What is the threshold that must be crossed to go from contributor to author? I am freelancing a bit, helping out another group with their experimental design and data processing. While I do not physically do anything, the graduate student I am working with implements my suggestions. I provide the program to analyze and extract the pertinent data. I am assuming I would be responsible for some of the writing in explaining what is going on.
Obviously, I should ask before going too far down the road on this but I figured I would throw this question to the exchange to see if I am wasting my breath. I am not looking for co, 1st or anything, just wondering if I can eek out a CV entry.