Regarding Authorship of Collaborative Research Involving Students and Faculty Members
Graduate students are encouraged to publish results from their thesis
research in the academic literature. Since the thesis research is
usually a collaborative effort, involving student and supervisor, and is
often supported by the supervisor's research grant, some form of joint
authorship is usually appropriate.
The following represents a statement of the School's policy:
- Paper Publications or Presentations Arising Directly from Theses - authorship is established by mutual agreement:
- the student is normally a first author if the student writes the first draft of the paper;
- if, by previous agreement, or by student request, the faculty member will be listed as the first author;
- where a significant amount of additional research or analysis is
required to produce publishable results, or where the student does not
contribute to the writing of the paper, the supervisor might be expected
to claim first authorship;
- if a student expects to be sole
author on publications based on all or part of his or her thesis
research, this should be discussed in advance with the supervisor.
- The authorship of a report to a granting agency lies with the faculty
member who has received the grant. Usually students who work on such
grants have an established status as per the original grant submission
and are acknowledged as such (i.e. Research Associate, Research
Assistant, Research Coordinator, etc.) in any reports.
- Students employed as research assistants for data collection or
analysis should not expect joint authorship unless they have made
significant original contributions to the design of the study in
question and/or authorship of the publication arising from the work.
- Incoming graduate students are encouraged to discuss possible joint
authorship arrangements with their supervisor at the outset of their