, having more than one corresponding author for an article is not unusual. There are many reasons why two corresponding authors may be required. For instance, two different laboratories may collaborate on different aspects of a paper, and one corresponding author would be required from each lab to be able to answer readers’ questions on the two aspects. Another situation that commonly requires two corresponding authors is when the first author (who is also the corresponding author) is a PHD student or a postdoc who does not intend to remain in the same lab or even in academia for a long time. In such cases, the PI of the lab is usually the co-corresponding author who is available to answer readers’ questions or address requests for additional resources when the first author is unavailable.
7th Dec, 2020
Pooria Lesani
The University of Sydney
Of course, you can. It is even possible to have a corresponding author and two/more co-corresponding author. It really depends on the contribution of the team worked on a project.
8th Dec, 2020
Gauri Shanker Seth
Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad
It is meaningless to have more than one corresponding authors in a paper. Corresponding author means who communicate paper to journal.
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10th Mar, 2021
Vahid Chamanara
IFO Iran Fisheries Organization
of course, it is possible. But some journals will not allow you to introduce more than one author, so you have to talk to the editor if you would like to do that.

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