I am a grad student in Computer Science. I collaborated with my external collaborator and produced a conference paper. My advisor’s contributions were mainly minor editing of the draft（after he found out I was submitting a paper two days before the deadline, and insisted to have a look and he gave me some not so useful commnets and corrected a few inaccuracies. From what I’ve been reading here, his contributions do not warrant authorship at all — especially he made no scientific contributions whatsoever. But as someone new to this (also due to a bit of pressure), I “thought” the “editing” warranted authorship, and he became the last author on this paper which is now published.
I do not receive a grant from him, as I carry my own funding. And my research area is not directly related to his current grant. (Although if one makes some far-fetched arguments, they could still be related.)
However, as it turned out, he recently put this paper into his grant report (which I found out accidentally), it gives the impression this paper had been part of that project on which he is the PI, while it was clearly not. And it was not made clear to me at any point that this would be the case.
I thought it is unethical for my advisor to use this paper like this. In retrospect, he clearly had putting this paper on his grant in mind when he found out I was submitting this paper, and I found his way of asking to discuss and to give comments, then asking to be an author deceiving. He told me recently he is going to present this work (also as part of his grant as I found out), and I feel more deceived.
What are your analyses of this incident (especially how would it affect my contributions to the work if it is perceived as being part my advisor’s project, while it is not)? What are your recommendations?
NB: it was primarily a project between the collaborator and me. The collaborator was not interested in collaborating with my advisor.