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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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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Biotech: Competing Interest Statement after leaving academia

I have recently started working on a Biotech startup in the biomedical field, and some of the academic collaborative work I did before being at the company now being published (several publications). ...
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If a conflict of interest is not literally declared, is it safe to assume there is a conflict of interest? What does this imply about the findings? [closed]

For the first example below, a conflict of interest (CoI) isn't literally declared, but seems to be implied in the funding section. Additionally, the majority of the studies included have a similar ...
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Is there a potential for bias when a researcher chooses a topic they personally find interesting? [closed]

When choosing a research topic, many researchers (in the field of psychology, in my case) often choose to study a topic they find interesting or have experience in. Does this introduce more potential ...
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Is it possible to publish without adviser?

I participated in an exchange programme as a PhD student for 1 year in another country. The very moment I got in the new institution I signed a contract according to which I have no intellectual nor ...
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Why does my advisor / professor discourage all collaboration?

So I have had this advisor for about 8 months now. Literally all students in my department talk very highly of him: his previous graduate students (master's) have gone on to have successful careers in ...
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Awkward situation with editor several month after submission: advice

I am observing from some distance the following situation. Two young mathematicians -- call them A and B -- submitted a paper to a quite strong journal and indicated a much senior colleague C as a ...
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What can I do if I face conflicts with my supervisor?

I am an international Ph.D. student in Canada. I have many conflicts with my supervisor and I really don't enjoy working under his supervision and I prefer to change my supervisor. However, the ...
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How to ethically approach publishing research with conflict of interest?

I have an opportunity to participate in a contest with a nontrivial monetary prize, which can be summarized as "Describe in details a secure way to do X using technology Y and provide an ...
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How to proceed after reject & resubmit

I recently got a reject & resubmit which usually would not bother me too much, however, this case is a bit special: The specific journal runs a single-blind peer review process. One review was ...
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Do I have to disclose the exchange program of participating student as funding in a paper?

I am currently writing a paper together with an exchange student of an international academic internship program. As it is common practice, I disclose the research grant, which funds my work. However, ...
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Project may be benefitting a professor's personal company

I'm currently taking an elective course on renewable energy that is open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students. Our class project is to design a solar power system for a community in a ...
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Classmate shops my unpublished ideas around and contacts my advisors,

I'm about a year into some exciting research, with some early results that many professors are interested in following the progress of. I have two advisors. I recently learned that my graduate ...
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Conflict of interest -- recommendation letters

I recently got asked by a professor who is also one of my recommenders to apply for a PhD in their department. This professor is also a co-chair of that said department. Would I be incurring some kind ...
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PhD student I am working with as an undergrad may pursue something similar to what my senior thesis is on, is this a conflict of interest?

I began researching for my thesis on subject X several months ago, and the thesis program is starting in a few weeks. I did not tell the grad student at the old uni about this yet - because originally ...
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Potential conflict-of-interest: Submitting a paper to a conference with advisor (and co-author) as keynote speaker and on the advisory committee?

We are planning to submit a manuscript to a conference. However, my advisor (and co-author on this paper) is a keynote speaker in the conference, as well being a part of the advisory committee (not ...
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Is getting an oral recommendation from a professor who has known me since childhood a conflict of interest during graduate admissions?

My parents know a Professor A who knows another Professor B. Professor A has known me since I was a child. I applied for a Ph.D. position in Professor B's group and got admitted. Before admission, ...
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Deceased author and conflict of interest statement

I am submitting an article with heavy heart. The main author of article passed away just a week ago. This work was suppose to be submitted by him. Now this responsibility came to me. I am not sure ...
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Should I suggest my sources as reviewers?

Authors are often asked to suggest reviewers for their article. In my own experience, the principal domain experts I can suggest are often the authors whose work I have cited, but suggesting them ...
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Can my adviser publish an under review work without my consent?

I recently graduated from my PhD program. To put things into prespective I need to mention that I, unfortunately, don’t have a good relationship with my adviser. I currently have one under review ...
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Submitting multiple research proposal to the same RFA as PI and CoPI

There are many benefits of being a PI while submitting a proposal to funding agencies, including that you often manage the funding and you get credits for tenure-track among others. Recently, I was ...
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College Final.Permission [closed]

Is it violating academic integrity if I take a final which section I didn't register? I just want to do extra practice, and each section test is totally different. my id and name.are made up myself.
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Disclose industry salary as COI at academic conference? [closed]

I'm a recent transfer from academic to industry research. I am submitting to a conference in my new company's field, and I am disclosing COI -- organization (my company), relationship ("employment"), ...
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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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