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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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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 ...
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Why do papers published by people in tech industry often have such a large number of authors?

It is no secret that industry labs are competing with academia at a pace never seen before. Most of the tech conferences now are dominated by industries with superior funding, human resources, and ...
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Stop someone Publishing a thesis without giving credits to original author [closed]

I am serving notice period and have written a thesis, matured enough to be published. All the work related to thesis has been done solely by me while I was working there before resignation. Now I am ...
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Re-write paper to make it truly double blind

When I was a PhD student, I wrote a collection of papers that comprised a large portion of my dissertation. These papers were written using grant money from one of my advisors. (I had two advisors. ...
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When does a statistical consultant become a co-author or collaborator?

I am a graduate student in a small department and have become the go-to person for statistics advice among the other students. I enjoy this but am wondering at what point I should expect, or request, ...
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Is it ethical for advisors to automatically coauthor papers?

I work in a field (Philosophy) where co-authorship is uncommon and advisors and grad students very seldomly co-author a paper. I've seen a lot of posts on Academia.se though about the ethics of co-...
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What does it say about someone that accepts adding their name to a publication without doing any of the work? [closed]

I'm a government researcher in R&D and have spent my career doing and publishing my own work. Some time ago I was asked to take over some research from another scientist that was being ...
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Can an author decline to be on a biorxiv paper?

Asking for a friend. If an author is added to a biorxiv paper, but does not want to be part of it, is there any recourse for him/her?
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Listing a Stack Overflow user as co-author for having provided substantial programming support

I received a lot of help from an active Stack Overflow user in my undergrad summer research project, which was based on statistical physics. Now, I'm writing a paper on it under my professor's ...
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Why should I add co-authors on Google Scholar?

Google Scholar wants me to add areas of interest, photo, and co-authors. I understand why I may want to add the first two, but why add co-authors? All the publications already list the actual co-...
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Approaching lab head about getting my name last on paper

In my field, computational condensed-matter physics, the last author name in a paper is regarded as having a supervisory role. I know this is common to many fields but not all (notably, math). I am a ...
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Do author name(s) dominate the content of the paper?

Suppose I did not publish any papers till now in reputed journals and I want to publish a paper with a novel idea. Colleagues are suggesting me to ask any expert to proofread the paper and then to ...
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Does systematic search makes someone a true author for a systematic review?

I have written a systematic review which all words are extremely mine. Another colleague gave me the idea of writing this review and just carried out the systematic search, but did not participate in ...
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Is it right to be put as the last author although I have done the bulk of the work?

I am doing my PhD at a research institute, where we have just finished the draft of a 8-hands long paper to be published as a short book with a major editor. I have done the bulk of the work, i.e. at ...
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How to handle a co-author who doesn't reply any more?

This question is a follow up to my earlier question asked here FIVE months before. How to politely ask a co-author to remove his/her name from my manuscript? Now I have decided to remove this co-...
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Coauthorship across communities with differing standards

One of the PhD students in my department is writing a paper and has listed me as a coauthor. I'm not sure if I deserve to be a coauthor. I have been loosely involved in the project. I attended ...
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Publish work extending on PhD with supervisor

I recently completed my PhD and have started a position at a different institution. I am writing a paper which extends a model I introduced in my PhD. It wasn't a significant part of my PhD, more of ...
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Avoiding publishing in a particular journal without bringing up politics

As part of the PhD programme I am enrolled in, we're encouraged to publish a review paper within our first two years. After talking to my advisors, a suitable topic related to the area was agreed and ...
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What are benefits of author's personal copy of article and how I can order it?

I have some publications in Elsevier and Springer journals. After publication, I received an author's personal copy of one of my articles. I don't know how they sent it to me because I don't remember ...
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Is being the second author out of two authors for papers from my PhD thesis going to affect my future job prospects?

I have completed my PhD recently and will be looking for academic jobs. During my Phd thesis work I published two papers with my thesis advisor and have put him as a first author. It was out of ...
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How can someone be a co-author in a paper by just presenting undocumented evidence?

This recent paper is about birds of prey spreading fires. Some of the co-authors are firefighters which basically tell their personal experience as eyewitnesses to the behavior of these birds but do ...
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Authorship when PhD project given to new post-doc?

I'm in the mid stages of my PhD, working on 3/4 of the components of a major project in our group. A post-doc has just started working on the remaining 1/4 using protocols I established (to keep our ...
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Are programmers usually included as co-authors in psychology?

I work as a programmer supporting a psychology lab. Most of my work is translating some paper-based or physical assessment into a computer-based equivalent or I create programs for novel assessments ...
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I publish under a single name, Google scholar does not index my name. What can I do?

I publish under a single name (no last name). As google scholar does not recognise me as an author I face several issues with citation counts and wrong bibliographic data being available at google ...
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Should I inform the journal that I'm the actual first author?

It's been about 2 years since I've left academia, partly because of the kind of deeds that I'm about to describe to give a bit of context to the question. About a month ago I was CCed in an email ...
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I (independently) solved a fellow student's research problem. I want to publish it. What should I do?

A fellow student and I are part of the same graduate student research group (in applied mathematics), under the same PhD supervisor. The (relatively new) student came to the group with an idea for a ...
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Is a software developer entitled to participate to paper?

I'm an external consultant who has been brought to develop a software suite to collect, analyze and reduce data for a project (with oral assurance that I would participate to any paper to come from ...
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Removed as Co-Author for Resubmission

I was part of a university project team, and at the end of the semester we decided to submit a review paper related to the topic of our project. Our advisers gave us feedback and made suggestions on ...
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Exchange administrator requesting author order change in exchange student work. Is there an easy way out?

We are currently hosting in our labs an international postgraduate student on a 12-month exchange visit. We have had students from the same university before without any issues. We have completed ...
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Does grant funded equipment result in authorship?

Just a quick question regarding authorship. Recently, a PI won a grant, which was used to buy some computer equipment (~$1000 piece of computation equipment along with some other equipment not ...
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Colleague claiming first co-autorhip of my work

Some time ago I started my Ph.D. and my project was to attempt again to investigate a problem that a colleague (a senior Ph.D.) had failed to investigate because he lacked numerical/coding skills to ...
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Co-authorship just because a Professor provides me the employment?

I am a postdoc at a European University. However, I am planning to quit my postdoc in a month or so since the research environment and the city life is not to me liking. Also, I work with a Professor ...
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Gifting co-authorship if the topic of research was suggested by my boss? [duplicate]

This is an update of a query that I had asked few months ago: Co-authorship just because a Professor provides me the employment? In fact I have even adopted some of the suggestions given by @...
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How to handle Co-author who is not listening the suggestions to improve the paper quality

Assume I am involved with a work and the lead author is writing a paper. However, after every draft version, I see that not all my comments are well addressed in the revised version. I expect that if ...