Regarding Authorship of Collaborative Research Involving Students & 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 graduate programs.