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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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Conflict of interests and the assignment of referee for a very narrow field

Consider a very small scientific field with three major contributors and a total of 15 authors, all of them had coauthored with everyone else. In this field how could the editor choose referee for ...
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Can i be a corresponding author? [closed]

I am a PhD student now and i am willing to publish my masters degree research work, but the supervisor is refusing to publish for many reasons concerned him not the quality of my research. There is ...
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Can someone interview their sibling?

I just had a job interview (permanent lecturer position not connected to a grant) and, immediately afterwards, I found out that the person who is the group leader and responsible for recruiting is the ...
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Is there a conflict of interest between me and the university if I get paid on teaching others how to apply for the PhD positions in my university?

I am a Ph.D. student. An application agent company approached me and ask if I could be a casual consulter on their platform and give some advice to the students who want to apply for the Ph.D. ...
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I want to remove an article in IEEE, accepted but not published yet

Now I am facing a very serious problem that I have to remove an article which is accepted by IEEE but will be published till the end of 2019. Due to some conflicts of interests(we finished this ...
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Convert research into business

As part of my research I am using data was provided by hospitals to my research. The data is for medical reports, but no patient information has been identified at all. No patient privacy has been ...
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Should I accept an invitation to give a talk from someone who might review my proposal?

I submitted a grant application a few weeks ago where I was asked to list some potential reviewers. One of these potential reviewers just invited me to give a talk at their university. I would like ...
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How can I find a list of my co-authors for a grant conflict of interest?

Many funding agencies require a list of co-authors in the past n years. Is there an easier way to do this than to find all of my papers and copy and paste the names and institutions?
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Should I report apparent conflict with handling editor during peer review?

I have been dealing with an awkward situation regarding evaluation of my submitted paper. The publisher is one of the big well known OA, and the journal is one of their leading journals (in terms of ...
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Is it appropriate for an undergrad to friend grad students / postdocs on social media?

I'm guessing that if the grad student / postdoc is directly supervising the undergrad, friending would not be very appropriate. However, would it be ok for an undergrad to friend other grad students / ...
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My student in one course asks for paid tutoring in another course. Appropriate?

I'm a teaching assistant for an introductory programming course. A student in the course approached me and asked if I would tutor them for a different discrete mathematics course in return for payment....
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Renting a house to a graduate student in my department

I am a professor at a US university, and I'll be away on a sabbatical for all of the coming academic year. I would like to sublet my house while I am away, and I think that one or two of the graduate ...
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Do I have an “anti-research” personality?

I am a second year Ph.D. student in a North American university who is mostly working on applied mathematics with a supervisor/advisor/PI. I have been troubled by a pattern of my own behaviour that ...
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If my PI received research grants from a company to be able to pay my postdoc salary, did I have a potential conflict interest too?

I was a postdoctoral fellow at a university and received nothing but the regular postdoc salary. I received no grants myself, but worked on various projects, many of which happened to be industry ...
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Is using the relatives’ friend’s recommendation inappropriate?

When applying for my postgraduate position, I browsed my future advisor’s web page in detail and surprisingly found that one of my relatives’ friend co-authored a paper with him. Then we reached out ...
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Recommendation letter by significant other if you worked with them professionally?

My significant other (SO) and I are in five years of relationship. We met working in a lab and she already earned her PhD at that time. I was a graduate student. She was the main person I went after ...
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Being asked to review a paper in conference one has submitted to

As stated in the title (an IEEE conference). Does this create a conflict of interest antithetical to the reviewing process? Is it possible that accepting or refusing to review could jeopardise the ...
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Conflict of interest statement for Elsevier

I want to submit a research paper to an Elsevier Journal. There is also an invention disclosure associated with this work. I have got the approval of the Technology Transfer Office to submit the paper....
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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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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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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 ...