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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A person added his name to my articles

Almost a decade ago, when I was a young student, one of my professors invited me to make a tiny undergraduate research under his supervision. The idea was to solve an optimization problem with ...
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Can I submit an abstract paper (one page) with three authors to EDBT conference? [on hold]

We want to submit an unfinished paper as an abstract paper (only one page) to EDBT 2020 conference but we are not sure if they accept abstract papers with three authors.
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Does it look good to have a paper without your PhD advisor as an author?

I am a senior PhD student in computer science. I have published several papers with my PhD advisor already. Someone told me that, when applying for faculty positions, it looks good to have a peer-...
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Is it rude to ask your professor to NOT put you as co-author of a paper?

I am working as a research engineer for my professor. He told me to write a conference paper from the master’s thesis of one of his graduate students, since I am working in the same field. After ...
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Paper published using my work

During my master thesis I have been working on a project. The professor used a good bunch of my work and included it in a publication. She even requested some of the data at the beginning of the year, ...
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Should I leave the first authorship of our paper to the student who did the project whereas I solved it?

I (as a Ph.D. student) supervised a masters project. In particular, I defined the problem statement and prepared a sketch of the solution, that is, the steps which had to be done to achieve the ...
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Submitting two articles to the same journal at the same time

I was wondering about the acceptability of submitting two papers to the same journal at the same time. (I see some similar questions here, but they don't quite address my particular situation.) My ...
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Inclusion of a non-contributor co-author [closed]

On the last day before the submission of our paper, a Ph.D. student in my group got her name added on the paper. She did not do anything but reformulate a sentence in our manuscript. I replied to that ...
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How can I oppose my advisor granting gift authorship to a collaborator?

I am a masters' student. I have written an article, which was part of my thesis. This was my first article. After I handed it over to my professor, it was highly commended. My professor was not the ...
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Are there any precedences for sombody being held accountable for a mistake in a textbook? [migrated]

In most modern-day textbooks, especially the ones I've read, a disclaimer is always present which states that the author or the publishing body has tried its best to siphon out all errors, however, in ...
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Can I add a link to my website in a paper I'm coauthoring?

I'm writing a paper with a professor. I want to put a link to my website in the paper. I am first author, so I'm wondering if the following is okay: Bob Smith, Slifer University, https://BobSmith.io ...
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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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Extended paper - should I keep someone who virtually had no contribution?

I had a paper accepted at a conference and want to extend it with some new material based on the comments and submit it to a journal. One of the co-authors was added to the conference paper because ...
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my first authorship paper from my PhD was changed at last minute to a co-authorship… is it gonna affect in any way my career?

I recently finished my PhD in Developmental Biology in the US, but I left a couple of experiments completed prior to finishing the paper. (This paper was developed during the course of my PhD and has ...
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How to protect your authorship when trapped in “collaboration”?

Some time ago, my advisor has put me working together with some group colleagues on a very loosely defined theoretical physics project. From the beginning, I didn't like this too much because I felt ...
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My First Authorship was Turned into a Second Authorship without Informing me [duplicate]

Early this year, I had a surgery-related study in rats and today I just found out my first authorship got turned into the second authorship in the final manuscript my PI planned to submit. For the ...
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Possible new type of plagiarism tool [closed]

I was wondering if there is a platform or a tool that can flag papers for being plagiarised? Brief: let's say I am researching on topic X and have used Y as a reference paper. But while through the ...
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Shared credit for independent discoveries

I've always wondered how credit for scientific discoveries is attributed. Take this example from Wikipedia: The Merkle–Damgård construction was described in Ralph Merkle's Ph.D. thesis in 1979. ...
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An Author without an Affiliation

We are preparing a manuscript to be submitted to a peer-reviewed international journal. We have an author that contributed significantly to our research work in which we would like to include her as a ...
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Ethics of not including a contributor as coauthor?

Someone (call him Peter) contributed to part of a paper I've written. This occurred over the course of numerous emails (we've never met in person). I am including those results in the paper, and ...
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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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Article re-submission - PI is not responding to requests

I, a PhD student, was first author of an article with several co-authors under a PI. We submitted the article to a journal and it was rejected. Is there a common practice for resubmitting work? Can ...
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multiple authors format for saving space

I am submitting the final version for an ACM sponsored conference and I am dubious about what would be the correct format to include multiple authors (with multiple I mean more than tree). The ACM ...
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Co-author wants to remove herself in author list after revisions

I am a graduate student (biological sciences) and had a collaborator and a co-author who wanted her name removed from the list of authors after she is not satisfied with the revisions made. Just to ...
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How to communicate with the co-authors regarding the work (paper)

I am working on a project, where I am the author of the idea. Also, I found the data (open-source) that can work well with the idea of the paper. I invited one of my colleagues to work with me on ...
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Can a cat be a co-author in academic paper? [duplicate]

One of the most famous cat physicians must be F. D. Willard, who co-authored many physical papers. My question is simple: Is it academically correct to have a cat/dog as a co-author of a paper, in ...
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Is gift authorship for PhD advisors rampant in academia? [duplicate]

I have had an issue with my PhD advisor where they were essentially attempting to coerce me into inappropriately adding them as a co-author on a paper that they had no part in. They agreed that they ...
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Can you switch the co-first author position after the article is published?

Can you switch the position of the first co-first author with the second co-first author of an article after it is published? Full story: During my PhD, I published two articles, both as the first ...
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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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Authorship dispute on a paper that came out of a final report of a course?

Background: I had a course about 1 year and half ago that is required to do a simulation for its final report. I developed my idea about simulation based on some papers I read and wrote a proposal ...
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Can I add a poster session to my CV if I wasn't there but had my name on it?

I worked on research that was presented as a poster session at a conference. However, I was not the first author and didn't attend the conference, but my name was on the poster. Is it still okay to ...
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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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Is it acceptable to be listed as an author based only on technical assitance?

I am a PhD student in bioinformatics/computational biology. A year or two ago I helped a fellow student using a software package she needed for creating a certain type of figures for her project. This ...
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co-authorship of the unresponsive and careless advisor?

My paper, that is part of my thesis, has been accepted to a conference as a part of the poster session. In the paper, I have mentioned my gratitutes to my supervisors. In fact, an unofficial ...
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Ownership of a PhD Student's Research

I am a PhD student in theoretical computer science. It is my understanding that if I work on a paper without my PhD advisor (which is common in my research area) and without any lab resources then ...
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How do you Protect Your Academic Work? [duplicate]

I'm a masters degree student trying to figure out how publications and co-authorship work. I know that the school/PI retains legal ownership of any monetary profits that may result from the work, so ...
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My professor has told me he will be the corresponding author. Will it hurt my future career?

I recently got acceptance in an SCI journal, and my professor has told me that he will be a corresponding author (CA) even though I have done almost all the work. Does not being the corresponding ...
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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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How ethical is the practice of including spouses as co-authors when they are in the same field?

I've noticed many situations where a researcher will put their spouses as co-authors in a paper. This is commonly seen in situations where both spouses are in the same field. Valid collaboration ...
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How to change corresponing author during review process

I recently graduated my PhD and will take on a new opportunity next month. To follow up two papers that I have submitted a couple of months ago, which are still under review (during a very lengthly ...
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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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Should a postdoc advisor be on a journal article published out of the postdoc's PhD Thesis?

My friend is in a new postdoc position. Her PhD thesis is unpublished. Her new adviser hired her with the mandate that she get it published (or a paper based upon it) in a good journal, with his help. ...
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Significance of senior author in China

While the issue of being the first or the corresponding author is China has been discussed in this forum, the significance of the senior author, or final author has not been addressed. We are working ...
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My co-supervisor wants authorship in a paper he didn't contribute

I have two supervisors, in different countries, one in home institute who sent me as an exchange student to the host institute, where I closely worked with another co-supervisor who significantly ...
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Changing ordering of authorship in a proceeding

In the field of applied math where a paper has been accepted for a conference presentation (talk), is it common for the ordering of the authors to be changed for a proceeding that entails thereafter?
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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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Should I refuse to be named as co-author of a low quality paper?

During my bachelor I did a research internship in another country for a few months and contributed to a research project which is now, a few years later, going to be published. The research is in a ...
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Submitting manuscripts from a phd thesis when my supervisor is not available to review the final draft due to health issues

I'm planning to submit papers from my completed PhD thesis (finished less than a year ago) but recently found that unfortunately, my supervisor who had a significant contribution to my thesis is not ...
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What to do when an advisor takes credit for a grant proposal?

I've been writing a big grant proposal for the last few months and I am almost done. I asked my advisor to read it and give me advice on content, and he has yet to read it. He's always saying he'll "...
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Co-first authorship. To give up or not to give up

I am a graduate student working in life science. I have started a computational project three years ago which is about to be done soon. There is a post doc who joined this project two years ago by ...