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Just an update [May. 22nd, 2012|08:53 am]
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[small_chicken]
OK, so I decided to play hardball: first author, or take it down. Well, I didn't put it quite that way in the email to the editor, but I did say that nothing except first author would be acceptable at this point, considering that I was kind enough to wait for her (rude) response before dashing off the emails to everybody and their grandmother.

Secondly: the universsity has begun legal proceedings. I'm not sure what this means--I very much doubt that a court would be involved, though if it does and I end up testifying, it could get interesting. I wonder if she'll try to slander me in open court...

Anyway, the moral of the story is, if you're trying to get back at someone in the sciences, plagarism is a really shitty way to go about it, especially since they could always have a backup on gmail.
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[User Picture]From: shakes
2012-05-22 03:37 pm (UTC)
be careful speaking publicly about the situation. even in livejournal. what you've said could be called libel if in fact there is a reasonable doubt to your story. i'm not questioning your character, i'm just thinking back to when i've been as upset as you are about some professional slight. i hope you and them can compromise on a co-authorship and avoid a legal battle. be worried if the university lawyers are getting involved, they aren't going to look after you.

just checked our your LJ. looks like this person doesn't have a great reputation at your old uni. well, that should help your case.

Edited at 2012-05-22 03:39 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: small_chicken
2012-05-23 05:21 am (UTC)
It's not libel if I have email statements to back up everything I've said. I know I'm walking a fine line, here, but I do realize that these are public entries and I've been very careful to stick with what can be verified (should anybody choose to do so) in my gmail account. I don't intend to drag this fight out in the public arena, actually (and this will be my last post on the matter). But I do think it's important for people to realize that it is possible to do something about something like this, even if you are no longer affiliated with academia.

And, FWIW, the lawyers were brought in by the ethics committee. I have no idea why they thought they needed legal aid, but I am also hoping that An wises up before it gets any further.
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[User Picture]From: cheez_ball
2012-05-23 05:29 pm (UTC)
I suspect your university will bring in lawyers every single time something like this pops up. It's probably a normal protocol and has been used before.
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