I'm currently doing my master's degree in earth science or remote sensing at an Indian university. I am working on publishing my master thesis as a paper.
When I talked with my guide/ professor about this, he said, if you want to publish in some reputed journals (Scientific Reports or any similar impact journal) the first author has to be him. The reason for that according to him is, If a professor is the first author then the paper has a high chance of acceptance and will be subjected to less scrutiny. Though he did not insist much, he is saying to be the first author and me to be the second author.
The idea of the project of my master thesis is mine and I am doing all most all the work. Also, I will be writing the draft. His contribution is only to proofread. Is this is a common practice and ethical?
I have no publication before and the professor is well-reputed and has more than 40 publications. My future plan is to do a Ph.D. in a similar field as my master's thesis.