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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...