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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Changing affiliation after getting a position in another university

I am PhD student and I started working with my advisor a year ago. We wrote a paper and submitted it a couple of months ago to a good journal. In the meantime, my advisor told me that he got a better ...
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Is it normal for an instructor to charge students to complete copyrighted homework?

I have a class in a US university that is using a 3rd-party site to charge students a fee to access some of the homework essential to the course. One of the instructors (not mine) holds the copyright ...
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Is it OK to review a manuscript written by an editor who handled (and accepted) one of your papers?

I have been invited to review a manuscript written by several authors. One of them has been the editor of one of my recently published papers. This is the only interaction I have ever had with the ...
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Is it appropriate to add a co-author at the stage revise & resubmit?

Context I've submitted a paper - it was sort of a side-product of my main project - to a high ranked journal from an adjacent field. Recently I got a revise & resubmit that was close to a reject, ...
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Research adviser is trying to give my thesis to another student. What to do?

Going to sound dramatic, but something just isn't right about research adviser and now she is trying to give my research to another student. I don't know the student at all, but she is attempting to ...
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Should I let my professor know that I cited a text written by him…that I pirated from online

I wrote an essay for a professor of mine, in which I cited a book he had written. As it so happens, the citation is based on my having obtained a (most likely) pirated PDF copy of the book. The text ...
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Is it unethical/unscientific to omit outlier data in a publication when they are in FAVOR of your argument?

I have a scatter(log-)plot with some 10,000 data points that plots the running time of some algorithm against the input on random instances of some problem. I have a lot of these plots, and due to ...
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The university does not want me to include my advisor's name on my PhD dissertation [closed]

My advisor is leaving academia and I will graduating and writing a dissertation on the work that I have done in his lab under his supervision. I have no problem to include him on my dissertation but ...
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Should universities give extra time or related accommodations for students with mental illnesses?

Based on this question: Is it unethical to accept extra time on exams when I still do well? To my knowledge, I don't think my university or home department has a policy on extended time exams or a ...
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Is it ethical to offer a student a job during the final weeks of his thesis if you are partly grading it?

Our institute has an open position for a student research assistant where it is hard to find qualified applicants. Currently, I'm supervising a very good student who is in the final weeks of writing ...
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Are there any new(er) models of publishing/reviewing and if so how will they address the problems that we have today?

I was reading this article on The Guardian about scientific publishing and peer-review process. The author raises a fair number of concerns with the existing model, most of which I agree with. The ...
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How to avoid plagiarism when working on an idea not developed from a student who quit the PhD program?

I am doing a PhD in economics. I had an idea on an issue of my interest. With making some research, I found out that there were a guy (he was also at my university) who did not finish his PhD, but he ...
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Is it ethical (or legal, if applicable) to say you have a degree in X if your degree was in “X and Y” (single major)?

There are departments in many schools that offer "hybrid" majors, such as: Computer Science and Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Materials ...
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What are universities' policies (if any) regarding bribery for admissions? [closed]

What are universities' policies regarding bribery for undergraduate or graduate admissions? A university would have to be able to distinguish between an applicant saying in an admissions essay, e.g., ...
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A private, third party wants to fully fund one's PhD studies. How would one mention this in an admissions essay?

If a private, third party wants to fully fund one's PhD studies, how would one mention this in an admissions essay?
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Would it be ethical of a student for him/her to act as a proofreader/editor for other students' essays and homework?

I'll be simple and direct, since the situation I'm asking after is pretty general, and hardly requires an anecdotal context. Would it be ethical of a student for him/her to act as a ...
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Researcher with Startup Company - Conflicts of Interest?

Looking for your advice on best practices on how to avoid conflicts of research. The facts: Researcher is a director of a research institute on campus. Researcher has a start-up company involved ...
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How can a commentary be published before the commentary it’s commenting on?

I submitted a commentary on a paper authored by the chief editor of a publication¹. After over six months, my commentary was finally placed in the peer-review queue. Before the review of our ...
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Is it appropriate to promote my article to a professor related to the article's field?

Pardon but I couldn't find a better title for my question. I am one of the editors of an undergraduate journal, created alongside 2 other undergrads of the same school, in which we publish ...
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Research assistant wishes to remain anonymous, what to write in the acknowledgement?

So this is pretty much it. My co-author, who is also the main author, has hired an assistant through Elance (an online work outsourcing platform) for doing statistical analysis and also to collect and ...
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Is it ethical/legal to use the University's resources for a personal project?

I am currently pursuing a PhD at Technion (Israel). My area of study lies in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), which involves high performance computing. My research requires me to develop/use ...
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Is it bureaucratically correct or polite or protocolary fine to thank your committee members in a PhD dissertation?

My question is: I would like to thank the committee members of my PhD dissertation explicitly thanking them for their time and effort and writing down their names Prof. Name1, Prof. Name2, etc... ...
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Can I update my MSc thesis after submission

Due to events beyond my control I couldn't finish the writing as planned. Most of the thesis were rather ready and not to bad (if I might say) but I didn't finish all chapters well, there are some ...
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Is it possible to conduct a research project on my own and then publish it? [duplicate]

I am a bachelor level psychology student and I would like start my own research project independently. Since studies have to be approved by an ethics committee, is it possible to conduct the study ...
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Is it ethical to withdraw an accepted manuscript for financial reasons? [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript, which has been accepted. Its publication is pending payment of publication fees. I need to withdraw the manuscript due to financial constraints. Is this ethical?
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Publicly available extended summary of PhD thesis and manuscript submission

In my country, if a PhD thesis is written in national language, the candidate must also submit an extended summary of the thesis in English, which will be deposited in a national repository and will ...
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Hide information from my CV? [closed]

I'm preparing my application to send it to my dream university (it's located in Germany), and my problem is: Since I'm coming from a country that facing civil war (Syria), I had real troubles in high ...
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Is it ethically defensible to attain consent on an opt-out basis in a newspaper?

I frequently find notices in my local newspaper from researchers who are in the process of doing follow-up research on some study that they conducted a few years back. There, they provide an overview ...
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Can I teach in the nude?

In this comment it was suggested that teaching in your underwear is a bad thing. While in general, I think academics are accepting of a wide range of dress (there are people in my department who teach ...
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I believe a program committee chair committed misconduct by withholding reviews until after registration. Can I report him?

I thought a lot before asking this question until i felt it deserves to be raised and answered. I recently had a bad experience with a conference that is indexed by a leading association in my ...
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Ethical considerations in publishing raw data

Apart from taking measures to maintain confidentiality, do I need my ethical approval to specify permission to publish raw data along with my study? I'm trying to facilitate reproducibility in my ...
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Ethics of citing a source's source [duplicate]

There were a few occasions during my Undergraduate Thesis where my research brought me to one particular author's book which benefited my work greatly not only for its content but sources. Within his ...
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Is it ethical to send my research proposal to a potential supervisor, when another professor has accepted to be my supervisor?

I have contacted a professor and he accepted to be my PhD supervisor, but he want me to finish the application procedure by September. The institution that I am applying for is not in my home country, ...
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How long is it reasonable to wait for a graduate student or postdoc to obtain a visa?

For a recent position for which an offer has been made, a colleague of mine has been waiting for more than eight months for a visa to be issued. Is there any reasonable point at which it makes more ...
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Thanking a “shepherd” in acknowledgments

I often find in many conference papers submitted by US research groups that paper writers would thank their "shepherd" in the acknowledgment section. What is the exact contribution of a "shepherd" to ...
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Is it fine to make a poster on a topic in which I have an article under review?

Next week I am going on a summer school meeting where the organizers encourage us to bring a poster. I would like to make a poster on a topic that I have covered in an article that is currently under ...
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During review, I found a superior solution. What now?

I received a journal paper for a review. The paper suggests a solution to an important problem, but the solution is very complicated and has mediocre performance. While reading the paper, I thought of ...
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Is it ethical to post (part of) my research question on the internet?

I do research in math. A lot of times, I get stuck. I wonder if it's considered ethical to post questions on which I get stuck on internet sites, for example Math Overflow or Math Stackexchange. If ...
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graduate student credit for work on a paper

I am a graduate student with a question about credit for work that I did. I contributed design, data collection, analysis and writing for a paper for which I am almost certainly not being credited as ...
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Is it ethical for a professor to get a graduate student to complete a manuscript peer review that the professor has been assigned? [duplicate]

Is it ethical to a professor to accept a manuscript for review, and then have a graduate student referee it? What about assisting as a referee? I understand that graduate students can be involved in ...
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Working in two research lab at the same time – unethical?

Is it unethical to work for two professors (two seperate research lab in two non-related fields) at the same time? I am an undergrad student currently working for professor A in a full-time research ...
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Is it ethical to extract my contributions from a multidisciplinary collaboration ( & exclude my co-authors work )?)

I worked on a big report with a bunch of people (published online as an agency report). Can I extract my data and analysis from the report, expand on it, exclude what everyone else did, and publish ...
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Are Governement Open File Reports “published” online later published as journal articles considered a duplicate publication?

If a large agency technical report is published online, would a condensed journal article be considered a duplicate publication? Or would this be similar to publishing a chapter from a thesis as a ...
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When can I withdraw a paper accepted by a conference?

I recently got my paper accepted by a "look-descent" conference (indexed by ACM, a leading association in CS). Now, I am considering to withdraw the paper for some considerations, yet, need to know ...
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Should I accept an incompletely answered multiple choice questionnaire?

I gave a multiple choice questionnaire as examination, without penalties for bad answers. Despite this, some students didn't answer some questions. They probably didn't understood that it was ...
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How should I credit a plagiarized paper in open source code?

Background: In order to form a body of work to show to prospective employers, I am implementing a genetic solver for the weighted maximum independent set problem. The code will be available on github ...
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Can authors from certain origins really not know about the gravity of plagiarism?

With respect to some cultures, in particular Asian ones, one often hears statements such as the following: In this country, copying is regarded as flattery and thus people do not know the evils of ...
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How can I re-use someone's mathematics thesis without plagiarizing?

I am writing a report for my master's research. One entire section of my report has been expertly written in someone else's PhD thesis, which happens to mostly take the form of a monograph on the ...
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Sharing preliminary draft versions of papers with people in the field

I am a PhD student in mathematical economics and had an interesting idea last month. I modelled my idea and wrote it down. For the moment, it is a preliminary draft but I think my idea is pretty ...
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What else can I do if a journal editor ignores my report of plagiarism?

I am now drafting a complaint letter to the editor-in-chief of a technical journal, against an act of plagiarism committed by a famous researcher in my field. This researcher is apparently aware of my ...