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Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 7 Feb 2011 11:47:27 -0500
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Considering what he promised you, the least he could do is allow identifying which images are yours. 
  It is not uncommon for initials to appear on species illustrations (but also not uncommon for them 
ot be removed in the old days by authors and publishers), but rather uncommon for standard graphical 
content like charts and graphs to have initials (but sometimes the artist is mentioned in the caption.)

You do have a written (email) agreement that you have traded something of value (foregoing money) in 
return for authorship acknowledgment.  You can not let this slide. You should email him and nicely 
remind him of the agreement and what you agreed to do for him for no money.  It maybe that he has 
indeed just forgotten about it. Or there may be other issued stopping him. Either way it needs to be 
address. Either he has to pay you the money you did not get, offer you some other consideration, or 
at least apologize profusely and make you as prominent as you can be in the article without being an 


On 2/5/11 12:51 AM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
> Hello,
> Well, I actually do have it in an email that he promised I would be a co-author. It was part of an
> agreement that I would do the layout and labels, without getting extra pay, on the promise that I
> would be a co-author. It's possible he just forgot as it's been a couple years since he wrote this.
> It also may be that he is concerned about why the other artist will just be acknowledged and not
> listed as an author.
> Since I didn't do the dissections, or even the preliminary sketches, but worked from measurements
> and the sketches of the technician, it is hard to back up that I should be an author. It seems like
> I should at least remind him that he said I could be the co-author. Of course this will make it
> harder to reference which drawings were done by me.
> Do most of you always, add your initials or name to your drawings for publication?
> Thanks for the feedback!
> Jan

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