It is well known that in most fields the order of the authors in a paper indicates the authorship, being the first one the best.

Independently of the order in a paper, does being the person that submitted the paper (not the corresponding author) gives any advantage, intellectual property, or academic reputation? If it does, is this field dependent, or academic culture dependent?

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    Do you distinguish between submitting author and corresponding author or is it one and the same? Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 14:43
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    The corresponding author and its affiliation is relevant for the payment, see e.g. dx.doi.org/10.17617/1.3 where they say: "For the time being, the dominant model is that the corresponding author is responsible for picking up and settling the invoice." Additionally, the corresponding author is listed with its contact information on the paper and will be contacted by readers first (thus, the email adress should be as long-lasting as possible). Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 15:31
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    This question makes no sense to me. In which journal does the reader see who handled the correspondence with the editor?
    – Karl
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 16:24
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    Possible duplicate of Does "corresponding author" carry an implied meaning?
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 17:59
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    @AnderBiguri: Are there any journals where the submitting author is not the corresponding author?
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 18:14

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No, there is no academic advantage of being the submitting author of a paper.

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    +1 for writing a simple and correct one word answer without feeling the need to ramble on pointlessly for several paragraphs afterwards, as people sometimes do around here.
    – Dan Romik
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 22:43
  • It could definitely be improved be citing some source or referencing personal experience though. Otherwise it just reads like an opinion and I'm not sure how much weight-age that deserves.. Commented Nov 5, 2023 at 12:46

There could be one potential advantage which is becoming part of their network (although it is possible that this also extends to the co-authors)

When I submitted a paper on editorial manager, I received a barrage of review invitations (at least four), but in another case, as a first author and not a submitting author, albeit in another journal and management system; manuscript central, I have not received any such correspondence.

Well this is all very speculative.

but what I can say definitively, is that when you are the submitting author, you manage everything that deals with the editor and journal. You manage the cover letters, you can also see little things here and there that are missing. Such as your ORCID affiliation for example. More importantly, if you are first author, you might be interested in making sure that things are done correctly! Keywords, disclosures, agreements about whether you want coloured figures or black and white figures. These are all little things that might not be communicated properly. Some might see these things as trivial and might not even ask for your input.

It also helps to become familiar with these systems. They are not a five minute job, especially when you consider the templates and other requirements that will be stated in the journal page and also restated in the online management system. If you are always co-authoring and you also happen to never submit yourself, then you miss out on some of these administrative subtleties.

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