I would want to include content in my PhD thesis from one of my research papers. I am a coauthor of the research paper. The order of the names of the authors in the research paper is not based on the importance of the individual contributions, but it is alphabetical. The point is that the content of the research paper is in turn based on the content of the PhD thesis of another coauthor of the research paper.

Given this situation, I want to know to which extent I would be guilty of plagiarism if I include the content in my PhD thesis with references to both the research paper and the PhD thesis of the other coauthor.

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    Is it a thesis on fractals? – EarlGrey Mar 25 at 10:12
  • A thesis can be and usually is based on previous research. I think that you don't have much problems with word counting.... It is just matter of explaining all. – Alchimista Mar 25 at 10:13

Just be honest: Be clear who contributed what. (And follow institutional guidelines.)


The answer to this is going to depend on country and disciplinary norms. But in my field (molecular biology/genomics) and country (UK) this is perfectly fine, normal even, as long as you are clear which data you generated, and which was generated by your collaborator.

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