11 .Authorship

Faculty of Education

11 .Authorship

In normal circumstances, as a condition of engaging in graduate studies at Brock, the author of a thesis grants certain licences and waivers in respect of the circulation and copying of the thesis:

to the University Library: permitting the consultation of the thesis as part of the library collection and the making of single copies for another library or similar institution or for an individual for private study and research to the National Library of Canada: permitting the microfilming of the thesis and the lending or selling of copies of the film. Forms are signed following a successful thesis defence.

11.1 Publication

Graduate students are encouraged to publish not only their research findings but also course papers when they are of suitable quality. In most cases, collaboration with faculty culminates in the final product. It is, therefore, essential to consider authorship of the work before submission for publication.

Collaboration may be in the form of intellectual and scholarly conversation between advisor and a student regarding MRP or thesis work, or it may be in the form of extensive editorial commentary. In such cases, joint authorship should be considered. For the most part when a paper addressing a MRP or thesis work is submitted for publication, the student will be first author and the advisor(s) will be second author.

At other times, the advisor or faculty member may be first author and the student the second author. This would usually occur when the faculty member has made a significant contribution by providing additional research, analysis, or writing to bring the paper to acceptable publication levels. The University has a policy on student-generated materials that you should study and discuss with your advisor. The policy, Ownership of Student-Created Intellectual Property, was adopted in May 2000.

Students who have been employed as research assistants may expect joint authorship when they have made significant contributions to the research program resulting in a published document.

Discussion of joint authorship between faculty and graduate students should ensue before any collaborative work begins. Similar consideration should be given to authorship of paper presentations.

11.2 Paper Presentations

Students are encouraged to present their work at various conferences when the opportunity arises. Currently, full-time graduate students may submit to the Dean of the Faculty of Education, a request for financial assistance to attend a particular conference in order to present their work. In the request, students are to list the expected costs to be incurred for travel, lodging, and registration fees.

Graduate student travel funds are also available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies to full-time registered graduate students who travel in connection with their graduate program. To qualify for these funds, the student must present at a conference, with the program/supervisor confirming attendance at the conference and that attendance is of direct benefit to the student’s program and research. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will normally pay expenses up to a maximum of $300 providing appropriate documentation and receipts are submitted and other sources of funding are available. Application form available HERE 


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