(please excuse the rampant self-promotion that follows)
Well well well, what do we have here?
But wait! There’s more!
When I moved from a postdoctoral position to a job in biotech marketing in 2005, I thought my publishing days were over. This made me a little sad. Since moving back to academia a couple of years later I’ve worked on dozens of manuscripts (and have been mentioned in many an Acknowledgments section), but never did enough to warrant authorship…
…until last year.
The first paper is the result of a project funded by one of the first grants I worked on after starting my current job. I wrote the grant application’s introduction and contributed to the study design (indirectly, but still) – and then didn’t hear much about it until it was time to write up a few years later, at which point I helped compile some of the data into tables, made a figure, wrote parts of the manuscript, edited all of it, and co-ordinated the submission.
The second paper, being a review, had a slightly lower bar for authorship. I was initially asked just to edit the first author’s draft that she’d written based on a structure agreed upon with her supervisor; as this is her first paper it needed quite a bit of work, and I also suggested adding a sub-section. I sent my edits on to my boss, and the next version came back to me with my name added to the author list.
You wait seven years for a paper, then two come along at once – bloody typical!
When I got married and changed my name (which I consider an upgrade – I gained an extra letter and an extra syllable compared to my far-too-short maiden name), I thought my publishing days were well and truly done (I made the decision a couple of months before applying for my current job). I’ve never regretted making the change, but it did pose something of a dilemma for the two new papers: should I use my new name, which would be confusing to someone (e.g. a future employer) looking up my publication record; or the old one, which would confuse my co-authors and other colleagues, who’ve never known me under any other name? I went with the new name because a) I know a couple of people who changed their name but continued to publish under their maiden name. It seemed like they didn’t get as much recognition of their accomplishments as other department members, because not everyone recognised the name on the paper and therefore didn’t realise that that colleague had been involved in the study; b) it’s easy enough to prove that I “own” all my papers if I need to; c) there are a bunch of other “dunn ca”s in PubMed, but only one other “ennis ca”; and d) I just like it better, damnit. So there.
Anyway. I am officially chuffed. Yay me!