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After I left graduate school, my advisor (the corresponding author) and another person (the first author) published a paper with a lot of data from my master's thesis. I was not even acknowledged, and I feel this may constitute plagiarism. Normally I would reach out to my former advisor, but unfortunately, they have passed away.

So: how should I proceed? Who would deal with issues and questions pertaining to authorship and plagiarism in this circumstance?

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    Is there a reason not to contact the other author? Aug 23 '21 at 20:03
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    I moved some information from the comments into the main post. The issue here seems to be plagiarism / authorship dispute, not a conflict of interest, so I have updated that reference as well.
    – cag51
    Aug 23 '21 at 23:38
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    Does this answer your question? Deceased author and conflict of interest statement
    – Buzz
    Aug 24 '21 at 0:48
  • I don't understand the duplicate votes. The linked question is about who can sign a conflict of interest form on behalf of a deceased author. OP's situation is nothing like this.
    – cag51
    Aug 25 '21 at 1:47
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If there is fault here, it is probably due to the former mentor. You can contact the editor of the journal in which it was published and/or the remaining author.

In fact, it is probably a good idea to contact both, raising your concerns. But you don't have the option of contacting the corresponding author as is obvious.

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