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I have a related query regarding co-authorship.

At my institution I have noticed a handful of grad students co-authoring works with their dissertation supervisors. I would like to ask whether the publications that result benefit the grad student on the job market. Do hiring committees view published works by junior applicants co-authored with their supervisors as equal in merit to works not co-authored with supervisors?

If not, would the grad students be better off not co-authoring pieces with their supervisors? If the answer to this question is yes, then is it poor practice of supervisors to co-author with grad students?


Re: Gradstudentanon, I think consideration of a host of pragmatic issues will decide the matter for you before you need to start thinking about the absolute strategic goodness of coauthoring with your supervisor. For example, do you have the time to coauthor something with them? are they asking you to coauthor with them? do you and them have a wicked idea that just needs to be written up? are you struggling to write publishable stuff on your own, so that coauthoring with them might be a good way to learn how to write a publishable paper? I suspect that if you focus on the opportunities and issues at hand, this question will sort itself out.

Just a quick thought. I'm not disagreeing with the value or purpose of this thread, but a helpful strategy for coauthoring seems to be to read your friends' work, even if those friends are just other graduate students. (And I'm being loose with "friends", including people you chatted with once at the APA.) If you find interesting overlap or opportunities for engagement, you can (naturally) ask them if they're interested in coauthoring. I get that those who are several years out and in a research desert may not have this option, but it's probably a good strategy for many. It may seem obvious, but I know that I didn't even think of it when I was a graduate student. I was (wrongly) focused on reading the work of "superstars" and (to my detriment) didn't seriously think about engaging or collaborating with the work of my low-level peers.

Dan Dunleavy

So I'm not a philosopher, but rather a social science researcher with philosophical interests. I'm an avid reader of this and related blogs and have taken graduate level philosophy courses.

I primarily do work in behavioral health (mental health and substance use). I've been considering delving further into the philosophy of psychiatry (esp. around diagnosis and treatment) and around issues of evidence within the context of the current scholarly publication system.

I'd be happy to discuss further with anyone who has interest. Sometimes I hear philosophers lament that there work isn't more in-tune with scientific practice and I often lament that the social sciences are not more philosophically minded. This might be a good opportunity to do some mutually collaborative, interdisciplinary work.


I've coauthored a book and around half a dozen papers. Among my coauthors are people in English, psychology, and math. I have co-authored with a college drop-out a lawyer and a (non-academic) relative. Each is different. I've never co-authored with a stranger, though I have tried and it failed for lack of momentum, but I am still trying and I have reached out to total strangers. Sometimes you will be the one doing more work, sometimes the other person will and sometimes it will be 50-50. All are rewarding. It is much better having two brains and sets of experience working on something than just your own.

Michel Xhignesse

I think this thread is a great idea! I hope it takes off.

For my part, I have a few too many writing obligations at the moment (including a few co-authored projects that I really need to get out the door!). But if someone out there isn't in any rush and can wait a few months, I'm happy to collaborate on projects in or crossing paths with aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

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