Can first author be corresponding author?

Regarding your initial question, in medicine, I've seen the corresponding author be someone other than the first author from time to time. It's not unusual. Yes is it common for the last author (usually supervisor) to be corresponding author or rather it is not unusual.
A.

What is the first author?

In academic publishing, the lead author, or first author, is the first named author of a publication such as a research article or audit. Academic authorship standards vary widely across disciplines. Sometimes, journals require statements detailing each author's contributions to be included in each publication.
  • What does it mean to be a corresponding author?

    The corresponding author is a traditional role that all journals require. This author: is the primary point of contact for the manuscript. corresponds with journal editor during submission process.
  • What is the senior author?

    Authorship conventions are based around assumptions that research was done under the umbrella of a research institution. It's often just fine to assume that the first author did the most work, and the last author is the senior author who is the PI of the lab that enabled the project.
  • Who was the last president to sign the Declaration of Independence?

    John Adams (1735-1826)—John Adams was the first Vice-President of the United States and the second President. He was a member (along with Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman) chosen to draft the Declaration of Independence.
B.

What is a second author?

Primary author/ main author/ secondary author is a separate thing from the role. Every book has one primary author. If two or more people share main responsibility for a book they can all be main authors. Anyone else is a secondary author.
  • What is a last author?

    The last author is usually the group leader or PI who may have given significant intellectual inputs and supervised the work, but might not have actively conducted the experiments or written the manuscript. The last author is also often the corresponding author.
  • What does coauthor?

    A coauthor is someone who works with another person to write something. If three people take turns writing chapters of a novel, each of them can call herself a coauthor. You can spell the noun coauthor with or without a hyphen — co-author is also correct.
  • What is the senior author?

    Authorship conventions are based around assumptions that research was done under the umbrella of a research institution. It's often just fine to assume that the first author did the most work, and the last author is the senior author who is the PI of the lab that enabled the project.

Updated: 21st November 2019

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