Who should be the corresponding author, me or my supervisor?
I know, there are couples of description about who is the corresponding author. But I am still frustrated with my situation.
My supervisor is a senior man (in age). Recently, I found difficulties to communicate with him, since he forgets a lot. My manuscripts are talking about soil microbiology, which is not his field. He has never red my manuscripts neither commented on them. He always says, "I am sorry, I don't understand the contents. Go and get advices from your co-supervisor who is a microbiologist". Well, I am okay (and not okay) about that.
In my understanding, a corresponding author will be responsible for corresponding with readers after publication. More, my publications will be non-open access articles, meaning that double questions will come I guess (well, if the articles are interesting for sure). To be honest, I can't believe my supervisor will handle the responsibility. He can pass all correspondences to me, actually. Unfortunately, he is not easy-sharing person. He always wants to show that he's responsible on everything. What should I do? pray....I pray he'll give up from the beginning and just pass the emails to me. Still, I am not sure about that.
Also, I notice big benefits on becoming a corresponding author from my colleagues who are the corresponding authors for their publications. They are invited as speakers in good conferences and reviewers in credible journals. They are spotted in their fields, so that they can connect with other scientists in the world smoothly. From their sharing, I see great futures. Looking at myself, I see no future there.
I've tried to discuss about this to him. He seems can not receive my explanation. It is because he has to follow the funding rules, he says. The rules mention that the funding usage is valid when the head of project is the corresponding author. What I can do? certainly follow the rules.
At the end of our each meeting, this is what he always says, "the publications are for your future". Tell you frankly, tons of frustration hit my shoulder. How it will be, if I am standing in the limitations he creates for me?
I, of course, don't give up there. I search how to make two people as corresponding authors. Unfortunately, journals allow only one person assigned to be the corresponding author. Or maybe I don't know how to make it.
Maybe my understanding about the power of corresponding author and regulation to become one is wrong or incomplete...please share your opinions and experiences. Thanks in advance, guys.