Needed: Opinions on authorship

M anon1167 at
Wed Apr 2 12:24:54 EST 1997

In article <pchen-ya02408000R0204970940380001 at>,
Jun Peng <pchen at> wrote:
>I have a ph.D. degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. The lab I did my
>Ph.D. work is NIH-funded. My Ph.D. advisor has a habit of giving away my
>work and let his favorite people be first authors.  I recently submitted a
>paper which I had done all the work.  The reviewers asked us to add one
>more control for one of the tables.  Since I have left the lab, the advisor
>asked somebody else to do the control and again promised him the first
>authorship, even though the core and the bulk of the paper was carried out
>by me.
>I want to fight this outright unfair practice. I repeatedly sent e-mail to
>my Ph.D. advisor and requested a discussion.  He simply ignored my request.

Email is for wimps. Why don't you pick up the phone and talk to him voice 
to voice? Isn't it wierd how people are becoming so timid about talking 
to others? Email is fine for chitchat with distant friends; but forget 
about trying to conduct serious business using it.

>I would appreciate any advice on where and how I should fight him.  Should
>I contact the journal where the paper was submitted? Which office of NIH
>should I contact? Their phone number? Any other legal channel I should
>Please e-mail me.  Thanks a lot.

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