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Mar 11 '17 at 19:55 comment added Benjamin Horowitz In my field (physics), the actual writing of the paper is a fairly small fraction of the total work related to the research (<10%). Perhaps the second author played a large role in the original crafting of the experiment/research program (~30%), the PhD student did most of the work to execute it (60%), and you did most of the work to write it up (~10%)? In this scenario the authorship list makes a fair amount of sense in terms of time.
Mar 10 '17 at 18:23 answer Fred Douglis timeline score: 0
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Oct 1 '16 at 13:49 comment added Karl What did you actually do? Did you take a data dump and really for the first time analysed it, compared the results to literature values, and drew the conclusions? Or did that PhD provide you with the results and conclusion, a stucture for the paper, and an extensive literature list?
Oct 1 '16 at 13:37 comment added Karl I guess your mentor is under external pressure to put that other guy on place two. Anyway, unless the journal has some editorial space under the paper where they say who did what (rare), it doesn't make much difference: Everybody assumes that the first name did the scientific work, last name is his boss, and everyone else was involved in some way.
Oct 1 '16 at 2:34 answer David timeline score: 10
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