6.2. Guidelines. These guidelines reflect the general procedures followed by the majority of professors in the Department of Biology and are listed below to form the basis of discussion between student and supervisor.
- The supervisor will retain copies of all data on which the thesis and publications are based. The supervisor has a right to both the raw data and any analyses derived from it.
- The graduate student is usually first author on all publications arising directly from his/her thesis research; exceptions are sometimes made when the majority of ideas, data or analyses are provided by the supervisor or other researchers, but this should be discussed early in the research project.
- The supervisor is usually co-author on all publications arising from the thesis research.
- Where a significant amount of additional research or analysis is required to produce publishable results from a thesis, or where the student does not make a major contribution to the writing of publishable manuscripts, the supervisor is often first author.
- Students employed as research assistants for data collection or analysis should not automatically expect joint authorship unless they have made significant original contributions to the research program.
- Supervisors have the right to write up and take first authorship on papers based on any material in the thesis or arising from the thesis that is not submitted for publication within one year of normal degree time limits (2 years for MSc, 4 for PhD). Since the student will be co-author on such papers, such thesis material may be used directly without infringing on the student's copyright.