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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Withdrawing from project I am helping in

I have been assisting with a project that my friend had come up with. I am doing the entirety of the analysis for it as they have zero research experience and are not able to do anything beyond ...
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How to decide on the order of authorship for this collaboration?

I'm in collaboration with another researcher in the field of linguistics, she wants to try machine learning algorithms/analysis on her dataset. The dataset is not published before, and the ...
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As a co-author, should I add someone who provided access to high-performance computing facilities and engineering technical support as another author?

I have two questions, a general question and a particular case question, regarding the authors of a manuscript. In general, I would like to inquire about who should be added as authors to a ...
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Co-Author from Industry collabrator

I have one question: if i did some contribution to experiment setup design /software /process model development but it I did substantial contribution to other criteria (Drafting -Logistics- Industry ...
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E-mail address to use in publications

It is customary to use one's academic e-mail address as contact address in publications; I have seen once or twice an @gmail.com address being used instead, but it simply looked unprofessional. ...
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Is it common that my work is wasted since a collaborator who is the first author does not submit the manuscript that I have worked on?

I am a postgraduate student at a research-oriented university. I had spent about 2 months to work on a project. I collaborated with another postgraduate student who is the first author. In the ...
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Should I accept authorship on large collaborations for which I have made little contribution?

I have just started a post-doc. So far all of my papers have had small author lists (4-5 people). I have just been invited as a co-author on several papers with hundreds of authors. The papers are ...
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Author contributions include statements about experiment not conducted in study

I am a graduate student submitting a computational biology paper for peer review. It is intended to be a “methodology paper” for the journal. Our paper uses new methodology to analyze several public ...
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Authorship crisis

I was recruited as a PhD student but the work turned out to be only observational on field data collection including a very tiring and time consuming recruitment, design of the protocols as well as ...
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Question on whether I have committed plagiarism (modifying paragraphs from an unpublished document sent as email attachment for PhD thesis)

Background My colleague and I are both PhD students (My colleague started about 8 months after me) from the same research group (and share the same PhD supervisor) in a UK university. We were ...
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Publish a paper without supervisor [duplicate]

I have done a research project for a vocational masters. During then, there was a major disruption in the teaching department which affected the supervision process. However, I was already having ...
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Unfair co-first authorship

I am a PhD student in chemistry and my funding is specific for a certain project. This funding also funds another PhD student, a biochemist, with a different advisor (both our advisors are very well-...
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Use an experimental device in a paper and not mentioning the one who made it

I had a situation in my university where one of the Assist. Prof. asked me to leave the device I made (during my Msc study) in the department by saying that he will ask the head of the department to ...
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Can I add an “author contributions” section to make clear that I did all the work on a paper?

I have a paper where I have many co-authors and most of them did not contribute much. As a PhD student I am in a weak position to reject such inquiries of senior faculty. To address this, I want to ...
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Do all authors have the right to access LaTeX source code of the PDF manuscript uploaded to a journal's portal by the corresponding author?

I am a PhD student about to graduate (finished defense/Viva, pending final thesis corrections and final upload before conferral of degree). I am a co-author on a manuscript for a journal article. ...
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Adding an Author After paper got accepted in a conference?

I have submitted a paper to a conference, but some one in lab help me after the paper has been submitted. Can I add them as a third author if the paper got approved to be appear in the conference ?
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Which is more important in determining author order: time spent or results obtained?

This is in the field of life sciences, i.e. a field in which the order of authors is not determined randomly but reflects author contributions (whatever that means); in other words, being first author ...
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Outsourcing trivial authorless work

I have worked on a problem for close to two years. I feel I have an adequate theoretical solution. However I feel to get some backing on the theory I need some quantitative hard computer data. It is ...
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My co-authors don't want to help get our manuscripts published anymore. What should I do?

Recently I've had three different sets of co-authors give up on the publication process. Here are the three cases: Publication was rejected on the basis that additional work was needed, amounting to ...
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A team member of a coursework software development project didn't contribute in any way. Can I remove his name from the project?

I am the project manager of a small team of five undergraduate developers who have been working for months on a large system for our Senior Capstone project. Four members of the team, including myself,...
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Supervisor asking me to list a co-author who has literally done nothing [duplicate]

I am in the final stages of writing a paper to submit at an IEEE conference. I am the primary author, in the sense that I did most of the work and most of the writing. I have three other co-authors ...
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Writing homework essay anonymously to avoid controversy

I am attending a course at a neighboring institute purely out of interest. Neither credits, nor grading of any kind are involved. As part of the course, we are required to work in pairs (assigned, ...
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Co-authors decided to remove most of my contributions from a Nature paper without my consent

I am a postdoc and have dedicated the past five years to working on a big project spanning several groups and countries. My and my supervisor’s contribution was to interpret their results in light of ...
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Diverging coauthor opinions - publish anonymously or don't publish at all?

This question is a splinter of an earlier question, posted separately upon advice from commenters. The background is: (1) I audited a course at an institute I don't belong to. As part of the course,...
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Is there any way to show that authors are equal in arxiv names?

I have a paper which the first two authors are contributed equally, is there any way to show in arxiv page (or scholar page) that authors are equal? Maybe a star on names in submit names or something. ...
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Private company using my dissertation [closed]

Context: I work for a small private company in the US energy sector. Recently, my colleague found an application opportunity for the tool I developed as my PhD dissertation. We tested it out with a ...
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Manuscript and journal submission author order differs?

PI recently submitted a manuscript we have been working on, but the author order has been swapped without our knowledge. The manuscript has long indicated the author order being A, B,... E*(...
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Co-Author is asking me to remove abstract submission of paper

Background: I am a master's student working with a professor and PhD student. They provided me with an initial research direction, to solve problem A. To achieve that research goal, I identified a ...
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Chances of Being Accepted for a Book Author as a Graduate Student

I recently identified a textbook which is currently looking for authors of chapters. It states "For selected and invited authors" on the website, so I am wondering, if I submit a chapter proposal, if ...
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Statistician as co-author

I recently started working for a professor as the statistician on the project. I cleaned the data, performed the data management, statistical analysis, and reported the results (with explanations of ...
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What does first authorship really mean?

In my field (theoretical computer science), authors of any paper are always listed alphabetically; our papers don't have "first authors". (Well... hardly ever.) In most other disciplines, at least ...
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My supervisor published part of my research without informing me

While working on my PhD I have diverged from the area of expertise of my supervisor and other people in the group. In particular that allowed me to find a near solution to a problem that was not ...
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How to deal with a labmate using my method without credit?

So, I have made a presentation on my thesis at my workplace (a lab where I am a postdoc at), people make presentations on their current work so it is meant to be a meeting where we know each other's ...
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How widespread is the use of “last author = teacher” on student papers?

In our lab (at Nankai University, in China), students often write papers where they are first author. However, we use a convention where the last author signifies the student's teacher. I feel that ...
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Colleague presented poster of our shared work at conferences without my knowledge or express permission

My colleague presented two separate posters, one at a domestic conference and another at an international conference, based on the work both of us have been collaborating for past 1.5 years. Before ...
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How do I make the case to regain first authorship?

I am a senior Phd student in a very small lab consisting of me, my PI, and one other graduate student (one year under me). We began at an academic institution working on this paper related to my ...
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What to do when a co-author submitted corrected proofs without the first author's knowledge?

I finished my PhD studies about a year ago, and am no longer working at the university. My supervisor, and co-author of three papers, urged me to work with him on the fourth paper in order to get it ...
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If you have a few meetings with a professor to discuss a paper, but they do not do any actual writing, is this sufficient to justify authorship? [duplicate]

Earlier this year I started writing my first article with a former professor of mine. The article is almost done, but until now he hasn't written a single sentence or provided any data. It has been ...
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How can I claim ownership of my idea without securing a patent?

I created a model for the pathogenesis of a neurodegenerative disorders that reveals a novel target for neurorestoration/neuroprotection. Can I patent the use of an existing compound for another ...
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Can external thesis examiner object to inclusion of so many unwanted co authors in published papers?

My friend is working on material science and he published 3 papers in very good SCI index journals. In all papers he is first author and second is his supervisor and rest are co-authors like incharge ...
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Applying for postdoc positions without first author papers?

I have almost finished my PhD, and I'm looking for postdoc positions. I have found many of the job specifications mention having a good publication record, and some explicitly say the applicant should ...
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My collaborator has asked to be only acknowledged in a paper. Should I make him a co-author?

I am writing a paper in mathematics. It relies heavily on a result from a different topic that I phrased, felt that it should be true, but I did not know how to prove that result. I asked someone who ...
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Chances of acceptance for proceedings? [closed]

I am a graduate not in education. I gave a talk at a conference which was well recieved. My studies dont match those of the forum as much as otherd so I was surprised to be invited. Now I've been ...
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For STEM fields, is there self-segregation in United States academia?

I notice that often a lot of Chinese mathematicians collaborate with other Chinese, and Americans collaborate with other Americans. Many of the journal papers that I look up seem to indicate this ...
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Can co-authors disagree in their own paper?

Co-authors are increasingly required to report their individual contributions to a research paper. But can they report their (internal) disagreement? Co-authors may disagree on parts of a final draft....
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My adviser submitted an abstract to a conference that we submitted elsewhere before but changed the authors orders

About two months ago me and my adviser attended a conference, where he had a talk about my PhD project. For this talk, he submitted an abstract, where I was the first author and he was the second one. ...
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Is it okay to list a PhD student as corresponding author?

A colleague and I are both PhD students. We have conducted a project together that is unrelated to our respective theses. The project involved a bioinformatics analysis of public datasets, so we are ...
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Dead author ethical guidelines

One of my close collaborators passed away last year and since then I have become curious about the question of attributing work to deceased authors. Each journal has its rules but there doesn't seem ...
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Quoting advice from others in a paper

Sorry, I believe that the title of this post is a little misleading, but can't understand what the best keywords are. For my thesis, I have asked some help for a statistical analysis to a faculty ...
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Keeping academic credit on work with human rights impacts but fearing repressive regime retaliations

I am from a country controlled by a repressive regime. I was able to leave the country and continue my academic activity in a top US university. Most of my work is focused on equality, human rights ...