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  1. #1 Ownership/acknowledgment issue 
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    So here's the story: I designed and optimized some primers which a colleague used and is attempting to publish with. My concern is that she is not stating anywhere that they were not made by her.
    Should she mention this somewhere in the paper? When I approached her she said she doesn't need to. Has anyone ever delt with a situation like this or know what is standard protocol?

    thanks.


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    That would typically go in acknowledgments, imo.


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    If she's not including you as an author on the paper (which I've definitely seen done for people who did some of the lab grunt work), she should at least put you in the acknowledgments.
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    Thanks for the replies. Our supervisor has suggested that I will be in the acknowledgments (though I am afraid my colleague will not like this). This issue has created so much unnecessary tension in our lab. This person has a huge issue with including people on her paper. She previously asked someone else to review her paper, and after seriously editing it, he asked to be an author. She freaked and threw out his corrections and never used them. She also made a deal with a student in the lab that she would pay him to measure her mice and that way he wouldn't be an author.

    I don't understand what the big deal is, especially if we are just adding my name to acknowledgments. Ah, lab drama...
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