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 there a way to *ethically* hire somebody to write “rough drafts”/“extended outlines” for your PhD dissertation?

My girlfriend (let's call her Rose), who is a graduate student, got approached by a person of influence in Rose's industry (call her Elizabeth) who is currently working towards her PhD. Elizabeth ...
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Is it plagiarism to hire a freelance programmer for an assignment but change a lot of it before you submit it?

I took freelancer tutor help for a Python programming coursework during my MS but did not submit the exact code he gave, I refracted it and changed a lot of it. Is it considered plagiarism? I am ...
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Took external help [on hold]

I took some help in order to "get the code running" for MS thesis through a freelancer website .My professor told me you got it running , though he gave A on the basis of my methodology and research , ...
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need information regarding copyright issues for rewriting information of a scientific article [duplicate]

I wonder how websites like 'discovery news', 'live science', 'scince alert', 'how stuff work', 'I fucking love science' manage the copy right issues while utilizing the content of recently ...
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Should I breach peer-review confidentiality if I suspect misconduct and the editor is not willing to pursue it?

I was a peer reviewer for a paper that I did not find credible. The data were archived after the paper was published and show many curious or impossible (non-integer counts for example) patterns. I ...
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Handling a case of reviewer reporting a result he read in a paper he had rejected

Long ago, as a new researcher to an established field, I submitted a paper to the leading journal, with the first time experimental observation of a weak but theoretically predicted quantum transition....
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Academic changing universities: How to negotiate start date to minimise problems with leaving previous university with little notice?

I have an offer at another university. It is late June, just got it. They want me asap. I have asked to not go until after the fall semester as we have an accreditation site visit as well as a ...
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Is it ethical to use a recommendation letter from a deceased professor?

She was a really nice professor and she wrote me a good recommendation letter that resulted in a lot of good results with applications. Recently, this professor died from brain cancer, which was a ...
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I proved a theorem I heard from another person. What can I do with it?

Some time ago I heard a talk in which the speaker mentioned some theorem. I needed this theorem for another paper I wrote. I looked for this theorem in the relevant literature (which I know quite well)...
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Journal editor does not appear to pursue report of self-plagiarism

This is a follow-up to an earlier question about a case of blatant self-plagiarism, following which I contacted the editor of the concerned journal. The editor did not acknowledge my initial report. ...
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Ethics of using public and illegally obtained databases for academic purposes

I'm on my senior year of college, and my professor and I have decided on an independent study where I will analyze and develop some method(s) for screening valid data sets for the 'selection' phase of ...
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Can one determine whether somebody's work may have been plagiarized?

Background A friend of mine submitted a very original presentation proposal to the largest academic association in her field for their annual conference about 10 months ago. About 7 months ago, she ...
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Should I share my course notes with my co-students?

After leaving school I set myself the goal of completely digitalizing my note-system. Because of this I now scan all hand-written notes and make digital notes while in lectures and keep them nicely ...
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Is sharing research progress and ideas on blog acceptable?

Public outreach is an important part of being a researcher, in my opinion, and blogging is the method of choice for many researchers. Is it okay to share recent research progress, explain publicly ...
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How to obtain the files created by previous university researchers, both legally and physically? [closed]

I'm a post doc at a U.S. University. I need the files of a grad student research assistant who has left the lab. The student was a funded RA. The student created files (data, codes, simulations, ...
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Is this type of self-plagiarism wrong?

There is an article which contains a section describing preliminary materials, that is, results which have already been published elsewhere and on which the current work is based. This section is not ...
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On the ethics of continuing current project with another advisor

I have been trying to work with a certain professor for a year, since the time I joined PhD. I wasn't paid by her, rather, funded by TAships. This past quarter, I did a project for a class I took ...
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One of my student researchers is likely falsifying some results/data. What are the consequences?

Relevant info and background: I'm an engineering Post Doc at an American university. One of my roles is to basically function as a 'project manager' for a couple projects that have a number of ...
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Is there an ethical obligation to make author order reflect conventions in your field?

In some fields, authors of a paper are not ordered alphabetically; rather, their order carries some meaning related to the authors' contributions to the work. See What does first authorship really ...
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What should I do if my advisor is forcing me to vote on a specific candidate in IEEE elections?

The IEEE holds yearly elections for senior positions in its societies. Every member of the IEEE has the right to vote in these elections, including me. My advisor, however, has candidates who, for one ...
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What should I do if someone else claims an award that I actually won?

I am a PhD student. A few years ago, I won the best paper award at a conference. However, they didn't post the list of winners on the conference website. But when I google the name of the conference, ...
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Any ethical problems with dating a former student?

Assume the student recently graduated but works nearby; has not been my student for over 1 year; has never expressed any interest in dating until very recently; has a father who is a coworker at my ...
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Debriefing participants right away or later in an online study [closed]

I am curious about this question related to ethics. Within my own online study (by the standard code of ethics), it is needed to review participants after the study. However, I am wondering whether it ...
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Is it possible to request withdrawal of authorship almost 2 years after the publication?

Is it possible to withdraw authorship almost 2 years after the paper has been published in a journal? Reasons could be anything ranging from disagreement on data interpretation, new data contradictory ...
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Advisor associated with the U.S. Army want their name removed from the text of a published article

I have been contacted by an individual with a request to remove their name from an article our journal published two years ago. The individual was identified as a Culture and Foreign Language Advisor ...
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Handling grade disputes in grad school

I'm a rising second-year PhD student at a big state university in the US. I'm seeking advice regarding the possibility of disputing a grade received this past semester in one of my core PhD courses. ...
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What are some altruistic reasons for submitting to top-tier journals/conferences?

It seems to me that there is a preoccupation within academia to getting published in venues which are highest-ranked in terms of some sort of metrics rather than venues most suited to one’s subject ...
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Ethics and etiquette, and permissions of posting student work to my online “teaching portfolio”

I want to create an online teaching portfolio on my website, and I want to post examples of student work on my blog and teaching portfolio. What are the ethics and etiquette of posting student work ...
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My supervisor blocks the submission of my paper to a journal [closed]

From the start of my PhD (applied mathematics), I had many disagreements with my supervisor on the research topic (no funding) she gave me. This made our relationship bad and collaboration unpleasant. ...
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Any recourse for testing on material not mentioned in the class syllabus? [closed]

In one particular university class, many people stopped attending after about half the semester was over as the professor was "confusing" as many people phrased it and opted to instead study from the ...
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I don't want to kill any more mice, but my advisor insists that I must in order to get my PhD

When my supervisor pitched the PhD to me, it was all about analyzing "big data". I had BSc/MSc experience in wet-lab biology (mainly culturing cells), however I wanted to branch out into ...
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How common is it for a professor to require students to work for him?

I'm in a computer science master's program in a university in asia. It's a three-year program, and halfway through our first year, our professor told us to come work for him at his company during our ...
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How to evaluate student team members who did minimal work on a team assignment?

I have this class where at the beginning of the term the lecturer pretty much randomly creates groups of 5 people (who usually do not know each other at all) and assigns them a project. At the end ...
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Professor used the same exam as last year. Is it considered an unfair advantage?

I took an exam which was very difficult. I am a senior in college and this is the first time I failed an exam. I was surprised to find out most of my classmates, which usually don't do as well, got an ...
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Writing someone else's master's thesis: Unethical and illegal?

It is really difficult for me to decide on this situation: when someone calls me and asks for work-for-hire for his/her thesis. I don't know what to do. I want to help and earn money but I think this ...
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Ethics of giving students gifts?

I am instructing a section of a senior level capstone design course at an engineering university, split into two groups each working on a different project. One group of six is working with some ...
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Ethics and legality of scraping (and ultimately publishing about) publicly available information from journal websites

I'm interested in scraping publicly available information from journal websites (such as article titles, authors, abstracts, and keywords). After scraping the data, I'm interested in analyzing the ...
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Do German universities have “ethics boards”?

In many questions on this site, I see the suggestion to contact one's university's "ethics board" (or "ethics committee" or similar) to decide in the case of disputes related to research or general ...
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Is sharing my programming and Coding on Github unethical? [duplicate]

I am an online graduate student and I wish to use Github to store and display a recent SQL assignment. I have posted the files from the project in an effort to both store the information making it ...
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Asking for funds to attend a conference from a current advisor for previous work

I have an accepted publication in a conference from work I have done in a previous research group, my adviser from the previous research group wants me to present the work in the conference, but he ...
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I violated academic integrity unknowingly by sharing assignment resources with fellow student. What should I do?

So, before I tell my story, I'll qualify by saying I have a bit of a guilt complex and its possible I'm overthinking all of this. I was looking through my university's honor code and I came upon "...
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How to let a PhD student know that their research is not as good as they think it is

I am a postdoc and I have been talking to a PhD student about his research, as his interests are closer to mine than to his advisor's. He is generally nice, smart, and hard working. However, I think ...
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While teaching how should I give justice equally to both female and male students?

I am 27 years old unmarried male teacher. I have been a teacher (lecturer) for the last 6 months in an Engineering institution. My students are 4 to 5 years younger than me. The problem is that while ...
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Should I do someone else's peer-review work? [duplicate]

My secondary advisor approached me; he is on the program committee of a conference and asked if I were willing to review a research paper that is in my avenue of research. The review is part of the ...
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My advisor demands second authorship, but my collaborator contributed much more than him. I don't want to be unethical, what should I do?

My PhD supervisor has contributed 0% to my research and he even does not know the basics of my research. On the other hand, I have a collaborator from another university who has contributed ...
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Is it ethical to include additional material in lecture notes if students buy them

For most of the undergraduate courses I teach, I also prepare lecture notes and students usually buy a printed copy at a copy shop at the university. Sometimes I think it might be beneficial for the ...
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Am I allowed to use published research in building an industry project?

I am a graduate student of Computer Science and am currently building an advanced project based on a paper that was released earlier this year at a major conference. I originally undertook this ...
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Is there any obligation for authors of a paper to provide the dataset used in their research, upon request?

I've recently read a curious article on machine learning where the author used a very interesting dataset, which would normally take thousands of man-hours to recreate. Now, assuming I would like to ...
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Is it unethical to edit the text of my undergraduate thesis prior to sharing online?

My undergraduate thesis was completed almost a decade ago and is not available online, nor was any publication made from the findings. I would like to share it online, but looking back on it I notice ...
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Student taking a make-up exam sees exam she would've taken: Unethical?

Suppose we have a Psychology class of 20 people. They have an exam scheduled on, say, Tuesday April 12 2016. One of them, Shion, is sick and so takes a make up exam on Tuesday April 19 2016. Edit: ...