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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Invited paper: who has to be the first author?

My supervisor received an invitation to submit a paper to a special issue of a prestigious journal. Naturally, I have done most of the writing (80%) and all the results in the manuscript are my work. ...
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Who gets corresponding authorship in the biological sciences and what does it mean?

Let's imagine several levels. (1) Graduate student. (2) Post-doctoral student. (3) Assistant professor. [Cultural context] (I don't know if this has any impact on the question, providing the ...
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Doing all the simulations and plotting, do I deserve an authorship?

I, an electrical engineering undergraduate, am currently involved in a research project, wherein I help write all the codes, run all the simulations, and plot all the graphs. The paper is about to be ...
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Should co-first authors be listed in alphabetical order?

The field of research is the biological sciences. Graduate student B worked on the project for 2 years: he did experiments to gather genome-wide data and analyzed part of that data. He defined the ...
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In what ways would co-authoring a graduate research paper as an undergraduate help me?

I have been working on a graduate level research project, with the bonus of being listed as a co-author if I make a significant contribution (which I likely will). I am still an undergraduate, but ...
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Special (non-english) character in name. What to do as author? Internationalize or not?

In German, as well as in other languages, people have non-english charachters in their names. e.g. ß, the umlauts etc.. I, for example, frequently face problems when flying, opening bank accounts, ...
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Is there an inflation in the number of authors per paper?

In most (or at least many) fields of academia, peer-reviewed publications are essential. For a compilation thesis, no papers means no PhD. For tenure, you need papers. To get grants, you need ...
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Whose name should be first in a scientific journal? [duplicate]

I am a self funded PhD student and have been told by my supervisor that her name should be first on any future journal I will be publishing during my studies under her supervision as "this is the only ...
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Can two PhD students publish without involving their supervisors?

I am a theoretical computer science PhD student. My childhood friend (my present roommate) is in the 3rd year of his pure mathematics PhD program. Very recently we both worked on a problem on ...
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Had the idea vs. did the work: Who should be the lead author?

Dr. A came to Dr. B asking for research ideas. Dr. B gave him a thesis, explained its value, why it's plausible, and how to test it. Dr. A liked this, got Student C to do the work, and managed the ...
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To act against rearranging authorship irresponsibly

If the first author changes the authorship arrangement of a journal paper without discussing or informing the other co-author who is being unfairly affected with this, what we can do about it? Is ...
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Inclusion of `computer code` in a thesis

During the compilation of thesis (MSc or PhD) in a case we wanted to include some program codes as chapters: We prefer to put heading to all program codes everywhere they appear as complete source to ...
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Will it hurt me if my advisor's last name is before mine alphabetically?

I'm a graduate student in theoretical particle physics, where the standard is that all author lists are alphabetized. However, even in other disciplines of physics, it's quite common for author lists ...
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Authorship for paper based on my thesis

I rewrote my thesis work with improved analytical explanation of major problem statement and included few subsections which were not the part of thesis. Also I rewrote the algorithms with more clarity ...
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Defining book co-author

Must a co-author of a book have written literally half? Or can her role refer to significant contributions that actually made the book publishable, such as extensive rewriting and editing, knowledge ...
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Should I ask permission of my co-authors when republishing an article?

In the university that I am working, which is more technically than research oriented, they want me to publish one of my past articles in a faculty magazine that they are planning to print. I have ...
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What do I do when a co-author takes too long to give feedback during the peer review process?

Two years ago I did a piece of research for a journal's especial edition. I got the reviewer's comments, did all the corrections and sent it to my co-authors. One of them took so long to return his ...
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Paper contributions and first authorship

12 months ago I started working on a project (which began at that time) with my advisor. 6 months ago another student (refered to as A in the following) joined the project. We are now publishing a ...
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Authorship of class notes

I am taking a graduate class which is based on "notes" written by former students of the course years earlier. This notes are a bad translation of a published book by a renowned author, and the class ...
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How to offer a reviewer to be co-author?

I currently have a paper submitted to PNAS. We had two rounds of revisions, and following detailed suggestions from one reviewer, we have improved our proposed algorithm a lot: its complexity is now ...
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My advisor submitted a paper with my work without including me as an author

As you might see from my history I dont have a good relationship with my advisor. Recently we wrote a journal paper together based on my thesis. I wrote the introduction, analysis and the description ...
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Adding co-authors after acceptance

I am writing a paper, need some review. I want to send it to IEEE, without the name of my co-authors. I might get acceptance. I need to know, in that case, will I be allowed to add my co-authors or ...
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Who do I email about a question on a paper?

I want to ask the authors of a paper if they have thoughts on an application of their work. I'm not sure who to email. The first author is a grad student, who is supervised by the last author - ...
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Status regarding co-authorship for a computer science research paper

I am employed as a student in a theoretical computer science research group and part of my job was to assist my supervisor with a scientific paper he has been working on. Concretely, my job was to ...
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How to handle being removed from a paper for (perhaps) unethical reasons?

I was recently replaced in my role of analyzing data in a project by another person on the project. It's not clear that the person has the authority to do this. He is a resident in neurosurgery with ...
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Removing an author from a future publication

I published a conference abstract with a undergraduate student of mine as a co-author. The work was presented as a poster and the conference doesn't publish proceedings/papers. I am now planning on ...
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Should a Database Update be sent for publication in same journal where previous edition was published?

My lab published a database (db) two years back in Nuclear Acids Research. Now looking at the increasing data and new features we are planning to update the db. but the db admin is leaving now and I ...
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IEEE Conference Paper: Different Author Blocks, Different Information?

I am currently preparing my very first paper. Since the conference to which I am going to submit my paper to requires the authors to use the IEEE conference paper template. The template says that if ...
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More than one corresponding author for a paper?

Is it possible to have more than one corresponding author for a conference or journal paper? Useful question about corresponding authors: who should be the corresponding author corresponding author ...
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How should we sort the names of the authors of a paper (with two authors) when they have the same contribution?

Me and one of my friends have recently written a paper and we have almost the same contribution. Is there any conventional way to express this and show this ? How do we sort the name of the authors ...
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Citing ideas but extending information

Imagine the following situation: Mr. Expert writes that it is important to have A,B & C. Dr. Smart writes it is important to have A, Y, Z. As both are using the arguments to lead to different ...
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Not being a first author diminishes the contribution of co-authors?

If a group of students (say, 3 students), produces a work which has been accepted to a reputable conference. All of them contributed equally to the project,from implementation to writing and proof ...
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Is there a quick way to search for a given researcher's past collaborators/co-authors?

Is there a website or software for one to search for all the past co-authors/collaborators of a given researcher? I can of course go through the researcher's publication and get the names one by one, ...
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Adding a faculty as a co-author

I and two other student, did a course project and it has been accepted for publication in an international conference. I am confused now that whether I should add his name as a co-author or ...
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Should I list talks on my CV given by co-authors?

On my CV, I have a few talks listed where I was not the presenting author (though I am a co-author on the work). I have left them on my CV because as a graduate student, my CV is pretty slim. However ...
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How should a student defend his 1st authorship in front of his advisor politely and effectively?

Inspired this good question, I think posting this question will surely benefit the next generations of students, albeit this does not happen to myself. The research students will publish several ...
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Submit a paper to a conference where co-authors are in the committee?

I recently read a paper whose co-authors are found in the conference committee. Although they are not in the executive committee, they are in organizing committee and all the committee people know ...
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When will the authors be listed alphabetically?

Recently, I noticed that some of the papers actually had their author names listed in the alphabetical order. Say Mr. Smith contributed more than Mr. Black. Then without noticing the tiny footnote, ...
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Is it common practice to remove an author's name from a paper?

I work as an instructor at a university. I am not a graduate student there and my responsibilities end at teaching. Recently, a supervisor from another department asked me to prepare an article for ...
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What are the minimum contributions required for co-authorship

In this answer it is claimed that authorship is given away for "free" in some fields (e.g., obtaining the funding). The comments to the answer suggest that this is field dependent. I am looking for ...
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Is it okay for a PhD supervisor to claim co-authorship… even if it's my work, and he didn't ask?

About a year ago I noticed that my PhD supervisor has listed on his faculty page that he co-authored a conference presentation together with me. The problem is, he didn't-- the research itself was ...
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Inviting someone to co-author a paper

I recently passed the M.Sc. While I was reviewing a paper I found it interesting and potentially useful. I am planning to adopt the analyses that are utilized at that paper in my area of interest. ...
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How to format multiple authors name, affiliation and email in a paper?

I am writing a paper with my teacher and his teacher. I don't know the standard of writing authors name, affiliation and email in the paper. I am using IEEEtran template for an IEEE conference. If the ...
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When should I write a thank you letter to the author of a scholarly paper?

If I read a scholarly paper and find it interesting and beneficial, should I write a short thank you letter to the author? Should i send the thank you letter using an .edu email adress.