Why does my lab head want to be first author on MY research paper?
My lab head just dropped a big hint that I MUST add his name as the first author for my paper - which he has had nothing to do with. How do I deal with this? There's no easy way of saying this, but he had nothing to do with my research or the writing part of the paper. Yet, he emailed me to say that he would like me to add him as first author of my paper. I don't think this is normal or right. Is there a way for me to find out? Is it okay for me to ask around in my lab? Will I be guilty of something if I ask others about whether this has also happened with them? Can I complain about my lab head to someone? Also, I am trying to look at this/address this without feeling frustrated - that eventually not matter what I do, I may have to do what he asks. 😣 I feel really frustrated about this. Did I add that this is the first ever research publication of my life!