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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I was part of a research work, but not going to be included in the paper

I'm a student. I was part of a collaboration with a different lab. I worked extensively with another student (and sometimes alone) for several months to produce material that was later used in the ...
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Is it okay for a co-author to share an unfinished manuscript with others?

I am a PhD student, I recently sent a draft of a paper to six co-authors to get final revisions before submitting to a journal. One of my co-authors responded saying they had sent to manuscript to ...
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Coauthorship or not

A year ago I began work on a problem. Shortly after I began in earnest, I told a very knowledgeable colleague about it. Because she is a person with catholic interests, she listened carefully and then ...
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Include my former PhD advisor in publication or submit by myself?

I have been doing basic molecular biology research since 2001 and am now doing other things that I love, but I still work with molecular biology. I was working with my protein of interest during my ...
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Being a coauthor of a retracted paper should I mention it in my CV while applying for a PhD? I want to be transparent would it affect my PhD chances?

During my Masters Thesis project I helped two of my batch mates with their project who worked in a different lab. It was related to analyzing micro-array datasets from NCBI deposited data. Since, I ...
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PhD student's authorship - clarifying contributions in publications between two supervisors

As a theoretical physics PhD student, I work under the guidance of both a main supervisor (M-S) and a co-supervisor (C-S) who is based in a different research organization and is consulted ...
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Should I offer co-authorship to colleagues who worked on a problem with me only initially?

I am a postdoc in theoretical aspects of CS/ML working on a quite theoretical problem. I discussed it extensively with two colleagues for a while. We all dedicated working hours to it, however, none ...
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Lead Authorship Conflict

I’m working on a paper with two colleagues. It all started out with a broad idea that they had. They were coming to me, asking me to do the data analysis (survey data). At the beginning I had the lead ...
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Ordering Co-Authors in a Large Research Team: Best Practices?

I am currently involved in a research project that has an unusually large team of about 40 co-authors. Given the extensive number of contributors, we are facing a significant challenge in determining ...
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Choosing Between Monetary Compensation or Last Authorship in a Research Project Outside My Field [closed]

I have recently been presented with an opportunity to contribute to a research project by creating a dataset, a task that would take approximately 100 hours of work. The project is not directly ...
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How long does one give coauthors to review a draft before submission?

I am a somewhat new PI, and have gotten a request to submit an invited article. My PhD student whom I have asked to author the paper is taking a long time to finish a draft, and the second deadline ...
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Is it ok that I am a first author on my predecessor paper?

My predecessor did all the experiments and included them in his thesis but he didn't have the complete analysis done and there were some mistakes in his analysis. Now that the paper is ready after I ...
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Supervisor pressures me to co-author his paper

The title says it all: my supervisor pressures me to co-author one of his papers. The paper is based on a study which was performed by a student in our department. In the very first weeks of the ...
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Leaving paper before publication due to personal ethics stance

During my postdoc, I began to question the morality of a part of my group's research project. But I kept working on it, and a year later, we submitted the paper to a journal with me as first author. ...
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How to politely ask for credits in a shared project?

I am a PhD candidate working on a component of a larger, transnational project that my professor got funded by an external donor. In this project, I am to work with two other PhD candidates and a ...
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How can a new corresponding author upload a manuscript using the same portal?

I submitted an article to IEEE access and during all the process I was the corresponding author. The paper was finally accepted, but in order to secure funding for the APC I need to make my professor ...
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Unable to decide if I wait for my coauthor for indefinite time? Not sure even if my coauthor deserves authorship

I am PhD student in mathematics, from Aisa region. I started a project in 2020 and a (assistant) professor from Europe formally promised to work together. This is my old question here, here, and here....
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Co-author university affiliation on a paper while on leave as a student

I am currently not an active student at my university since I decided to go on leave, although I plan to return Fall of 2024 to finish my undergraduate studies there. After of a variety of ...
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Advisor-student collaboration (or lack thereof) and paper authorship in mathematics: how does it work?

In (pure?) mathematics, author order on papers is alphabetical, based on the assumption that all authors contribute equally (e.g. as discussed here and explained in this statement from the AMS). ...
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My name was published on abstract but my name was not published on the final manuscript?

Can I send a letter to the editor and get my name published on the paper if my name was published on the abstract but not the final accepted manuscript. How should I best handle this sensitive ...
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Can a coauthor do the presentation at a conference?

I am the first author of a research paper I did under the supervision of my teacher (note that I am a BSc student of computer science). My paper got accepted at a conference. Now I have to present the ...
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Authorship: PI has put themself first and others alphabetical. Is this reasonable?

I’m looking for some thoughts on authorship ordering (social sciences). As a post-doc I was tasked with writing a research report. I have drafted the full original report manuscript. The report ...
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Request for Changes to the Author List

I need to change the corresponding author in my paper. The journal asked to submit a form which is about changes in the author list. The text is as follows : Do I still need to submit this form. I ...
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Misunderstanding in the author list. Doing valuable suggestions during group meeting suffices to be considered as a co-author? [duplicate]

In the framework of a collaborative project (i.e. 10 universities of the same country got granted money to do research using different approaches in the same topic), i was hired to develop a model. ...
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Is there a chain-of-command among authors for settling disputes in the textual content of the paper?

Context : Let us say we had submit a paper in microbiology, received reviews and are discussing changes to be made for better explanation to the reviewers. The authors are a grad student and two ...
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If one of your research partners stops working halfway but doesn't withdraw what should you do?

I am about to start a research project with two other people. I was wondering if there are any countermeasures if someone stops working halfway through but doesn't officially withdraw. Do I still have ...
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Do people care about single-author works in quantum information theory?

I am a junior postdoc (completed one and a half years) working in the field of quantum information theory. I was told by my PhD advisor that single-author papers don’t really matter in physics. They ...
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What to do when professor doesn't want to work with you anymore, but you want to submit past work done with him?

During the penultimate semester of my undergrad studies, I had approached a professor with a research idea, which he approved and both of us started working on it. We made substantial progress, but ...
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Agreed to contribute to a paper, turned out to be more work than they said, now I think I should be upgraded in the authors list. How I proceed?

So, this is a story that has a lot of minor details and twists and turns that are more complex than I am able to write and keep you, the reader, with your attention. I was invited to participate in a ...
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Is it possible to edit name in a paper at the stage of pre-proof correction after acceptance?

I am a part of a collaboration in an article. The paper is accepted in a journal and we are asked to check the pre-proof version. Now I see initial part of my name is missing. For, example if my name ...
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Is it ethical if I claim the first authorship as I own the idea and the implementation but I do not test the method myself?

I have an idea for a new approximation method. I am pretty sure that it works, but I don't know how well it works compared to the existing methods. However, I do not have a lot of time to pursue the ...
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Can my supervisor publish a relevant work to my PhD without citing my published dissertation?

I was a PhD student at an american university, and I graduated last year. After graduation, there are few papers that were sent for publications before my graduation. Because of an authorship dispute ...
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How to list paper on CV where one is not listed as author

I used to be in the lab of a professor at a top 10 US university with an h-index of 90+ (essentially very well respected). I was working with a PhD student in the same group on a paper (the professor ...
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Toxic former PI trying to block me from publication [closed]

I was a Master's student and worked as an RA for a professor. I signed a contract and submitted. The professor would assign me work on a weekly basis. By the end of my RAship, I asked the professor to ...
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Should first authorship be given to the one who proposes an algorithm or the one who implements the algorithm?

I have written detailed, low-level pseudocode for a new algorithm and would like to implement it in C++ instead of Python or R. However, I don't know how to program in C++. Therefore, I want to ask my ...
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Shared second authorship

Up front, up until now I have avoided shared first-authorships, and I have no experience with this construct first hand. However, I am working on a manuscript (as a 1st author) on a clinical study ...
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Authorship Disputes and Contributions in Collaborative Research Projects

Background My colleague (referred to as X) and I collaborated on two research endeavors, termed A and B. While our overarching goals aligned, our specific inputs varied due to individual commitments, ...
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Conference paper collaboration problem, course of action

A while ago I presented at a conference where a recent PhD gave a presentation co-authored with his professor. The talk, which was about a topic similar to that of my own talk, was good. The presenter ...
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Coauthor copying text - is it plagiarism, and what should I do?

Someone I coauthored a paper with a couple of years ago has recently posted a new preprint (with some new authors) in which several paragraphs have been copied from this earlier paper; at least two ...
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How to retrieve total number of co-authors a researcher has published with?

I understand that Google Scholar offers this service, but it has limitations and does not offer the correct number of co-authors. Are there any other websites or tools to retrieve the total count of ...
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Is it ethical / legal to publish results obtained by AI if it was trained with only own results?

I understand that using AI results and publish them as your own violates academic ethics, if it is legal at all. I also understand that AI in its current state is probably far from finding new ...
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Two-author paper with thesis mentor, but the idea is entirely mine

I recently defended my master's thesis in artificial intelligence. Among other things, I invented a new algorithm that I would like to publish. The domain is natural language processing, with papers ...
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Can I write an original article/paper (as a sole author) based on a commentary I co-authored?

A while back I co-authored a commentary with a colleague. I would now like to write an original article/paper, as a sole author, based on the commentary I co-authored. Basically, I want to extend the ...
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How to handle authorship for reports/papers?

I am currently reviewing a technical report and have direct access to the source files on Overleaf as well as communication with the author. I made some revisions to the manuscript to ensure it meets ...
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Graduated and work as a data analyst. How should I tell coworkers who use my analyses to cite my work?

I completed my PhD in Biomedical Informatics a year ago and now work as a data analyst at an academic research institution. I am the only analyst in my particular department. I've noticed that when ...
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I am writing a paper based on a clinical case previously written from two authors with whom I used to work with. Should I add them as co-author?

I am writing a paper on a rare clinical case, previously published by two authors, that in the past years used to work in the hospital in which I work now. In my paper, the case is discussed from a ...
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Independent guides for when to give authorship?

Are there any independent, widely-accepted codes of conducts or guides for when authorship should be given on a paper? Would be helpful to have these to refer to to avoid potential confusion or ...
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Co-authorship to PI in Computer Science/Statistics/Data Science

I am a postdoc in the statistics department of a mid-to-low tier EU university. I have been hired by PI and my salary comes from his grant. Immediately after I got the job last year, I was asked to ...
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Former collaborator asked for my current affiliation for co-authorship, but not sure if I want to put it

I worked in a research institute a few years ago. Since then, circumstances of life led me to work now in a small consultancy. A former collaborator reached out saying they're publishing a paper for ...
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Regarding name change after marriage [duplicate]

I have about 500 citations on Google Scholar on 10-15 of my research papers. My partner and I started talking about name change. Basically, we’re thinking of use each other’s last names as our middle ...
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