I am citing someone's bachelors thesis, and someone else's PhD thesis. Do I include the supervisors for each of these works as a coauthor of the thesis?

  • What does the theses your are writing say - ie- who do they list as an author? What does the citation style you are writing to say (if anything) about citing theses?
    – nabla
    Mar 30 '20 at 10:20
  • @nabla The title page lists a single author (the student), then explicit states the name of the supervisor, e.g. "Superivsor: Prof ABC". I am not required to use and therefore not using any formal citation style—I'm using whatever BibLaTeX's authoryear style gives me. I don't believe this style says anything about citing theses.
    – ning
    Mar 30 '20 at 10:30

When citing, you should include the document's author(s). For a thesis, that'll be a single author. You needn't name any other contributors, e.g., any supervisors.

  • that'll be a single author At least, I cannot think of an exception...
    – user2768
    Mar 30 '20 at 10:44
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    In some countries (for example, Sweden), bachelor's and master's theses can be developed by multiple authors. I think there even exist historical cases of multi-author PhD theses in the former German Democratic Republic. Mar 30 '20 at 10:46
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    Could we compare citing the supervisors of a thesis to citing people in the acknowledgements of a paper? Even though the supervisor contributed, the thesis was solely written by a single author. Much the same, as people who I publicly thank in the acknowledgements may have contributed much, the paper was written by me and my co-authors.
    – Dohn Joe
    Mar 30 '20 at 10:47
  • @lighthousekeeper I preempted your comment ;-)
    – user2768
    Mar 30 '20 at 11:33
  • @DohnJoe A better comparison would perhaps be citing a poctdoc's supervisor
    – user2768
    Mar 30 '20 at 11:34

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