Pliagiarism issue. What should I do?

@ucl800 (860)
Greece
November 18, 2008 5:29am CST
I am a Phd student and i recently had a serious help problem so I had to make an operation and as you can understand to leave my research behind for a few months. I am better now, so I desided to continue my Phd and what I found out? At the time I was in the hospital, my supervisor professor published my research without mentioned my name... I got furious. I went to a lower and he told me that there are not many things that I can do, since this will cost me a lot of money (that I do not have) and I might loose at the end, because she is a professor and I am only a student... What should I do?
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@egdcltd (6679)
18 Nov 08
I think the first thing you should do is seek legal advice. Some solicitors will only charge a small fee for an initial half hour interview. They will be able to tell you if you have a case, and whether there may be legal aid available if so. Sometimes, students have very little right to their own research.
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@ucl800 (860)
• Greece
18 Nov 08
"Sometimes, students have very little right to their own research." that is so true... Why nobody helps us? We do all the hard part and then professors just put their name on it and become more and more famous. That's not fair...
@egdcltd (6679)
18 Nov 08
Not fair, no. The reasoning behind it is, I think, that the professor provides the project, help and resources, therefore is entitled to the results. I don't think this is the case everywhere though, or even necessarily at every university. It will, I think, largely depend on your country.
@athlon24 (106)
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
that's a hard one. I hate it when people does that, they don't value hardwork and they mess it up. But I think, the first thing you need to do is to find a way that will prove that the paper belongs to you. Find your notes and some earlier draft of the paper. Then after that you can contact someone you can trust in the university that can help you. Another professor or dean maybe. Then after that, have some legal counsel what's the next best thing to do.
@ucl800 (860)
• Greece
18 Nov 08
I have the proof and I am now thinking to send it to the dean. I am not sure this gonna help. If you are in the field you know that professors help each other, phd students are for them slaves..., but at least I would have tried... Thanks for the suggestion.
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
i guess the best thing you can do is talk to the school head/dean about this matter.. you know, fight for your right.. don't let other people use you for their own victory.. good luck..
• Australia
18 Nov 08
Most universities have regulations dealing with such matters. See what you can read up on in terms of your rights in any guidelines you can find. Do you have Student Services, or a Student Union that you can go to for further advice? Even university councilors can help point you in the right direction. Also go to the member of staff abover your professor, a head of school? Then work your way up the staff order until you get to the dean. Hopefully on some level the issue can be resolved and yourself compensated. Otherwise then you should definately start looking seriously at legal advice. Good Luck!
@Zezloler (497)
• United Arab Emirates
18 Nov 08
Ouch, that sucks! __