Taking the angst out of authorship dilemmas

Morris, Suzanne E. (2011). Taking the angst out of authorship dilemmas. In Vijay Kumar and Alison Lee (Ed.), Doctoral education in international context: Connecting local, regional and global perspectives (pp. 193-213) Serdang, Malaysia: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press.

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Author Morris, Suzanne E.
Title of chapter Taking the angst out of authorship dilemmas
Title of book Doctoral education in international context: Connecting local, regional and global perspectives
Place of Publication Serdang, Malaysia
Publisher Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9789673442546
Editor Vijay Kumar
Alison Lee
Chapter number 9
Start page 193
End page 213
Total pages 21
Total chapters 10
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
A supervisor made the following statement to a doctoral student during a regular fortnightly meeting: “I noticed you are yet to write up the results from the survey you completed earlier this year. Can you please send me your data and analyses and I’ll write the first draft of the paper and therefore be first author?” After leaving the meeting and speaking with his friends, the student realised that his supervisor was preparing her application for promotion and needed to increase her number of first-author publications to be considered in the next promotion round.
      How would you manage this situation if your doctoral supervisor or senior colleague asked you to send them ‘your’ data and analyses? You have several options: (1) agree to send the data and analyses to your supervisor/ colleague without question?; (2) challenge your supervisor/colleague that the data is actually yours and only you have the right to write the first draft of the paper?; or (3) tell your supervisor/colleague that you would like to consider their request more thoughtfully and reconvene once you obtain more information regarding authorship guidelines?
      For students and researchers faced with this situation, option 3 would be the most desirable for resolving the problem, but for many, it is not even considered as viable. This chapter will explore some of the authorship issues that arise during the preparation of publications from collaborative research projects. It will provide useful suggestions for handling a range of authorship dilemmas to encourage ethical behaviour in research collaborations, particularly those relating to doctoral student/supervisor interactions. Moreover, it will provide the necessary facts about authorship policies and guidelines so that doctoral students can feel more confident in choosing option 3 in the event of a dilemma such as the one outlined above.
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Additional Notes Doctoral Education In International Context was produced in the context of the 2nd International Doctoral Education Research Network (IDERN) conference in Malaysia.

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