I think that thesis writing is a big project which can be divided into several small-scale tasks. The contribution of the thesis must be done with student himself/herself, but other tasks such as figure preparation, writing in LaTex, editing, training, advising, etc. can be outsourced. Am I right? In your opinion what kind of tasks can be outsourced and how?

  • I would definitely hesitate to EVER use the word "illegal" in describing an issue of this nature. No court of law ever is going to be even the slightest bit interested in the "legality" of your ghostwriting a thesis. By writing someone else's thesis you might have committed a "fraud" on the institution...but strictly speaking that's not ILLEGAL, but rather "Anti-contractual." – dwoz Apr 26 '16 at 2:52

In my opinion, the most ethical and legal answer to someone who is unethically and illegally asks others for writing his thesis (some parts or the whole) in any form (from doing research to typesetting and etc.) is a big NO!

By hearing NO!s from others, that person will understand that he is the only person who is responsible in writing his academic manuscript and he has social responsibility as a student to do his own research.

Thesis research is not something like procurement or construction project to be outsourced.

Help such person and help your society by saying NO to such requests!

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  • Suggestion: change "his" to "his or her" and "he" to "he or she"? – Yemon Choi Apr 25 '16 at 18:55
  • I changed the question to not be duplicate – rgholizadehr Apr 26 '16 at 10:44
  • "... to typesetting". I learned English at a much younger age, than my father, thus I have a much better command of it. He frequently asks me to check for typos, grammatical errors, etc, in papers, he's preparing for submission (I obviously do not expect to be acknowledged in any way in the paper). Is that unethical? If not, why is a thesis different, and where should the line be drawn (and why specifically there)? – LLlAMnYP Apr 26 '16 at 13:17
  • @LLlAMnYP you say your father frequently asks you to check for typos [...]; he neither outsources his typesetting to you, nor pays somebody else to write his thesis for him (as described in questions). Asking questions is appreciated in either academic or other situations; but paying money to do research duties is not really acceptable anywhere. – Enthusiastic Engineer Apr 26 '16 at 21:21
  • @LLlAMnYP Imagine somebody who received some funding or scholarships, and pays some less money to other people to do the research for him, some other people to write papers for him and some other to typeset his texts and draw graphs! After all, he may save some money from that amount he received as his scholarships besides to a PhD degree which he perfectly managed other people to do it for him. This is absolutely not acceptable in academic context. Research and university is not a place for such people to outsource their academic duties. Students are responsible for their own research duties. – Enthusiastic Engineer Apr 26 '16 at 21:26

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