Other people taking credit for my work — HELP!!!

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: Read below and answer:
    Demand to be first author and risk a friendship : (14 votes)
    70 %
    Shut and and just share the credit equally, even if this doesn't represent the true situation. : (5 votes)
    25 %
    Other option, I'll explain in a comment. : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m not sure what field you’re in —

    At least in the sciences, when publishing, the advisor’s name goes last, and the first name listed is the person who did the work and wrote the paper. I don’t have any great advice on how to handle the technician, but all I can say is that once you publish the work, if her name isn’t even on the paper, it will be clear to everyone that the work is yours. Awards and oral presentations at conferences are great, but the publication record is gold. You should be submitting abstracts to conferences to try and get oral presentations so you can show off your work and network.

    In terms of your advisor, I know what it’s like to be frustrated. My advisor gave me almost zero help in my six years of grad school — I drove the project and did everything on my own. It took her FOUR YEARS to remember the most basic details of what I was doing. It may be different where you are, but at my institution, as a grad student, you don’t own your work, your advisor does. It doesn’t matter what they did or didn’t do, if you’re in their lab, their name goes on your publications and they present your work as their own at conferences. It sucks, but it’s part of the job.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    (I’ll also add that if 25% of the work was done by the technician, she should be listed as the second author on your publication).

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    As a recent Ph.D. graduate in the sciences a first author paper is a must for getting a job after you graduate. You did the work, you wrote the paper, you should be first, no doubt about it. Stand up for your hard earned credit!

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    All of your names should be on the paper. If you did 75% of the work and wrote the paper (and your boss knows this), you should be first author. If the technician contributed to the work, she should be listed as second author. If anyone else contributed to the work, they should be listed as internal authors (third, fourth, etc). Your advisor should be listed last.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Do you plan to stay working at this lab?  I ask because making the demand now (and not during the revisions phase before submission) is the right thing to do ethically, but may also be putting a giant target on your back (esp. if you still have to work for those same people who put you down before). It’s also hard to tell if you are more upset by the fact this happened, or by the fact that she is constantly flaunting it in your face.  I’d separate the two because your emotions don’t matter in this case, what matters are the facts.

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Your advisor wants a lab tech to be first author on a paper that you wrote? Whoever wrote the manuscript should be first author (assuming you didn’t hire a medical writer or something) and this should have been determined ahead of time. At this point, I would have a talk with your advisor and make sure you are first author, and then write the manuscript entirely on your own and rewrite anything anyone else had written. It doesn’t matter if she’s taking credit on Facebook, just worry about your career.

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