On the moral code or ethical policy of academia, including values such as avoidance of cheating or plagiarism; maintenance of academic standards; and honesty in research and publishing.

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Contacting multiple professors for supervision

I am an Honours student in the process of contacting professors and senior lecturers to request supervision/joint supervision. So far, I had been in contact with a pair who were more than happy to ...
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Is ethical approval needed for online studies?

An online study, the participants had the full choice to fill the questionnaire and they signed (a check box) that they agree for sharing their data in the study. In this case, Do we need an ethical ...
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What does being acknowledged in a medical journal imply?

Comments on another question pointed out that many medical journals require "written consent of any cited individual(s) noted in acknowledgments or personal communications". I find this requirement ...
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Need suggestion on simultaneous submission in journal and conference

Is it correct to submit a revised version of a paper to the same journal while some application part of the paper is under review in a conference? I have received a request for revisions on a ...
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Is the author obliged to answer all emailed questions regarding his or her paper after it had been published?

Is the author obliged to answer all emailed questions regarding the details of his or her paper after it had been published?
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Is it ethical for a journal editor to use a generic rejection response when desk rejecting a manuscript?

Is it ethical for a journal editor to provide the same response to many authors? Here is an example generic rejection comment made by a journal editor: All manuscripts are initially assessed by ...
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Revising timely submitted paper after hard deadline

I have submitted a paper to the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) 2016. The submission and revision deadline has passed yesterday, but the system is still accepting new ...
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Is it appropriate for an undergrad student to ask a professor to sign a non-disclosure agreement?

Allow me to first give some context. A friend and I have been discussing a business idea involving a technical device that I need some guidance on how to perfect. My friend just told me he is taking ...
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Grounds for an ethics complaint? UK math prof. publicly misrepresenting results from an unrelated discipline

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in social sciences and last month I presented and defended my thesis in an Eastern European university. The full text of my thesis is available to the public. A couple of weeks ...
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What are the proper venues to talk about the ethics of software engineering? [closed]

I am sure we all know about codes of ethics such as the "Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice", and "ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct". But as technology changes, ...
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Is it ethical to have results in your PhD thesis that are not strictly yours?

In some disciplines (such as theoretical computer science), it is typical to have papers where you have co-authors. Especially when the set of co-authors is large, and work is being done at different ...
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(undergraduate) my graduate student is extremely cutthroat [closed]

I work in a lab in experimental psychology at a pretty prestigious research university. I have worked there for a while (this is currently my fourth semester) for about 8+ hours a week, entirely ...
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Does announcing the submission of a paper on social networks violate the double-blind review?

I sometimes see researchers who announce the submission of a paper to a conference on social networks, often tagging the post with the conference name and year, and from time to time mentioning the ...
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Ethics and acknowledgements

A couple of months ago I've discussed some question (the question itself might not be too creative, as a in-some-sense natural although not asked before followup for an open question that was closed ...
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How to deal with an unethical editor?

How do you go about dealing with an editor that pretends to be ALL the reviewers and reject a paper based on his/her 'made-up' reviews? Should I complain to the editor-in-chief or simply let it ...
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What's the deal with grade inflation? [closed]

A while back, there was a question on here about plagiarism. One statement in particular struck me: The foundation of academia is production and dissemination of knowledge [...] Likewise, since it ...
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Accidentally finding the solution to an exercise

I was given an assignment for a graduate course a few days ago, and I had to do some background reading in order to understand what one question was asking. In the process of doing this reading, I ...
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Professor gave me a higher grade than I deserved. What should I do?

During one of my undergraduate semesters I was pretty depressed (for various personal reasons) and was struggling with completing my coursework. One class in particular didn't have a final exam, there ...
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Why is plagiarism so harshly punished?

I realize why plagiarism is morally wrong and punishable. This is not a question about why it is wrong. This question is about why plagiarism is dealt with so harshly compared to other violations. ...
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Ethics: Having students use my referral link for a product used in the classroom?

I was using a Web service I particularly like the other day, and noticed that they have a referral program. (More specifically, UsabilityHub, but the details of the service itself aren't important.) ...
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If a student's work has been substantially (>80%) revised, is s/he still qualified as the first author?

The issue of authorship is often a thorny issue in academia, so I’d like to ask for your insight into the authorship in the following situation: My advisee’s MA thesis is mainly and originally based ...
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Should I ask for permission from the journal before making available publicly the (anonymised) text of the evaluation I received from peers?

The question says it all. To add some relevant information, I must note that I published some articles in national journals The level and the process of peer review in some of those national ...
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Can the ethics committee of a university do something about reuse of exam questions? [closed]

I thought that it will be huge achievement to get diploma from well ranked university. However, at the end of my studies, as a foreign student I realized that the questions in exams I passed were ...
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Bachelor's thesis can i use wordings from my supervisor

I am in the middle of writing my bachelor thesis and recently submitted a paper that I wrote with my supervisor about the same subject to a conference. If it makes any difference, I should mention ...
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Are P-hacking and hypothesising after results are known considered misconduct in academia?

This question is inspired by a comment to another question where I asked for help on how to argue against P-hacking and hypothesising after results are known (Harking). Someone questioned the ...
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How to argue against questionable research practices such as P-hacking and Harking?

I have come into conflict with co-authors when being asked to do things that I consider to be questionable. Once I was told to try every possible specification of a dependent variable (count, ...
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Is it ethical to cherry-pick reviewers based on their previous reviews of your manuscript?

The academic review process is usually supposed to be blind, in that authors are not told the identity of the reviewers. But frequently it is possible to guess who has reviewed your work, or the ...
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Ethically, do you disclose cheating by another student that was told to you by another classmate? [closed]

Six classmates and myself have been in the same program for the past 2 years and one of them just informed me of another classmate that sits beside him of cheating on exams, so I informed the ...
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If I see a research paper published in multiple places, how can I tell whether or not it is unethical dual publication?

I have come across a publication by a set of well recognized professors that has been published in both IEEE and ACM in two different years. I know that IEEE punishes scientists who publish material ...
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Textbook that is a combination of other textbooks? [closed]

A, B, C are three good textbooks from the market. An author/professor translates them, taking chapter 1 from A, 2 from B, 3 from C and combining them into another textbook. The content of the new ...
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Can I contact the author as a reviewer?

In my field (chemistry), the authors are known to the peer reviewers. A critical point is vague about a manuscript I am reviewing; it can be rejected or accepted based on this point. Can I directly ...
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Insulting email from another graduate student [closed]

I'm first year international graduate student in US and recently I have received an insulting email (for example including "be thankful and keep your mouth shut") from a domestic student who is my ...
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I solved their problem. Should I involve them?

I have dedicated time and effort to solve a theoretical problem posed by two other people. Now I think I have resolved it, and I have material for a publication. Should I involve them as co-authors? ...
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Undergrad students grading other undergrads: ethical, professional, or even legal?

As an undergraduate, I've been working as a TA in an electronics lab for a while. Recently I have been asked to grade other students' lab reports. I have also done some oral examination, but I guess ...
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Is it bad to publish a scientific paper with wrong results?

I was working during the last year on developing an approach that determines human age class (young or old), but after I got exciting results I've discovered that I made a mistake when implementing ...
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Is it okay to start a collaboration with a research group of which you're reviewing a paper?

A scientific journal assigned me a paper to review. During the review process, I realized I have some interesting ideas about the paper project, so I am thinking about to contact the authors and ...
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Is it legal to share an electronic copy of a few book chapters?

I have scanned a few chapters of a textbook (about 10%) and I want to make the electronic files available to my classmates. The reason why I scanned the chapters initially was so that I could print ...
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Is it ethical to get suggestions/corrections about my PhD work from a consultant?

I am doing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I have little experience with CAD programs, and I have to design an assembly in my project for manufacturing. As my supervisor is busy, and also not a ...
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What to do when your partners are “making up” (faking) research results for a class paper?

My partners and I have a scientific paper to do for a class and, despite having had almost 3 months to do it, no one has done anything (or at least tried to do anything) on the research, and now ...
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Submitting a manuscript that is not ready yet just to fulfil a contract

I am part (working part time) of a research project that is funded by the government in another European country (not the one I live in). As part of my contract with that project, I'm required to ...
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Advisor wants copy of code to give to other student

My advisor has multiple electrical engineering masters research students under him. One of them came to me asking for help, saying the advisor asked her (let's call her Jen) to write some code to test ...
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In what order to list potential future advisors?

In the department form I have to turn in each academic quarter (before I find a thesis advisor), there is a question: Which faculty members do you consider to be your thesis advisor (in the ...
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Plagiarizing Professor [duplicate]

I have a professor that pulls slides from the internet to fill his lectures. He does occasionally attribute the slides to the original author (in class, not on the slide itself) but the majority of ...
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Is it ethical to submit a research proposal to multiple funding agencies?

I reached the point in my PhD where, besides focusing on performing and analyzing the last experiments and starting to write the thesis, I should also start thinking about the next step - what to do ...
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Graduate school applications: Should your answers be exhaustive or selective?

Should you see graduate schol application questions as opportunities to provide relevant positive information about yourself, or as fiats to list absolutely everything in a category of your ...
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Should you list irrelevant work experience on graduate school applications?

(1) On graduate school applications that ask for a work history, is it permissible to omit jobs--such as waitressing, temping, working retail--that have nothing to do with the program to which you are ...
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Is it ethical to watch recreational videos or listen to music on a portable work computer bought from a research fund?

I am in my first year of a PhD in France. My adviser recently bought a laptop for me using the research funds on which the computational codes for my research work are installed. According to my ...
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Is it ethical to buy noise canceling headphones with research funds?

Noise canceling headphones are quite expensive (up to 300 USD) compared to normal headphones, but can boost productivity by creating a sound isolation in noisy environments. Would it be ethically ...
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Is it ethical to give (paid) private tutorials for a student in a module I am TA'ing?

My TAing mostly involves helping students working on their programming assignments during classes. A student asked me to give him private, paid, tutorials for the module, being concerned that all ...
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Include article in bibliography I didn't cite

Say I gained knowledge from a review article. However, I don't cite that review article. I do cite articles cited by that review article, but not the review itself. Should I still include that review ...