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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: i_strannik
2012-05-23 02:17 am (UTC)
Good.
Be careful with the lawyers. If you have one yourself, who will look after your interests, that might help.

It's amazing how much more difficult it is to resolve an authorship dispute before the paper is submitted. Some times I wish I had sat back and watched them submit it and then filed a complaint. Alas, wasn't an option. 'took me nearly half a year. 'still don't know what will end up happening with my job though. What amazes me is just how common this crap is...
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[User Picture]From: cheez_ball
2012-05-23 05:27 pm (UTC)
Mine was a bit easier because it involved interpretation of computer code, something which no one on the author list without me was able to do. Not even with the department head watching. That and they placed all my GPS coordinates in the wrong spots for every last piece of data. The article would have had to have been retracted anyway if they didn't bring me onboard.
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