To be specific, I just graduated with a Bachelor's degree, and my final project supervisor has asked me to co-author a paper with him about the subject of the project I did with his supervision.
I'd love to join the research community, and I guess this would a be good starting point, but there are two issues I'm concerned about:
- The first is related to the subject itself: (a) I'm not convinced of the quality of the suggested solution. (b) The project tries to solve two different problems.
- The second issue is that I'm not interested in the field of the project. My interest is in a different field. Though, both are related to computer science.
So, would participating in this paper do any harm to my reputation or my chances of getting into a good graduate program in the field I'm interested in?
Thank you so much for the kind answers. Almost all of you agree that the second issue is harmless, but there are different opinions regarding the first one.
So I said that my supervisor knows better, and I decided to go on and started planning the outline of the paper with his help. When I got to the writing part, I noticed that the main body doesn't relate to or even mention the main problem that we've specified. This is when I decided to decline the offer. It just doesn't feel right.