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Order of authors in publications listed on LinkedIn

Postby Susan H. » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:54 pm

I have noticed that there are people who post their publications on LinkedIn and put their own name first in the author list no matter what their true position is. I think that this is extremely annoying. It is misleading and unacceptable, like cheating. But I wonder if there is a convention for LinkedIn I am not aware of. I feel bad having to compete with people who by all means try to look better than they really are. Has anybody experienced s.th. similar and how do you deal with this?
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Re: Order of authors in publications listed on LinkedIn

Postby Rich Lemert » Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:54 pm

Personally, I wouldn't lose a lot of sleep over this. For one thing, you have no control over what someone else does with their profile. Also, this is going to be one of the easiest things for a hiring manager to confirm - and I suspect that many already discount what they see on social media sites because of their self-promotional aspects.
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Re: Order of authors in publications listed on LinkedIn

Postby S. Brian » Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:44 pm

Hi Susan,

I too have noticed this - for a while I felt very inferiour to some individuals!

Personally, on my LinkedIn profile I include only a link to this website (publicationslist.org). I use this great free service to keep an up to date list of my peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed articles, grants and theses. Similarly, on my CV I write out the bibliography for my peer reviewed publications but I include this website link as a source for all other publications, thus saving space.
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Re: Order of authors in publications listed on LinkedIn

Postby BGK » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:38 am

LinkedIn automatically puts your name first in the author list. This is by default, you don't even enter your own name. I have seen one profile where someone put "(first)" next to the actual first authors in the publication list. They did that by attaching that designation to those authors' names.
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Re: Order of authors in publications listed on LinkedIn

Postby Susan H. » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:11 pm

Thanks everybody for their input. So it is LinkedIn specific.
Still, I find that it's weird.
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Re: Order of authors in publications listed on LinkedIn

Postby Ana » Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:50 pm

I had seen it in some contacts that filled up their publication list and I thought they had chosen to put themselves first (which I found questionable). I didn't know it was done by default. That was an interesting clarification.
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