The paper is basically about how this protein has a secondary function when it gets cleaved and creates a novel isoform. This isoform translocates into the nucleus to bind to transcription factors and alter gene expression for that cell. I dug around the BLAST/EST database/RNA-seq database and found that this isoform is conserved among other genes in the same family, which suggests that this may play a really important role in cell signaling for eukaryotes. I also found out that this second isoform is expressed less in cancer tissues so it may have something to do with carcinogenesis. I made a figure showing the splicing mechanisms of each gene in the family, where the exons are differentially spliced compared to the normal, and the protein that it becomes translated to.
Yes, my PI did mention not having experimental results in the paper to back up the data that I found online. However, we don't have multiple human tissues just chillin' (heh pun intended) in the lab for us to use, and he doesn't want to order some and spend the time testing them if it's not required for publication.
I have been working on a research project for the past 2 years have done a lot of bioinformatics work for a paper. So far, I have created a figure that shows conservations between different genes in the same superfamily. It is not central to the topic of the paper, more like extra information to support their findings. However, there is a whole section dedicated at the end of the paper to discuss my figure and it is even mentioned at the end of the abstract. I am currently finishing up two more figures for the paper that are also just supplemental, and my PI thinks they will really help with getting the paper published.
However, I am currently only acknowledged at the end for sequence analysis, right next to a couple people who were acknowledged for giving advice...Furthermore, there is a grad student from another lab that is currently listed as an author, but he only contributed one supplemental figure as well. I talked to my PI about authorship and he said my figures were not central to the paper and there were no labratory experiments done in support of my findings since I got all my data from online sources (GEO, NCBI, etc.). I didn't mention the grad student because I thought I would sound petty. But I feel like this really unfair because this was the project that he gave me when I started and he won't let me transition into lab because I am the only one who is able to do bioinformatics.
Do you guys think I should be listed as an author for the paper or am I being petty? If so, what should I do? I am already a senior and I feel like it's too late to change labs or focus. I have also heard from other undergraduates working in his lab that not a single undergrad has been given authorship for a paper...
TLDR; Made a figure that was "supplemental" even though it was mentioned in the abstract and discussed a lot in the paper. Was acknowledged and not given authorship. A grad student did the same thing and was given authorship. What do
Do researchers strictly follow the authorship guidelines? Because it seems that getting a name on the paper has to do more with politics than with actual contributions