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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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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 ...
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Is there any research on the prevalence of academic theft?

Some ­— perhaps many — academics seem to be very careful in keeping unpublished work secret. It is not difficult to find anecdotes where academic ideas are stolen, such as in this post by @Markus. ...
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Would it be unethical to take a full time job and quit 8 months later if I get accepted for a PhD program?

I am applying this winter for graduate school and I will finish undergrad this winter as well. Would it be unethical to take a full-time position with the intention to quit soon until I know whether I ...
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What should I do when images in a publication appear to have been faked?

I just came across a paper published in a journal (IF < 2), which has used a couple of images without mentioning the source. This itself is not necessarily a problem. But they seem to be from a ...
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Is it OK to contact someone who is on my suggested reviewers list to discuss something unrelated?

I submitted a manuscript to a journal. As it was required, I included a list of suggested reviewers. Of course, I don't know who of them have been selected by the editor. I haven't received any ...
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How to confront advisor about the expectation that I will support another student's project for extended period of time?

I work in a collaborative scientific research group at a public university in the US. Specifically, my lab has two graduate students: myself and another who is expected to graduate shortly. I'm told ...
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Is it ethical/lawful to recolor/scale the logos?

Is it ethical/lawful to recolor/scale the logos when importing them to presentation slides to make the logos meet the template standards and fit the theme colors?
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Old PI's coauthorship on a paper after finishing the postdoc, a preliminary idea developed then but rejected by him

I understand that according the ethical rules, obtaining the funding does not automatically entitle the principal investigator (PI) for authorship. But I don't understand the unwritten rules. I was ...
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Is it acceptable to round up my GPA on my resume?

I'm currently a college senior and I'm working on updating my resume. My GPA is a 3.46. Is it acceptable/ethical to put on my resume that my GPA is a 3.5?
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What are the ethics of getting help from online forums?

As an engineer, sometimes in my research I come across a mathematical problem that either is beyond my mathematical skills, or I know that someone, somewhere must have seen something like it before ...
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Should I inform students that there are cheaper alternatives to the on-campus book store?

The bookstore at my American university is an outpost of Barnes and Noble, charges much higher prices than can be found on Amazon, and in my opinion offers very poor service. Among other things that ...
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What should I do as a reader if a paper misrepresented earlier papers?

I was reading a paper from a reputable journal and found that the authors misrepresented earlier papers that they cited, by saying something like Theory X was developed in [A, B, and C], but the ...
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Do the authors need to ask for permission from institutes/companies for including their name in acknowledgement section of their publication?

In the acknowledgement section of a thesis or paper, the authors usually thank the funding institution of their research project and people who had significant impact on their publication. When ...
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Thinking about switching to a Masters from a PhD, advisor wants a decision now

Main Question: Three semesters into a PhD program, I am still unhappy with my project. I am currently in a summer internship where I was offered a job, and as I have enjoyed it so far and they pay ...
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When is it appropriate to add references to own papers on Wikipedia?

The Wikipedia rules about citing yourself state: Using material you have written or published is allowed within reason, but only if it is relevant, conforms to the content policies, ... and is not ...
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Is it OK to write recommendation letters for two students for the same institution and how to avoid the competition? [duplicate]

I am a teacher in a high school for gifted students and a student (let's call him A) asks me for a recommendation letter some time ago to apply to a top-level university (say AU: Awesome University) ...
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How to correct a fundamental error in a series of papers made by a colleague of your adviser?

I am a PhD student in mathematics. I recently found a fundamental error in a method used in a series of papers. My adviser confirmed that. One of those wrong papers was authored by a researcher who ...
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Should a PhD student use his academic affiliation for his publications which are not related to his thesis?

If a PhD student is working on a research project which is neither related to his thesis topic, nor supported by the university in which he is studying or a faculty member; Does he have the right to ...
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How to complain about a Ph.D student to a professor

I am a undergraduate student who also work as the systems administrator in the school. I also do research work under a professor. Recently, I had to work on this professor's lab to upgrade the older ...
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when sharing source code to more than one party, should I notify them that others also were interested

A few weeks after my work was published in a conference, I received an email from a research group from another university asking me to provide my source code. The email was very polite and explained ...
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What might the editor do if my supervisor contacts a journal to claim authorship of a paper?

When I was doing my PhD project, I got an idea to solve a different but related problem. However, my supervisor said neither the motivation nor the initial result were interesting, and so he refused ...