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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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

A tragic event happened to me before I had to submit my thesis and of both emotional and practical reasons I couldn't finish the writing as planned. Most of the thesis were rather ready and not to bad ...
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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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is it rational for students to prefer exams earlier to later? [closed]

related to: Is it fair to offer students a last-minute extension to finish a test? Some of my classmates (in major subjects, in the same program as me), particularly in the undergraduate level (grad ...
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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 ...
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Is it unethical to take ideas from a pre-print to write your own research paper (though the author of the pre-print is acknowledged)?

One of my friends is in a very curious position. He has been researching on a number theoretic problem for months but couldn’t solve it until recently after he has seen a pre-print in arXiv which ...
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What role do universities play in weapon manufacturing, design and research for the military? [closed]

I was reminded of a conversation I had with a professor while I was searching for a book on weapon physics and design for an unrelated application in designing an online RPG game. It was during a ...
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Is it ethical to publish homework?

Sometimes when doing course work for university, I'd like to write about it on my website, or publish it in its entirety, because I think that other people might be interested in it. My goal is not ...
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When is it wrong for students to ask about previous exams known to change?

Variation of When is it wrong to look at previous exams? Suppose students are taking a certain subject and are divided into classes A and B at different times but under the same professor. Say the ...
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Should I try to warn administration about truly unacceptable professor behavior?

I was kicked out of my lab late in my grad school career, which destroyed my confidence and obviously delayed my graduation by 2+ years. What's more, my advisor tried to convince me to drop out of ...
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Is the title Ph.D. or Dr. meaningless in the sense that anyone can use it?

I know a businessman who has received a LOT of mileage off of using "Dr." and "Ph.D." with his name - in fact he puts it front and center. However, it turns out that he never had more than two years ...
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When writing a synopsis “review”, may I contact the authors with questions?

Please read the following background paragraph carefully to understand the meaning of "review" in this question - it may not be what you think. In particular, this is not a duplicate of Is it ...
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Under what circumstances is it beneficial for an advisor to seek sole authorship when their advisees deserve to be listed as co-authors?

I have seen several questions on this site which suggest that there are (presumably and hopefully rare) occasions where an advisor seeks to publish work as the sole author on a collaborative project ...
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How does a recognized and well-known Professor help his students in getting an academic job?

It is often told that working under big shots (I mean, recognized professors) in a particular research field is always beneficial on the way towards getting a faculty job in top research universities ...
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Is it ethical to explicitly or implicitly bias against student papers unless co-authored with senior researcher(s)?

A few days ago I was browsing open-access social-science journals and I found one ‘author guideline’ explicitly saying that they are accepting student submissions if and only if the manuscript is ...
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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 ...