I am not sure if the following course of actions can be considered research misconduct.

My colleagues reviewed my research plan/concept containing unpublished papers and plans in a form of written documents. They took my scientific concept, changed methodology, published a scientific paper and attracted funding. Is this misconduct considering that they took my scientific concept and employed different methodology and they did this after reviewing my written plans, not before?


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From what you've written, it seems plausible that your colleagues were also working on the scientific concept (or something similar), developed their own (similar) methodology, published a scientific paper, and attracted funding, which isn't misconduct. Establishing whether their review of your plans had any influence on their work will be difficult.

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