Queries related to academic authorship credit claimed by those making intellectual contributions to a journal article, book, or other original scholarly work.

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Am I disadvantaged by declining authorship?

I have seen many discussions of authorship conflicts, which usually relate to a substantial contribution not being recognised, or a more senior supervisor insisting on co-authorship. However, I am in ...
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If it is stated that two authors have contributed the same on a research paper, are both authors co-first authors?

If someone gets his name second on a paper despite the two contributing the same amount of work and this fact is indicated so, are both authors co-first authors?
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Can I submit/ArXiv without my advisor? I am being blocked from publishing my work

I joined a research group of a faculty member in 201x, and worked with her for three years. During that time, I collaborated with a large hospital to perform research in the domain of medical ...
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Importance of order of authors in published paper when applying for PhD positions

In some subfields of Computer Science, usually the order of authors in papers indicate the importance of contributions of authors to a paper. I am currently contemplating the possibility of pursuing a ...
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Is Obama's JAMA paper OK?

As some of you may have heard, Barack Obama recently published a paper in JAMA describing the US health care reforms (link). First of all, I am not trying to start a discussion on the validity of the ...
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How should I interpret an almost-but-not-quite-alphabetical author list?

I just noticed a weird aspect about this paper (which was of interest here and recently came up again here). If you look at the author list, it reads L. P. Gaffney, P. A. Butler, M. Scheck, A. B. ...
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Can I make a case for authorship if I spend two weeks running a series of repetitive experiments for my PI?

I am a postbac working at a national lab. I have a project that is funded through an outside source, but my PI and postdoc informed me that they need me to spend the next two weeks completing a series ...
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Duplicate publication by the co-authors

July 2015 : We four authors (Fabio, Alex, Haris and Mark) have submitted a paper in July 2015 and transfer of copyrights to the Journal A. Alex was corresponding author and I am Mark the 4th author. ...
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Sole data analyst in an academic lab, is authorship viable?

I am in a very biological sciences heavy laboratory where every one has a basic background in the biological sciences and that's pretty much it. I was recently hired as a research employee (non grad ...
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Collaborator published paper on ArXiv without my name

In the last four months, I have been working on a project with a friend. After the completion of writing part of paper, I started searching for conferences and found that my friend had already ...
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How is academic authorship handled in journal publication for Computer Science studies [duplicate]

I was surfing online about academic authorship and I stumbled upon this Wikipedia article. According to the article there is a difference in fields on how the authorship order is handled. For example:...
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Given a journal policy that authors must share original data, am I free to use this data without granting original authors authorship?

There is a large database maintained by a group of scientists. This group of scientists have made a considerable effort to get many other scientists to contribute to this database, and make it ...
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How to handle Co-author who is not listening the suggestions to improve the paper quality

Assume I am involved with a work and the lead author is writing a paper. However, after every draft version, I see that my all comments are not well addressed in the revised version. I expect that if ...
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When “Authors contributed equally to the work” is not fair; What can I do? [duplicate]

Since 7 months ago, a professor in the United States, who was my mentor during the internship, asked me to contribute to him on writing a review paper. I accepted and started to work. After 2-3 months,...
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Listing authorship on a resume

I recently published a paper with four other colleagues. The authorship is listed as A*, B*, C*, D, E, where * represents "these authors have contributed equally to this work." I am B*. Do I list "Co-...
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My manager wants to be the lead author for a paper which I have done all the work for. What ethical reasoning should I use to dispute this?

I work as a research scientist, and I am about to write up the work I've been doing for the past year. I have done all of the big data formatting, set up, edited and run a complex ecosystem model, ...
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What's the best way to inform a supervisor of collaboration on papers with a different professor?

A professor in the same department has asked my friend to collaborate with him in writing a paper which is close to his area of research. My friend is not sure what to tell the professor since he is ...
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Is co-first author or co-corresponding author better for a postdoc's job prospects?

I'm a postdoc in computational biology. I've been given the opportunity to choose if I want to be co-first author (listed second) or a co-corresponding author (possibly listed next-to-last or third ...
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Is there an ethical obligation to make author order reflect conventions in your field?

In some fields, authors of a paper are not ordered alphabetically; rather, their order carries some meaning related to the authors' contributions to the work. See What does first authorship really ...
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In the mathematical sciences, how much advisor contribution is expected on joint papers?

I'm a PhD student in the math sciences. I've written a few papers, each officially coauthored with my advisor, although essentially all of the research and writing was my own. The story is the same ...
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My advisor wants to co-author a paper on my thesis work, but drags out the submission, claiming it isn't ready. Should I submit without him?

I have just finished my PhD thesis defense in applied mathematics. My supervisor suggested me the initial problem. He was not an expert in the small area that I was working, and thus the assistance ...
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How I can add former official address in manuscript?

I have written a manuscript in which I have added my present university address. If I also want to add official address of my previous university, can I do that ? If yes, should I place my former ...
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Advisor threatening to pull his name from accepted paper that I submitted without his knowledge

Recently, I submitted a research article in the journal "Applied Mathematics and Computations" and fortunately my work got accepted with a very good response from reviewers. However, I made the ...
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Is it possible to request withdrawal of authorship almost 2 years after the publication?

Is it possible to withdraw authorship almost 2 years after the paper has been published in a journal? Reasons could be anything ranging from disagreement on data interpretation, new data contradictory ...
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Correct abbreviation for current PhD student

Several questions address the PhD. student/candidate issue. However, I stumbled upon the question of the correct abbreviation for a PhD. student. Indeed, one of my co-authors (technically an MSc., she ...
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Work on a conditional accepted paper for a 4 stars journal not even mentioned on the acknowledgements

A while ago I got involved in a project with my current PhD supervisor that consisted on coding about 120 papers for a Meta-Analysis that took a considerable amount of time. Due to the fact that the ...
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How to avoid crossing my advisor if I write a paper as a sole author?

A bit of a controversial question here. I am a PhD student currently away from campus on an internship in another state (in the US). I left campus with my advisor-provided laptop and some dataset I ...
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Keep my promise not to work?

Short version: a potentially upcoming 5-authors maths paper already have authorship dispute drama. I am not among the 5, but I believe I found the solution to the part they got stuck on. Should I tell ...
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How to emphasize the main contributor to a paper when the field typically orders authors alphabetically?

I am working on a graph theory paper with two of my friends. The problem stated in the paper is solved by me. However, our supervisor professor pointed out that in all of the graph theory journals (...
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Scientific authorship: including a former lab member who collected (unused) pilot data?

I am working on a manuscript of a project that I am first author on, and am wondering whether it is proper to include person X. X has been gone from the lab for 3 years, and none of her data is in the ...
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How to find a co-author?

I am working on a manuscript and need some collaborations in the part which is out of my expertise. I personally don't know anyone in this field. It will be a good paper to be published in a top ...
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Is it acceptable for a student to ask a professor to be included as a co-author on the professor's paper?

This semester I participated in an independent study with a professor and one of his/her PhD students. In this independent study, I spent a very substantial amount of time building (coding) things to ...
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My supervisor blocks the submission of my paper to a journal [closed]

From the start of my PhD (applied mathematics), I had many disagreements with my supervisor on the research topic (no funding) she gave me. This made our relationship bad and collaboration unpleasant. ...
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How contribution in “data analysis” and “data interpretation” are different, for a scientific paper?

When submitting a paper to a highly profiled publication, like Nature or Science, author contributions must be clarified. This may include study design; data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation; ...
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What are the consequences of refusing to grant honorary authorship to a superior?

Recently, I learned about honorary authorships in papers and publications - e.g. the head of an institute or person who secured the financial grants. If you are in an inferior position, like a PhD ...
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How to anonymize research software in an abstract?

I'm writing an abstract for submission to a conference aimed at a rather small research community. The abstract should be submitted anonymously for double-blind review purposes. The problem is that ...
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My advisor demands second authorship, but my collaborator contributed much more than him. I don't want to be unethical, what should I do?

My PhD supervisor has contributed 0% to my research and he even does not know the basics of my research. On the other hand, I have a collaborator from another university who has contributed ...
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Does publishing books help with PhD admissions?

Say I have a deep knowledge of an advanced technical topic, and have written a book on such a topic. Though this book does not contain any original research ideas, it is a well written and thorough ...
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Am I allowed to use published research in building an industry project?

I am a graduate student of Computer Science and am currently building an advanced project based on a paper that was released earlier this year at a major conference. I originally undertook this ...
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Writing two different books with some overlap

I am in the process of writing a book on machine learning. I have also been contacted to co-author another book, on the topic of deep learning. The books are quite different, but they do have some ...
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Are there risks in sharing a paper after submission and before reviews?

After submitting a paper for publication to a computer science conference, authors are excited about their work and want to share it with friends, colleagues. Are there any risks in sharing the paper ...
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If I work on a project but don't do research, should I be included as an author on a paper?

This semester I started working with a professor and a PhD student on one of their major projects, which is an application of their research. Though I was not involved with the research that went into ...
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Cannot present paper at conference. Instructor wants to move me to second author

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I am not able to present my paper at a Computer Science conference. Without the presentation the paper will not be published. My instructor has said that she will ...
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PI wants to add a new author who I think doesn't deserve to be added

I have worked with a professor on a project where I produced some results from running experiments and analysing the data, now the professor is asking a new student to redo my experiments with the ...
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How should I list my advisor's name on a talk I am giving about our joint work?

I am very new to this... I need to give a short talk at a conference soon, on which I am going to talk about something my advisor and I work on together. Alphabetically, he should go before me, ...
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How to decide contribution percentages for authors of a paper which is based on a patent?

Suppose four authors namely, A, B, C and D (in decreasing order of contribution) are inventors of a patent. The inventors agree to write and publish a research paper, however, authors B and C do most ...
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Can my supervisor use my code in his paper without acknowledging me?

A student performed a thorough review of the available algorithms in the literature and constructed several coding implementations that were shown to be far more effective than previous ...
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What is the circumstances will the Editor consider rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted?

We have a medical paper under revision and we hope to be accepted soon. In submitted version, last author is head of department and who is the one who had the original idea. He proposed to be first ...
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What can I do if my advisor threatens to take away authorship of my undergraduate research work?

My mentor professor has threatened to take authorship of my work away from me because of a disagreement. Can she do this? Is this plagiarism on her part for not including me as an author? I wrote the ...
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Breaking off a collaboration/project in science

I discussed with two fellow PhD students about working together. I have been working on my project for about 8 months, and we started working together around 3 weeks ago. In the beginning we agreed I ...