I graduated last year and is now a postdoc in another university. My current boss (who was also in my PhD supervision team, but not the main supervisor) encouraged me to publish parts of my thesis as a journal paper. I wrote the paper during working hours and my current boss gave me guidance and advice. My plan was to include others who were in the supervision team as co-authors and have my current boss as the corresponding author. However, my main supervisor was pissed off when he learnt about it. He said he should be the corresponding authors for all the papers from my thesis. Is what he said correct? Is it a must? Actually the main supervisor gave me minimal support during my study and I don't think he deserves to be the corresponding author. The funding for my study was provided by the government.

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  • It's impossible for strangers on the internet to advise on authorship disputes. – Cape Code Feb 6 '17 at 6:48
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    Corresponding author is just a formality, it doesn't carry "this author has more merit". – Davidmh Feb 6 '17 at 8:07
  • @CapeCode I want to know the usual practice. – user68881 Feb 6 '17 at 8:11
  • @Davidmh In our university it does. – user68881 Feb 6 '17 at 8:11
  • @Davidmh: For some funders, fields, and similar, it does. – Wrzlprmft Feb 6 '17 at 9:22

In general, no.

There might be exceptions, but those should have been communicated to you in advance by your supervisor, rather than after-the-fact.

  • One should have talked about this in advance, but the answer is of course YES. All authors have to agree on the manuscript, including the tiny aspect of who is "corresponding author". – Karl Feb 6 '17 at 14:10
  • @Karl Indeed, any of the listed authors of a manuscript can veto against its submission for any reason. But this question is specifically about whether the PhD supervisor has a special right to being listed as corresponding author. – lighthouse keeper Feb 6 '17 at 14:13

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