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I am a PhD student and my supervisor has asked me to make some significant contributions to a book which he is trying to publish.

He has asked me to proofread the book (English is my native language but is not his) but has also asked if I could effectively rewrite some sections to improve the communication and structure of the book.

I am happy to do the work but would like to agree beforehand how my contribution should be recognised. As I will not be contributing any technical knowledge to the book I feel that co-authorship is not appropriate, especially as the book will be aimed at experts in the area so the content is more important than the communication. However, I would expect more than, say, a mention in an acknowledgements section.

Does there exist some sort of compromise between co-authorship and an acknowledgement which would better reflect my contribution?

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    I have seen many books whose title page includes "with the assistance of xxx", such as this book and this book and this book and . . . – Dave L Renfro Sep 22 '16 at 17:17
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    There are several possibilities, but my first advice is to contact the publisher to ask them what they suggest for more substantial contributions. – Massimo Ortolano Sep 22 '16 at 19:54
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    If you aren't going to be a co-author, then I think you should ask to be paid for your copy-editing services. – jakebeal Sep 22 '16 at 19:56
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    Your question not having been proofread very effectively suggests that it might not be a bad idea to take this on as an unpaid and minimally acknowledged project, to gain experience and expertise. However, set up the time frame carefully at the start, so that this project doesn't derail your studies. – aparente001 Sep 22 '16 at 20:30
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Sometimes the cover gives only the book's title and the name of the principal author but the title page says:

THEORY OF PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS

by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

with contributions from

Madeleine L'Engle

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