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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

BoysAreLikeDogs Mon 17-Jun-13 23:00:39

You mean they are pretending to be you?

lessonsintightropes Mon 17-Jun-13 23:03:22

YANBU and is reportable. Is it a peer reviewed journal?

Mumsyblouse Mon 17-Jun-13 23:05:17

I can answer this - yes!

When they sign the copyright forms/author forms, it says clearly that if you sign them, you are signing for all authors and have their express consent to do so. Many publications now require all the signatures of each author for this reason.

The Andrew Wakefield case was made more complex by the fact that one of the authors (a big name) had not seen or signed off the publication, he indeed was pursued for misconduct.

I am jealous though as I am not important enough for someone to fake my involvement in their papersad

primallass Mon 17-Jun-13 23:05:46

Did they sign a copyright form in your name too? If it is a journal contact the editorial office or the production editor.

acebaby Mon 17-Jun-13 23:07:38

Yes, of course it is. You can email the editor and demand that the paper be withdrawn.

These days many journals send out automatic confirmation emails to all authors - to avoid this situation.

mamakoukla Mon 17-Jun-13 23:22:31

Not a journal article but an abstract - not as important but still this is not permissible behaviour. The department chair knew as well and obviously let it happen.

I am upset - I have never seen any of the data, been involved in at the least proofreading and yet my name is on it.

mamakoukla Mon 17-Jun-13 23:32:51

Is it technically fraudulent use of my name?

I cannot believe this.

cardamomginger Mon 17-Jun-13 23:44:07

YANBU. Not on. Don't understand why you would be listed as an author if you have not made a contribution. Take it up with the editor to have a correction made. Take it up with the Department Chair to get heads rolling.

megsmouse Tue 18-Jun-13 00:13:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RevoltingPeasant Tue 18-Jun-13 00:14:02

Hmm if you are in the hard sciences, it used to be practice to list head honchos first on papers, regardless of involvement. Back in the bad old days.

Is this sth like that?

JacqueslePeacock Tue 18-Jun-13 00:17:33

The abstract has been published but not the paper? confused I should think it definitely still counts as misconduct.

mamakoukla Tue 18-Jun-13 01:14:28

I have made contributions that led to the work but the reality is I did not give my consent. I haven't seen a shred of data so how can I amd why would I put my name on the work? It is a highly specific field and yes, my contributions to it are well known. The chair did know and obviously didn't do a thing.

Ivory towers, what what

Punkatheart Tue 18-Jun-13 01:37:31

But you can be quoted a long as they refer to the source. Are you a member of The Society of Authors? You can get some free legal advice from them.

mamakoukla Tue 18-Jun-13 02:21:59

Not a quote or citation Punka but I am listed as an author without my consent. I haven't seen any of the data why would I put my reputation against it?

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

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.

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

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?

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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