you don’t own me- authorship and other problems

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A guest post from Megan, Maximum and Dulcie McPherson. Megan, a practising artist,  has just completed her PhD –yay and congratulations – and is looking for work in Melbourne and beyond.

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During the week I was approached by a researcher to have a chat about doing some work for her research project.

All well and good I thought. I’d just handed in my thesis last month. I’m in the weird waiting space in-between hand in and getting the results back. I could do with some extra work; my savings are starting to look a bit sad and my 10 week research administration support contract is just about to finish.

During the conversation with the researcher a series of alarm bells rang out. The time allowance was for a day a week for 12 weeks (around 85 hours). There was no scope of the work involved or timeline…

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