A PhD student has started his research about two year ago by research scholarship from university. His supervisor won a huge grant on a topic very close to his research project couple of months earlier. He and his supervisor submitted a 6 page paper to a journal for publication. Editor's decision is that the paper should be published as a communication rather original research. This means that they have to reduce the manuscript to 4 pages or pay about 500$ for extra pages. The adviser asked the student to shrink the paper to the shortest possible version.
I have the following questions:
- Can they pay the publications fees from the grant budget?
- Can student ask the adviser to pay for the publication from the grant? What is the best polite approach for such request?
- Should supervisor expect to put the grant number in the acknowledgement while he does not pay for the publication fees.