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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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What does last authorship mean in various fields? [duplicate]

Author order has been discussed extensively on this site, e.g. here, but these typically focus on the first author. I'm curious as to the meaning of the last author in various fields. In (theoretical,...
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Authorship issue between two PhD students

I have a little dispute over co-authorship on a paper, and I would appreciate feedback on whether I am handling this appropriately (or if I am being an asshole or not). I am a PhD student in applied ...
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Updating co-author order after circulating draft

I recently identified a major methodological issue in a co-author's draft paper. I then worked for 30+ hours including on several weekends to develop, implement, debug, and document a solution due to ...
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Professor claiming first authorship on former student's project

A Ph.D. student at institute A recently graduated and left the field. They had been working on a project in the last ~2 years of their programme, as part of a wider research group, but did not publish ...
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Is it ethical if I claim the first authorship as I own the idea and the implementation but I do not test the method myself?

I have an idea for a new approximation method. I am pretty sure that it works, but I don't know how well it works compared to the existing methods. However, I do not have a lot of time to pursue the ...
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Independent guides for when to give authorship?

Are there any independent, widely-accepted codes of conducts or guides for when authorship should be given on a paper? Would be helpful to have these to refer to to avoid potential confusion or ...
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Arrangement of references in math papers

My question is the following. Should references in math papers be arranged according to author’s last-names or first-names?
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How to indicate on a paper that my contribution was small?

My group is about to publish a research paper with another group. We mostly only provide funding and general oversight. It is important that me and a few colleagues are noted as authors on the paper, ...
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Does having a CV with papers following both alphabetical order and order by contribution alter its quality?

I'm a Phd student working in the areas of mathematical physics and biology. It is known that papers in pure and applied mathematics follow alphabetical ordering, and it does not matter if your name ...
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First authorship dispute between the research leader and the person who did the most important analysis. What is the solution?

I'm involved in a research with a first authorship dispute between the one who lead the research and the one who did the most important part of the analysis. I give you the facts from a neutral ...
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Unequal co-authorship (law review)

I am a lawyer/practitioner (not in academia) and have a law review article of legal scholarship. The article was originally a joint venture with someone who left and abandoned the project, but did ...
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How should fair credit assignment work in this situation?

Person A suggested to person B that they implement a certain existing methodology, X, to solve problem Y. And offered to lead by advising while B be the driving force. Now B found another key question ...
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Is being a 'corresponding author' helpful to get research grants and apply to positions in academia?

I am a PhD student in the USA in the field of Aerospace Engineering. My supervisor had mentioned that he will be the sole 'corresponding author' in all journal publications. Consequently, I am not the ...
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Is it an academic indecency to pay money to become as the 2nd/3rd author of an article? [duplicate]

I have recently started my career as a freelancer doing academic projects such as revising articles, preparing suitable cover letters, making journal submissions, etc. However, I see that there is a ...
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Supervisor taking first authorship after student has left university

(I am posting this for advice regarding somebody else’s problem, but for simplicity, let me pretend it's me. To clarify misunderstandings in the comments: I am asking on behalf of my partner and can ...
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In which academic discipline, are authors listed in alphabetical order (exc. mathematics) [duplicate]

I know that pure mathematical journals list authors' names in alphabetical order. I wonder if there is another academic discipline that lists authors' names alphabetically.
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Is it Okay to add another person (except the supervisor, advisor, and the student) to the paper extracted from master's thesis?

I am writing a paper extracted from my master's thesis. A friend of mine helps me a lot during this process. Is it Okay to add his name to my paper?
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Is there any difference between last author and corresponding author?

My field is life science/biology. I am wondering if there is any difference between last author and corresponding author. For example, if one is the second last author and corresponding author, and ...
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My wife got some serious issues with her PhD advisor: how should I get involved in the situation?

I am an assistant professor in an engineering field, and my wife is a PhD student in a physics-related field. We live in an eastern European country and work in different institutes. I am quite happy ...
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Can my advisor change the ordering of authors in a paper already under review?

When I was a student, I wrote a paper and submitted it to a journal. Having graduated, I am working for a company and am very busy. Recently, we got a revision for the paper and my prof asked me to do ...
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If I write a paper as PI, is it best to be first or last author? [duplicate]

I'm a physicist at a national lab. I recently became head of a group at my lab and am currently writing a journal paper with a few of the people in my group. Is it better to put myself as first author ...
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Best Practices : Having your PhD Supervisor as your co-author?

I am in the process of writing a paper. I have done the data collection, and am in the process of analysis. But somehow my supervisor does not show much interest in my work or my research topic (i am ...
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How to cite a paper with authors in non-alphabetical order?

I am writing a pure-math paper. I want to cite a paper where the authors are not listed in alphabetical order, e.g.: John Smith and Anna Perez I know that the latter is the supervisor of the former. ...
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Feeling guilty about being second author

I'm second author on a paper I have been working on with 7 others for a while. It has to do with machine learning in medicine. I did a bit of the programming but I mostly got help from my mentors (and ...
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How to share authorship in a 2-author paper where both contributed equally

I am currently in the following situation: Another person (not from my department) and I did a study together. The other person is an associate professor, I am a junior researcher (medical doctor). We ...
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Edited volume (humanities) for tenure? [closed]

Does publishing an edited volume count for tenure (humanities)? And if so, does it count if you are 1st or 2nd editor in the same way?
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How do we resolve author ordering dispute for rewritten paper with new contributor and less contribution from original first author?

(note I work in a field were author ordering is important and is meant to reflect relative contributions). The situation is the following: Me and a colleague (who I will call C from now on) ...
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After graduation, my work was followed up and being published, and I'm named as nth (n>3) author, is it a proper arrangement?

When I did my Master thesis, I discovered a new physical phenomenon and realized a novel technique in our prototype device. However, due to the rush of graduation, I didn't have time to collect enough ...
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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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