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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The trend of multi-authored papers and the contribution of an individual researcher

I remember having read something along the lines that the effectiveness of researchers' work, i.e. the amount of their overall individual contribution has reduced w/ the rising trend of multi-authored ...
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Change of author sequence after accept with shepherding

Is it ethical to change the author sequence in paper that has been accepted with shepherding at an ACM conference? How likely is it that the shepherds will raise questions on such a change?
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How to work authorship of software developed with another University

I am supervising a PhD student, enrolled at another University, where the co-supervisor is employed. We developed some useful software in her thesis and published 3 papers. In this development another ...
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What can happen to a paper submitted without co-author knowledge

Every answer in this related question has some phrasing about it being unethical or, as the first answer "does not have the right". Does a supervisor have right to submit paper without consents of ...
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Can I ask to be the first co-author?

I am working in a lab as a research assistant for the last 3 years. During this time, I published three papers (1 first author) and three of them were published in good journals. In one of my ...
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Should I agree to my supervisor's request to place him as first author of my paper?

I published 3 papers as first author. Now, my supervisor requested me to place him as first author in my 4th paper. Should I agree to my supervisor's request to place him as first author of my paper? ...
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Co-author refuses to share final manuscript or list of submissions

While completing my PhD, I was assisted by my advisor in writing three papers. Because he had to go on medical leave for a period, we have been slow in getting them submitted for publication. (He did ...
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Can I ask my advisor to drop authorship for a journal submission?

Update: I talked with my advisor about (1) the possibility of asking the editor about submitting our paper this journal X and (2) the possibility of me as the sole author to submit this paper. She ...
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How to salvage a paper when the lead author gave up publishing it and refuses to communicate

I am a postdoc, and some time ago a professor in my department introduced me to her research assistant to work together on something related to their project I was not part of. I was interested ...
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Order of authors for a tenure-track assistant professor in the USA: second author after Ph.D. student or last author?

I am a second-year Assistant Professor in an engineering department at a US university. I did my Ph.D. in a non-US university and post-docs in the USA. I have a two papers that my Ph.D. students are ...
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Is providing funding enough reason to be a corresponding author? [duplicate]

There are quite a few questions regarding corresponding authorship on this community, but I was curious about a case where professors (P.I.'s) get their names as the corresponding author because they ...
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Removing co-authors after re-running study

2 years ago, as a PhD student in Department X at a European university, I designed and ran a study and then over the next year wrote it up for submission to decent but not top-level journals. I did ...
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Not able to find peers to publish with. Will publishing alone affect the credibility of the paper?

I am a Master's student, and I'm nearly done with my first paper draft. Although the paper I am currently working on will be published with my advisor, I want to work in research areas that my advisor ...
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Question about adding co-first author

The subject of authorship is always a bit challenging, but here's a dilemma: Person A recently graduated from a PhD program in Molecular, Cell Biology. Prior to graduating, A submitted his manuscript ...
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In computer science, which place should corresponding author be listed?

My supervisor, a master student and I just drafted and submitted a paper. My supervisor is the corresponding author and I want to put him as the last author. But he wants second place and the master ...
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Can a first author of a pre-print be demoted in the version sent to a journal?

Can a PI decide to submit to a journal a previously agreed manuscript, uploaded to a pre-print server, and swap the first author with someone else after introducing some changes in the writing? Would ...
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Dispute over order of authors

Consider this situation. A research plan is formulated for a masters student (M) collectively by a professor (P) and a PhD student (G). M runs the experiments but has no idea how to extract knowledge ...
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Do single-author papers actually further scientific progress?

I have just submitted revisions for my first single-author paper, and it was awful (pronounced with all the exaggerated fervor of a whiny millenial). Nothing triggers feelings of inadequacy and self-...
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What should I say about a publication that I have not contributed to?

I am currently an undergraduate student and I am applying for research Masters/PhD in the US. I joined a research group before to help out on a part of a project. My coworker in this group, a PhD ...
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Supervisor published my thesis figures without including me as an author

The supervisor for my PhD thesis has recently published a paper with another student. In this paper, the other student has replicated one of the chapters of my PhD thesis for publication. For ...
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Former supervisor authorship

I used available data from my PhD study database in a new independent post doc study. In this study, except for the raw data available, every other aspects are new (study design, hypotheses, analyses,...
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Regarding Publication Authorship

I worked with this teammate on a 4-people class group project. We did research, conceived ideas and prototyped the concept together. I just found out that he is publishing this research work with ...
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What type of paper is this and how should I input it into JabRef?

As a follow up to this question I am now trying to use JabRef along with @Jonas Steins python script to manage a small literature database on my local machine. I came across the following conference ...
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I did at least half of the work, I am not cited in the presentations

For some context, I am enrolled in a PhD in applied mathematics. There is a recent work where I, my thesis adviser and a friend of his in industry have worked together, with at least half of the work ...
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What order should authors be on arXiv.org for equal contribution authorships?

If everyone made an equal contribution in effort to write the paper, but no on the team but myself decided to post the paper on arXiv and no one opposed my decision to arXiv post, should I myself, the ...
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Who decides authorship order?

I completed my Ph.D. a few months ago, but it was 4 years of a living hell. My PI was super abusive, I had severe depression and when I said I wanted to defend (6 months earlier than the deadline) ...
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Why do some papers have 10-20 co-authors? [duplicate]

I am new to the field of academia, and when performing a literature review for really any topic, I am puzzled as to why some papers have so many co-authors. Most papers have only about 1-5 authors ...
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Is doing research alone and publishing solo frowned upon by colleagues and superiors in engineering sciences? [closed]

Research has become more and more complex and difficult to be successfully conducted by a single person. However, there are fields (such as some branches of engineering) in which a researcher can ...
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In mathematics, is it a problem if all research is joint with senior co-authors?

If a mathematics postdoc's publications are all co-authored with established senior co-authors (e.g. advisors), could it be a problem when applying for tenure-track jobs? I wonder in particular if ...
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Finishing with only 2 papers (both co-authorship)

So, I am about to gain my PhD degree in Biochemistry (Cancer biochemistry) in december. But I'll have finished it only with 2 papers (3rd one, which is the one totally about my thesis project is due ...
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Becoming professor and showing autonomy - when to exclude supervising professor from co-authorship

Following common scenario: You wrote a proposal for a larger several million € research project with several university partners after your PhD, the project got funded and you are the project manager,...
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Do papers ever get published posthumously? [duplicate]

What is the longest discrepancy between death and publication?
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politely refusing authorship opportunity?

I (a grad student) first-authored a paper with my ex-PI and some colleagues. The paper was rejected from a journal. Meanwhile, this ex-PI also bullied me, did something else that was hurtful, and did ...
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Who should be author in an application note

Work leading to the application note During the c(o)urse of my PhD studies, I have written some analysis tools. I later collaborated with another PhD student to developed a proper analysis ...
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Developed technique but was not added as co-author

I developed a novel technique (from 2016 until my graduation in August 2019) in my area of study as a PhD student. I transferred the technique to another PhD student, which took all of Fall 2018. ...
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How is the corresponding author on a (math) paper typically chosen?

I am preparing a joint paper with my mentor. I am a math postdoc. How is the corresponding author generally chosen? What are the benefits of being the corresponding author? Is it better for a post-doc'...
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My name was added to manuscript as co-author without my consent; how to get it removed?

My name has been included in a paper submitted to a peer-reviewed journal without my consent, however I did not contributed anything to it. The corresponding author, a former colleague of mine, ...
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Can I use a method I developed or a data collected with a group in my project with another group?

I have developed a method/measure in a project supervised by my PhD advisor, and (a rather limited version of) this method appeared very useful in a project I'm working on in collaboration with a ...
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Published paper without advisor's name while receiving stipend from her grant

I know people have asked similar questions before but I feel my situation is somewhat different. I met a graduate student at a conference and we realized that we had a very similar research idea and ...
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Should I be an author on another PhD student's paper if I went to their meetings and gave advice?

My PhD supervisor (in the field of artificial intelligence) invited me to several meetings with another PhD student. Since I have more knowledge than my supervisor in some topics, I made many ...
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Does it look good to have a paper without your PhD advisor as an author? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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A question about authors listed as having “contributed equally”

There are few collaborating authors on the following list: Tom Cruise*, Will Smith*, Jackie Chan, Robert John Downey Jr., etc. *: These authors contributed equally. Tom Cruise is corresponding ...
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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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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 ...