[Taxacom] Ethics? Whose name should be written on a publication as an Author?
Thomas G. Lammers
lammers at uwosh.edu
Tue Feb 23 12:40:02 CST 2010
At 12:06 PM 2/23/2010, Robin Leech wrote:
>Professors who know nothing of the work the student is doing often put
>their own names as first author on the paper when it is published, and that
>of the student second or last.
In my experience, this is most often a problem in labs where the professor
is worried about his/her number of pubs, or in very large labs where the
professor is more like a CEO with employees than a mentor with
apprentices. I was very fortunate to have a major professor who insisted
on an honest authorship. Your dissertation was your work; his name did not
go on it. With side-projects, whomever did the greater portion of the work
(usually the student) went first.
>>Science Fiction means not truthful, and Science Friction means the lack
of ability to work together, or lack of cooperation, between scientists.<<
Which highlights my point that authorship should be negotiated and
agreeable to all parties.
Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.
Curator of the Neil A. Harriman Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
800 Algoma Blvd.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA
e-mail: lammers at uwosh.edu
Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and
biogeography of the Campanulaceae s. lat.
"Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that stood his ground."
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