My Lab Boss Puts His Name on My Papers and Proposals

TitleMy Lab Boss Puts His Name on My Papers and Proposals
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDuBois, JM
Corporate AuthorsUnited States, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Research Integrity
Date Published10/2013
PublisherUnited States, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity
KeywordsAuthorship , MEDICINE , SCIENCE , Supervisor/Trainee Relationships
AbstractAna holds a PhD and currently has a postdoctoral fellowship at a famous institution with a strong publish or perish culture. In her collaborations with her colleagues she has often asked for help with her writing in English and is happy to acknowledge their assistance in her papers. However, when colleagues return her manuscripts with their name included on the list of authors, she is stunned. However, when her lab boss not only puts his name on her work but also takes a proposal she has prepared for funding by NIH and sends it off under his name--without even discussing it with her--she is angry. However, Ana values the opportunity to share ideas with others and get their responses, and is unwilling ot do anything that will cut off that rich intellectual interaction. The theft of her ideas seems a minor price to pay for her scholarly environment.
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