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Authorship issue between two PhD students

I would say "Be generous and don't attach too much significance to the appearance (or lack thereof) of certain combinations of curved symbols (a.k.a. "letters") in the author line" ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

Step 1: Investigate the expectations for authorship for the journal you are submitting to. They likely have an explicit guide. If they don't, you might use another journal in the same field that is ...
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Will the journal contact my supervisor without me knowing?

To answer your direct question. No your supervisor will not be notified by the journal, this is not how publishing works. However, your supervisor will find out once this gets published. However, this ...
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How should one decide the author order

What should be considered most valuable: the idea or the works and experiments in academia? It's not one or the other. Both are valued, but often only the combination is valuable. Ideas are plentiful,...
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Authorship issue between two PhD students

From your own description, it sounds like you've tried to bully this coauthor off the project. By not giving them an opportunity to improve things you made decisions unilaterally to exclude them. As ...
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How should one decide the author order

If this was mostly his idea, and he contributed significantly to it, then he has a logical case for first authorship, or joint first. Unfortunately, often times in papers it is the less exciting final ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

Standard procedure in this situation is for the authors to submit a signed authorship form affirming their respective contributions to the paper. There might be such a form on the journal's website. ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

My instinct would be to write a letter/email to the relevant editor explaining that for x reason, you did not reconsult with your co-author(s) on the corrections you made, but that, regardless of ...
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Authorship issue between two PhD students

You are first author either way. If you include him, you lose nothing and recognise the work that he put into it, even if it didn’t end up being the final version. If you exclude him, you gain nothing ...
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I have good results from a project that my advisor told me not to do and refused to help me with. Do I have to make them a co-author?

If he did no work on the paper then he should not be a coauthor. That said, it may not be in your best interest to insist on the ethical course of action. At this point in your career you do not want ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

Please take some deep breaths. I know this is a difficult spot, but there is no reason to despair and think you will not be able to complete your PhD. Bear in mind: Your advisors and the rest of the ...
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Will the journal contact my supervisor without me knowing?

Direct answer to the question (and neglecting the advisor-student relationship - for this see R1NaNo's answer): The journal is not likely to contact your supervisor When journals receive papers they ...
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Coauthors rewrote and published "abandoned" project without my knowledge

Whether you should have been invited to be a co-author, acknowledged, or whether they were perfectly in the right to move on to do a related but independent follow-up project on their own really ...
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How should one decide the author order

Especially if you want to continue in academia, it is good to work on getting a reputation as someone who is good to work with. In a situation like this, your loss in accepting a shared first ...
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Authorship issue between two PhD students

I agree with fedja's approach, "once the offer has been made, it should stand". Yeah, you lose out (sharing authorship vs single), but probably not a great deal. It's irritating and ...
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Authorship issue between two PhD students

At my university during orientation they told us that even people you have a conversation with that just gave you an idea towards your paper need to be at least a last author, even if they didn't ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

Not getting consent of coauthors for the final paper is a serious issue as gift authorship. However, I don't see any gifts here. If everyone had contributed to the paper, past or present, then they ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

I would just email the Editor and explain the situation in a sentence or two. (1) The gaff of not submitting the revised version of the paper to my coauthors was a beginner's mistake that has been ...
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I have good results from a project that my advisor told me not to do and refused to help me with. Do I have to make them a co-author?

Is it fair to put his name: perhaps not. Can you get away not putting his name? Best way to find out: tell him you want to submit, ask him if he wants to be a co-author. Second best way: send him a ...
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Authorship issue between two PhD students

I would use the CReDiT taxonomy to confirm contribution and then use that to discuss authorship. It seems to me that you both worked collaboratively during the course of the project and probably the ...
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Authorship issue between two PhD students

It's good that you have the meeting with both of your PhD supervisors. You should listen to them more than anyone here. That being said, here are my two cents. I disagree with the other answer by ...
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Updating co-author order after circulating draft

You were not wrong to expect a change in author order but you should also not assume that it will just happen. I don't see any reason that you can't suggest a change based on your new contributions. ...
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How should one decide the author order

I'm no longer a freshman, but I think this makes a good case for joint first author. The ideas and works, as others have mentioned, both matter. The issue of course boils down to who did how much of ...
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Coauthors rewrote and published "abandoned" project without my knowledge

It's hard to account for academic norms. Your expectations don't seem to have been met, they're not unreasonable, but there is more grey in the scenario than is perhaps obvious. Some in this thread ...
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Coauthors rewrote and published "abandoned" project without my knowledge

You should have been acknowledged. it happens that you may think what you contributed was crucial, but the authors think differently. In this case it can be a problem, or an opportunity. Reaching out ...
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