A major branch of philosophy, encompasses right conduct and good living. Ethics: the standards that govern the conduct of a person, especially a member of a profession.

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If an author declines authorship, may her co-authors publish without her?

This question was raised in discussion of answers on Is it better to submit a paper to an important journal without the supervisor name or to a less important journal with the supervisor name? There ...
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Is it permissible to use somebody else's words (without quotations) to describe a concept once their work is cited?

Quite often one comes across a really succinct and precise explanation of a concept. I'm wondering if it is permissible to use this explanation verbatim, if the source work is cited in your paper ...
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Is it more ethical to hire a tutor to prepare or to cheat on a test? [on hold]

This question was inspired by this fascinating discussion about cheating. If grades, degrees, test scores are important for getting a job/internship/assistantship, even more so than the actual ...
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Does grading based on a curve make cheating unfair?

I went through this and still can't fathom why cheating isn't black-and-white. Nevertheless, https://www.csusm.edu/dos/studres/wwwc.html says, "A cheater receives through deception what honest ...
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Is it okay to report classmates cheating on exams?

Is it acceptable or ok to report on students cheating? Many times during a test or an exam, I have seen students in front of me either passing notes, or otherwise collaborating whenever the professor ...
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Can i get out of an GRA contract earlier than usual due to hostile lab and advisor? [closed]

Please refer to my earlier post: "I have been betrayed and isolated by my advisor and I am mentally drained. What should I do now?" My semester ends this May and that is when my contract ends, but ...
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How/when to retract a project from a student?

Take, for example, that a student is nearing the end of their thesis project. The supervisor has an idea for a new method that can help to verify the results of part of the project. He does not think ...
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Can i volunteer to work with my Masters thesis advisor, when i am funded by different advisor for PHD

I completed my master's dissertation with an adviser and was interested in the PhD program. Unfortunately my master's adviser didn't have funding(at least this is what i was told) and the other ...
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Can we use students' class homework solution for research purpose?

A colleague of mine would like to compare 25+ different Java implementations of the same homework. Is it OK (ethically/legally in the US) to share my students' class homework solutions with him for ...
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How can I change the assignments in the syllabus in a way that is fair to the students?

In my syllabus there is series of writing assignments that are worth 10% of the final grade. Over the course of the semester there were supposed to be 4 assignments, however as a result of snow days ...
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Issues with PhD qualifying exam fairness and transparency; Objective opinions wanted

I apologize for the length of this post but I feel it is necessary to accurately convey the severity of the situation. I greatly appreciate those who take the time to offer advice. I am a prospective ...
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Claiming sole credit for an academic outreach program - not a written paper. Is there a moral right?

I conceived and co-developed (including the program itself and training protocols for participants)/piloted the program locally/managed three national pilots, and assessed the effectiveness of the ...
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Is it unethical to submit an older paper to a conference and then update it after acceptance?

I have had a paper accepted for a conference this summer, which presents the preliminary results of my PhD research. However, I'd like to present my final results at another conference in the fall, ...
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Can we submit our research paper for review at two IEEE conferences simultaneously?

Can we send our research paper to two IEEE conference simultaneously, and then after acceptance, decide which conference proceedings to publish it in?
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Are datasets really random for Bioinformatics tools

For my masters thesis, I needed a to run a tool to filter out RNA sequences and then research on the filtered data. I researched online reading papers to find an appropriate tool and I found one that ...
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Is it possible to use my partially published previous work as a bachelor thesis?

Some time ago I put up a question on the SE network. I ended up writing an extensive answer myself and published it in the same question and on my blog. Later, I put a lot more thought into the topic ...
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Ethics of spending research money on food and meetings

I assume this varies from different universities/research institutes/countries, however, is there a general percentage or ethical rule on how much money from a grant can or should be spent on food and ...
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How to acknowledge contributions of anonymous referee in new paper?

I'm in mathematics, just in case that matters. I submitted a manuscript to a journal, and got an extensive referee report from referee X. After sending the revision, the paper got rejected, so I sent ...
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What to do if assignment is against student's religion?

What is the proper course of action if while teaching an undergraduate or even secondary school course an assignment violates the religious beliefs of a student? For a more concrete example of where ...
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Are there usually consequences for attempted duplicate publication?

I recently reviewed a paper for a (reasonably reputable) journal and found that it was already published (verbatim, by the same authors) in another journal (a fake one). I wrote the following review: ...
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Is it ethical to apply different criteria for graduate admissions based on country of undergraduate study?

We have undertaken a small statistical study of M.S. students in our department, including their application information and their eventual performance in our program. The goal is to develop criteria ...
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Are Canadian applicants favored in graduate admissions or funding for Canadian graduate programs?

I'm not sure if this question is off-topic here, but I have applied to some Canadian master's economics programs as an international student along with my Canadian classmates. Even though I have a ...
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How to handle getting offers from two PhD supervisors who know each other?

The problem: I have a professor that accepted me to take on a thesis when i'm ready but another one offered me one also. The second one did it while the first professor was in the room and I felt the ...
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Can the graduate school administration change graduation dates?

(Breakdown of a larger issue - full story here) Following the deliberate delay my thesis paperwork by my professor, and after my department ignored my thesis revision requests for over 6 months, I ...
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Can a student seek redress for the administration neglecting their paperwork?

(Breakdown of a larger issue - full story here) Following the (delayed) approval of my thesis paperwork by my professor, the review staff of my small (~20 grad students?) department took weeks to ...
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When can a professor refuse to sign off on a committee-approved thesis?

(Breakdown of a larger issue - full story here) I did a masters research project as part of a grant project my professor received. Her project was to redo a standard, widely design using a new ...
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Is it OK to hire another lab's student?

An undergrad who's worked with me for just over a year (for course credit or for pay, depending on his preference in any given semester) presented a poster on his work with me at an event hosted by my ...
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I have been betrayed and isolated by my advisor and I am mentally drained. What should I do now?

I'm in the middle of a complicated situation, and I'm wondering whether this is commonplace in academia. Long story short: I'm an international student, and I recently completed my master's degree in ...
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What do departments/universities do about unethical behavior by faculty?

I see questions on this site that describe extremely unethical behavior by professors (e.g., not giving a student authorship when it is obviously warranted). I've also seen some behavior of this ...
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Can I submit a conference abstract that duplicates a submitted paper?

I have a paper already submitted to a journal. Now, I want to try and submit an abstract to International Congress of Mathematicians 2014. The abstract basically contains the same thought and spirit ...
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Acknowledgements and reviewer selection

For some reason, I was always under the impression that people that are included in the acknowledgement section of paper are not contacted to review your paper because they would be predisposed to ...
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Does gold (i.e., author-pay) open-access really help access to science and save taxpayer money?

I value the reputation of the journals to which I submit articles. Mostly, I wish to confront my work with the most competent researchers in my field through peer review, in order to have an expert ...
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Are there widely accepted rules about conflicts of interest in faculty senates?

The faculty senate at my school recently took a position on a professional issue that was highly confrontational toward the administration. After union negotiations resulted in a pay raise, the senate ...
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Can a honours supervisors be called a Project Leader?

I am completing my undergraduate honours. To do some of my experiments I am considering applying for some supercomputer time. I would be applying to a external organistation who manages supercomputer ...
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Whose name should be first in a scientific journal? [duplicate]

I am a self funded PhD student and have been told by my supervisor that her name should be first on any future journal I will be publishing during my studies under her supervision as "this is the only ...
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Keeping credit for my work

I joined a new lab a while ago, and am having an issue with keeping the credit for my work. Two instances so far: I co-authored a series of papers with the professor and a senior graduate student. I ...
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How to write a cover letter for a PhD position while involved in another PhD?

Disclaimer: I am asking on behalf of my friend, so I can not give many specific information. Still, I hope the information provided will be enough to give advice. Let's say that a person got a ...
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What can academics and students do to reduce racism in academia?

I am a postdoc at a university in the UK. Before I came here, a friend warned me that racism is common in the UK. True enough, during my first few months here, I have already received a couple of ...
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If no choice, is it acceptable to write a recommendation letter for self?

Inspired by the question Is it acceptable to write a reference letter for yourself? I have a related but somewhat different question: Given no choice, is it acceptable to write a recommendation ...
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Is it acceptable to write a reference letter for yourself?

If a student needs a reference letter for graduate admissions or that sort of thing, some profs will ask the student to write a reference letter for themself before sending it off to the prof for ...
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Is there any unwritten rule against hiring already unemployed PhDs?

I have seen several articles in internet about a general bias against hiring long term unemployed people in non-necessarily academic jobs, see for example here and here. I was wondering if there is ...
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Which one of these is more appropriate for academic email

I have a membership from an organization e.g. ieee.org and I have some options for my email ID which I want to use in academy and professional work. I'm not a native English and I'm not familiar with ...
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Is it acceptable for authors of papers in a special issue of a journal to review each others' papers?

A journal publishes a special issue on a controversial area of research studied by a rather limited community of researchers. Would it be acceptable for the editor of the journal to use the authors ...
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Ethical nature of multiple post-doctoral applications

I am a student applying in different places for postdoctoral positions and asking various faculties for position. It happened that, due to limited resources, I am not getting much response. However ...
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Is it ethical to seek a PhD program if you suspect you may want only a Masters?

I'm considering a PhD or Master's in engineering in the US, and I haven't really decided which makes the most sense for me. There are many questions and answers here that mention leaving a PhD program ...
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Outsourcing a mathematical research problem

During my Ph.D. research I encountered a mathematical problem. I found solutions in some cases, but in other cases I couldn't find a solution. My advisors also could not help with this. I asked at ...
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Do authors always have final approval over what gets published?

After reading this answer, and the subsequent comments, I found myself wondering if it is a rule for publishers to get author approval after edits before publishing a paper? I would assume so because ...
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Has anybody received any solicitation from Nova Press? are they a scam?

My adviser received an email from them if we wwere interested in publishing to one of their books and i was asked me to summarize my dissertation for publishing as a book chapter.They didn't ask for ...
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Should i complain to chair if my advisor regularly writes to Scam journals to get tenure?

My advisor and his PHD Students are writing regularly to journals published by XXXXX Press,which is on Beall's list of Predatory Journals. I emailed Beall and he told me that the journals were ...
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How to speak to advisor about hiring unscrupulous student? [Update]

Here is the thing. I am working in an lab under a new assistant professor of HCI and our lab itself is just 2 years old. We had an MS student graduating earlier and I am the 2nd Masters student from ...