Conflict of interest exists when an author, reviewer, supervisor, or editor has financial or personal relationships that could inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties).

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Is it unethical to hire students for private consulting work?

As a faculty member, I tend not to involve students in any of my own consulting projects, but I often run into small units of work that would be great opportunities for students, especially ...
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Is there a potential problem where supervisor is close to someone working in similar area?

Is there a potential problem when an academic supervises a Ph.D. student in a very specific area in which someone close to them is also active and working (and supervising Ph.D. students who are ...
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How are letters of recommendation handled when they come from a member of the admissions committee?

I've asked three professors from the school I did my undergraduate studies at to write letters of recommendation for me. However, one of the schools I'm applying to is that same school. In other ...
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Are there situations where taking an honorarium for trying a textbook on a class is acceptable behavior?

A publisher for an e-textbook is offering me an honorarium if I try it with a class. My own ethical take on this is that I would not entertain this regardless of the size of the honorarium (which I ...
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How to become a whistleblower?

I used to work in a company that has close ties with the academia. One of the professors ("Dr A") wasn't/isn't using his funding properly by hiring his long-time girlfriend as his research assistant. ...
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On a Conflict of Interest disclosure, what's the difference between 'ongoing' and 'current'?

For an upcoming publication, the corresponding author has forwarded me the copyright release and conflict of interest disclosure form. On this form is a table to be completed regarding "Did you or ...
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University advocates for students facing academic misconduct charges

I sit on my department's academic misconduct committee. When students are suspected of academic misconduct they are invited to a meeting with the academic misconduct committee. The university polices ...
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Grant from private company - conflict of interest

If a private company provides a grant for some research to be carried out but is hoping for a particular outcome from the research in order to take certain business decisions, should this be described ...
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Must I decline to review a former colleague's work?

I have been asked to review a paper that I know to have been authored by a friend and former colleague. Is it my responsibility to inform the editor and decline to review the paper?
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Is there a conflict of interest when the supervisor and co-supervisor are husband and wife?

I have been co-supervised by my primary supervisor's wife. Suffice to say that this has been problematic where both have different research interests. Each asks me to do different jobs and they often ...
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How to leave a collaborator after being offered to join a new group?

How does one leave one collaborative group for another, prior to the start of the research? This relates to switching project teams for graduate course work, switching research labs, or basically ...
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Is it ethically problematic for an internal candidate to attend the job talk of a candidate for the same job?

I noticed that my university has been considering "internal" candidates more strongly for permanent faculty positions. These are candidates who have received their masters degree and/or a PhD at the ...
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Are there widely accepted rules related to union officers being on faculty senate?

The faculty senate at my school recently took a position on a professional issue that was highly confrontational toward the administration. After union negotiations resulted in a pay raise, the senate ...
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Submit a paper to a conference where co-authors are in the committee?

I recently read a paper whose co-authors are found in the conference committee. Although they are not in the executive committee, they are in organizing committee and all the committee people know ...
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Dealing with consulting agreements where NDA conflicts with research interests

I am a computer science doctoral student working on machine learning (ML) research. Meanwhile, a startup approached me to consult/advise them in areas related to algorithms in ML. Needless to say a ...
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Is it ethical for a part-time professor to use his position for other interests?

There is a professor who works part-time at a university as a moderator of one of their student groups. He does not teach any actual classes but spends a hugely considerable amount of time with the ...
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Student and advisor applying to same job - conflict of interest with recommendation letter

I'm currently a Ph.D. student. I'm applying for a post-Ph.D. faculty job, and so is one of my two Ph.D. co-advisors. I think we have a good relationship, and I am thrilled they are applying, and truly ...
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Conflict declaration in reviews

Consider the following scenario: A is working on a problem X and has unpublished new material. A is then asked to review a paper: upon reading the abstract, A realizes that the authors are ...