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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 adviser submitted an abstract to a conference that we submitted elsewhere before but changed the authors orders

About two months ago me and my adviser attended a conference, where he had a talk about my PhD project. For this talk, he submitted an abstract, where I was the first author and he was the second one. ...
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For STEM fields, is there self-segregation in United States academia?

I notice that often a lot of Chinese mathematicians collaborate with other Chinese, and Americans collaborate with other Americans. Many of the journal papers that I look up seem to indicate this ...
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A tool for computing Trump number? [closed]

I came across this blog post which states: Trump Number: Finite Trump numbers are possible because Trump's famous book, "The Art of the Deal", was actually ghost-written by a free-lance writer ...
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Can co-authors disagree in their own paper?

Co-authors are increasingly required to report their individual contributions to a research paper. But can they report their (internal) disagreement? Co-authors may disagree on parts of a final draft....
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Dead author ethical guidelines

One of my close collaborators passed away last year and since then I have become curious about the question of attributing work to deceased authors. Each journal has its rules but there doesn't seem ...
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Quoting advice from others in a paper

Sorry, I believe that the title of this post is a little misleading, but can't understand what the best keywords are. For my thesis, I have asked some help for a statistical analysis to a faculty ...
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Supervisor partially putting themselves as first author even though I've done most of the work and written most of the paper

I've completed a project in computational physics. 100% of the code and running of the code completed by me and the introduction, theory and code description in the paper written by me. Results ...
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How to frame/explain that I built datasets used on several publications, but I'm not on the papers

I was wondering how I could frame/explain in my CV that I built the datasets used in several publications outside of my field. I'm in the health sciences but have worked for a couple social science ...
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Stop someone Publishing a thesis without giving credits to original author [closed]

I am serving notice period and have written a thesis, matured enough to be published. All the work related to thesis has been done solely by me while I was working there before resignation. Now I am ...
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Why do papers published by people in tech industry often have such a large number of authors?

It is no secret that industry labs are competing with academia at a pace never seen before. Most of the tech conferences now are dominated by industries with superior funding, human resources, and ...
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Keeping academic credit on work with human rights impacts but fearing repressive regime retaliations

I am from a country controlled by a repressive regime. I was able to leave the country and continue my academic activity in a top US university. Most of my work is focused on equality, human rights ...
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My co-authors don't want to help get our manuscripts published anymore. What should I do?

Recently I've had two different sets of co-authors give up on the publication process. Here are the two cases: Publication was rejected on the basis that additional work was needed, amounting to ...
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Re-write paper to make it truly double blind

When I was a PhD student, I wrote a collection of papers that comprised a large portion of my dissertation. These papers were written using grant money from one of my advisors. (I had two advisors. ...
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What does it say about someone that accepts adding their name to a publication without doing any of the work? [closed]

I'm a government researcher in R&D and have spent my career doing and publishing my own work. Some time ago I was asked to take over some research from another scientist that was being ...
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Can an author decline to be on a biorxiv paper?

Asking for a friend. If an author is added to a biorxiv paper, but does not want to be part of it, is there any recourse for him/her?
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Listing a Stack Overflow user as co-author for having provided substantial programming support

I received a lot of help from an active Stack Overflow user in my undergrad summer research project, which was based on statistical physics. Now, I'm writing a paper on it under my professor's ...
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Why should I add co-authors on Google Scholar?

Google Scholar wants me to add areas of interest, photo, and co-authors. I understand why I may want to add the first two, but why add co-authors? All the publications already list the actual co-...
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Approaching lab head about getting my name last on paper

In my field, computational condensed-matter physics, the last author name in a paper is regarded as having a supervisory role. I know this is common to many fields but not all (notably, math). I am a ...
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Do author name(s) dominate the content of the paper?

Suppose I did not publish any papers till now in reputed journals and I want to publish a paper with a novel idea. Colleagues are suggesting me to ask any expert to proofread the paper and then to ...
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How to avoid a hostile takeover of first authorship during medical leave?

A colleague has approached me with a tough situation. I'm unsure how to advise her. She is a postdoc, and will soon take a month-long planned medical leave. Her adviser, a senior research scientist, ...
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Is it right to be put as the last author although I have done the bulk of the work?

I am doing my PhD at a research institute, where we have just finished the draft of a 8-hands long paper to be published as a short book with a major editor. I have done the bulk of the work, i.e. at ...
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How to handle a co-author who doesn't reply any more?

This question is a follow up to my earlier question asked here FIVE months before. How to politely ask a co-author to remove his/her name from my manuscript? Now I have decided to remove this co-...
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Can I get in trouble if I submit my own paper as a sole author while employed as a research fellow?

I am a research fellow at my current university. I have been working under a very difficult line manager and we could just not be on the same page. I would be asked to publish 1 paper a month, ...
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Publish work extending on PhD with supervisor

I recently completed my PhD and have started a position at a different institution. I am writing a paper which extends a model I introduced in my PhD. It wasn't a significant part of my PhD, more of ...
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Coauthorship across communities with differing standards

One of the PhD students in my department is writing a paper and has listed me as a coauthor. I'm not sure if I deserve to be a coauthor. I have been loosely involved in the project. I attended ...
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Avoiding publishing in a particular journal without bringing up politics

As part of the PhD programme I am enrolled in, we're encouraged to publish a review paper within our first two years. After talking to my advisors, a suitable topic related to the area was agreed and ...
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Is being the second author out of two authors for papers from my PhD thesis going to affect my future job prospects?

I have completed my PhD recently and will be looking for academic jobs. During my Phd thesis work I published two papers with my thesis advisor and have put him as a first author. It was out of ...
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What are benefits of author's personal copy of article and how I can order it?

I have some publications in Elsevier and Springer journals. After publication, I received an author's personal copy of one of my articles. I don't know how they sent it to me because I don't remember ...
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Authorship when PhD project given to new post-doc?

I'm in the mid stages of my PhD, working on 3/4 of the components of a major project in our group. A post-doc has just started working on the remaining 1/4 using protocols I established (to keep our ...
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I publish under a single name, Google scholar does not index my name. What can I do?

I publish under a single name (no last name). As google scholar does not recognise me as an author I face several issues with citation counts and wrong bibliographic data being available at google ...
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Should I inform the journal that I'm the actual first author?

It's been about 2 years since I've left academia, partly because of the kind of deeds that I'm about to describe to give a bit of context to the question. About a month ago I was CCed in an email ...
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I (independently) solved a fellow student's research problem. I want to publish it. What should I do?

A fellow student and I are part of the same graduate student research group (in applied mathematics), under the same PhD supervisor. The (relatively new) student came to the group with an idea for a ...
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Is a software developer entitled to participate to paper?

I'm an external consultant who has been brought to develop a software suite to collect, analyze and reduce data for a project (with oral assurance that I would participate to any paper to come from ...
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Exchange administrator requesting author order change in exchange student work. Is there an easy way out?

We are currently hosting in our labs an international postgraduate student on a 12-month exchange visit. We have had students from the same university before without any issues. We have completed ...
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Removed as Co-Author for Resubmission

I was part of a university project team, and at the end of the semester we decided to submit a review paper related to the topic of our project. Our advisers gave us feedback and made suggestions on ...
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Interview respondents as co-authors

Does anybody have thoughts or know of any guidelines about including interviewees/respondents in a qualitative study as co-authors in later stages of the research?
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Does grant funded equipment result in authorship?

Just a quick question regarding authorship. Recently, a PI won a grant, which was used to buy some computer equipment (~$1000 piece of computation equipment along with some other equipment not ...
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Colleague claiming first co-autorhip of my work

Some time ago I started my Ph.D. and my project was to attempt again to investigate a problem that a colleague (a senior Ph.D.) had failed to investigate because he lacked numerical/coding skills to ...
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Gifting co-authorship if the topic of research was suggested by my boss? [duplicate]

This is an update of a query that I had asked few months ago: Co-authorship just because a Professor provides me the employment? In fact I have even adopted some of the suggestions given by @...
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We or “the authors”?

Now, say authors A and B are writing their second paper. Which is more appropriate, or which sounds better. Referring to their previous work as "we researched/we surveyed" or "the authors researched/...
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Does systematic search makes someone a true author for a systematic review?

I have written a systematic review which all words are extremely mine. Another colleague gave me the idea of writing this review and just carried out the systematic search, but did not participate in ...
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Plagiarism and Authorship in a Translation

My colleague's article was translated by another person and republished in the translated language. My colleague became the first author, and the translator became second author. Did my colleague or ...
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Colleague presented poster of our shared work at conferences without my knowledge or express permission

My colleague presented two separate posters, one at a domestic conference and another at an international conference, based on the work both of us have been collaborating for past 1.5 years. Before ...
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How to deal with potential data falsification?

TL;DR We cannot reproduce very good simulation results of our paper and the person who was responsible for writing the code and running the simulations does not have the code anymore and cannot ...
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Resolving a dispute for first authorship where the value and demarcations of individual contributions are hard to identify

My co-author and I (both PhD students in a university) have been working on a large-scale simulation project for the last 1.5 years. This is what we agree upon. I came up with the idea. We took an ...
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What are the pros and cons of writing papers alone?

In my field (economics), there are many co-authored papers. People are even writing some chapters of their PhD thesis with other colleagues. I know that single-authored papers are more appreciated ...
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Did the professor “give” me this project?

Some time ago a professor gave me a small mathematics problem for independent research. While doing reading for this problem I found a substantially different but not unrelated problem mentioned in ...
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First author submits manuscript before final approval of all co-authors

A first and corresponding author has submitted a co-authored manuscript after having circulated a near-final draft. She has freely accepted some comments of her colleagues' and rebutted others, but ...
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Am I being taken advantage of by working on a committee member's research with no payoff?

I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science which requires me to have three members on my graduate committee. Last August one of the committee members asked me to work on a project ...
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Authorship dispute after author was removed without their knowledge

My supervisor, two other students (C and G) and I were invited to write a paper for a journal. The paper was about a project in which we were all involved. (C) though, never engaged into any writing ...