Fighting for my first authorship of a professional publication
A scientific research publication, which contains >80% out of my work, is unfairly having my authorship as second one. What Shall I do?
The first author has done neither written nor main contribution to whole work of the article. The reason why it happens is that I left that lab before all the necessary data had been collected and the lab of the 1st author is the one my boss needs to keep cooperating with.
Where else I can complain with and what should I do to protect my right?
May anyone who has such unfortunate experience give me some advices?
thank to foils. I tried but didn't work. whole thing gets more dirty. the leader of lab need to use the publication to make his connection with other group smoother. I am simply fed up arguing with him. He is up handed and he play it as always. not the end of world, i tell myself.
dont give up so easily. my brother had the same issue in US, he was doing his post doc at harvard when the paper he worked upon was about to publish in science journal Nature and he was told that he will be second author. bascially his boss has some ccollaboration with other lab where the research work was carried with another guy and the lab's collaboration was needed for all future works also
my bro put his feet down and told his boss that the paper should have him at the first author or doesnt get published at all. he told about all the mail exchanges that he has as proof and all the relevant docs to show that he has carried out major part of the work and in writing the paper. he infact also recorded the conversations between him and his boss and the co-worker. finally they budged after being given legal warnings and the paper was published with his name as first author. ofcourse the relationships soured between him and his boss but then he has a paper in his name in Nature
if you have your proof i wud say go for it
all the best