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My advisor asked me to use the book chapter (still not published, but will be published soon I guess) that we wrote with 4 other people. I am not the first author although me and 1st author made the same amount of contribution.

My question is that if it is ok to put it as a chapter of my PhD thesis? I find it weird since my advisor asked me to put it as part of my dissertation. Is it ok in terms of academic reputation because I am 2nd author of the chapter, although I made same amount of contribution as 1st author.

In other words, if I was 1st author would it be ok as well?

  • Start by asking the "first" author. – Solar Mike Sep 12 at 18:06
  • I have not asked him, but he is a previous PhD student of my advisor, and if my advisor asks to do that, I don't think he will care about it. I know I have to ask still and I will. But my question is still valid assuming I have the permission from 1st author. It just feels weird overall. – Lily Sep 12 at 18:14
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    The only people whose opinion matters here are a) your advisor, and b) your thesis committee. – Bryan Krause Sep 12 at 18:36
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    @BryanKrause: … and c) the general rules for PhD theses at your department/faculty/university. — Anyway, we cannot possibly answer this question. – Wrzlprmft Sep 13 at 8:19