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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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High school student scooped by PhD student in the same lab

When I was in high school, I spent one of my summers working in a lab. The professor had a small lab, so I was given my own project, and made enough progress on it to publish a paper. While I was ...
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Is it ethical to ask the postdoc employer to cover my trips for visa purposes as well as my main travel fees?

I will soon start doing a postdoc in country A, and the employer says there will be a generous relocation package. My home is in country B and I did my PhD in country C. The question is: in order to ...
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Teacher takes pictures of students during exams and posts them on social media

There's this teacher who takes pictures of his students during exams, and posts them on social media, with the knowledge of the students. A lot of people enjoy these pictures (including the students), ...
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How can I keep my ideas of a new theorem safe?

This post is similar to this one except this is a little bit of a special scenario, I have yet to graduate high school. I know what you're thinking, oh THIS conversation again, check if it exists, ...
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Should biomedical engineering/ biotech academics aim to start businesses?

in my relatively short academic career, I've gathered that academic engineering seems to be more about creating ideas than actually iteratively improving a product using engineering methods. In my ...
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Is it ethical to merge a set of relative publications in a single journal without additional content?

I have been working on a particular topic for some years and I have 6-7 publications on different aspects of the same topic. My supervisor wants me to write a summary journal paper that would ...
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What is the best way to cite people who help you on StackExchange? [duplicate]

Suppose you are doing a research project in math, and one of the people on MathOverflow gives you a key idea that helped you finish a proof of a theorem. Now you are writing this proof up and ...
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Is it unethical to ask for homework help on StackExchange? [duplicate]

Sometimes when I have been struggling on a problem set for a while, I'll post a question on StackExchange, openly acknowledge that it's homework, and ask for hints (not the full solution). Typically ...
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Is it academic misconduct to post assignment solutions on public websites?

I belong to Computer Science background, and most of my assignments are programming based. I usually use Github(private repos) to maintain assignments during the semester. Since I only have limited ...
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Will my results still be publishable if I used ethically objectionable techniques in my research

At the moment I am involved in a neurobiology research trying to assess the feasibility of using emotional response to elicit distinct EEG (brain wave) patterns from the brain using static images. ...
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Is it cheating to use solutions to identical problems from other universities to do my homework?

Is it unethical to refer to solutions to assignment questions that have been asked at other universities before? The questions are the same word for word. EDIT: A lot many answers are very ...
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Can I use someone’s answer from a StackExchange site in my publication (journal paper)? [closed]

I think the answer is no but I want to know more details about this. Suppose, I asked a very complicated question on one of the Stackexchange sites (e.g, Mathematics) which relates to my research and ...
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Omissions of undergraduate information

I am new here. I was wondering since many of you are learned professionals what your opinion on this is. I have recently returned to further education (as an undergraduate) and have been there for a ...
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What is the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement?

In this several times up-voted answer, it is suggested, among other things, that 'if someone using an image [...] that they do not own (it) is inappropriate and should be first reported to the PI of ...
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My professor is rigging data and plagiarizing. What can I do?

My department head is manipulating data in his research papers and skillfully alters plagiarized text to avoid detection. I found this out while working with him on a journal article. I politely ...
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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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If someone conducts unethical research unbeknownst to anybody, but produces positive results, what would happen to the research once discovered?

I was just wondering about this specific scenario. Say someone was researching nature vs. nurture, but his experiments involved keeping babies in a controlled environment for the first 10 years of ...
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Can I publish a paper on my PhD work without informing my old supervisor?

I was a PhD student and working on a paper. My adviser told me that he could not support me anymore so I left him. Now I am wondering if I could publish that paper on my own. There were 3 other ...
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How to deal with cheating when university policy is ineffective?

I am co-teaching a relatively large class with two other colleagues in a big university. Each semester, most students are amazing, trustworthy, and well-behaved and it is a pleasure to work with my ...
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Is it fair for me to drink caffeine during tests?

For some of my more difficult and early morning tests, I will buy coffee and bring it with me into the exam. My hope is that the caffeine will help me be fully alert, think more clearly, and write ...
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What is considered cheating in an open book exam?

A common belief is that open book exams reduces cheating since all the information that a student would wish to look up is already with them. Open book exam therefore tests a person's knowledge and ...
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Can (and should) an editor referee a paper he's in charge of?

I have reason to believe that the editor assigned to a paper we have recently submitted might have also acted as referee. I am of course not sure because reviewers for this journal are in principle ...
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I was caught cheating on an exam, how can I minimize the damage?

I got caught cheating in a two-hour engineering exam consisting of 100 multiple choice questions which was done online through the moodle e-learning software. I feel like my life is almost over. ...
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Is it ethical to reference a work accused of plagarism?

I have been using a book as reading for the background of my dissertation, but have just found out that it has been accused of being an unauthorised translation of someone else's work: ...
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What do you do when your best friend cheats and has become top 10 in class of 250?

My very best friend cheats, not just looking over her shoulder for two answers, I mean full out cheats - raising each grade from what would be a D to an A. I feel very guilty for doing something ...
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Is citation bias a studied issue?

I have noticed in a number of papers, including those in top journals, a common dirty practice which consists of self citing your previous works and omitting other important references in the area (I ...
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Is it ethically questionable for me (an undergraduate) to hire “research assistants”?

I am an undergraduate student being paid a (relatively speaking) hefty monthly research stipend. I need only some of this money to pay off my university fees and living costs, since I have wonderfully ...
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Are researchers permitted to mislead subjects about the purpose of a trial?

I think much research would not be very successful if the subjects knew the purpose of the research. When researchers gather human subjects for a trial, can they provide the subjects with misleading ...
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Is it ethical to ask a graduate student to help me with my paid external research?

I have a part-time outside job in addition to being a full-time professor. I'm struggling with performing an analysis that I believe a graduate student would be able to help me with. I suspect he'd ...
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What documents need to be shredded?

I prefer paper documents when reviewing manuscripts and grants. While these are confidential documents and generally sent to me electronically, they generally do not come with any instructions not to ...
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what is the best strategy to deal with a situation where a student asks all of homework problems on an online forum [duplicate]

I teach a course, every week I assign homework. I put several hours to choose the right homework problems which cover the course material and permit them to be prepared for the exams. I encourage ...
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Is it ethical for authors to reference another paper, but not cite it formally, because they consider it unscientific?

I found in a medical paper from the 1990's a non-citation like this: The results and terminology by John Smith, Jane Poe, John Doe, Richard Roe, Larry Loe, Journal of Scientific Papers, 12345-698 ...
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Paper in high impact journal duplicates work done a decade prior, how should I respond?

This paper was published in a high impact journal for physics, Physical Review Letters, in 2010, and basically duplicates work done in 2000 by another author in the field, here. What is strange to me ...
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Is it legal and ethical to post my notes of a conference I am attending on my website?

I'm due to attend a conference soon, and plan to take notes on the talks I attend. My note-taking software of choice (org-mode) can easily export to HTML. Is it legal to post my notes on my website? ...
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My first authorship is being turned into co-first authorship, what can I do?

I am currently submitting a paper for Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. I worked on this project for the last four years and was the only one working on this project. I had everything going ...
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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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Is it OK to exclude 'extra courses' from the GPA reported in my CV?

I am a PhD student in a physical science major. I finished ALL of my required courses. Assume my current GPA is 3.5. Currently, I am taking 'extra' courses from another engineering department. Some of ...
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Is it considered unethical/bad etiquette to contact another potential PhD supervisor while waiting for a response from my first choice?

I have contacted a potential PhD supervisor and currently he is reviewing my work, however this evaluation process seems to be taking too long. Is it ethical to give my research proposal to another ...
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Is it unethical to interview at a more prestigious program while currently enrolled in a PhD somewhere else?

I applied at two different PhD positions at universities X & Y a while back (both in EU, I prefer not to disclose identity for specific reasons, sorry). I got into X and have been here for about ...
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Must I credit others' published research when using it in a proprietary product, if doing so would be bad for business?

If a company was building a product that uses methods designed and outlined in a published research paper, should credit be given? If crediting them would be a bad business decision, is it OK not to? ...
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As a reviewer, what steps can I take after paper is published despite major scientific and ethical concerns, with no explanation from editor?

I recently reviewed a manuscript for a journal I didn't know very well, but which was indexed on Pubmed and Scopus and seemed to be legitimate. In my review, I recommended rejection based on what I ...
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One of the multiple submitted paper is published and others are withdrawn

I have written one paper on mathematics and submitted it to 5 journals concurrently. Four of them accepted the paper and one asked to send the paper in their required format. The paper contains one ...
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Do I need to wait for a journal to “consent” to paper withdrawal before submitting elsewhere?

I have a question about submission elsewhere and journal's "consent" of paper withdrawing. Recently I have withdrawn a paper of mine from a journal, which I want to submit elsewhere. Since I knew ...
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Is it ethical for an instructor to “hack” my system as part of the evaluation for my thesis defense?

Background: I remember when I was still in college here in the Philippines, one of the member of the school thesis committee tries to hack my system by injecting some kind of code (I am not sure but I ...
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Is it ethical to apply to a scholarship sponsored by my employer?

I am a masters student in Computer Science. I also work for a software development company which happens to sponsor a scholarship that I want to apply to. I was concerned about the ethical aspect of ...
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Are there universities that consider it academic misconduct for students to publish material created by faculty?

Please read the bold text before answering. A colleague has shown me that one of his students has posted exam questions with answers , and prior assignments with answers to a commercial web site ...
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When should you not report plagiarism?

It seems that most of the ethics and plagiarism questions follow the same basic archetype: Q: I think there's some plagiarism going on, and I don't really want to report it, but I think I should. ...
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When is it wrong to look at previous exams?

It is clear that if I study for an exam in 2014, then it should be okay to look at previous exams from the previous semester of 2014, exams from 2013, 2012, etc. First question: Is it wrong, however, ...
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The Ethics of Preparing for a Course Long Before Actually Taking it

I think this is an unspoken question in academia: how do you factor in the effort put forth by a student before taking your class? I think answering this has several consequences: it is a more ...
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6-months internship has nothing to do with what was promised

Since sept 2013, I have been doing a Masters in mathematical finance. Our course requires us to do an off-cycle internship of 5 months minimum (typically, from April to September). During this ...