I'm required to include a biography at the end of a journal article written by myself, John Doe, and my supervisor, John Smith. I'm a BSc candidate in Information Systems Engineering at Piled Higher and Deeper, where my supervisor is Research Director. My supervisor is also a Lecturer at Another University. How should I present that information in the biography?

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    This question likely belongs on english.stackexchange.com – user2768 Sep 8 '20 at 7:38
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    @user2768 I have already asked it there, and someone told me in the comments: "This question might be considered acceptable on the Academia SE site." – catfour Sep 8 '20 at 7:42
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    @user2768 The answer in your first comment does not state if this person is a student or a graduate. – catfour Sep 8 '20 at 7:45
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    Brief sentences like this one are customary at the end of papers, next to author pictures (for journals that use them). If you are referring to this usage, I suggest you to specify it in your question. – Federico Poloni Sep 8 '20 at 8:35
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    @catfour Take a look at my edit. Does it capture your question? (Edit if not.) – user2768 Sep 8 '20 at 9:28

The following answers the original question, not the edited question. I'll update if the OP confirms they're satisfied with the edit.

Questions about the English language are off-topic here, but the question might be on-topic had the context been explained. E.g., in a journal article's biography, how should the authors' titles, affiliation, etc. appear. In that context, for the examples given, I suggest:

John Doe, BSc candidate, Subject Name, University A.

(It's unclear from the question what the precise Subject Name is.)

John Smith, Research Director, University B, and Lecturer, University C.

Since the full addresses of Universities A-C presumably already appear elsewhere, e.g., as author affiliations, they can be omitted.


John Doe, BSc candidate.
John Smith, Research Director and Lecturer.



(Options are numerous.)

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    Thank you. What if I want to start with "John Smith is ..."? – catfour Sep 8 '20 at 9:17
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    I don't see why you'd do that in your context. But, answers are numerous, e.g., John Smith is a Research Director and Lecturer at University B and C, respectively, or John Smith is a Research Director, University B, and Lecturer, University C, or ... – user2768 Sep 8 '20 at 9:21
  • And regardless of how it is written on the university's website, which subject name is more correct: "Information System Engineering" or "Information Systems Engineering"? – catfour Sep 8 '20 at 9:27
  • The only correct answer is the official name, anything else is false – user2768 Sep 8 '20 at 9:30

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