Two advisors of my coauthor for a paper I'm first-authoring were listed few days before final submission. As far as I see, they did not contribute to this paper, nor have even read it.
Sparing my rationale, I'm against this. How do I object? I intend to make the first contact calm and simple - problem is, I don't know what to expect.
I was invited as an author by a prospective researcher for single-handedly developing the paper's underlying algorithm, so I didn't orchestrate the research effort. The paper's submitted to the International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx), and all authors but myself are affiliated with research institutions, and are in France or UK. I am fully independent.
What are the rules and expectations? Is this legalized bribery?
It appears most efforts are directed in doubting my position. I have reasons for not disclosing all relevant information, as I'm not the sole affected party. We know such things happen, so for sake of this question, the productive thing to do is assume I'm right and advisors contributed absolutely nothing. They've not read the paper, never heard of the algorithm, they might as well be the result of
Yes there's political reasons. But I am in a position where I don't have to contribute to this rot.