Questions tagged [author-order]

On the ordering of authors in an academic publication, including common ordering conventions and interpretations of specific positions in an academic discipline.

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Where to add a name which is added by force without contribution in a paper to keep my supervision and contribution?

A few months ago, I asked here a question about a student in our group who claimed the authorship in our paper, because he was planning to work on the same problem that we did. I said that I refused ...
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Is it appropriate to change author order before submitting grant proposal?

In 2020, I started to work on a grant proposal for the Austrian Academy Science Fund to fund a two-year postdoc. After two months, I was told by my prospective supervisor that the proposal was so good,...
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How to handle gift authorship?

I am seeking advice for the following situation: I finished my PhD in microbiology in September 2021, just before I submitted a paper to eLife with me being first author and my PhD advisor as ...
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Does making the second author an equal contributor affect its supervisory role in a 3-author paper?

I am a PhD graduate and I supervised a Master's student in a research work that lead to a publication. The Master student is the first author, then it is me, and then is the name of our advisor. Since ...
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I am an undergrad and I am working with my mentor on a project. However, I did the majority of the experiment. Should I be the first author?

I’m an undergrad researcher at a lab. I started to work with my mentor, a PhD candidate, last year. She was nice at the first, and I learned a lot from her. Quickly, like in 2 weeks after starting my ...
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Credit as Undergraduate Researcher PI

(PI: Project Initiator, I get this term from proposal-writing) I am an undergraduate student (and have been off and on over the last 7 [now almost 8] years). I went to a professor at my university ...
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Single first author vs co-first author - what difference does it make?

I have a little dilemma to resolve. I am about to submit the major paper of my current post doc after working for 3 and a half years on this. This was a major collaborative effort involving people ...
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First authorship dispute where one has written the entire code and other has written the manuscript. [Who's the major contributor?]

In this situation in which Person (X) was approached by Person (Y) with a project idea, which is to be published as a research paper. Person (X) has written the entire code, collected the dataset, ran ...
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Is alphabetical orders of authors' name in research article in mathematics mandatory?

Is alphabetical orders of authors' name in research article in mathematics mandatory ? I mean for good journals of Mathematics, with Q_2 or Q1 category. If the authors' name are not followed ...
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What options are there for main research contributor who doesn't agree with the order of authorship on a manuscript?

Long story short. I was the first author of a research manuscript submitted but rejected previously. I am the main contributor of all stages of the research from planning and research question to ...
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Is it possible to resubmit a manuscript to the same journal by a different author?

I received a response from the editor in chief saying that he cannot recommend my manuscript for publication. But he encourages me to address all the 4 reviewers' comments and resubmit a substantial ...
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how to decide on first coauthorship for a paper

I know this topic is kind of depending on which school each researcher is from, so i would like to gain more information regarding the topic. I am a phd researcher and I have a specific task to do, a ...
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Journal changed the ordering of the authors. What to do now?

I am facing a very difficult situation. I sent a paper for peer-review in a SCOPUS indexed journal. My supervisor though did not contribute anything rather than reading my draft insisted that I put ...
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How to decide if the efforts put in corresponds to co-authorship or co-first authorship? [closed]

During my PhD, I had 4 first author papers, two co-author papers and one co-first authorship paper. My work is computational, so I have collaborated with experimental groups. My lab colleagues who ...
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Preventing authorship conflict

As a PhD student I have been part of my fair share of projects where multiple students are competing for leadership and the first-author title of a paper. This is because project PIs often simply ask ...
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Can you decide to not publish your research at the present stage as the first author?

I have a three-part question: First, if I am the first author of a research manuscript, as previously discussed with, and agreed by, both the second author and corresponding author(s), then due to ...
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Authorship for design and data analysis

I’m a Postdoc. Last year I was given some data from a former postdoc. My PI told me that the data had never been published and. I worked on that project night and day, designed the analysis plan, did ...
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How should I insist to be the first author?

First, some context. I'm a MSc student and I'm going to defend my thesis soon. The current plan is to submit the results of the thesis in two conferences: a less relevant result, which I'll call A, ...
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When asked to provide recent research examples, how should I chose the right papers? [closed]

I was asked to provide two recent examples of research work by one hiring committee for a "research scholar" position at a research institute in the field of environmental sciences. I think ...
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Is it fine to ask my advisor if I can appear as first author in our paper?

My situation is the following: I am a prospective graduate student and recently worked with a professor and a high school student on writing a physics paper. This will be my first paper, and since I ...
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How to summarize the contributions of co-authors where they advised at all stages of the study, but technically only stepped in at the writing stage

My conundrum is this. All my coauthors have provided advice from conception to completion, on the study itself, data analysis, write-up but haven't actually done anything at those stages other than ...
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My professor wants someone else to be the first author

I started working in an NGO mostly to write and publish their finished projects, with the condition of me being in charge of authorship (Who is first, who is corresponding, etc). After a while, I ...
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Is second authorship good for an undergraduate student planning for masters admit? [duplicate]

As an undergraduate student, I worked along with my professor and his PHd student on one of the projects that comes under his thesis. We shared the work equally and now I'm being offered 2nd ...
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Should a math paper use non-alphabetical ordering of authors' names for unequal contributions?

Using alphabetical ordering for authors' names is a long established tradition in mathematics. In the situations of extremely unequal contributions, is it reasonable to break from this tradition? Has ...
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PhD student as corresponding author: author list and logistics

I'm a PhD student in the physical sciences and am looking for input regarding an authorship situation. My advisor recommends I be the corresponding author on an upcoming paper because I came up with ...
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Getting proper credit for a paper: author order

I am a PhD student and I submitted a paper formally co-authored with my advisor months ago. The core idea of the paper is mine. During the first (major) revision, among other much needed, yet very ...
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Being the last author as an undergrad

TA (a PhD student) of one of my classes was looking for an undergrad to join in one of his projects. This was not directly related to the field I want to work in grad school, but there is no group or ...
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Is it standard to ask for an "equal contribution" footnote in a 60%-40% scenario?

I'm working on research that should be sent to publishing in the next couple of weeks. The research is done by me and a friend of mine; we are both under the same professor. This started as an attempt ...
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Advisor wants first author. Do I have any leverage?

I'm doing undergrad research with a team, advised by a professor. I have a good relationship with this professor, but told us after the research started that he would be first author. I was at first ...
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Does the symbol "&" in author list mean anything?

Is writing Author A & Author B the same as writing Author A, Author B in the author list? To make it clear, this question asks about formulating the author list in the author section when ...
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Equal contribution for second and third authors

We are six co-authors in an applied CS paper (AI). This paper has a "strong" first author who worked on this project for years. Two student authors (let's call them Alice and Bob) contributed to the ...
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Order of authors for a tenure-track assistant professor in the USA: second author after Ph.D. student or last author?

I am a second-year Assistant Professor in an engineering department at a US university. I did my Ph.D. in a non-US university and post-docs in the USA. I have a two papers that my Ph.D. students are ...
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I filled the crucial gap; co-authors did the rest–who should be first author?

A fellow researcher shared with me his notes where he attempts to solve an open problem in maths/computer science. Both he and his student have been trying to solve it for over a year, and by now they ...
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In computer science, which place should corresponding author be listed?

My supervisor, a master student and I just drafted and submitted a paper. My supervisor is the corresponding author and I want to put him as the last author. But he wants second place and the master ...
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Can a first author of a pre-print be demoted in the version sent to a journal?

Can a PI decide to submit to a journal a previously agreed manuscript, uploaded to a pre-print server, and swap the first author with someone else after introducing some changes in the writing? Would ...
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What order should authors be on arXiv.org for equal contribution authorships?

If everyone made an equal contribution in effort to write the paper, but no on the team but myself decided to post the paper on arXiv and no one opposed my decision to arXiv post, should I myself, the ...
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Should I be an author on another PhD student's paper if I went to their meetings and gave advice?

My PhD supervisor (in the field of artificial intelligence) invited me to several meetings with another PhD student. Since I have more knowledge than my supervisor in some topics, I made many ...
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A question about authors listed as having "contributed equally"

There are few collaborating authors on the following list: Tom Cruise*, Will Smith*, Jackie Chan, Robert John Downey Jr., etc. *: These authors contributed equally. Tom Cruise is corresponding ...
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Graduation paper submitted to conference, suddenly demoted to third author?

I submitted a thesis to graduate as a Master's student at a European university approximately half a year ago. With my verbal approval, my uni submitted my work to a leading conference in the field of ...
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Equal contribution noted in paper draft without prior discussion

My thesis has been accepted as a paper. Now, with the camera-ready submission deadline close, a new footnote appeared in the final version of the paper stating that the first (me) and second author ...
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US Postdoc in Japan not allowed to be first-author due to being foreign. How to proceed?

I am a US postdoc at a lab in Japan doing niche research in computational biology. I recently found out my advisor will not allow me to be first author on papers. He says the datasets (which were my ...
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Personal contribution in N-author articles vs single author articles

In a given field there are essentially two types of articles, N-author articles and single author articles. Related to this fact, I wonder how a committee when evaluating someone for a tenure ...
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Due to last name, I am never first author

I am a PhD student in computer science and have enjoyed my time very much so far. I just finished my 4th year and I plan to graduate in a year. During my degree, I worked on a few papers that became ...
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Order of authors when publishing bachelor's thesis (CompSci)

Forgive me if this is a duplicate; i found a few somewhat similar questions, but none which matches my situation exactly. I wrote a bachelor's thesis in computer science. After I was done, we (myself, ...
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Is it fine to change th order of authors in Arxiv?

We have a paper on arxiv. For some reasons, we need to change the order of the authors. The first can be second. Is it fine ? or should we delete the paper on Arxiv and post it again with new names ...
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International Code of Ethics for order of co-authors in research papers

In many cases it so happens that multiple workers are involved in a research problem under the supervision of group leader. We will assume that group leader is the corresponding author of a manuscript....
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Does still it matter to be the "first author" nowadays [duplicate]

It used to be that the first author (meaning, the author whose name comes before the others) is thought to have contributed most to the publication. But in the last couple of decades, it seems that ...
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Author order - seniority vs contribution

I have a manuscript (in the field of biomedical research) close to submission with four authors: me (as first author) (ME), my ex-boss (as senior author) (EB) and two more authors of which one is a ...
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My adviser wants to be the first author

I am working on a paper after finishing my Masters. I did all the lab research and writing of the manuscript. My professor was only involved to guide me throughout the research and read my writing and ...
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