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 immoral or unethical for conference organizers to have an unstated expectation against submissions to multiple conferences?

I've been surprised at some of the comments on this question about a grad student who unwittingly submitted a paper to a fake conference and got it accepted at a good conference simultaneously. ...
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Etiquette of amending others' published work

I would like to use a psychology framework that has been published by a third party but amend one aspect of it. I intend, of course, to reference and attribute the model and make it clear that the ...
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Can I submit/ArXiv without my advisor? I am being blocked from publishing my work

I joined a research group of a faculty member in 201x, and worked with her for three years. During that time, I collaborated with a large hospital to perform research in the domain of medical ...
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Is it ethical to contribute to a workshop one is organizing?

In computer science, workshops are often co-located with conferences. The workshop committee consists of roughly 3-5 chairs, who are organizing and chairing the workshop. Then there is a certain ...
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Is it unethical for someone to proofread/edit your cover letter or CV?

Is it unethical for someone to proofread/edit your cover letter? Because then it's not fully your work anymore. It could be helpful, but I am asking if it is ethical towards the hiring professional? ...
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Is it acceptable for Professors to plagiarise material for an academic textbook?

I know a Professor who has recently written two books which are used as textbooks/academic books. However, I spotted a pretty recurrent pattern of plagiarism. They copy sentences and sometimes ...
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When publishing, should every author officially sign off on the final work?

My PI often submits papers without waiting for feedback from all the authors. Sometimes this behavior is relatively anodyne. For example, I was once the second-to-last author on a paper and would have ...
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Is Obama's JAMA paper OK?

As some of you may have heard, Barack Obama recently published a paper in JAMA describing the US health care reforms (link). First of all, I am not trying to start a discussion on the validity of the ...
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Which access-date should be used for cited websites

As the title says I am wondering which access date I should use for citing a website. Let's say the assignment is due in one week and I have cited and accessed the website one month ago. Now I am ...
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Is it ethical/legal to obtain journal articles from reddit?

My university's subscription is really limited (I come from Lebanon). I never found any paper related to my research or essays using the database that my university is subscribing to; even the basic ...
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Is it ethical for professors to require that students maintain a balanced and disinterested tone in their papers and presentations?

I have noticed personally a tendency toward hyperbole and dare I say anti-intellectualism within American society, along with of course a marked polarization along ideological fault lines. Is it ...
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Is it ethical to have a former student serve on my hiring committee at a community college?

Recently in an interview for a full-time faculty position at the college I work as an adjunct; one of the members was a former student of mine. This student barely passed my class the first time and ...
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Using company names in research papers?

I'm doing a study about soft drinks showing their effects on a certain group of people. I'm using brand names like Coca Cola, Pepsi, etc. and I wonder if I can use the names in the research paper and ...
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Using social media brands (logos) in academic publications

I'm working on an illustration related to citizen science and would like to include the concept of social media in that graphic. The most well known social media brands (as of now) are arguably ...
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Retyping some material to obscure source of a textbook with a solution manual?

This is my first time teaching mathematics. I've been giving lessons based on a certain textbook which contains excellent exercises (not just the exercises, but the order in which they appear leads ...
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What are typical examples of 'Reference Misuse' when defined as 'using references to support predetermined arguments rather than illuminate debate'?

A research ethics article recently appeared that described the results of a survey in which academics were asked whether they had participated in various forms of research misconduct. The responses ...
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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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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 researcher. Can I publish my results?

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 ...