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Is use of my name without consent on a publication academic misconduct?

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mamakoukla Mon 17-Jun-13 22:52:27

just found out somebody published using my name and reputation but did not have my consent. I am a little bit furious

JacqueslePeacock Thu 18-Jul-13 18:46:14

shock That's really shocking!

dayshiftdoris Thu 18-Jul-13 16:17:44

I googled my name and discovered a piece of research (basically about work based politics) with my name in it... As a participant... Yep no idea that the work forum was part of a piece of research and they had forgotten to anonymise my name shock

I went through ethics committee and had it dissociated from google - took a long time.

Thankfully my part in it was positive but the inclusion potentially identified others which were less positive!!!

JacqueslePeacock Thu 18-Jul-13 11:48:14

mamkoukla, I came across this today and thought of you:

K. Strange (2008): Authorship: Why not just toss a coin?

American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology, 295, pp. C567-C575


We all know that authorship is important. It dictates the course and success of a scientist's career and confers enormous responsibility. However, despite its importance, it is clear that authorship abuse is not an infrequent occurrence. Indeed, of the various forms of unethical scientific conduct, I suspect that authorship abuse is the most prevalent and most tolerated. Authorship is awarded promiscuously as an expedient solution to real or perceived problems and due to outright unethical and unprofessional behavior. It is essential that as scientists we work together with our institutions, our professional organizations, and the journals we publish in to establish uniform authorship policies and practices that will minimize authorship abuse and that we train our students and fellows in the highest standards of publication ethics. Some might argue that the establishment of formal authorship policies and having written authorship agreements between investigators could hinder scientific progress. I disagree strongly. Hearing about and experiencing first-hand authorship problems has a chilling effect on one's willingness to enter into collaborations and creates a climate of distrust.

Link here

I hope you managed to resolve your situation successfully.

florascotia Fri 21-Jun-13 10:10:14

So sorry - spelling mistake in your name: here it is again, Mamakoukla!

florascotia Fri 21-Jun-13 10:09:12

Mamakoula - you're welcome!

mamakoukla Fri 21-Jun-13 02:29:32

Flora, that's a useful link. Much appreciated

florascotia Thu 20-Jun-13 10:16:17

The departmental politics may be the more important issue here, but 'false attribution' (if proven) can be considered an infringement of an author's moral rights under the Copyright Act 1988. See section II.9.(c) of this:

CSIJanner Thu 20-Jun-13 04:31:46

Have they submitted it for publication? If so, let the publisher know and they will withdraw it with immediate effect.

mamakoukla Thu 20-Jun-13 04:27:33

I will be honest that there is a complicated back story but the bottom line (in my limited opinion) is that this does not change the facts.

My training and experience (15+ yrs) - you always let any author know and they get to see content and comment. Is this the norm (one debate that has come up)? It is my expectation to be informed and be given opportunity to debate and decide.

mamakoukla Thu 20-Jun-13 04:25:58

I will be honest that there is a complicated back story but the bottom line (in my limited opinion) is that this does not change the facts.

My training and experience (15+ yrs) - you always let any author know and they get to see content and comment. Is tjiscomm

lemonandice Thu 20-Jun-13 00:05:45

That's really not on. I'm in "hard science" academia, and I would not be best pleased to see my name on something I'd not even set eyes on, and that's before considering potential ramifications. YANBU.

Is it some kind of messed-up idea of flattery? Or are they just sponging off your reputation? hmm So not on. Angry on your behalf!

mamakoukla Wed 19-Jun-13 23:15:53

They think IABU.... Very nice gesture to include me.... But failed to notify me if the submission or provide a copy of the work for comment. I hate how it is all about doing things properly, being accountable, fairness and yet when something like this happens there is a certain amount of hiding behind skirts. The person knows what they're up to and knew my viewpoint from the last time this happened. Grrrrr. Venting here; thanks for the support

Permanentlyexhausted Tue 18-Jun-13 22:43:08

It's identity theft/fraud. In an academic setting it means using your good name to lend credibility to their substandard work or to damage your reputation.

JacqueslePeacock Tue 18-Jun-13 21:23:00

Of course you have that right. Given what you've said, I would raise it with the journal/publisher and also your Head of Department. It's really shocking.

mamakoukla Tue 18-Jun-13 11:54:23

I should add - the decision whether somebody wants to be included as an author lies with the person not the supervisor/manager/faculty member/principal investigator. I have the right to choose where and how my name can be used.

mamakoukla Tue 18-Jun-13 11:34:54

Definitely not a mistake; I have a certain amount of understanding of the person responsible for this amd the attitude fits in with the actions. Not the first time - and I did address it informally with the person who reassured me i would be shown items and given an opportunity for comment prior to them going out.

parakeet Tue 18-Jun-13 09:36:09

This is classed as research misconduct. Report it to the individual's head of department and the meeting organisers. Ignore PicaK, who seems to be suggesting you commit scientific fraud.

PicaK Tue 18-Jun-13 07:54:43

Is it an abstract book for a conference?

Is it published? If not get onto production office (not editorial, not the editor but the ones who do the work) and ask them to take it out now.

I think you are entitled to be annoyed but it's probably not been done in a deceitful way. I'd raise it calmly and check where they ate trying to get the full paper published.

But read it first and see if it's worth having your name attached.

yaimee Tue 18-Jun-13 07:53:56

Is it work you've done for the university? I thought that the university owned the copy right to any work done for them (dissertation/phd) and any work that they fund.

neepsandtatties Tue 18-Jun-13 07:41:12


neepsandtatties Tue 18-Jun-13 07:40:21

Abstract/full article, makes no difference, all scientific/medical publications follow the IJCME criteria for authorship which are below:

Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3.

The submitting author will have signed a declaration that all authors meet this criteria. They also will have signed a copyright form (on your behalf). So misconduct in every way.

You'll be able to contact the meeting organisers and get your name removed - they will take this very seriously.

JacqueslePeacock Tue 18-Jun-13 07:09:53

Was it a genuine mistake? As in, the author meant well by including you because you'd had some input? Or do you think it was a deliberate attempt to use your reputation?

mamakoukla Tue 18-Jun-13 04:51:26

Many thanks for the responses..... It helps give me perspective and helps sift out the emotions from the facts. I will give it some thought but any advice or ideas are most welcome smile

Mimishimi Tue 18-Jun-13 03:25:33

You can be quoted and your work can referenced in the bibliography without havinv to get your permission but you cannot be named as a co-author of the paper! It sounds like someone is trying to ride on your coat-tails to get themselves published. It's definitely academic misconduct.

Mimishimi Tue 18-Jun-13 03:23:21

You can be quoted and your work can referenced in the bibliography but you cannot be named as a co-author of the paper! It sounds like s

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