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Research Snubbed, A story about the bitches and hoes of science

Most people like to assume that scientists take ethics very seriously. That, while human, we are above reproach when it comes to citing sources, respecting the integrity of our peers, and not stealing ideas or work from our fellows.

Really it is occasionally just like high school. Some people do the least they need to get buy, they will “borrow” other people’s ideas/notes, and really it is all about who publishes it first.

Unfortunatly, this is a grey area of ethics.  While steal is strickly prohibited, the burden of proof is on the accuser, not the accused.  As long as you did not use any other their work or contributions in a paper you can, technically, leave them out. Leaving an indivudual “research snubbed”.

Sure, you made contributions to the over all work, but it wasn’t ____ enough to merit even an acknowledgement at the end of the paper. “Thanks to the person who schelpped with  us through the crap to write this brilliance!” Even that would have been appreciated.  I am just saying.  It was not a small amount of work I did.  And while not extremely costly (luckily), there was the small matter of supplies and my time that was donated to help further your research.  For which all I ask is my name on the paper. Somewhere.  I’m not delusional, I did not make a huge contribution, nor did I write the paper. I did help though.  I have the notebook data to prove it.

These individuals, these are the bitches and hoes of science high school. These are the reasons some professors refuse to collaborate.  They are why some professors require contractual agreements between two PIs before any collaboration occurs. They are why smart students, grad or undergrad, look like schmucks (because, despite *doing* all the work, they get no credit).

Seriously people.  How much effort does it take to tack on one or two or three more names? Do additional authors make you look less cool? (PS- No, we already know you did not do the work by yourself) Does it hurt your lab in any way to show additional individuals contributed to a paper?

To a PI, it is a few extra inches on a CV that is so long very few people seriously read it.  To a student those inches are crucial, and authorships are a serious deal. I, personally, would rather put extra people on as author of a paper than leave someone off and risk seriously angering someone. You never know who will be helpful in the future.

You never know what student, soon to become peer, will harbor this resentment for an entire career.

Come to think of it… this is likely why we have so many angry reviewers, cause of these bitches and hoes.

Signed,

A Future Angry Reviewer

 

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