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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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Is it appropriate to provide editorial oversight for a paper authored by someone who plans to move to your institution?

I see some journal editors handle the papers authored by their colleagues. It is usually not allowed to handle papers authored by colleagues in the same institution. After a deeper check of one paper, ...
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Conflict of interests of reviewing paper if I have talked to the author

I found an interesting poster during a workshop, and I had an engaging communication with the authors (even in a banquet). They told me that their work was just submitted to a journal. Quite ...
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What should you do when your professor disagrees with your research direction?

I am a graduate student working to get my master's degree, but my professor and I have differences in research directions. While his personality is very strong, I don't think he is capable enough in ...
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would collaborating with department head causing conflict of interest?

Department head usually could be in charge of many things, such as hiring decision, support of tenure applications, invitation of reviewers of tenure, forming hiring committee etc. In general how ...
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Is it unethical to not disclose relationship when applying to same group

My girlfriend and I are applying to the same PhD program and are interested in the same group. The group is quite small and it is likely that we will be working together a lot, I am unsure if ...
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As a private tutor, is it ethical to recommend the student take more classes?

I'm tutoring a student. Unfortunately he's not very good; for example, he has trouble with basic manipulations that one would expect a student of his level to have mastered. He scored 15% in a recent ...
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Contacted by COI PC

I have a little bit of a weird situation. In a submission to conference (which is anonymous), I marked a member from the PC as conflict of interest (COI) due to personal reasons (rivalry). The chairs ...
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Can a husband be a corresponding author in a wife's research publication during her Ph.D.?

I recently observed that a faculty (husband) was a corresponding author in all the publications of his wife (first author) while she was doing her Ph.D. in the same department. Although the wife had a ...
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Professor nominated for award asks for a recommendation from a Dean, who is also on the Award Committee. Ok or No?

Is it conflict of interest when a faculty member who is a nominee for a university award competition, asks for a letter of recommendation from a Dean, who is also on the review committee that decides ...
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Do I need to declare conflict of interest as a lower level contractor at the organization?

I am writing a paper about whether in the United States, referees in my sport are biased towards players with certain attributes. I am also employed as a referee in this sport and have credentials ...
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Lead Authorship Conflict

I’m working on a paper with two colleagues. It all started out with a broad idea that they had. They were coming to me, asking me to do the data analysis (survey data). At the beginning I had the lead ...
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Specific Advice about Grad-Undergrad Friendships & Relationships (US)

I am 21/M, and I am about to start my PhD at a R-1 university in the US in two weeks (if it matters, it's a southeastern state.) A month ago, I started talking to a 19/F on an online chat platform - ...
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How to deal with supervisor that changes prerequisites for PhD completion?

I am currently facing a challenging situation with my supervisor, which has persisted for a considerable time. I wont go into too much detail but she more or less thinks of PhD students as slave. ...
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Do I need to mention an incompetent referee in Conflicts of Interest (or comment)?

Facts: About 18 months ago I submitted a paper claiming the result previously published by Michael is false. The first referee used details in Michael's paper to defend Michael's points, trying hard ...
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Are Ukrainian researchers currently able to review manuscripts?

Per title. There's a war going on in Ukraine, which presumably makes it hard to do research, especially if one is suffering from constant blackouts. If Ukrainian researchers are currently not able to ...
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Review invitation of an article that overly cites me and the journal

I was invited to review a paper for a well-known SAGE Journal in my field. The editor of the journal invited me specifying that “I was highly recommended as a reviewer” by the authors. The review is ...
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Competing Interest while working in private-public partnership

This is a question about work and publications that happen in public-private partnership. I am currently employed by a University, and seconded half of the time in a startup. I am working on a ...
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PhD supervisor is getting too involved in my Postdoc, which is supervised by another academic close to him. How to diplomatically draw a boundary?

I had a rocky relationship with my Ph.D. supervisor. He has a my-way-or-the-highway style of supervision and was a relentless micromanager, so much so that I feel I "own" very few of the ...
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Conflict about my authorship with former supervisor [duplicate]

For four years I worked in the laboratory of my former supervisor. For unknown reasons, she always mistreated me - I had the smallest salary in the laboratory (and when I once asked her why, she cut ...
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Should I ignore or reply an external colleague insisting in sharing methods in potentially COI project?

I (scientist X working at lab A) have received several e-mails from one specific colleague (scientist Y working at lab B) regarding engaging in some specific project led by Y. Some of the ideas I ...
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How would you handle a colleague offering your PhD student a postdoc position?

How would you handle a colleague offering your PhD student a postdoc position? I had applied and received fund for him to continue with me as a postdoc immediately he graduates. We had this discussion ...
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Adding advisor's name as a coparticipant without their permission

Thank you in advance. I had some issues with my advisor and want to get some advice. I got a Ph.D. degree from a foreign country and started my new postdoctoral position here in the US this year. ...
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Conference rejects submissions with undeclared Conflicts of Interest (COI) automatically found on DBLP instead of using them to choose reviewers. Why?

I read some email about some paper submission: Here are potential COIs [Conflicts of Interest] found by our automated tool, which uses DBLP to detect recent coauthorships: [Alice, Bob]. Per [...
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Conflicted about performing joint research with individuals from an enemy country

I am currently pursuing my PhD in mechanical engineering in the US and currently working (as part of a team of graduates) with my advisor on a research project. At this stage, we are in the modelling ...
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Conflict of Interest regarding research question and company ownership

I suggested an interesting research question (exploratory data analysis) to my advisor and he really wants me to get started. However, I realized today in reading the agreement attached to the data ...
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Working in a research company that studies the same research problem as my startup [closed]

I am almost in the final step of joining a big research company. This company has a huge amount of data for research problem X, and their research team is always digging into it. I just want to ...
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Problems with my boss in academia: who to ask for some advice in Austria?

I have some problems with my boss at a university. The problem does not only include cooperative aspects. It also involves some problems related to a post-doc project that I developed and that I gave ...
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Conflict of interest for phd external review

If an external reviewer is invited to review phd thesis, will it be considered as (conflict of interest) if the reviewer was previously the applicant bachelor thesis supervisor?
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My peers think I slept with my overly friendly TA - what do I do?

I am a female undergraduate student and in a bit of a situation here. Last semester, I had a male graduate teaching assistant for one of my classes, and I got the very strong impression for months ...
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To what degree is institutional affiliation a conflict of interest when submitting to a conference?

I'm submitting to a conference, and in the part where you're supposed to indicate conflict of interest, they indicate that same affiliation is a conflict of interest. So I've declared affiliation CoI ...
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Is it a conflict of interest if I review a conference submission of my former colleague?

I have recently accepted an invitation for reviewership. I was asked to review a paper submitted to a well-known conference. Because of my carelessness (or laxness, if you will), I didn't realize that ...
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How do I politely decline an internship opportunity extended to me by my former internship supervisor?

A little background about me: I am an undergraduate engineering student (graduating in June 2022) currently doing my semester of bachelors. In my penultimate year, I did a research internship with an ...
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Postdoc roommate with student

I’m a postdoc (at a North American research university), and due to the high cost of living in the area, I’ve been rooming with other people. One of said roommates is an undergrad in a relatively ...
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Can I work under a research supervisor in a doctoral program when that supervisor already has an ongoing research project with my current employer? [closed]

Can I work under a research supervisor in a doctoral program when that supervisor already has an ongoing research project with my current employer? (I wouldn't be working on that project of the ...
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What to do when finding fake authorship in duplicate publication

I recently found a case of duplicate publishing and at the same time conflict of interests. Here is the case: Someone sent a paper (in Persian) as the sole author in a scientific Persian journal. ...
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Can I publish a paper while being employed by a scientific publishing house?

I have got a job offer from Springer Nature as associate scientific editor. I am joining the company next month. Currently I am a postdoc researcher at a university. I have a couple of papers from ...
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Collaborating on a journal paper and a possibility of conflict of interest

I graduated with a PhD and now work in a CAE related industry. My former PhD colleague who is enrolled in some university as a postdoc reached out to me for a collaboration on a journal paper. ...
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Should researchers/journal editors ever solicit referee reports from companies that are negatively affected by the research?

This is a general question inspired by an interesting question where a researcher investigated the efficacy of a product produced by a company and made adverse findings against the product. In that ...
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When under pressure from the industry, how can I protect myself/coauthors?

Our group (western Europe/Switzerland) has submitted a review on a device that generates a lot of money (i.e. multibillion $ industry). Our results speak mildly against the use of said device, ...
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Does funding past research also qualify as conflict of interest?

An article in The Telegraph claims that 26 of the 27 scientists who wrote a letter in The Lancet last year, dismissing the idea that COVID could have come from a lab in Wuhan, actually have a conflict ...
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Ethical issues related to refereeing for a top journal [closed]

Are there specific ethical issues related to being a referee for a top journal? I was thinking that one might subconsciously be tempted to recommend a very good, but not groundbreaking, paper in one's ...
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What is the difference between 'declarations of interest' and 'disclosure statement'

In a journal application, there are two fields need to be filled but I can not tell what is the difference between the two: Declarations of interest Disclosure statement Is there anyone of them where ...
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What are the consequences of betting on one's own research?

(Details fictionalized.) My research involves a new way of forecasting the weather. Unlike other forecasting models, the model I have developed says that the weather in a certain region will be ...
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Is it a conflict of interest if an examiner of a graduate thesis is a coauthor of a paper with the supervisor of the thesis?

Is it a conflict of interest if an examiner of a graduate thesis is a coauthor of a paper/papers with the supervisor of the thesis? Do you think that this would sway a positive or negative result or ...
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How do massive research projects manage conflicts of interest?

I am a machine learning researcher, and my field is beginning to embrace the massive, multi-institution collaborations that have become common in other sciences. For example, I am a coauthor on this ...
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Disclosing employment in acknowledgement of conference paper

I'm a part time PhD student in computer science and work full time at an asset management firm. My paper was accepted into an IEEE conference. However, I have not used any of my work's resource for ...
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When siblings contribute to a research paper, do they need to declare their relationship in the competing interest form?

Siblings contributed to a research paper. The publisher asks to fill no competing interest form. Citing the journal in question, it contains the following check box: ☐ The authors declare that they ...
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How can I quickly retrieve the Semantic Scholar IDs of all my co-authors?

Some conference is asking me to: Please enter the Semantic Scholar IDs of everyone who may be biased in reviewing your submission. These should include people like supervisors, family members, ...
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Conflict of interest with Professor's own business entity

First time caller, long time listener :) I'm an assistant professor in a research group. The professor leading our group (and my long time mentor) told me, roughly one month ago, that he got involved ...
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Is offering jobs to students I'm teaching as a "representative of industry" OK?

I have a simple question to which I was unable to find a simple answer. I was hired by a university as a "representative of industry" to deliver some courses. In my groups I have several ...
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