I am doing my PhD in economics. Under what criteria shall I agree to give co-authorship to my advisor ? It will be great if somebody can list the conditions necessary for co-authorship.

  • First you should check the documentation you signed at the beginning of your PhD program to make sure that you even have the choice of declining co-authorship. A lot of agreements are written with a clause that advisors are always co-authors. Also you need to maintain a positive relationship with your advisor, they expect something in return for their time spent on advising you. – Stephen Tierney May 23 '13 at 1:08
  • See also Supervisors and Authorship – eykanal May 23 '13 at 2:39
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    @StephenTierney: Really? In the US, I've never heard of a formal agreement that the advisor will co-author all papers. I'd question the ethics of such an agreement. Do you know of a university that publicly states such a policy? – Nate Eldredge May 23 '13 at 4:20
  • I am very fortunate in this regard - my supervisors (principal and associate) are very involved in my project, but still, as they proofread the manuscripts, they are invited to be co authors. – user7130 May 23 '13 at 7:12
  • I never heard of criteria either when I was a Ph. D. student (or after), only that professors apparently expected to have their name on their students' papers. My advisor always refused this, on the grounds that he "merely proofread the manuscript(s)" (although extremely thoroughly). – Anthony Labarre May 24 '13 at 11:53

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