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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Plagiarism and Authorship in a Translation

My colleague's article was translated by another person and republished in the translated language. My colleague became the first author, and the translator became second author. Did my colleague or ...
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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 to deal with potential data falsification?

TL;DR We cannot reproduce very good simulation results of our paper and the person who was responsible for writing the code and running the simulations does not have the code anymore and cannot ...
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Resolving a dispute for first authorship where the value and demarcations of individual contributions are hard to identify

My co-author and I (both PhD students in a university) have been working on a large-scale simulation project for the last 1.5 years. This is what we agree upon. I came up with the idea. We took an ...
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What are the pros and cons of writing papers alone?

In my field (economics), there are many co-authored papers. People are even writing some chapters of their PhD thesis with other colleagues. I know that single-authored papers are more appreciated ...
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Did the professor “give” me this project?

Some time ago a professor gave me a small mathematics problem for independent research. While doing reading for this problem I found a substantially different but not unrelated problem mentioned in ...
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First author submits manuscript before final approval of all co-authors

A first and corresponding author has submitted a co-authored manuscript after having circulated a near-final draft. She has freely accepted some comments of her colleagues' and rebutted others, but ...
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Am I being taken advantage of by working on a committee member's research with no payoff?

I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science which requires me to have three members on my graduate committee. Last August one of the committee members asked me to work on a project ...
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Authorship dispute after author was removed without their knowledge

My supervisor, two other students (C and G) and I were invited to write a paper for a journal. The paper was about a project in which we were all involved. (C) though, never engaged into any writing ...
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coauthor removed other author's name after reviews

I have discovered that a co-author has submitted a book chapter to a major publisher omitting my name of co-author list without me knowing. I was included in the first submissions, but corresponding ...
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Article based on thesis and co authorship

I graduated 8 months ago with 7 SCI article published. Recently, I submitted another article based on my thesis work. My supervisor, who actually has no supervisory role in my thesis except for ...
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Can my co-author remove my name from our paper because I am leaving my current institution

My professor and I have an accepted paper in a journal. The journal will publish it online very soon. However, I have decided to leave my current school and continue my education somewhere else. My ...
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What is the proper way to denote coauthorship in a presentation?

I have attended many presentations where one person is presenting work that was completed by multiple people. In most of these presentations, the presenter listed the names of each coauthor in a ...
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How ethical is the practice of including spouses as co-authors when they are in the same field?

I've noticed many situations where a researcher will put their spouses as co-authors in a paper. This is commonly seen in situations where both spouses are in the same field. Valid collaboration ...
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What a PhD student should do when their supervisor orders them to have a name on their paper just because of grant purposes? [duplicate]

We are preparing a new paper and my supervisor tells me that we have to put the name of a person on our paper because he was involved in getting us the grant. He says it is because of future grants ...
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Must I list my committee members as co-authors on a manuscript after being dismissed from grad school?

I was a graduate student at a university in the US about two years ago and I was working on a thesis. I was an international student and my advisory committee thought that my writing skills were ...
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How to handle a bib source with no author?

I am writing a paper in English and have a couple of sources that have no author. In German there would be the abbreviation o.V. standing for ohne Verfasser which translates to no author in those ...
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Do I need permission from my past supervisor?

I am currently a postdoc in computer science. Last year I completed my PhD. I have published one research paper during my PhD with my research supervisor. I am trying to work on that paper. I mean I ...
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Should I agree to submit a paper with my name as coauthor although I did not read and understand the whole paper?

I finished my PhD in natural sciences in 2015. At some point during my PhD studies I did some measurements for some other scientists. Now they are about to submit a paper containing my data, and I am ...
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Does *co-authorship as professional courtesy* extend to bare bones proofreading? [duplicate]

Clarification: The proposed duplicate is about a different situation from what I'm describing. In that situation, someone contributed by assisting tangibly with the write-up, after not having ...
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In computer science, what should be the typical author list if it's postdoc's idea and professor's student?

In computer science (particularly AI), in a project where a postdoc proposes an idea and guides a junior PhD student, and the student does most of the dirty/labor work, what is the typical author ...
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Co-authorship nightmare

When I was in my PhD program I started working with an Assistant Prof. X in the department. I collected a large and valuable data set and at some point X "borrowed" me two RAs to clean and to organize ...
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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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Is uncredited use of grad students' unpublished research by professors accepted/common practice in academia?

I'm a master's student, and over the course of my studies I've conducted a few independent studies in which I investigate specific research questions that I formulate on my own. Those independent ...
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Discussing authorship/sole authorship with supervisor

This is a borderline IPS question, but I feel the academic aspects will be more relevant. One year ago I switched supervisor. Went to him with a formulated project (but no concrete results yet) and I ...
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How to politely reject co-authorship offer from a colleague?

I work in computer science. I wrote few simulation programs, designed the experiment for a chemistry work with my colleague. I have no idea about the principal aim of the research; I was only involved ...
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Do astronauts get co-authorship for experiments they conduct in space?

Astronauts aboard the ISS help perform plenty of experiments during their flight. Do they get listed as co-authors for the research they help conduct?
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Please I need a help about co-authors roles? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student. I thought about 4 main top interesting objectives in my area. I also have done 3 of them totally alone. I have two main supervisors. They only give me a very general comment and ...
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Is there a rule of thumb regarding the minimum threshold for a person to be 2nd author of a paper?

I’ve been working on a machine-learning project for the past several months, and I will publish a paper on it soon. On the other hand, there is a person with whom I have worked on various things since ...
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Rules for notifying co-authors about re-presenting a project at a conference

I am a PhD student in molecular biology & bioinformatics in Australia. I have previously presented one of my projects as a poster at a conference. This was sent for review to all co-authors, ...
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Journal won't allow PhD student to be corresponding author

I've submitted a publication to an ACS Journal where I performed all the experiments myself, most of the editorial work, and all the coordination. Other authors agreed to let me be the corresponding ...
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Paper submission with company affiliation

A friend of mine submitted a paper to a conference, about a topic he was working on in his company. Recently, he got fired from his company so unfairly due to colleagues jealousy (seriously). He ...
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How to politely ask a co-author to remove his/her name from my manuscript?

Just found one of my very old written manuscript in my backup folder and interested to submit it to some journal. I had written a Manuscript with 7 co-authors in 2008 just 10 years before. The entire ...
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Coauthor used large part from common paper almost verbatim in another paper

Some time ago I was approached by a fellow researcher that had an idea on an earlier work of mine. We started a collaboration and as a result we submitted a manuscript in a prestigious journal. ...

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