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 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 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 ...
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How to target possible authors? Ethics of increasing the visibility of open access journals

My colleague and I work at an Open Access journal, published by a regional scholarly association. The field is Communication and Media Studies. Recently we started to encounter problems with reaching ...
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Ramifications of withdrawing publication offer (question from student editor)?

I am the editor of a student-edited journal at a graduate school. We extended a publication offer to an author that has published with the journal in the past, and with whom I do not wish to burn any ...
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A single definitive paper, or an initial manuscript and a followup?

Suppose that someone wants to publish his idea and his first successful experiments in a venue and then perform some extra experiments (for a more powerful proof) and publish it in another venue. ...
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Is it unethical to send unofficial feedback to authors of a paper which I declined to review due to conflict of interest?

I was asked to review a paper which was submitted to a conference. The author of the paper was one of my former professors* and of course I declined to review the submission due to conflict interest. ...
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is it ethical to publish the same paper in a conference proceedings and a journal?

The papers for a conference are limited to 3 pages. On the website, however, it says Transactions of the IEEE offers a special feature edition (whatever it means?), so I think it would be good to ...
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Are you permitted to forward the reviews from a rejected manuscript when submitting to a new journal?

Suppose I have a paper rejected from a top tier journal. The anonymous reviews highlight a number of strengths of my paper, but ultimately judge that the paper does not merit publication in that lofty ...
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Ethics of using company data from internship for academic project

I am a graduate student and one of my research projects requires me to crawl a website using their public API. This is going alright but the amount of data we can collect is limited, since it is a ...
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Company wants copy of unpublished work. Should I give it?

A prospective employer requested a copy of my PhD thesis and some unpublished papers (still working on them). Is it wise to hand these to them?
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Professor wants to expropriate submitted code for commercial use

I'm a Computer Science graduate student enrolled in a US University. In a class I'm currently taking, the professor has just given us a strange assignment. The professor works full-time in industry ...
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Is it OK to get external help during your PhD if it is acknowledged?

I am starting a PhD, and an interested in getting technical skills I will need over the next few years. Are there any ethical issues with paying for people to help you to get these skills, assuming ...
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Is it unethical to enroll in a low-ranked institution with the intention of switching to a better one if possible?

I am an international student who has been admitted at a low ranked institute in the US. I also have an offer from an institute in my own country to do a Masters'. I ultimately want to get admitted at ...
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What motivates scientists to fabricate results in prestigious journal articles?

As is well known, Dr. Obokata was accused and fired for fabricating her paper on STAP cells. Report on STAP Cell Research Paper Investigation http://www3.riken.jp/stap/e/c13document52.pdf I wonder ...
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Authorship ethics of Collaborative Science in Graduate School

I'm being asked by my advisor to perform a specific scientific experiment that she conceived from start to finish on our apparatus over the next two months (which could easily become 3-4 months or ...
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Potential issues with uploading copyrighted material to TurnItIn?

My university uses TurnItIn to check student's work for plagiarism and collusion. I think the underlying TurnItIn database includes both submitted work and material it has found by crawling the web, ...
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Are there ethical guidelines prohibiting penalties against potential research subjects who have not yet provided consent?

Are there any ethical guidelines that would prohibit the use of penalties against individuals who sign up for a research study but have not yet provided consent and are therefore not yet officially ...
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Would it be ethical for a computer science PhD student to hire an assistant (programmer)?

I was wondering if it would be ethical for a PhD student in the field of Computer Science to hire a programmer in an specific domain; so that he could focus more on the algorithmic or mathematical ...
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Is it ethical to answer questions about homework for colleagues taking courses I've already completed?

I receive many questions from colleagues about homework in a certain course which I took a while back. I try to answer them and help them solve homework which are very similar to the ones I did when I ...
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Should a scientific paper have copyright? [closed]

Should a scientific paper have copyright? I guess not. It seems to me that science and copyright are not compatible. Let's say I wrote a very important paper in, say, cell biology. Suppose I have ...
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Proposing collaboration to an invited speaker?

I am organising a conference. This will take place in 6 months time. One of the invited speakers works on a topic that is highly related to my research interests. I would like to propose a specific ...
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I didn't acknowledge someone who helped with my thesis, is there anything I can or should do now?

I received help with some aspects of my PhD thesis from a tutor (proofreading and graphics). Of the help I received, some mathematical notation they provided made it into my thesis. However, I did ...
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Should I worry that a graduate student somewhere gave a talk using my abstract?

I was looking for mentions of my work on the internet and I came across a seminar series in which a graduate student had given a talk using an abstract of mine. It is unpublished work which I posted ...
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What to do if I am on a hiring committee and I am aware that a candidate has exhibited unethical behavior in his previous position?

After a series of unethical incidents that affected me directly in my previous academic institution, I managed to move to a higher ranked department in my field about seven years ago. I am now in the ...
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Is it okay for a PhD student to devote substantial work time to projects the advisor is not involved in?

For example, if he spends 20 hours a week on his advisor's project, and 20 hours a week on a project with another professor (that the advisor is not involved in). Do most advisors find this ...
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Is it ethical to have manditory questions in an online CrowdSourced survey with paid particpants?

Our School Research Ethics Committee requires that when designing an online survey that each question is optional for the participants. These rules were devised before the era of CrowdSourceing when ...
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What should I do if my master's advisor used a figure from my thesis in a publication without citation or acknowledgment?

A year ago, I finished my Master's degree and ended 6 months of working for an incredibly manipulative and demanding supervisor. We started working on a publication of my Master's results, which is ...
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Extremely mild punishments for academic misconduct [closed]

After looking at My professor is rigging data and plagiarizing. What can I do?, I read through some of the case reports of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and I noticed that punishments ...
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Is it ethical to blog about your publications to communicate your research without being restricted by the journal?

I've always been interested in communicating research to the public. I also strongly believe that research publications should be in the public domain, especially if the work was funded with public ...
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Is it ethical for a student to edit the Wikipedia page of his advisor?

I have seen quite a few students editing the Wikipedia page of their advisors. I wonder what the view of the academic community are on this. There might be some conflict of interest since promoting ...
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Is it legal (USA) and ethical to use international edition textbooks? When I pay for a textbook, where does the money go?

Background: I am a student. I didn't have anything in life for four years, and I worked myself silly at times for it. So now I ask - when I pay hundreds of dollars over the production cost (new ...
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Is it acceptable to keep extending medical leave to prolong insurance coverage, when one has no intent of returning?

Two years ago I enrolled in a very high-ranked program in field X. Partway through the program, I developed severe health problems which affected my memory and cognitive function, and which made it ...
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Grad student protecing ideas in a research paper for futher development

I am working on a graduate school research paper in finance/accounting. My adviser is really excited about my paper and this professor is a prolific publisher. The paper has progressed enough to hand ...
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Is it ethical to express thanks and gratitude to a reviewer in the reply to the review text?

I want to know whether is it ethical to express thanks and gratitude to a reviewer in the reply to review text. I feel we should express thanks to reviewers who spent valuable time to review our ...
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How to deal with student putting their (home)work on github

While using github for source code is generally something I love to encourage, if a student puts their (computer science) homework there, it's generally easy for others to find and copy - which ...
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Is it unethical to hire students for private consulting work?

As a faculty member, I tend not to involve students in any of my own consulting projects, but I often run into small units of work that would be great opportunities for students, especially ...
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How to prevent desk rejection when trying to publish papers which are counter to the prevailing view (but still legitimate)?

I wonder if there exists, at least in plans, a centralized system that examines editors' decisions in journals, a kind of "appellate court" in peer-review publishing. Recently I have been trying to ...
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What to do about a Master's thesis where most of the introduction is a literal translation of my own work?

I have just discovered the introduction of an Engineering Master's thesis defended some months ago in my ancient university has been made mostly by "cut & paste" (and literally translate from ...