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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Shall I ask for coauthorship?

I and my advisor (both theorists) used to have a nice collaboration with experimentalist A on paper X a few years ago. A and I were the co-first authors. A few months ago A came to us again on a ...
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Cover letter to article submitted by someone besides the corresponding author

My supervisor has asked me to submit an article that was already worked on before I joined our university. The journal requires that a cover letter be submitted, but since I have contributed minimally ...
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Asking advisor to become co-author

I am a STEM PhD student in the UK, and my advisor had given me a semi-ambitious thesis problem a couple of years back. He helped me understand the problem, helped shoot down all my wrong ideas over ...
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Motivation for a Professor to be the first author of a paper when collaborating with their own student

I am a graduate student focused on a subdivision of theoretical physics. When I am browsing papers, I find out an interesting case about the author's name ranking: Let's assume there is a professor A ...
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How to refer to unpublished work done by one author in a collaborative paper?

A group of 5 colleagues and I are working on a collaborative education paper. We are compiling our various unique efforts and describing them within the context of a larger theme in this paper. How ...
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Having your name added to a research paper

If I conduct experiments including behavioral tests and laboratory tests and I analyse data. I also proof-read and help writing said research paper that later goes on to get published. Is it ...
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Is it worth to be a co-author in a conference paper abstract? [closed]

If I cooperate as the second author of a conference paper abstract, can it be mentioned in a cv?
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Advisor is using my ideas as grant proposal

I am having a hard time deciding what to do or feel so I wanted to ask this question here. For background, I am a PhD student and am doing pretty well overall. I also happen to have a fellowship that ...
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Contacting previous authors instead of contacting the associate editor/editor in chief

Is it okay to contact authors (in the same research area) who published in a journal to which I submitted lately, in order to get information about the peer-review process, or will this be considered ...
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Should the co-authors on the preprint be the co-author on a presentation? [duplicate]

I am working on a poster presentation for a conference, the content is based on a preprint paper, where I am the first author and I worked with a few collaborators. I wonder when I'm submitting the ...
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Is my citation error considered as plagiarism?

Briefly speaking, I recently found out that my graduate research paper has some citation errors. Which is really poor citations. I cited a wrong author name (author A) for a sentence which actually ...
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How can an brand/company be credited in a paper?

Say, a brand/company like Intel provides a free service — specifically large computational resources (a cluster that could be used for AI, machine learning etc.). In business, it falls under "...
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I am a research student working on a book, should I be included as coauthor?

I realise similar questions have been asked previously, but I believe the circumstances here differ in some respects. My former boss and I worked as practitioners in a particular field for several ...
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Is it possible to ethically use an undergraduate for publishing my research as a PhD student in the following context?

Suppose I am a Ph.D. student in machine learning and have an idea about developing a model that I presume to be more efficient than existing models. Although I have a broad idea of coding to some ...
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I have written one mathematical paper which I want to publish, do I need to give professor co-authorship?

I am an undergrad student studying in the last year of my bachelor’s. I have written one paper in number theory discovering one new elementary method. I want to publish it. For mentorship I went to my ...
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Authorship Issue with Ph.D. Supervisor: Is it ethical for the first author to make less contribution to the manuscript?

I am a Ph.D. student. I recently have an issue with authorship on the paper where my advisor was the first and the corresponding author, I was the second, and our Dean was the third. I felt very ...
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PhD advisor bullies me because I refused to give him total ownership over my research and help him copy it before it's public

I developed an innovative method about which I wrote an article (not published yet) and a complete open-source library implementing it. The field is Applied Mathematics. I showed the finished work to ...
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Does stating "authors contributed equally" in a CV/interview/presentation imply that a similar statement is made in the article?

I contributed to a conference paper with a large collaboration where I another PhD student did a large part of the work. When time came to publish, all coauthors on the work verbally agreed that ...
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Should I tell my supervisor about my upcoming paper?

I'm doing a PhD on theoretical physics. The last months, I'm working on a paper that my supervisor is not aware of. I'm now finishing the paper. The idea of the paper is closely related to my PhD ...
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Who should the authors of a corrigendum be if I am correcting someone else's mistake?

My project was based on a famous paper, which, unfortunately, contains a major mistake, discovered by me. Since I already spent a huge amount of time on this direction, I submitted my "correction ...
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Authorship dispute...my PhD project was published with me listed as the 3rd author

My Ph.D. study focused on the development of a screening platform (animal-based) to screen for interesting targets that show a certain disease phenotype, and based on this I also developed a drug ...
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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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Publication on hold

I am working in the field of HCI. My relationship with my advisor turned sour due to difference of opinion and eventually I changed my advisor. Now I am stuck in a situation where my paper as a first ...
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Authorship order changed after resubmitting to another journal?

The work is a collaboration between my home university and another research group. We first submitted the work to a pretty good journal where I was the second author. But the publisher recommended we ...
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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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How can I ask the professor if I could still work with them on the proposal?

I received two Ph.D. offers this year. The offer from A came too late, which was later than the deadline for the decision of offer from B. Thus, I decided to take the offer from B. Although I have ...
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Are there a specific form when a co-author withdraws from a study?

There are 3 authors in a research paper. One of the co-authors wishes to withdraw from the study. Are there any forms that need to filled up? A form stating that the co-author has no say or hold or ...
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Should I inform a person that I am going to acknowledge him in a paper? [duplicate]

I am collaborating in a multi-authored paper in physics. In one part, I made a mathematical contribution and proved some important theorem. However, I was not sure whether my proof is quite correct. ...
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Did my professor act unethically by publishing a paper with a figure from my thesis without any acknowledgement?

Title says it all, but for specifics.. Just found out my thesis advisor published a paper last year using a figure from my thesis. The thesis is in embargo until later this year. I do have be honest ...
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Is it appropriate to discuss authorship while proposing collaboration?

I have a theory that I cannot test myself. A group that doesn't know me has the proprietary data needed to test it, and I think they could test it fairly easily (hours to weeks of work, I think). I ...
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Submitting two articles to the same journal at the same time similar ideas but different surgeries?

I am part of two different labs that are studying very similar things. One is the impact of smoking on elbow or shoulder replacement, and the other is the impact of smoking on wrist replacement. They ...
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How to politely and diplomatically ask one "half-senior“ coauthor to contribute more?

In our discipline we are equal coauthors ordered alphabetically. We have one most senior coauthor (advisor) who supplied the idea and edited the manuscript, two junior coauthors who have done most of ...
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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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When a name should be on a paper as an author in computer science?

I am working on using machine learning approaches for medical image analysis. What is the minimum requirement for someone to be added as a co-author in a conference paper? Thanks
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Can my supervisor force me to publish my master’s thesis?

I defended my master’s thesis in engineering. My advisor didn't help me much. Now he wants to publish the thesis as a scientific article. Even if he will write the article, I don't want the project to ...
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Is authorship justified for performing an experiment 7 years ago, which is published? We just used samples from that experiment for a new analysis

7 years ago, a mouse experiment was performed, and samples are still available for further analysis. This mouse experiment is already published with a certain readout. Now, we publish a whole ...
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Is it academically allowed to change authorship when resubmit and equal contribution?

We had a paper rejected where I was the first author. The second author and I almost had the same level of contribution to the paper. Now we are resubmitting the paper to another journal. However, due ...
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My supervisor is planning to publish a research paper from results and analysis from my thesis without including me as a co-author. What to do? [duplicate]

I have been working on a project for a year, doing all the lab work and gathering all the main data and then I wrote my master thesis on it. There were some additional data necessary for the final ...
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Problems with my boss in academia: who to ask for some advice in Austria?

I have some problems with my boss at a university. The problem does not only include cooperative aspects. It also involves some problems related to a post-doc project that I developed and that I gave ...
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Code/package developed by others - citation or co-authorship?

Say in one of my projects, I am using someone elses code in a published paper. The method is novel and therefore I also have some general discussion on how to apply the developed code in GitHub. Am I ...
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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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Coauthors just because advisors, how to deny?

Two advisors of my coauthor for a paper I'm first-authoring were listed few days before final submission. As far as I see, they did not contribute to this paper, nor have even read it. Sparing my ...
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My research supervisor has asked if he can submit a paper on my work to a journal, should I be named as an author?

My research supervisor has asked me if he can submit a paper on my work to a journal. I just want to know how that works. Do I get authorship if he is the sole writer of the paper, even though it is ...
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Is it ethical to deny someone co-authorship who had not had the chance to contribute to the text itself?

Since I am a fairly new researcher in the process of building a track record for myself I'd like feedback on whether I behaved correctly in the following situation. I was part of a small, short-term ...
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Is it ethical to give paper authorship in exchange for financially supporting a research project?

Would it be unethical to earn money by putting people's name in my papers? In a sense, these people would be sponsoring the paper so I believe it is fair to have their names on it. Edit 1: In case ...
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Dealing with an exploitative co-author

I have, unfortunately, ended up working with a truly awful co-author on three separate projects. The problem with this co-author is easy to summarise: he contributes almost nothing to the projects, ...
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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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Does it make sense to provide a 'CRediT statement' when I am the sole author?

CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) offers 14 roles that, when enumerated alongside a mult-authored publication, renders individual contributions visible. Here is a simple example from this paper (...
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Can I mention in my CV a legislative bill that I wrote, but which is also not yet approved or deliberated upon by congress?

I'm applying for a doctoral scholarship, and the scholarships office told me to mention in my CV all my academic and professional research publications/authored works. Now, I once worked with a ...
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Should a research assistant have the right to use their PIs research (data and ideas) independently?

I recently found out that a research assistant had made unconsulted plans to present, and possibly publish, a paper as a single author on the basis of a study conducted for their principal ...
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