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Questions tagged [conflict-of-interest]

Conflict of interest exists when an author, reviewer, supervisor, or editor has financial or personal relationships that could inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties).

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My significant other is a member of a research project that I coordinate. How to allocate funding?

I'm responsible for a large research project, with many members and some substantial funding for traveling to conferences. However, I'm now in a relationship with one of its members. How should I ...
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Is it common to cite information from a think tank into one's literature review?

As I was researching information on topic X, I found a paper published by a Think Tank. Interesting enough, said paper supports the policy pushed by the Think Tank. So far, all sources used in my ...
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Can a college professor develop courses for an independent institution and be paid for it?

Can a college professor teach courses for an institution or a company that is independent of the university where he holds a faculty position? An example: Say a professor teaches English courses at a ...
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Research activity conflicts with advisor

I've been in distress for the last several months because of this. My PhD advisor somehow decided to start her own field research in the same region where I have been working on for a few years now. ...
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What happens if an author acknowledges a potential anonymous referee in the paper?

Let's say that you thank Professor X in your paper that you will submit to a Journal Y for providing you some insightful comments. It is never possible to know but let's assume that Professor X is the ...
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Conflict of interest/collusion in academic scenario

I know somebody, let’s call him Joe, who had been a good student. Being a good student, other students asked help from him to understand the class materials. In the meantime, our university started ...
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Stop someone Publishing a thesis without giving credits to original author [closed]

I am serving notice period and have written a thesis, matured enough to be published. All the work related to thesis has been done solely by me while I was working there before resignation. Now I am ...
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Is it appropriate for a PI to appoint someone who is a family member?

I am a junior faculty in one of the top-tier research US institutions. I just joined the department and hired two GRAs meanwhile. In addition, I would like to appoint one more individual in my ...
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Is it acceptable to look up a student on the Internet to find out whether I have a conflict of interest?

This is a follow-up to this question, which I ask due to debates arising in the comments. While I ask it in the first person to keep things simple, it is not based on a real experience of mine. One ...
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Teaching the daughter of a lecturer, while being simultaneously enrolled in his course

I'm a student in a bachelor program at a local university, while I'm also a teacher (professional school) of apprenticeship students within the same sphere of study. A few days ago I received the ...
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Conflict of interest as a referee?

I am currently collaborating with three researchers on three non-overlapping and independent research projects/papers (i.e. one with each). I have been asked to review a paper for a journal, for which ...
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Is it appropriate if my former advisor is editor of a journal I submit to?

I am a young postdoc. I am considering submitting a single-authored paper in a journal. My former advisor is member of the editorial board. Would this be appropriate? Obviously she cannot be the ...
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Is it OK to review a paper which builds on my work?

Suppose I've written a paper which someone else (who I do not know) has built on. The new work is intimately related to mine; it would not have existed without my paper. I'm now asked to review the ...
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Writing critically about previous work

I'm at the stage of my PhD where I'm beginning to write my thesis. At the beginning of my PhD, my supervisor asked me to go back and repeat some work done by the student who had the project before ...
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Reproducing work of others - name them as conflicts of interest?

We are currently reproducing several papers in a specific sub-field of computer science under different experimental conditions. When we submit the paper, we will be required to declare people who may ...
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Post Doc referees related to one another

I recently completed a PhD and I'm now applying for post docs, so I need to provide references with these applications. To me it seems natural to provide both my PhD supervisor and master's thesis ...
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Can an editor examine a PhD student whose manuscript is under review in their journal?

Do conflict of interest arises when a journal editor, who is handling a paper under review, acts as an examiner of the author's PhD thesis? Does it depend of the review stage? Will the answer change ...
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Affiliation in conflict-of-interest situations

This is a follow-up question to What affiliation to put on an academic paper for alumni authors? Some time ago, I read a paper published in a journal owned by my employer which was very far-fetched. ...
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Reviewing: potential conflict from knowledge of other researcher's activities

I do methodological research in Field A and am aware of the the related methodologies of Field B but have not used them. I was asked to review an article from Field B, which I initially declined due ...
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Rejecting an intimate proposal from a colleague [closed]

A colleague, "Bob", recently asked me whether I'd be interested in having an intimate relationship with him; and while he was, overall, respectful about it, it has, quite frankly, given me the creeps. ...
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Is it ethical for an instructor to use their own textbook in an undergraduate course? [duplicate]

Students in an undergraduate course often have no choice of a textbook for the subject and are expected to buy the book recommended by the instructor. The expectations can be advisory or mandatory. ...
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Should I submit a paper to a journal whose staff I am challenging?

I would like to submit a paper to a particular journal. The problem is that I am critiquing the analysis of several individuals who work for the journal or are on their editorial board...and I'm ...
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Conflict of Interest from previous employment as a graduate student [closed]

I am currently working in industry with a pharmaceutical company on a one year contract (front-line sales role). Following this contract, I was hoping to complete my masters of Science in population ...
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Is it okay to email the general/conference chairs if I feel the reviews are biased and unprofessional?

In a conference with an author rebuttal phase, I received a review from a reviewer (who gave a strong reject) asking to compare my work to a paper which is not even on the same problem as my paper. I ...
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If I saw a research result similar to mine from my PC/editing duties, should and how should I contact the authors?

It happened many times that I saw a paper submitted to a conference where I am on the PC, or a journal where I am editing, and such paper had something similar to what I am working on. The situation ...
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What is the best way to address misinformation given in a lecture?

After having reviewed a similar question while looking for an answer to my own, I felt it did not get fully at the heart of my issue that I've come across. However I still feel that it has great ...
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Former PhD supervisor faked results and submitted a corrigendum two years after publication

During my PhD studies, I published a journal article (one of total four) in a prestigious journal of my field. I gave my codes to my PhD supervisor, but he messed up things in the lab and lost it (I ...
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Corrigendum submitted by my PhD supervisor 1.5 years after I left?

During my PhD studies, I published a journal article (1 of total 4) in a prestigious journal of my field. My PhD advisor wants to commercialize my PhD work and wanted me to help him without willing to ...
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Fellow graduate student discusses problems but gives no credit afterwards

I am currently doing research and I know a fellow graduate student who is very intellectually curious. Let's call him/her C. However, I feel that C has a very consistent habit for not crediting people ...
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A faculty starting a company and listing its employees as researchers in the program he directs

A faculty at a university started a company A. Then the faculty hires a CEO of Company A as a researcher in the program he directs. Is this a conflict of interests?
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Thesis supervisor wants me to publish my work in his own conference

I am a Computer Science Master's Student, currently working on my thesis at a research institute. I have multiple supervisors: A, who was my "theoretical" supervisor when I started my thesis 5 months ...
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Should I get a letter of recommendation from my mother, who is a famous researcher in my field?

My mother is a quite famous researcher (she has a PhD) on the field I want to do a PhD in. She works on the industry (not academia). I helped her on successful projects. She knows more about my work ...
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Should I oppose reviewers whose results I show to be wrong?

I am submitting a mathematics paper to a journal. This paper contains a section where I claim that some results made by some authors in different published articles are false. I give a counterexample ...
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The person who created the application I used for a study wants to help analyze the data

I used a commercial tool created by a small company to perform quantitative analysis of medical images for a study that I did. I was very conservative in my statistical analysis and consulted with a ...
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What can I do if I have a massive personal problem with a future student?

I am a teaching assistant for undergraduate engineering classes. I will be in charge of running lab sessions, helping students, and assigning grades. I have an extreme and insurmountable personal ...
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Are there any high profile cases of conflict of interest in research?

I am going to do a presentation about academic ethics for my class, and one of the themes are conflict of interest. As of now I have found only generic examples, such as research done with corporate ...
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Hiring Committee Conflict of Interest?

If you are being interviewed for a job and find out afterwards that a member of the interview\hiring committee had a past romantic relationship with another candidate what should you do?
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Should you recuse yourself from the hiring committee if you have had a past romantic relationship with an applicant?

If you are on a hiring committee and find out that one of the applicants is someone you have had a past romantic relationship with, should you recuse yourself?
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Being told a conflict of interest is acceptable for paper review

I was recently asked to review a paper. I feel like there is a conflict of interest as (i) I frequently collaborate with one of the authors, (ii) I discussed the paper with the authors while they were ...
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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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Submitting to a venue when you are a member of the program committee

My question is about submitting a paper to a venue (journal or conference) when some of the authors of the paper are also members of the program committee (PC) of the venue (i.e., they will review ...
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Author list mismatch; should I recommend rejection?

I am reviewing a paper for a journal. However, the author list in the submitted pdf file of the paper is different from the author list in the submission website. One of the authors is not appearing ...
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What can I do if one coauthor tries to prevent a journal paper from being published? [duplicate]

I was a PhD student and was supervised by one bad supervisor. Our relationship broke up at the time when I tried to graduate. After a "fighting", I successfully graduated. But I left 10 unpublished ...
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Team conflict in a large research project [closed]

I am an undergrad working in a large research project (1 PI, 5 grad students, 15 undergrads). The project has 5 main facets, each of which is the primary responsibility of a single grad student. The ...
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Colleague stole my work and is publishing it as his own; my PhD supervisor supports him; I got the paper to review. How to proceed?

By chance, I am reviewing now the paper which I recognised as a paper of my colleague. We are from the same institution and I am surprised that I got this paper to review, but, on the other hand, I am ...
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Who should be excluded from reviewing

My question may be a duplicate of: Sound reasons for excluding a reviewer, but it is motivated by What do you do when you are asked to perform an official review for a journal of a manuscript written ...
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What do you do when you are asked to perform an official review for a journal of a manuscript written by your supervisor?

I was just handed a paper for review (official review request by an editor of a journal) written by my current supervisor (the guy with the grant). I have not been involved in this work, and I don't ...
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Is it normal for my masters advisor to ask me not to share code from my masters work with my PhD advisor, and not to continue with the same topic?

I have couple questions for you guys and I hope to find some answers here. Scenario: I finished my master's degree with a thesis at school A. During my master's program at school A, I was a ...
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My adviser wants to use my code for a spin-off, but I want to use it for my own company

I am a PhD Student in computer science. During my my first 2 years I developed an algorithm that seems to work fine in a certain field of applications. My adviser recently told me that he is ...
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Is it unethical to get paid for the work and time invested in thesis?

I'm a student of a technical college. My MSc. final project supervisor liked my work, so he hired me for his company. Where I live, it's actually quite common (my bachelor thesis professor also hired ...