I submitted my PhD thesis and went to work in a company where my PhD supervisor co-founded. I submitted part of my thesis work to a conference, and it got accepted. Now my supervisor asked me to affiliate the paper with the new institution. Is it alright if I do this? The thesis work was mostly done at the university, although under the supervision of the same person.

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    Not a laywer, but I doubt there are any legal issues. Different fields treat affiliations differently, so the norms will depend on the field you wrote your thesis in. Commented May 21, 2023 at 11:05
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    In computer sciences, I have always seen authors use their current affiliation. Sometimes, a footnote indicates that most work was done at institution X, but that's it.
    – Clément
    Commented May 21, 2023 at 12:44
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    In mathematics, it is not uncommon to see an acknowledgement somewhere in a paper to the effect of "this is part of a dissertation submitted to Univ. X. ... ." If an affiliation is listed, it is almost always the current one. Commented May 21, 2023 at 18:29

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Answer by @ZeroTheHero is fine, but I don't think you need to be that explicit about the details, or at least it's not the norm. Having multiple affiliations is not a rare thing, and you can simply write both of the institutions in your affiliation(s) without any additional comments.


The simple way is to use dual affiliations.

Zero the Hero
Department of [then]
current address: [company now]

It makes it clear the work was done and supported by an institution different from the one you currently work at.

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