A year ago I conducted a survey on a domestic violence intervention. I've done my analysis of it and am writing up results as part of my thesis. I had also stated to my supervisor that I'd like to get a paper out of it at some point but that getting my thesis done was my priority so it would have to wait a little bit.
My supervisor has just come to me and said that they would like access to the data I collected in order for them to lead on a publication to get it out quickly, but I'm not sure how this would fit in with my own work?! They want to re-analyse the dataset themselves as some of the issues raised in the survey have come under scrutiny (I'm funded by a government organisation). They basically want a paper out quickly to say that the controversy surrounding the intervention is unfounded and no issues were raised when the survey was done with people who were involved in the intervention - which I understand. However, from my own thesis and own publishing point of view, it feels a bit like they're pulling the rug from under my feet a bit and I'm not sure how to respond...
My angle is as long as your name is on the paper as an author, it's adding to your publication record and your saleability.
I would agree as long as I got to read a proof of it before it is submitted for review, so that your data and opinions are fairly represented and it originally being your project.
I knew of one supervisor who took his students' data and findings, and published it under his own name without his students' names being on the papersor consulting them. That I would regard as out of order and virtually, theft.
Your data can be in both your thesis and the paper. In my department at least, it is acceptable to put results in a thesis from a 3rd/4th name paper as long as you did the specific work. So publishing it specifically won't hurt you. But does his policy position directly contradict your interpretation?
I may be talking rubbish here. But can your supervisor write a paper on the preliminary results (with fopcus on policy) and you also write a paper on the full analysis. Ie you both get a first name paper out. Just an idea on how to keep everyone happy.
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