I read once before that the job market paper should not be coauthored with my supervisor because other universities will assume that my supervisor did all the work.

I will apply for an academic role after my PhD, is it true I will be penalised for this?

If my other two papers are relatively strong will that eliminate the risk?

But what if my supervisor coauthors on more than one paper?

  • Did you have a first author papers among these three?
    – Nikey Mike
    Apr 10, 2016 at 15:22
  • I am not sure yet. Only 1 I think will be me as the sole author.
    – Kelly
    Apr 10, 2016 at 15:27
  • Which Field? In CS, I would expect the advisor to be the last author of all papers from his PhD candidates.. (Assuming that I correctly understood the question. It is quite confusing for me) Apr 10, 2016 at 15:35
  • @FábioDias You should probably note that you mean applied CS (as it would be a very odd thing in theoretical CS where the authors are listed alphabetically). Apr 10, 2016 at 18:12
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    What is a "job market paper"? Apr 13, 2016 at 12:17

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Economics is not my field, so my answer is based on what I've heard from other people. Generally, it is preferable if the job market paper has a sole authorship or at least if it is co-authored by other graduate students. However, I have heard of people getting jobs even with a job market paper coauthored with their advisor. Since you have two other papers, and one with sole authorship, that will to some extent work towards eliminating any negative impression that the job market paper may create. However, ultimately it will depend on your potential employers and the practices that they follow. Keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best.

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