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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Determining affiliation when you are affiliated with two institutions [duplicate]

I work at a medical center doing research, and, separately, I also am a graduate student in a master's program. If I am publishing something with the research team I work with, and I supposed to also ...
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First author is against further experiments prior to publication, but corresponding author decides to do so anyway. Is this justified?

We submitted our paper and got rejected. Now we want to submit somewhere else. Me (first author) wants to submit the paper as it is, while the corresponding author wants to do further experiments. Is ...
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If I write a paper as PI, is it best to be first or last author? [duplicate]

I'm a physicist at a national lab. I recently became head of a group at my lab and am currently writing a journal paper with a few of the people in my group. Is it better to put myself as first author ...
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2nd vs 3rd author position, early in one's career does this matter?

I am collaborating on project where I originally agreed to be 3rd author, because I did not care about it all that much. My interests have changed a bit and I kind of want to lean on it a bit more as ...
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Adding name to previously published pre print in new journal

Can we add a coauthor to a previously published preprint and submit it to a peer-reviewed journal? I know we can publish the pre print in many journals but how about adding name? Please note that the ...
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How long after completing a Postdoc position should one forfeit first-authorship for unpublished data?

Usually Postdoctoral Fellows do not have the Intellectual Property (IP) for the data they collect during their positions. When a Postdoc finishes their role, research institutions can potentially use ...
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When citing your own work on a grant application, is it acceptable to change the order of authors so that your name appears first?

I review a grant application. One of the applicants, Author B, has published an article in a high impact journal as joint first author with Author A (Author A is not in the grant application). In the ...
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Do I need permission from coauthors to present a published paper at conference?

We published a paper last year when I was a student. I submitted this paper’s abstract to a conference this year after I graduated and I did not ask my coauthors about this. Now this abstract get ...
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Coauthorship for answers on Stack Exchange [duplicate]

After spending some time on math.stackexchange, my impression is that a substantial part of the questions is asked by active professional researchers (PhD, postdoc, prof., etc). Let's suppose such a ...
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Is it normal to let another person lead the writing of a project that you performed most of the analysis?

I am a final year Ph.D. collaborating with people in my lab (Biomedical) and spent more than a year on this side project which is not part of my thesis research. My results combined with some ...
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Does adding a co-author with a high citation record in a paper have an impact on the peer-review process?

While going through some papers in my research area. I have noticed the presence of an author X with a high citation record (+3000), on several research papers. Digging deeper, I have discovered that, ...
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Best Practices : Having your PhD Supervisor as your co-author?

I am in the process of writing a paper. I have done the data collection, and am in the process of analysis. But somehow my supervisor does not show much interest in my work or my research topic (i am ...
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When can a PhD student remove someone as a co-author from a paper?

I was hoping someone can help me with an issue that has been bothering me for some time. Last year I came up with an idea for a project for my PhD. I don't know why, but for some reason myself and my ...
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Feeling guilty about being second author

I'm second author on a paper I have been working on with 7 others for a while. It has to do with machine learning in medicine. I did a bit of the programming but I mostly got help from my mentors (and ...
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My supervisor wants me to sign an acknowledgement that I will not be listed as an author after I graduate. Can authorship be signed away like this?

I will be completing my PhD soon, and my supervisor is asking me to sign an IPR declaration where I have to mention the research works where I had direct or indirect contribution. However, it also ...
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How to share authorship in a 2-author paper where both contributed equally

I am currently in the following situation: Another person (not from my department) and I did a study together. The other person is an associate professor, I am a junior researcher (medical doctor). We ...
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How to keep track of projects and protect authorship

As a data scientist in biomedicine, I found myself contributing to many projects ad-hoc and pro-bono, either for analysis or writing. Submission of these project's papers can take a long time after my ...
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Rediscovering an idea - tell or hide?

I discovered an idea independently. I searched previously and found no prior work. Today, I discovered prior work completely by accident. The field's in STEM, and I'm in US. Can I still take full ...
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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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