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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International Code of Ethics for order of co-authors in research papers

In many cases it so happens that multiple workers are involved in a research problem under the supervision of group leader. We will assume that group leader is the corresponding author of a manuscript....
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Why do people sometimes put authors with equal contribution in non-alphabetical order?

I've seen papers (e.g., in Science) where the first two authors are listed in non-alphabetical order, and yet there are asterisks behind their names to say that they contributed equally. It seems ...
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How to tell my PhD supervisors I want to publish without them?

I have had poor supervision from both my supervisors, but one in particular. Overall, neither provided me much intellectual support while I was doing my thesis in psychology. Early on, they were a ...
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We or “the authors”?

Now, say authors A and B are writing their second paper. Which is more appropriate, or which sounds better. Referring to their previous work as "we researched/we surveyed" or "the authors researched/...
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Do I have to make someone coauthor if he/she solves a problem in StackExchange, asked by myself, which is later used in my paper? [duplicate]

Suppose, in my research (mathematical) I have a critical step that I need to solve, and, due to various reasons I cannot find decent answer to that step by myself or by contacting friends or ...
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Exchanging co-authorship for proofreading?

Is it an ethical practice to offer co-authorship on a paper to a graduate student in exchange for proofreading the paper? By proofreading, I mean fixing small grammatical or spelling errors right ...
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Co-author illegitimately using results?

Alice, Bob and Carlos are coauthors on two papers, based at different institutions. They are listed in that order, with Alice the corresponding author. Both papers have been published as preprints, ...
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Does still it matter to be the “first author” nowadays [duplicate]

It used to be that the first author (meaning, the author whose name comes before the others) is thought to have contributed most to the publication. But in the last couple of decades, it seems that ...
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How can a miscitation in google scholar be corrected?

I discovered that the journal article Ten Migrant Returnees Ilongos, Mindanao Vignettes and the Memory of Nation published by the Philippine Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (PJSSH) which I ...
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Can my doctoral adviser take my dissertation and publish it without me?

I'm a doctoral student who is trying to graduate. The requirement at my university is that students write 3 publishable manuscripts. Because my adviser knows that I don't want to stay at my current ...
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Authorship of an article based on semester project

I was teaching a graduate course in previous semester. One of my student implemented an idea I discussed with him during semester project. The results are astonishing and we decided to publish our ...
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Is it fine to post a paper to arxiv and later change the title and add authors?

I have paper with very new contributions but it needs at least one month to finish perfectly. I am afraid that someone eat my launch and publish on the area. My advisor suggests adding the paper to ...
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Author removal from a published paper [duplicate]

I have been one of the co-authors of a published paper 8 years ago. In those years I was an undergrad student. So, I had no significant scientific contribution to this paper. I have just finished my ...
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Re-submission of rejected manuscript without informing co-authors

A paper we submitted was rejected without a review because of journal scope issues. After the rejection, I decided to send the same manuscript content (changed formats only according to the journal's ...
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Author order - seniority vs contribution

I have a manuscript (in the field of biomedical research) close to submission with four authors: me (as first author) (ME), my ex-boss (as senior author) (EB) and two more authors of which one is a ...
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Author order when senior and lead author same person

I have an article I'm writing where I'm the senior author, but I also did the majority of the work and wrote the paper. I have two co-authors who have also contributed. In my field (physical sciences)...
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Is it ethical to remove your co-authorship shortly before submission?

I am in a situation when I am a co-author of a manuscript. I returned back to this manuscript after several months and I don't think it should be published as it is. I am not the main author and my co-...
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How to find out whether my advisor expects to be author of a paper to which she did not contribute?

I am a postdoc and I prepared a paper that is now ready for submission. I did this work by myself. I know that adding my advisor as an author would violate authorship standards, but it is a widespread ...
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Two co-first author publications vs. one second author + one first author publication [closed]

Hypothetically, which of these authorship scenarios would look better to the eyes of a potential employer in the academic world of biology/bioengineering from the perspective of author A: Work 1: ...
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How to make a software documentation “officially” citable?

We are currently finishing the implementation of a scientific software library. It's the first project of this type for me and I'm curious, how to make the software citable in a similar way to Molpro ...
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As a postgrad student, is it appropriate not to add my supervisor's name on publication?

Let me summarize the complicated state of affairs, as follows: This summer, I was cooperating with the other team in a spin off project, we decided to publish the results, so I prepared the paper. ...
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How to request that collaborators add my supervisor's name to a manuscript

I am collaborating with a foreign author. As I am still pursuing my degree, I have to add my supervisor's name in that paper, even though my supervisor has not contributed to the preparation of this ...
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Can I get in trouble if I submit my own paper as a sole author while employed as a research fellow?

I am a research fellow at my current university. I have been working under a very difficult line manager and we could just not be on the same page. I would be asked to publish 1 paper a month, ...
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Will a journal reject my paper just because a grad student is the sole author?

I have been working on a topic(numerical analysis) for several years, and I discovered something new which can be verified by numerical experiments. But my supervisor doesn't allow me to publish it, ...
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wrong authors name [duplicate]

i have published a conference paper but in google scholar under the paper the authors name are wrong. It does not show my name or any other authors name of the original paper. It shows different ...
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My supervisor published our work without informing us. Can we retract the paper from the conference in anyway? [duplicate]

We (myself and my thesis partner) worked on a research work in 2017 as part of our undergrad thesis course in our university under a supervisor. We successfully defended our thesis in our thesis ...
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My adviser wants to be the first author

I am working on a paper after finishing my Masters. I did all the lab research and writing of the manuscript. My professor was only involved to guide me throughout the research and read my writing and ...
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Who deserves to be first and second author? PhD student who collected data, research associate who wrote the paper or supervisor? [closed]

I am composing a manuscript using data collected by a PhD student over two years. She doesn't have enough statistical or analytical skill to publish her work. On top of that, language is also a huge ...
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Is being the second author always good?

I work in an institute where I am more concerned with Development of systems and solutions rather than actual research, but of course the head is a professor and writing papers is an important task ...
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When submitting an extended version, is it mandatory to include all authors of the original paper?

In my field, it's a common practice to publish a work at a conference first, then extend it (typically with 25%-40% more content) and submit it for publication in a journal. Often the extension is ...
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Does my lab head need to be a co-author on my manuscript?

I am a biology student working in a laboratory. I am planning to submit a solo author paper to a journal/book. I conceived the work, drafted and revised it. My question is if I need to include my ...
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Can I retract my name from an already published manuscript?

I'm a co-author on a paper that was published in a Nature family journal some months ago because of my scientific contribution to the work presented there. I've discovered that the first author of ...
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Editor asked me why to change the corresponding author

I have one accepted manuscript waiting to be published. During the proof, I changed the corresponding author from me to my postdoc adivsor. Editor now asked why I made such a change. What happened ...
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Project guide asks for authorship without any contributions – how to proceed?

Our computer-science curriculum mandates that we produce a paper about a research project: We set the topic. We get a professor assigned as a project guide. The paper has to be published at a peer-...
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What should be the order of the authors in a paper? [duplicate]

Should the first author be the one that worked the most? And then by the amount of work order (descending), but the last one the most-senior researcher? Are there other ways? Which ones? Does it ...
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Post-doc wants to break his promise of including me on author list

I am a master student, working for X lab of Y university as a research assistant. 3 months ago, a post-doc(my direct supervisor) recruited me into a project when he wanted to submit his paper within ...
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How to resolve authorship issue of a conference paper?

I work in an research institute in a german university. My institute does not work in my area of research (Spacecraft GNC) but they got funding for a project in this area for which I was hired (when I ...
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Should I aim at publishing a single-author paper on my PhD?

This is the situation. I'm a 2nd-year PhD student in Computer Science. The research group I belong to is very large, and during my first two years I have worked with many different people from the ...
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How to avoid a hostile takeover of first authorship during medical leave?

A colleague has approached me with a tough situation. I'm unsure how to advise her. She is a postdoc, and will soon take a month-long planned medical leave. Her adviser, a senior research scientist, ...
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How to request to be co-corresponding author

We had a paper accepted in one of the top biology journals (IF=15). It is a work in which I participated in the part of computational biology, and was submitted by a colleague, she being the ...
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Publishing paper after graduation without advisor's name

I recently submitted a paper derived from my masters thesis to a journal. Before submission, I sent an email to my masters adviser but did not get any reply. I guess he might have forgotten my name or ...
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How to avoid authorship drama in this situation? [closed]

There are so many posts regarding authorship disputes on this site. How can my friend, A, avoid such a drama in the following situation? A and another graduate student, B, are in the same PhD ...
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Is it appropriate to cite a piece of academic work when the author has been charged with child pornography?

It has recently come to my attention that a renowned scholar in my field whose academic journals have been highly influential in my area of research has recently been charged with child pornography. ...
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Should I add a person who left my group to my evolved paper?

The answer, in theory, is trivial -- add them if you think they contributed -- but there are some nuances... 1) This person (who left about 4 months ago) was a more senior researcher (not Prof. title,...
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How to frame/explain that I built datasets used on several publications, but I'm not on the papers

I was wondering how I could frame/explain in my CV that I built the datasets used in several publications outside of my field. I'm in the health sciences but have worked for a couple social science ...
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What should PhD students do when they are told to add authors who did not contribute to the paper (e.g., head of school, international funders)?

There's a department at my university where the head of department is routinely put as author on papers he didn't contribute to, and where researchers from overseas who had no input (but who provide ...
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Remove co-author for ethical violation?

My co-authors and I are preparing to submit a major project manuscript. Unfortunately, we have just learned that one of the persons involved in the project has committed major scientific ethical ...
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Gender, Independence, and Authorship [closed]

I have attended a few panels on applying to post-doctoral/junior faculty positions, and the topic of authorship and research direction always came up. All of the faculty on these panels noted that ...
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When you're collaborating with another group, how do you decide which one is the first author of the paper?

Say, A and B are two PhD students working on the same project, and C is their supervisor. D and E are two students working on a similar project to A and B's, and F is D and E's supervisor. The other ...
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Article: Author information when occupation has changed [duplicate]

I'm currently the main author of a paper. The work was performed when I was working at university X. However, I will start at a new university Y in one month, and the conference I'm presenting the ...