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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: cheez_ball
2012-05-22 04:00 pm (UTC)
Good luck! And seconding thirding being careful about what you say publically. Might want to switch these posts to friends only at the least.

Keep us updated.

FWIW, I went through something similar. My PI published my entire thesis research without me and refused to allow me to graduate - telling me my research was scooped. By her. We [the dept head and I] made a deal where I got second authorship and the MS, the PI was not allowed to ever contact me in any way or give references about me (and neither was her spouse), and I won't sue. The department head agreed and took it even further by officially reprimanding the PI in front of the entire department. The spouse was fired when he gave a horrible unsolicited reference about me. Some departments and universities take this stuff serioiusly. Which allows me to have some faith in the system. Not a lot, but some.
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[User Picture]From: small_chicken
2012-05-23 05:11 am (UTC)
Yikes.

I'm glad to know, in a way, that these things do happen, because otherwise everything would just seem surreal.

The Netherlands is a small country--rumor mills fly fast and furious.
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[User Picture]From: cheez_ball
2012-05-23 05:28 pm (UTC)
I've personally seen the Dutch rumor mill at work. So, yea, I wish you the best of luck.
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