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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On discrimination in retake exams

I'm experiencing a practice at my university where the overall number of students who would pass the exam is adjusted based on how many students passed the first exam, so the retake exam contains ...
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Should a researcher share scientific ideas in a temporary position and are they entitled to recognition for doing so?

A postdoc joins a group with a good idea to work on, while no specific project was given to him by the PI. After recognising the potential of the idea, the PI decides to take PhD students to work on ...
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Can I serve as a reference for someone applying to fill my position?

I work as an administrator at a university and will soon be resigning from my position (the job has already been posted). A student who I formerly supervised is applying for my position and has asked ...
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How to explain to department's president that my time spent as an undergraduate assistant/intern was goalless?

This is a follow-up from my question here on my atrocious relationship with my internship/assistance as an undergraduate at a teaching lab. Since I only have some weeks left to end this awful ...
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Is reproduction of copyrighted material in a research proposal fair use?

Say that I am writing a grant application to be submitted to a funding agency. The application is not a public document and so it will be only accessible to the review panel, the collaborators ...
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What's the ethics of (paid) proof-reading college admission essays?

A friend of mine is looking for undergraduate or graduate students in the US to proof-read college admissions essays from high school students back in my home country. There will be pay, but the ...
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May I reuse my own figure without coauthor's permission?

I'm writing an editorial and would like to use a figure that I published with a coauthor a few years ago. The copyright agreement (see #4) with the publisher allows the authors of the paper to reuse ...
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Is it OK to submit a paper without asking your former supervisor?

It has been nearly four months since I finished my Master's degree and I do not yet have any publications. Around this time last year, I and my two thesis advisors submitted a paper to a conference ...
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To what extent do the religious beliefs of an author affect a paper's chance of being accepted?

Implicit gender bias is present in academia (at least in the sciences). I've heard that some journals hardly accept any manuscripts written by Muslims. To what extent do the religious beliefs of an ...
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Can I have external people proof-read texts from teammates in a group project?

I'm attending a seminar, where we've been tasked to read some papers, extract information for them, and write an essay about our findings. The lecturer has teamed me up with two other students for ...
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A professor may have stolen an idea I discussed with him: how to proceed?

I'm really not sure how to proceed from here. I'm an undergraduate Computer Science student, planning to earn my MSc in the next couple of years. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with a professor ...
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Is it ethical for a Professor to disseminate wrong answers online?

I recently took a class where the Professor created multiple online study guides, on popular student sites, which intentionally contained the wrong answers. He did this because his exams were based ...
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Is it ethical to limit marks based upon past performance?

A professor has a habit of starting oral examinations by asking for or looking up grade averages and grades from other subjects and then taking them heavily into account when evaluating the student in ...
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Is it OK to select an editor if I solved his conjecture?

I am about to submit a paper to a respected math journal. In this paper I solved a conjecture that was raised by a member of the editorial board (and this is one of the main reasons I chose this ...
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Etiquette for attribution when applying concepts in industry

I work as a software developer in industry, but I like to read various academic papers to get exposure to ideas that may benefit my work. I may not apply exactly the technique described in a single ...
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Is it fair to offer students a last-minute extension to finish a test?

A friend of mine who is a CS grad student at a US university took a class in which the students were given an extra hour on a two-hour exam. The trouble is that this offer was made in the last five ...
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A professor stole my topic. Now what?

After completing my dissertation proposal, I got data from a company for the idea. After that, I was searching my dissertation advisor. I talked with an assistant professor(A), and then he asked ...
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Is it okay to view my recommendation letter once I've been accepted at a college?

I had a really reputable person write me a recommendation letter for colleges. He told me that he wrote the best recommendation letter in his life. He told me that the recommendation letter hints that ...
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Is it okay to give a gift to my research mentor who happens to be the dean?

I'm about to graduate and would like to give my research mentor a book as a gift. It is common in my institute (which is in the US) to give professors gifts as students graduate. However, the problem ...
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In performing a comparison, how can I get authors to actually respond to a request for source code?

I'm doing my PhD in computer science and am working in computer vision. I have come up with an algorithm that my supervisors consider to be promising and publishable. It took me a long time to get ...
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'Etiquette' of including course lecturer as author in a paper

Consider please the two following cases: I took a graduate course, and I naturally did the final project on something related to my research subject. I got a nice conclusion from it. It wasn't ...
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Is it ethical to present the same paper in two different conferences?

I want to know if it is ethical to present the same paper in two different conferences, where the conference that is to be held earlier does not publish in it any journal/conference proceedings, while ...
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Conference; withdraw submission before results notification

In conferences, especially in computer science domain; is it ethical, accepted and legal to withdraw a submission before the results notification/announcement? Anyway, what if it has been just ...
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Is it immoral to show new students how to use Wolfram Alpha?

Currently, I'm working as an assistant at the mathematics department of my university. My job consists of sitting for 20 hours a week in an office to which students come with doubts regarding all the ...
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Is it ethical to accept masters admission from two different countries?

I have obtained admission from a well reputed university X from lets say Country A, and I also accepted their offer. Now I have also applied to another university Y, from country B, but which still ...
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Can referees publish in the journals they are responsible in?

Can the referees publish an article in the journal they review or the editorial board members publish an article in their journal? Is it ethical? Can you give examples for my question? Your answers ...
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I'm affiliated with two universities: do I need ethics approval from both?

Currently I'm affiliated with two universities: Nankai University in China (postdoc) and Monash University in Melbourne (adjunct). I'm attempting to apply for ethics approval for a research project ...
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Ethics of Accepting Unneeded Merit Based Scholarships

I come from a fairly wealthy background, and am lucky enough to have parents who are both footing the bill for my tuition, as well as providing a very comfortable living stipend while I'm in school. ...
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Can a professor shout at a student? [closed]

Is there any possible penalty (from the educational institution) for the professor for disrespecting a student? What can and cannot do a professor in terms of respect to a student?
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What to do about fee from publisher for withdrawing unpublished accepted manuscript?

I had sent my manuscript mistakenly to two different journals and both journals are ready to publish (not yet published) my work which is not possible. So, after knowing their impact factor I ...
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How should a university non-academic employee's affiliation be like?

A friend is in a situation where they obtained a PhD in one field in a different country, but now is working at a university in an unrelated field in a non-faculty, non-research position. However, ...
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I found a trove of Computer Science Masters thesis unprotected on a respected uni's website

I was looking for some technical documentation in relation to development of a specific piece of software, using a Google search such as "ACMESoft" "ACME_Rhino" filetype:pdf. I found a PDF hosted on ...
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Is it ethical to use past years' final exams that the professor hasn't explicitly given, to study for a final in the same class?

This happened to me in my 2nd year of grad school, in a STEM field. As many do, our professor gave the class the last year's final, to give us an idea of what areas to study and what to expect, etc, ...
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Fraudulent credentials

Someone I know is apparently claiming to have obtained PhD when I know for a fact that he did not. He is working in a biomedical company and having himself presented as Dr. Is there a way to have ...
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When a Tenured Professor colludes with a friend to harass an undergraduate out of the dept [closed]

I made a rude comment to my advisor's spouse when I was 19. I have recently discovered that she and a tenured professor in a program that I declared a second major in were/are good friends, and the ...
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What can a student do if a professor makes special allowances for one student in a course?

In one of my software engineering course. The syllabus includes 2 exams (midterm + final), daily quizzes + participation mark, spot quizzes and a group project. A lot of us asked the professor to ...
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Sensible measures to ethically use freely available, but personal web-based comments in research?

In a range of fields (I have in mind gender and sexuality) users make Internet comments revealing personal details about themselves. Some sites even automatically link to their personal Facebook ...
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How do you acknowledge the useful comments left by the reviewers invited by a journal that rejected your paper? [duplicate]

Sometimes a paper is rejected but you obtain some useful suggestions or remarks on improving your paper, directly or indirectly. When you improve your paper per the suggestions to a certain degree ...
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Should I feel bad for applying to two postdoc positions?

I'm a finishing PhD student in math. I want to stay in academia so I am applying for two things: A year-long postdoc position A 6 month postdoc position I have been in contact with two professors ...
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Are there formal or informal hiring bans in some academic settings based on gender and/or nationality?

In early March 2015, an eMail by a female German professor apparently rejecting a male Indian applicant due to the 'rape problem' in India made news. (The issue is a bit more complex. There is some ...
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If a reference is applying for the same position, are they obligated to inform you?

If a reference applies for the same position do they have a professional obligation to inform you that they are applying for that same job?
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Accepting a PhD offer from my tutor's/adviser's “rival”?

Last year, when planning my academic future, I contacted a research group at my university, because I was interested in doing my Master's thesis in their field. One of the professors replied a couple ...
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Is it ethically unsound to accept a graduate admission offer then later withdraw?

Note: Similar questions exist on ASE but those pertain to funded programs. I have been admitted to an outstanding MS program and waitlisted for admission to another outstanding MS program. Both are ...
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Is it ethical to host ads on institute provided homepage?

I am affiliated to an institute and they provide each student an opportunity to make their on homepage which they can put up as www.[institute-webpage]/[username]. Now, this webpage is not reviewed by ...
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Is there any ethical issue which prevents me from paying high quality authors monetary compensation, to agree to write papers with me?

I've recently started a PhD. I'm having trouble getting high impact authors to agree to write papers with me. Is there any ethical issue which prevents me from paying high impact authors monetary ...
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Does wearing a university t-shirt imply that the wearer is affiliated with the university?

My friend studies at a very prominent university and has invited me to visit her. Coming across the university shop, I was considering buying one of the t-shirts with the university logo. I am ...
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Ethics of “recycling” assignments [duplicate]

I can't think of a better title, feel free to edit. I'm retaking a course at university, and the basic assessments are very similar; if I can assume that I'm studying effectively, could there be any ...
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Are you required to declare past conflicts of interest?

This question is triggered by the recent allegations about Willie Soon failing to declare conflicts of interest in his papers on climate change. It got me wondering about situations where an obvious ...
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Should I review a paper that violates the maximum length limitation?

I am reviewing a conference paper that violates the maximum number of pages by more than 10%. I believe that this is enough reason to outright reject the paper. However, maybe the authors would ...
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Is it fair to blame authors for exorbitant book costs? [closed]

Summary (TL;DR): The following's biased; so are there any counterarguments? Please beware that this question concerns only authors who are professors and who also write textbooks. Are authors truly ...