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Get someone else to write your research papers?

S.W. Eden

Cite this journal as: Eden, S. W. (2018). Get someone else to write your research papers? Retrieved from http://sw-eden.net

I am a very ordinary teacher in a school/program in a large university in Thailand. I also know other teachers from other university. Everyone with this kind of job, the university teachers or lecturers, will have to upgrade themselves to be assistant professor, associate professor, and professor, respectively. Therefore, we read the rule written by the government, about what kind of papers or academic works that we have to submit for the committee to judge or promote us.

The rules say that the academic works could be the research paper or academic paper that got publish in the conference proceedings and journals. They could be the creative work, such as movies or games that have published academic paper supporting them. People I know from other universities walk follow this rules. They could submit their research paper published in conference proceeding to the committee to consider.

However, my university creates their own rule for some reason. They do not allow me and other employees to submit the conference papers, but only papers published in the journals. This makes our life harder than other people in other university.

In fact, there was an Easter egg hidden in this policy.

she the president
Figure 1: research the search from ocean

Some friends told me that many employees bought the research papers with the money about 400-500 USD per a paper. In other words, they hired someone else to write it for them. They did not actually know anything about the paper or even the topic of the paper. After they bought the paper, they submit it to the conference in order to travel around many countries outside Thailand.

Because the president of my university discovered this Easter egg, she believes that most conference papers are not written by the authors appeared on them. This might be the reason that she does not allow anyone to use conference papers to send to the committees in order to be promoted to be an assistant professor, and also other levels.

I do not like the way she thinks though. I have written all conference papers by myself. I have never hired anyone to do it for me, but I lose the chance to use them to submit to the committees and being promote. I am both angry and depress. The president makes the world unfair. Why doesn’t she just get rid of the cheating people who buy the academic work? If she could do it, the honest ones will be able to use their conference papers to get into the higher job position.

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Put your friends’ names in your own work. Why?

S.W. Eden

Cite this journal as: Eden, S.W. (2018). Put your friends’ names in your own work. Why? Retrieved from http://sw-eden.net

My beloved professor, my advisor in my doctoral dissertation, told me that I should put the name of my friends as the second and the third author in my research paper. This is because it will help them in the teacher evaluation system, and also the course program evaluation audited by the government.

In other words, my friends and I are in the school of digital media in a university. The laws (or rules) are that every teacher in the school needs to publish a research paper. If not, the government will shut down the school program, and there will be no more freshmen in the upcoming academic year.

This is the reason that I have to add my friends in the same school as the second and the third author of my research paper. I have to keep my school alive. And I do not feel bad to have the names of my friends on my paper. Everything seems to be okay.

Classroom in Thailand, and Thai people
Figure 1: Thai religion, a part of education

My university also provides the award for teachers who could publish their research paper, and that is a good thing. If I am the only one author of the published paper, I will get 200 USD. It is not much money in Thailand, but it could encourage me to keep writing the paper. However, when I put my friends’ name on my paper, I will get less money according to the percent or proportion of my work.

Before now, I filled in the form that I did 90% of the work, and other teachers did 10%. This way, I will not get 20 USD, which is 10% with the name of my friends. I do not know if the university know that I did 100% of the work.

Another annoying rule is that only one author of each research paper could receive the money. This means that my friend will not be able to get 20 USD, too.

This is how I lost the benefit when I help my friends and my program to survive.

And now, it is even worse than what I have told you. The university announced the new rule of rewarding. Every author of the research paper has to have at least 10% of the work. This mean, if I added 5 co-authors in my research paper and 10% was given per each, I would left only 50% of work. This means I will earn only 100 USD per one paper.

I called the guy who worked in this rewarding office, and I try to explain that I added the co-authors to keep my school survival, and these co-authors did not have anything to do with my paper.

Do you know what they tell me? I am very upset and feel depressive for many weeks.

They told me, like, the teacher (like me), who had many co-authors in the same work, was selfish, because other co-authors did not have a chance to get paid, especially when the first author filled in the form that she did 90% of the work. But! we could not forget that there is the rule that only one author in each paper could ask for the reward.

Hence, the point is that they did not actually think that I am the selfish, but they just did not want to pay money to the teacher who could publish the research paper.

I really hate this rule. I do not know what kind of brain was used to form such this policy. I want to quit my teacher job. Although 200 USD is not that much money to force me to leave the job, but these rules and policies make me depressive. They do not encourage their employees, but they show their narrow-mind through their thought toward their employees.

I am not the selfish one. I still do what I have done to keep my school opening in the following years. I want to see new students join my school and I do not want to see anyone got fired from their job.

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