Queries related to academic authorship of journal articles, books, and other original scholarly works and claimed by those making intellectual contributions to the work.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

8
votes
1answer
254 views

Who should the authors of a corrigendum be?

I have discovered an error in my paper published in a journal. I am a PhD student and the original paper was published with my advisor and two other researchers from different universities. The ...
3
votes
1answer
74 views

How to handle disagreement between collaborators on licensing academic code?

A group of students including myself have developed a certain program/algorithm. I as the main coder behind this group have provided 95% of all the actual code. The other two involved parties have ...
8
votes
2answers
199 views

Plagiarism-checker to prevent self-plagiarism

I am working on my PhD thesis and have to write a monograph based on my publications. To prevent that I plagiarize myself, I came up with the idea to automatically check my thesis against my ...
0
votes
0answers
60 views

Publishing a paper if coauthor refuses [duplicate]

I graduated with a PhD two years ago, and have to draft papers that are ready to be submitted to a journal for publications. These papers have been ready for over three years, but my ex supervisor and ...
-4
votes
0answers
54 views

authorship of an idea and product [closed]

I have an idea, the product and the system that I would like to share with tha World. But I don't want anybody to protect it by patent registry in time of distribution. So, how to protect my work from ...
3
votes
2answers
110 views

When does the co-authorship line end for a PI's data

As I understand it, in the engineering field, the person who has research money and/or a project that leads to the collection of data, is put on research papers that directly use that data. I guess ...
23
votes
3answers
1k views

What might the editor do if my supervisor contacts a journal to claim authorship of a paper?

When I was doing my PhD project, I got an idea to solve a different but related problem. However, my supervisor said neither the motivation nor the initial result were interesting, and so he refused ...
5
votes
2answers
255 views

When is it proper to add someone to your research paper?

I am an undergraduate working on a research project that is going to be published. My research adviser wasn't completely able to help with a certain portion of the research, so I contacted another ...
24
votes
3answers
2k views

What should I do if a coauthor, who has contributed the most among my coauthors, declined to be listed as a coauthor?

For a paper with coauthors, what should I do if one coauthor, who I feel has contributed the most among my coauthors, declined to be listed as a coauthor and wished only to be acknowledged in the ...
-1
votes
0answers
34 views

How to decide who should be the first author? [duplicate]

Whether the 2 authors wrote a paper or a book, how do they decide who should be the first author supposing that they collaborated equally to do the job? I don't think the alphabetical order method is ...
22
votes
7answers
6k views

How to get rid of annoying graduate student “supervisor”

I am an undergraduate student who has developed a novel new model which according to my PI (principal investigator) will have a high impact. My PI assigned a grad student to supervise me. Supervision ...
13
votes
5answers
1k views

Credit with helping to write a PhD thesis

I am an undergraduate student doing summer research and I am helping a PhD student to write a portion of her PhD thesis and with a bit of editing here and there. I am wondering how would credit be ...
6
votes
2answers
360 views

Adding co-author for a revised manuscript

Is it possible to add a new co-author when requested for a second revision? Another co-author would help improve the quality of the manuscript, but I am not sure if this is possible.
11
votes
1answer
186 views

Revamping Paper Authorship, *or* Should Papers Roll Credits

A junior researcher with no reputation (as we've dropped the facade of double-blind review, reputation counts) may benefit from coauthoring with a senior researcher of established reputation, and may ...
17
votes
3answers
1k views

What should I do if the first author wants me to write the whole paper?

I have finished three years of work in a Ph.D. program. I've published one conference paper as sole author, and have recently sent out another paper to a prestigious conference. I started a project ...
5
votes
5answers
203 views

Do evaluation / recruiting committees respect “co first authors”?

Inspired by this question and this question, I continue my ongoing quest of understanding the concept of co first-authorship. My question are: In which fields does this notion even exist? If the ...
4
votes
3answers
119 views

Do IEEE transactions allow for any “co-first authors”?

I, personally, have never see any authors in IEEE transactions listed as "co-first" authors, as such John Smith†, Bill Lee†, and Boss James ... † These two authors contribute equally to the work. ...
4
votes
2answers
140 views

Real co-first authors?

I notice that in the physics field, there are sometimes co-first authors, both names being followed by a footnote saying "These two authors contribute equally." Even though explicitly labeled as so, ...
7
votes
2answers
99 views

Indicating co-PI status on a paper

Authorship order in life sciences is intricate and has many problems. By convention, order is by the amount of contribution (decreasing). Also by convention, the PI/supervisor/"senior author" appears ...
3
votes
1answer
313 views

Maximum/reasonable number of authors for a (conference) paper

What is a reasonable number of authors a small conference paper should have? In my case, this is an interdisciplinary research paper and several people are linked to this work in one way or another. ...
5
votes
2answers
405 views

Paper based on my thesis and results 100% and I am in the acknowledgment only what can I do?

I have developed a medical device as a master project. The very general idea was from my supervisor and the whole work is mine (Design, build up, test, measurements, results and some additional ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

Must a PI who collected data but did not contribute to its final analysis be one of the authors in the paper?

A PI started a study and collected some data. The study was originally meant to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment. After a year or so of collecting data, the PI decided to do some analyses. ...
24
votes
5answers
1k views

Dispute over precision with coauthor

I am currently having a disagreement with a coauthor on a paper over the matter of significant figures. He would like to specify (for example) that a certain organization has an environmental ...
20
votes
5answers
2k views

Can the communicating author remove some of the authors (4 out of 6) when submitting the second revision of a paper describing a database?

Our paper was due submission for second revision at a BMC journal. The communicating author, as I understand is responsible for handling all the communications between all authors and the journal, ...
2
votes
2answers
353 views

How to respond to allegations of misconduct in authorship dispute?

I was working on a problem in the field engineering. I have used one approach and it turned out that it does not work well. After that I got into conflict with my supervisor, and realized that it will ...
3
votes
1answer
214 views

Does working in a project without being a first author of any of its papers help my career path in academia

This question is related to my previous one. Basically, I'm working in the research project as the only PhD student, other members are post-doc and lecturers. After discussing with my supervisor and ...
87
votes
11answers
6k views

Is it ethical to submit a paper with the name of a co-author who cannot be contacted?

The paper in question is based on research my collaborator X and I did together some months ago. Our respective contributions to the research were around 2/3 for X and 1/3 for me. In terms of the ...
18
votes
5answers
4k views

Aftermath of rightfully submitting a solo paper without my advisor's name

After reading this question and this I haven't find my answer. My advisor hasn't contributed to my work and I know that my work isn't significant and it won't publish in top journals. But I want to ...
26
votes
6answers
2k views

Is it common to claim co-authorship by helping writing a paper without doing any research

In my research group, there is a researcher who usually approaches other PhD students who are about to write papers in order to offer his help. Normally, he does not actually do any research related ...
32
votes
3answers
4k views

How to get rid of unwanted and annoying co-author?

I'm currently a 2nd year PhD student from a computational field. I'm going to submit my first paper about a new optimization algorithm. I've been working intensively on the problem for the last 2 ...
6
votes
5answers
2k views

Adviser wants to be joint first author, even though I did most of the research

In my research, My adviser only gives minimal advice that limited to the direction of the research and defining the problems. I can say I do most of the thinking, the actual solutions of the ...
30
votes
3answers
1k views

What to do when co-authors want to submit manuscript for publication and you think it still has problems?

I am a junior member on a research project. We have written a paper. I feel the work is not ready for publication and have issues. We have discussed the issues, and other members of the group ...
7
votes
3answers
278 views

Compiling ethical standards for coauthorship across academic fields and regions

One of the hot-button issues on this site is standards for coauthorship, especially variants of the question "Must I automatically include my thesis advisor as a coauthor on all my papers?" Since ...
18
votes
1answer
2k views

My advisor wants me to include a name of someone who has no contribution to the paper

My first advisor wants me to include my second advisor's name in a paper that I worked on before she (2nd advisor) came along. Should I include her name even though she didn't do anything in that ...
10
votes
2answers
281 views

How to define author order of a collaborative paper where all authors have contributed equally?

I am finishing writing a manuscript in collaboration with a dozen of colleagues. The paper is mainly theoretical, does not involved experimentation of any kind and is born from numerous discussions ...
2
votes
1answer
122 views

What is the significance of the corresponding author? [duplicate]

In your field of research, what is the significance of the corresponding author? Does the title "corresponding" imply that the person is the expert out of the list of all authors, or that the person ...
15
votes
1answer
611 views

Is it ethical for the postdoc to be listed as a co-author and the corresponding author on all group publications?

Is it the usual practice in your discipline for the postdoc in the group to be placed as co-author as well as a corresponding author on all publications that are written by the PhD students in the ...
13
votes
3answers
776 views

Should I put my supervisor as coauthor of a paper?

I was working on a problem in the field engineering. I have used one approach and it turned out that it does not work well. After that I got into conflict with my supervisor, and realized that it will ...
11
votes
2answers
572 views

The use of second authorship paper for graduate admission

During my undergraduate, I have a publication, however I am listed as the second author. I know it is not as ideal as being listed as first author, but for graduate admission, will it still play a ...
8
votes
1answer
324 views

Is excluding a co-author from a proposal considered academic misconduct or just an ethical issue?

I worked on a proposal together with a coworker. The idea for the proposals came from industry and we all discussed this. There were 2 project and we all have inputs. My project was accepted and his ...
14
votes
2answers
872 views

what do you do if your PhD advisor publishes a solo paper on your topic?

I was working with my advisor on a research topic for six months and we had some results. The important idea was his, but the initial idea was mine and we worked on it together. Now my advisor has ...
9
votes
2answers
345 views

SCI/other credible journals for low budget authors

I have done some work and I thought of publishing it. This is my first attempt to publish. After searching a lot, I found out that SCI indexed journals are good. But I am seeing publishing price at ...
11
votes
1answer
562 views

What should I do if my advisor insists on being first author, in violation of my field's conventions?

My advisor obligate me to put her name first author name in my publication. What are the possible pros and cons of this order? What should I do if my advisor insists on being first author, in ...
12
votes
2answers
288 views

Authorship of PI and/or other advisor on independent work?

I'm a graduate student in a biological sciences lab. About 6 months ago I started an after-hours (does such a thing exist?) project with a fellow graduate student in a different lab doing ...
0
votes
0answers
50 views

What does “corresponding author” mean? [duplicate]

What is the Corresponding author about in the list of authors of a Journal or Conference paper? As fas as I read, it is the person who confirms results or whom actually is the intellectual mind of the ...
22
votes
6answers
2k views

If an author declines authorship, may her co-authors publish without her?

This question was raised in discussion of answers on Is it better to submit a paper to an important journal without the supervisor name or to a less important journal with the supervisor name? There ...
19
votes
2answers
739 views

Culture clashes in authorship norms

I'm an American professor in a branch of theoretical science at a US institution. There is a Japanese postdoc in our group who has nearly finished writing a paper with one of the American postdocs. ...
30
votes
9answers
2k views

Is it ethical for advisors to automatically coauthor papers?

I work in a field (Philosophy) where co-authorship is uncommon and advisors and grad students very seldomly co-author a paper. I've seen a lot of posts on Academia.se though about the ethics of ...
8
votes
5answers
3k views

How/when to retract a project from a student?

Take, for example, that a student is nearing the end of their thesis project. The supervisor has an idea for a new method that can help to verify the results of part of the project. He does not think ...
6
votes
2answers
643 views

Adding middle initial to my author name in preceding articles

So I'm not sure what to do. I've been listed as a co-author on my first publication in X journal, with a decent impact factor. Now I just realized that my middle initial wasn't included on the first ...