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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What is the affiliation of an industry author that works for a consulting company?

If I am correct, (co)authors from industry are mentioned with their current employer as compared to PhD students that mention their university. I know a case of an engineer that just started working ...
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Can I edit my name on a submitted paper if I changed my name during the review process?

I am in the final stages of my PhD and about to change my name. I already have a number of publications (2 Journals only but a bunch of conferences). I have submitted a paper which is being ...
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How to deal with an author who worked on an analysis that never made it into the paper?

I have come across the following situation a couple of times: After an experiment has been designed and data collected, the first author of the paper wants to ascertain whether a special analysis ...
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Determining the co-presenters of a conference presentation when the work is already published

I am the lead author of an article publication, and there are 3 co-authors for this publication. I will submit a proposal to a major conference to present the findings of this published work, and I ...
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As a full-time paid RA, should I get co-authorship on a paper that I have written?

I am working as a full-time research assistant at a university. I recently wrote a paper almost entirely independently. The contribution of the professor I work under was limited to telling me the ...
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Whether to accept co-authorship for conference presentation after making only a small contribution?

A collaborator sent me an abstract he's submitting to a conference, listing me as a co-author (middle position, implying not a major contribution). It's for a conference presentation, not a ...
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Is it ethical to have results in your PhD thesis that are not strictly yours?

In some disciplines (such as theoretical computer science), it is typical to have papers where you have co-authors. Especially when the set of co-authors is large, and work is being done at different ...
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(undergraduate) my graduate student is extremely cutthroat [closed]

I work in a lab in experimental psychology at a pretty prestigious research university. I have worked there for a while (this is currently my fourth semester) for about 8+ hours a week, entirely ...
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Ethics and acknowledgements

A couple of months ago I've discussed some question (the question itself might not be too creative, as a in-some-sense natural although not asked before followup for an open question that was closed ...
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Author on paper overly similar in content to previously published work

I was a summer intern at a research group while I was in high school. They submitted a paper with me as an author and it was rejected in large part due to similarity to their previous paper which I am ...
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I am part of a “study team” that authored a paper. How do I list in in my CV?

I was a member of a study team that produced a couple of research papers. The authors of the paper are, for example: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, John Smith and The ABC Study Investigators In ...
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Can I add my current supervisor name in a conference paper if he pay for me the conference fees without taking a consent from my ex-supervisor?

I have completed my master‘s degree work one year ago under supervisor A, and now I am doing PhD under supervisor B. I have presented a part of my master’s degree work and included supervisor B’s name ...
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Is the invited author of an editorial always the first author, even if their co-author wrote the whole thing?

I've recently had an experience where I wrote an editorial at the behest of a distant colleague. He was invited to write it by a journal and asked that I do so with him (for him actually). Is it ...
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If a student's work has been substantially (>80%) revised, is s/he still qualified as the first author?

The issue of authorship is often a thorny issue in academia, so I’d like to ask for your insight into the authorship in the following situation: My advisee’s MA thesis is mainly and originally based ...
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Should someone be an author if they helped understanding a concept?

I am writing a paper. I have performed the experiments and I also have the results. However, there is a section in my paper where I have to explain my observation upon which the whole idea is based. ...
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Research partner switching authorship before publishing to Arxiv?

We’re currently publishing a preview of a paper we’ve just gotten accepted to a conference and of the five of us, one member started an Arxiv submission application first. This means that the rest of ...
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Can publications in which I am not the first author be used for tenure-track faculty applications?

I am applying for tenure track position. In application form, we are asked to upload several publications. Some of my works are with experimentalists (I am more in theory side myself) and have been ...
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Is providing an unpublished dataset worthy of coauthorship?

I’m working on a paper and I realized I do not have an adequate dataset (for reference, this is in a subfield of machine learning), nor do I have the time to personally go and create one. A colleague ...
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I solved their problem. Should I involve them?

I have dedicated time and effort to solve a theoretical problem posed by two other people. Now I think I have resolved it, and I have material for a publication. Should I involve them as co-authors? ...
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Senior co-author is jeopardizing two years of work

I have been working on a certain paper for about two years, the first year funded and the other one pro bono. The data and methods were fixed during the first year. The data has high quality, the ...
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Why do people sometimes put authors with equal contribution in non-alphabetical order?

I've seen papers (e.g., in Science) where the first two authors are listed in non-alphabetical order, and yet there are asterisks behind their names to say that they contributed equally. It seems ...
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Supervisor doesn't give me a chance to contribute more and gives himself first authorship, how to approach this?

My supervisor proposed a test, just a concept and I designed the experiment and executed the lab work all by myself. After the experiment was done and I presented the data (in nice figures and ...
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How, if and where to submit a paper when former co-author cannot be contacted

So I have been on my own completing a paper that I had started with initial discussions with a professor more than an year ago. In the meanwhile I have lost contact with that professor and I haven't ...
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Share prize money from conference presentation award with co-authors?

I am a PhD student and I recently won a young scientist award and prize money (~500 USD) at a conference for the "best presentation". I did the majority of the work for the presentation, and I was the ...
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Authorship for insightful suggestion during a talk?

I gave a talk a few months ago, and one member of the audience made a particularly insightful suggestion. My advisor and I are still working on this topic, and it seems like our research is heading in ...
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Co-author conflict after paper got accepted

I am a PhD student. My paper got accepted with minor changes and then re-submitted again and accepted by the journal. In the meantime, I had conflicts with my supervisor who is a co-author of my ...
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My work was submitted by collaborators without my name, and the university supports them. What are my options?

I have collaborated and written several research papers where my co-authors withheld the final draft and submitted the paper without my name as co-author. Two papers have single authors (not me) and a ...
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Should I state membership in a professional society in authors' list?

I am one of the five authors in a paper about to be submitted. Some of us stated in the affiliation their membership in a certain chemical society closely related to both the subject of the paper and ...
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Omitted from paper for which I gathered data

I collected a large amount of data for a research project at my university for a professor who is not my advisor. I was originally told that I would get the opportunity to collaborate on a manuscript. ...
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Confidential research project

I am working on a confidential research project. I'm not allowed to talk to anybody outside of the group without explicit permission. However, my colleagues from other groups are curious of what I am ...
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Can I add a baby as a co-author of a scientific paper, to protest against co-authors who haven't made any contribution?

Can I put the name of my baby as one of the co-authors of a scientific paper? I know it sounds disturbing, but it's a way of mine to protest against co-authors that haven't made any contribution ...
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How to be a co-author anonymously?

I am from country A and am studying in country B. A researcher from country C would like to collaborate with me. However, my home country (country A) has poor (hostile) relations with the ...
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Supervisor delays publication over style questions for years – can I remove him from the authors list?

I did my PhD four years back. I was funded from my home country and I have done all the work. I started writing papers before submitting my thesis. I am sending my supervisor drafts every year until ...
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What category in my C.V. should I put papers where I've contributed but was not listed as an author, nor in acknowledgments?

I performed a small set of experiments for a few published papers. The authors of these papers decided that my work was not significant enough to warrant my name on the papers. I am not mentioned in ...
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How damaging is it to have been a co-author of a retracted paper?

Many years ago, when I was very new to the world of scientific paper publishing, I was a co-author to a paper that was subsequently retracted after an investigation of the findings. This was before I ...
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On the use of hypocorisms on publications and university personnel list [duplicate]

Suppose my legal name is Stephen and that everyone (family, friends, and also colleagues and professors) calls me Steve (being aware that my legal name is actually Stephen). Suppose also that I ...
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Does one really have to consider having a co-author to avoid being considered as a nerd?

I have just graduated in B.A.Sc. Within my undergraduate studies, I had been considerably active in research, such that I succeeded to publish a paper on my own at a well-known conference. At the ...
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Adding Authors After Manuscript Acceptance

I was recently informed that a manuscript that I submitted to a journal a long time ago has been accepted. I submitted it as the sole author, however, my advisor had some comments and suggestions ...
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Add author to existing arXiv paper?

I had a student write an excellent Master's thesis which is not publishable as novel research but which I think would serve as a great introduction to the topic. Although the student is happy to have ...
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Under what circumstances it is appropriate to add a team as a co-author, and how should I do so?

I would like to be able to recognize contributions in cases where the contributions of individual may not warrant co-authorship, but where the work would not have been possible without the diverse ...
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Affiliated institution wants to remove name from already published paper?

We have published a review article, years ago, and since then all of the authors left the institution. Now the institution has suddenly woken up and realized that the authors did not get permission ...
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How to explain to a student that it is common to include a supervisor as a co-author

In my field of research, it is common to include a supervisor as a co-author of a student's PhD research related papers. A supervisor mainly contributes by helping to improve the writing of a paper, ...
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PI published my work after I graduated without informing me (and with a different first author)

When leaving with my PhD I left a sizable amount of unpublished work, most of which was 95% or better complete. After several attempts over the past 2 years to find out his plans for publishing I all ...
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When to offer co-authorship vs asking for feedback

I am quite new to this game and I am not sure how to ask people to be co-authors on a paper I have mostly written myself but that I think would get better with someone else's input. When is a good ...
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Approaches to finding potential collaborators and co-authors [duplicate]

Based on my recent question on simultaneous working papers strategy and relevant insights by Stephan Kolassa, I would like to solicit the community's thoughts, advice and best practices on the topic ...
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Should I accept suggestion to move my name to the front in a field where authorship is usually alphabetical?

I work in an area where most of the time authorship is ordered alphabetically, but sometimes when some authors contribute more than others, ordering by contribution is possible. I'm writing a paper ...
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Are there any publications that explain the origin of conventions of authorship order by field?

The conventions of authorship order vary considerably from one field to the next. In some fields, such as pure math, authorship order is typically alphabetical irrespective of the authors' roles. In ...
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Is it appropriate to add a co-author at the stage revise & resubmit?

Context I've submitted a paper - it was sort of a side-product of my main project - to a high ranked journal from an adjacent field. Recently I got a revise & resubmit that was close to a reject, ...
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How to shorten the list of authors in case of joint first authorship?

Articles often put a shortened list of authors at the top of the page (e.g., J Smith et al.). What is best in case of joint first authorship (for example: John Smith, Jane Doe, ... 5 more authors)? ...
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Giving a talk on a paper whose authorship is not finalized

I will shortly be giving a seminar presentation on a research project that I worked on with collaborators X, Y and Z. We have not yet submitted our paper for publication, and one question we have yet ...