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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

In my university it is typically the case that advisors are first authors I do not believe this is accepted practice in any field. If accurate, this speaks very negatively about your institution. ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

Too many graduate students and postdocs over-romanticize their publications. Your career, in academia, will be judged by the body of your work, not one paper from grad school. Even so, people will see ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

You are in a terrible situation with few, if any, good options. The rule may be nonsense, but it can affect you in any case. I once changed universities to make progress for different reasons. It was ...
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Advice on Picking Grad School with Goal of Getting Academic Job at Small College

I would think that any R1 school in the US will be fine for your needs. And a 30-40 ranking is quite high, actually. Public Universities normally have good faculty advisors in almost all core fields, ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

Scenario 1: The paper becomes wildly successful and cited a lot by people in your field. Then it does not matter whether you are listed first or second. Scenario 2: The community is lukewarm or ...
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How do you deal with a dishonest graduate advisor?

The question is phrased as a completely hypothetical scenario, but I am going to assume that this actually happened to you. There are lots of personality-related factors that make it impossible to ...
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Advice on Picking Grad School with Goal of Getting Academic Job at Small College

From the viewpoint of a Hiring Committee at a small college, you application will look much stronger if it contains a record of your collaboration with undergraduate students, undergraduate interns, ...
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Individualized Instruction Summer Course Question

In some places such a course is actually just an "independent study" under the direction and review of a faculty member familiar with the requirements. It is normally someone who has taught ...
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Individualized Instruction Summer Course Question

I'm currently taking an individualized instruction online language class at my local major university. Let me discuss how it's run and some questions you could ask your advisor. The class I'm taking ...
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Do German company sponsored Ph.D. students deserve the Ph.D. title?

I don't see why you'd think it's not deserved. "Deserved" is an intrinsically opinion-based thing, but even so, the department presumably has a set of written requirements that all its ...
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How to prepare for the Quals in Math early on?

My experience is old, but it is that there are specific advanced courses intended to prepare you for them. Take those courses, or, in any case, an advanced course in the subject of each exam shortly ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

Others have already, very eloquently, reiterated this, so my only question is this: is this matter really that important in the grand scheme of things? Your primary concern is to do what you need to ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

In all honesty, author order has a minimal effect on your future prospects. The bigger effect comes from being an author full stop, something many in your position will not be. While I understand your ...
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How to prepare for the Quals in Math early on?

Everyone studies differently, but for whatever it's worth: Save your practice problems until after you've finished the corresponding courses. You probably won't have the background to answer the ...
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Do German company sponsored Ph.D. students deserve the Ph.D. title?

For an outside viewer of the German PhD system some points have to be mentioned: Germany produces over the average PhD graduates. This is partly caused by most of the research/lab work at public ...
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