Is it unethical to add an author to already finished conference paper just for the purpose of sharing the cost of conference registration?

The added author shares similar research interest but has contributed nothing to the paper in question.

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    Yes highly unethical and against authorship rules of any reputable journal / conference.
    – Zenon
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 13:00
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    If the other person is, in effect, offering you a bribe to be a co-author, then yes, sounds pretty unethical. Your reputation is worth more than the value of the bribe, I think.
    – Buffy
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 13:35
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    Yes. Could you explain what makes you think it could not be unethical? (This is an honest question, I do not mean to insult you.)
    – Haque
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 13:49
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    @xuq01 Conference attendance is per person but the publication of the paper in a proceeding is per article. It's not a low quality conference.
    – BoltzBooz
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 15:14
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    I do fully agree that you are right. However, you are asking about the ethics of this practice, not if this practice is usually done or is necessary to have both money for living and for the conference. Your reasons, while they are very good, seem to be unrelated to ethics.
    – Haque
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 15:57

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Yes. This is unethical. Any paper author should contribute intellectually to the paper. Even if that is supervision where the supervisor sometimes gives high level guidance.

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