I’m looking for some thoughts on authorship ordering (social sciences).
As a post-doc I was tasked with writing a research report. I have drafted the full original report manuscript. The report content draws on analysis that myself, other researchers and PI have carried out during the project.
Without any discussion, the PI has put their name as first/lead author and then the rest of the authors in alphabetical order.
I’ve not heard of this approach before, with PI being lead author and others alphabetical. I’m aware of either contribution based ordering, and alphabetical ordering, but not this, let’s say, ‘hybrid’ approach.
In this order, I am positioned low down the list.
I want to get some thoughts on this, before having a potentially difficult discussion with the PI. Is ‘PI then alphabetical’ a valid/reasonable approach?