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Questions tagged [academic-freedom]

Concerning the freedom to research topics, publish papers and discuss findings free of external censorship or other pressure.

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BSc and further career in Academia on different subject

Currently pursuing a Bachelor if Finance, but I have a huge interest on Statistics. I was wondering whether BSc in a non technical subject (With technical I mean Statistics, Mathematics, Computer ...
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When should some research be censored/blocked due to social implication concerns? [closed]

My question is motivated by this article, that talks about the publication process and failure related to this paper. As a Summary, it is research on a mathematical model to explain the greater male ...
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How common is it for academics to write fiction?

I have submitted a few papers to academic journals. I love writing non-fiction articles and long form "literary" non-fiction. I also would love to write at least one novel. None of my fiction is ...
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Freedom of Expression Constrained by Administrators [closed]

As an instructor of government and United States history in a United States school, you have been fortunate to build up the selection of magazines to which your educational institution's library ...
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Do people feel free to review a Festschrift as any other book?

In different fields, renowned academics are sometimes honoured with a Festschrift on the occasion of their birthday or in memory of their life. (The Festschrift contains articles by scholars close to ...
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What is “academic freedom”, when so many professors and post-docs do only the research that is being funded by external agencies?

Do professors truly get to work on whatever they want, in research? I just read a job description for a post-doc position; the job sounds extremely specialized, with no room to do anything else ...
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Is supporting Sci-Hub illegal/unacademic?

In the classroom, one of the students asked me about Sci-Hub. I answered that I like the idea as I am against the tyranny of publishers. As a fun fact, I added that I have even donated to Sci-Hub. ...
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Self-censorship to prevent grievance being filed by classmate

I am currently an undergraduate student in my last year at a Canadian university. Today, I gave a presentation about anti-censorship technology being developed at my institution. We were required to ...
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Which affiliation should I use? [duplicate]

I am a postdoc working in one university till 1. July. I am leaving for another university after that. During my stay at my current work, I wrote a paper as a first author for a conference that will ...
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After PhD, no support from PhD supervisor

I am writing here to get good advice for my career. I completed my PhD in Mathematics last year. I was quite happy after my PhD that I have gained a PhD degree, but I don't have any idea what I could ...
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Improving work conditions of student assistants, PhDs, Postdocs etc

I have been following threads on this website for a few months now. However it's my first time posting. I am a postdoctoral researcher from a Western European country who has done reasonably well ...
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Can I live off post-docs?

I'm currently a theoretical/mathematical physics PhD student in Brazil. I still have little more than a year until my PhD finishes, and as far as tradition goes, it's soon time to look for a post-doc ...
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Innovative and free publication platform [closed]

I would like to create an open access journal / a platform that is free of charge for authors and readers. Ideally, I would like it to get away from the current norms: offer the possibility to publish ...
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To what extent might a non-faculty staff member expect — or demand — academic freedom?

Faculty and students are generally regarded as having some degree of academic freedom (tenured faculty sometimes having more than non-tenured). Non-faculty staff seem to be a different matter. ...
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University asks not to promote other university's research

A university sent a letter requesting/advising its staff members not to interact with or promote a media coverage of a research study by a another university. The letter didn't include any ...
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Academic Freedom for students re: advisors and solo papers?

I'm familiar with the general notion of Academic Freedom. But I just ran across the phrase "given his/her academic freedom", which is a concept I've never run across before. It seems related to ...
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After having published a paper, am I still free to use & distribute it as I wish?

Do I lose copyright if a journal accepts my paper and publishes it? Can I send my paper to colleagues, or is this technically illegal if they do not have access to the journal via their institution (...
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How to establish a global authority to deal with academic plagiarism?

In the vastness of today's academia, the "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's ...
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Do accreditation agencies limit academic freedom?

Do accreditation agencies limit academic freedom? Specifically, have there been instances of accreditation agencies revoking a college's or university's accreditation status because of ideological ...
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Computer Science - final year project being too focused on the engineering [closed]

Recently, I had 3 proposals for my final year project rejected as they were too focused on the engineering aspect of my course and less on terms of being academic? What could possibly they (the final ...
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Do tenured faculty get to micromanage clinical professors and other non-tenured instructors with respect to the classroom?

Do tenured faculty get to micromanage clinical professors and other non-tenured instructors with respect to the classroom? Shouldn't clinical professors be allowed control of their own classrooms and ...
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Should academics be concerned about professorwatchlist.org

There is a relatively new website: http://professorwatchlist.org/ whose mission: is to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist ...
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Is it plagiarism to use other people's phrases / formulations / wordings? [closed]

Is it plagiarism if I use other peoples formulations and phrases? What if I do so massively? Or let's say, the structure or rough form of their essays? (I think it should be, but I would like to know ...
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Changing fields after PhD?

I have two fields that I am interested in. Field A is historical and requires me to learn two new languages and I would love to focus on this first. Field B is more accessible, that is, there are no ...
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Can mathematics professors do consulting work external to their university?

Is it generally true that mathematics professors do not / cannot engage in consulting work external to their universities? If I'm not mistaken, plenty of business school / law school / economics ...
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Are professors not allowed to work on what they want to work on without a grant?

In this video on mathematician Maria Chudnovsky, she says "with the MacArthur Fellowship, I'll be able to work exactly on the problems I want to work on." Are professors not able to work on what they ...
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Seeking a permanent job during a postdoc in a different country/continent: official and moral responsibilities

I'm going to refer two countries/continents as X and Y. I'm citizen of neither. A week back, I started my third year of postdoc in X (with no teaching duties), after living two years for my first two ...
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Publish own work online, ethics and platform

My question is similar to this. If someone wants to publish his work in the medical field, for free but without a review process, how is this seen by the academic world? Are there any online services ...
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Selecting license for personal professional site's content

It seems that creating personal professional websites by aspiring and experienced researchers is a mainstream trend today (that includes full-featured sites as well as blogs). Based on multiple ...
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Which license should I aim to publish articles & software under?

Suppose I have the choice of license under which to publish my research work in Computer Science (constituting scientific papers and software) online; and that I need to make this decision before any ...
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Subcontracting courses?

Would it be illegal/ against most university policies to ask a professor if you could teach their classes in exchange for food, shelter, and some access to their brain? A lot of professors don't like ...
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Does a professor have the academic discretion to design the curriculum for his class?

Suppose, for instance, that a political science professor was tasked to design a curriculum for his quantitative methodology class. Generally, a quantitative methodology class covers the application ...
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Can I lose my job over writing a negative comment on (anonymous) faculty evaluation of institution?

I'm faculty and I work at a place that does faculty evaluations of our institution. I wrote a pretty harsh, but true comment on the back. While it's supposed to be anonymous, I'm still afraid it could ...
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How detrimental is involvement in politics to a scientific career?

I am an undergraduate student in the hard sciences, and am thinking of pursuing a research career after graduation. I am also quite politically involved on the left, and have political articles ...
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Why do some universities not allow dissertations to be publicly available?

After reading a comment (now deleted) saying My university's policies does not allow me to share my thesis PDF file completely. I was wondering why some universities do not allow dissertations to ...
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Best practices for keeping a campus computer network from getting brought down by inappropriate use?

I work at a California community college that has chronically underinvested in computing and networking. The school has been gradually increasing wifi coverage, which now includes all but a few areas ...
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Responsibilities of instructors to students when teaching controversial subjects

When teaching a course on a topic that might be controversial, what are the responsibilities of instructors to facilitate an open learning environment? If the instructor has a strongly held opinion, ...
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Academic freedom and unpopular or offensive views

Academia values academic freedom. However, there may be some practical limitations on academic freedom. What repercussions might an academic face for voicing unpopular or offensive views in the name ...