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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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 [on hold]

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 ...
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I suspect an author of a paper I'm reading was listed improperly - what to do?

I was reading a paper. And the list of authors looks suspicious. Three of the authors are at some random place I haven't heard of and the fourth author is a well-known professor at a top university. ...
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Poster author added me as coauthor after abstract was submitted. Can I include it on CV?

Poster author added me as coauthor after its abstract has been submitted to a conference. As a result, on the conference website I'm not listed as an coauthor, but my name is on the actual poster. ...
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Conference/Journal publication author's name (surname)? [duplicate]

I am just wondering if I can legally use a nickname or not to use my official name (Passport name) as the author's name of a conference or a journal publication? My official name is quite long and I ...
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What are the differences between a research paper and a patent?

I would like to know particularly how is regarded in a scientific community since it is not peer reviewed. It should be noted patents do not go through similar peer review as journal publications. ...
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Withdraw CS conference paper (after acceptance) due to authorship disputes?

Is it ethical to withdraw a CS conference paper after being accepted, but before the final version is due (because of authorship disputes). What other consequences would there be (like re-submitting ...
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What are the negative effects to the first author when adding coauthors?

There are many questions on this site which involve authorship disputes and ethicality. In fact, there are often people who are greatly distressed when their contributions to a paper are "lesser" ...
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What should PhD students do when they are told to add authors who did not contribute to the paper (e.g., head of school, international funders)?

There's a department at my university where the head of department is routinely put as author on papers he didn't contribute to, and where researchers from overseas who had no input (but who provide ...
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Second author being lead presenter on paper at a conference?

I am second author of three on a recently published conceptual paper (i.e., no data). The first author is a a student I co-supervise, although the paper did not stem from his thesis but is a ...
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Can one prevent a co-author from publishing on arXiv without consent? [closed]

This is very much related to a previous question I posted here: How can one prevent a co-author from publishing without consent? It is not the same question though. Consider a situation where a ...
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Is it possible to remove an author's name after publication?

If a paper was published with an author's name without that author's consent, what can be done about it? It there a way to disassociate oneself with a published paper? is retraction the only way? If ...
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How can one prevent a co-author from publishing without consent?

I have been reading about several cases in which a co-author submitted a paper without the consent of another author (for example in What to do after I was named as co-author on a paper, without my ...
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Ordering of co-primary authors on website

If a published paper had an author ordering [A,B] where A and B are primary authors and the ordering is alphabetical is it acceptable for B to list on his website the ordering [B,A] so his ...
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What are some specific benefits of having my name as a coauthor on a research paper as an undergrad?

I'm finishing up my B.S. in mathematics right now, and I was approached by a former professor with whom I've kept a good relationship, and she asked if I would be able/willing to help her and another ...
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How do hiring/promotion/grant committees assess individual applicants who've authored papers with huge teams

While reading this slightly-too-snarky question, I was reminded of a slightly more serious question I've wondered about from time to time: how does being one of the 1000+ authors on a paper like the ...
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Is it alright not to include my previous supervisors as co-authors, when publishing PhD work, now that I graduated?

I completed my PhD almost a year ago. I had 3 advisers for my PhD research and I could say that all the three hardly had any idea what I was doing. During my PhD days, I used to write papers and ...
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If a paper has co-first authors, is the next author after the first authors considered the second author?

I've already read this question in this arena, but I couldn't find an answer. The question is: if someone obtains first co-authorship, does the "third" author gain "second authorship"?
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Does performing a statistical analysis for a biologist warrant authorship? [duplicate]

I have a question, regarding authorship in a publication. A colleague of mine who is a biologist (from a different group) received the second revision of her/his paper and in the revision it's been ...
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What is the point of listing 1000 authors for a single scientific paper?

I arrived at the printer room this afternoon to collect my printing and I happened to notice that someone was yet to collect a printout of the gravitational waves paper that has been all over the ...
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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 ...