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Questions tagged [authorship]

Queries related to academic authorship, i.e., who should be an author, the order of authors, or special roles such as corresponding authorship.

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My supervisor published our work without informing us. Can we retract the paper from the conference in anyway? [duplicate]

We (myself and my thesis partner) worked on a research work in 2017 as part of our undergrad thesis course in our university under a supervisor. We successfully defended our thesis in our thesis ...
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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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Who deserves to be first and second author? PhD student who collected data, research associate who wrote the paper or supervisor? [closed]

I am composing a manuscript using data collected by a PhD student over two years. She doesn't have enough statistical or analytical skill to publish her work. On top of that, language is also a huge ...
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Is being the second author always good?

I work in an institute where I am more concerned with Development of systems and solutions rather than actual research, but of course the head is a professor and writing papers is an important task ...
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Is it ethical to remove your co-authorship shortly before submission?

I am in a situation when I am a co-author of a manuscript. I returned back to this manuscript after several months and I don't think it should be published as it is. I am not the main author and my co-...
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When submitting an extended version, is it mandatory to include all authors of the original paper?

In my field, it's a common practice to publish a work at a conference first, then extend it (typically with 25%-40% more content) and submit it for publication in a journal. Often the extension is ...
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Does my lab head need to be a co-author on my manuscript?

I am a biology student working in a laboratory. I am planning to submit a solo author paper to a journal/book. I conceived the work, drafted and revised it. My question is if I need to include my ...
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Can I retract my name from an already published manuscript?

I'm a co-author on a paper that was published in a Nature family journal some months ago because of my scientific contribution to the work presented there. I've discovered that the first author of ...
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When does coming up with an idea constitute sufficient contribution for authorship?

To what extent does coming up with a research idea, without contributing anything else to the actual work, constitute a sufficient contribution to be an author? As a hypothetical, suppose a five year-...
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Project guide asks for authorship without any contributions – how to proceed?

Our computer-science curriculum mandates that we produce a paper about a research project: We set the topic. We get a professor assigned as a project guide. The paper has to be published at a peer-...
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What should be the order of the authors in a paper? [duplicate]

Should the first author be the one that worked the most? And then by the amount of work order (descending), but the last one the most-senior researcher? Are there other ways? Which ones? Does it ...
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Post-doc wants to break his promise of including me on author list

I am a master student, working for X lab of Y university as a research assistant. 3 months ago, a post-doc(my direct supervisor) recruited me into a project when he wanted to submit his paper within ...
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How to resolve authorship issue of a conference paper?

I work in an research institute in a german university. My institute does not work in my area of research (Spacecraft GNC) but they got funding for a project in this area for which I was hired (when I ...
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Should I aim at publishing a single-author paper on my PhD?

This is the situation. I'm a 2nd-year PhD student in Computer Science. The research group I belong to is very large, and during my first two years I have worked with many different people from the ...
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Editor asked me why to change the corresponding author

I have one accepted manuscript waiting to be published. During the proof, I changed the corresponding author from me to my postdoc adivsor. Editor now asked why I made such a change. What happened ...
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How to request to be co-corresponding author

We had a paper accepted in one of the top biology journals (IF=15). It is a work in which I participated in the part of computational biology, and was submitted by a colleague, she being the ...
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Publishing paper after graduation without advisor's name

I recently submitted a paper derived from my masters thesis to a journal. Before submission, I sent an email to my masters adviser but did not get any reply. I guess he might have forgotten my name or ...
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How to avoid authorship drama in this situation? [closed]

There are so many posts regarding authorship disputes on this site. How can my friend, A, avoid such a drama in the following situation? A and another graduate student, B, are in the same PhD ...
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Is it appropriate to cite a piece of academic work when the author has been charged with child pornography?

It has recently come to my attention that a renowned scholar in my field whose academic journals have been highly influential in my area of research has recently been charged with child pornography. ...
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Should I add a person who left my group to my evolved paper?

The answer, in theory, is trivial -- add them if you think they contributed -- but there are some nuances... 1) This person (who left about 4 months ago) was a more senior researcher (not Prof. title,...
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Remove co-author for ethical violation?

My co-authors and I are preparing to submit a major project manuscript. Unfortunately, we have just learned that one of the persons involved in the project has committed major scientific ethical ...
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Gender, Independence, and Authorship [closed]

I have attended a few panels on applying to post-doctoral/junior faculty positions, and the topic of authorship and research direction always came up. All of the faculty on these panels noted that ...
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When you're collaborating with another group, how do you decide which one is the first author of the paper?

Say, A and B are two PhD students working on the same project, and C is their supervisor. D and E are two students working on a similar project to A and B's, and F is D and E's supervisor. The other ...
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Article: Author information when occupation has changed [duplicate]

I'm currently the main author of a paper. The work was performed when I was working at university X. However, I will start at a new university Y in one month, and the conference I'm presenting the ...
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Withdrawing from project I am helping in

I have been assisting with a project that my friend had come up with. I am doing the entirety of the analysis for it as they have zero research experience and are not able to do anything beyond ...
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How to decide on the order of authorship for this collaboration?

I'm in collaboration with another researcher in the field of linguistics, she wants to try machine learning algorithms/analysis on her dataset. The dataset is not published before, and the ...
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As a co-author, should I add someone who provided access to high-performance computing facilities and engineering technical support as another author?

I have two questions, a general question and a particular case question, regarding the authors of a manuscript. In general, I would like to inquire about who should be added as authors to a ...
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Should I accept authorship on large collaborations for which I have made little contribution?

I have just started a post-doc. So far all of my papers have had small author lists (4-5 people). I have just been invited as a co-author on several papers with hundreds of authors. The papers are ...
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Is it common that my work is wasted since a collaborator who is the first author does not submit the manuscript that I have worked on?

I am a postgraduate student at a research-oriented university. I had spent about 2 months to work on a project. I collaborated with another postgraduate student who is the first author. In the ...
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Author contributions include statements about experiment not conducted in study

I am a graduate student submitting a computational biology paper for peer review. It is intended to be a “methodology paper” for the journal. Our paper uses new methodology to analyze several public ...
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Authorship crisis

I was recruited as a PhD student but the work turned out to be only observational on field data collection including a very tiring and time consuming recruitment, design of the protocols as well as ...
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Question on whether I have committed plagiarism (modifying paragraphs from an unpublished document sent as email attachment for PhD thesis)

Background My colleague and I are both PhD students (My colleague started about 8 months after me) from the same research group (and share the same PhD supervisor) in a UK university. We were ...
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Publish a paper without supervisor [duplicate]

I have done a research project for a vocational masters. During then, there was a major disruption in the teaching department which affected the supervision process. However, I was already having ...
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Unfair co-first authorship

I am a PhD student in chemistry and my funding is specific for a certain project. This funding also funds another PhD student, a biochemist, with a different advisor (both our advisors are very well-...
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Use an experimental device in a paper and not mentioning the one who made it

I had a situation in my university where one of the Assist. Prof. asked me to leave the device I made (during my Msc study) in the department by saying that he will ask the head of the department to ...
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Do all authors have the right to access LaTeX source code of the PDF manuscript uploaded to a journal's portal by the corresponding author?

I am a PhD student about to graduate (finished defense/Viva, pending final thesis corrections and final upload before conferral of degree). I am a co-author on a manuscript for a journal article. ...
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Can I add an “author contributions” section to make clear that I did all the work on a paper?

I have a paper where I have many co-authors and most of them did not contribute much. As a PhD student I am in a weak position to reject such inquiries of senior faculty. To address this, I want to ...
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Adding an Author After paper got accepted in a conference?

I have submitted a paper to a conference, but some one in lab help me after the paper has been submitted. Can I add them as a third author if the paper got approved to be appear in the conference ?
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Which is more important in determining author order: time spent or results obtained?

This is in the field of life sciences, i.e. a field in which the order of authors is not determined randomly but reflects author contributions (whatever that means); in other words, being first author ...
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Outsourcing trivial authorless work

I have worked on a problem for close to two years. I feel I have an adequate theoretical solution. However I feel to get some backing on the theory I need some quantitative hard computer data. It is ...
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A team member of a coursework software development project didn't contribute in any way. Can I remove his name from the project?

I am the project manager of a small team of five undergraduate developers who have been working for months on a large system for our Senior Capstone project. Four members of the team, including myself,...
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Supervisor asking me to list a co-author who has literally done nothing [duplicate]

I am in the final stages of writing a paper to submit at an IEEE conference. I am the primary author, in the sense that I did most of the work and most of the writing. I have three other co-authors ...
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Diverging coauthor opinions - publish anonymously or don't publish at all?

This question is a splinter of an earlier question, posted separately upon advice from commenters. The background is: (1) I audited a course at an institute I don't belong to. As part of the course,...
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Writing homework essay anonymously to avoid controversy

I am attending a course at a neighboring institute purely out of interest. Neither credits, nor grading of any kind are involved. As part of the course, we are required to work in pairs (assigned, ...
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Co-authors decided to remove most of my contributions from a Nature paper without my consent

I am a postdoc and have dedicated the past five years to working on a big project spanning several groups and countries. My and my supervisor’s contribution was to interpret their results in light of ...
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Is there any way to show that authors are equal in arxiv names?

I have a paper which the first two authors are contributed equally, is there any way to show in arxiv page (or scholar page) that authors are equal? Maybe a star on names in submit names or something. ...
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Private company using my dissertation [closed]

Context: I work for a small private company in the US energy sector. Recently, my colleague found an application opportunity for the tool I developed as my PhD dissertation. We tested it out with a ...
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Manuscript and journal submission author order differs?

PI recently submitted a manuscript we have been working on, but the author order has been swapped without our knowledge. The manuscript has long indicated the author order being A, B,... E*(...
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Co-Author is asking me to remove abstract submission of paper

Background: I am a master's student working with a professor and PhD student. They provided me with an initial research direction, to solve problem A. To achieve that research goal, I identified a ...
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Chances of Being Accepted for a Book Author as a Graduate Student

I recently identified a textbook which is currently looking for authors of chapters. It states "For selected and invited authors" on the website, so I am wondering, if I submit a chapter proposal, if ...