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Questions tagged [ethics]

On making a decision based on morals or common ethical codes instead of etiquette, rules, institutional or government policy, or technical or procedural reasons.

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Is it possible to get IRB approval after the fact?

Generally speaking, peer reviewed journals will not publish research on human subjects that did not receive IRB approval. If a study was done without the proper IRB approval, but the study itself was ...
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Writing a letter of recommendation for a faculty colleague I cannot highly recommend

A colleague of mine has asked that I write him a letter of recommendation (LOR). I will call him Steve. He recently was denied tenure and is looking for a new position at several other universities. ...
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My supervisor is making me work on something that is not my PhD project. What should I do?

My PhD project is a very little part of a big study that my supervisor is currently running. I am already four months into my PhD and I just have a 3 years position to finish my thesis. So far I haven’...
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Withdrawing a chapter proposal: Is anything else required here?

I have been invited to write a chapter with a Publisher X, so I wrote a proposal for the chapter using the abstract of a write-up (short primer paper) I had. After sending the proposal, I eventually ...
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Dealing with unethical and illegal workplace issues [on hold]

I am a grad student working my first job as a data analyst. One of my responsibilities is to speed up an audit process by identifying potentially problematic forms. I wrote my program to do just that ...
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Is it ethical to get participants' consent for the inclusion of their data in the research after data collection?

Suppose that there's a student who has done a subject-based study with ten participants involved. The research settings required not telling the participants that it has been a research before data ...
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Is there any good poetry reflecting work ethic? [on hold]

I would like some poetry relating and outlining work ethic.
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Unpublished PhD work and unresponsive advisor

I finished my PhD two years ago. However, my advisor left academia one year before I defended. I finished my research and successfully defended it (obviously), and have a good draft of my paper, but ...
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Is it ethical to withdraw a paper after reviews?

I have a submitted a paper to a IEEE letter. Unfortunately, at a later stage I noticed that letter is still in process to have an impact factor. I already received reviews from reviewers and the ...
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Career advice: aspiring scientist interested cancer, cognition, and nutrition [closed]

My background: I am currently a junior in college majoring in Neuroscience and Philosophy. I am heavily involved in basic science research (neurodegenerative diseases) and have been published in peer-...
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Ethics of take home tests

I am in a professional evening program, it is full of students like myself that have full time jobs. Recently we had a professor give us a take home exam that said "no collaboration, no internet usage"...
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Should one cite unethical research that may contradict one's current research?

Most people are familiar with the controversy over citing Nazi medical experimentation and related unethical findings. I'm not questioning that. Assuming that citing unethical research in order to ...
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Requesting a favor from student for giving recommendation letters

Can I ask/ insist a bright undergraduate student (who is having similar areas of interest) to work under me for his final year project period and try to come up with a scientific publication in favor ...
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Is it (ab)normal to propose a course to another university as a PhD candidate

I'm an external PhD candidate at a university in Germany, meaning that I have neither a post at the university nor funding. I know this isn't ideal, but my question is this: My research is related to ...
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What concerns does a scientist have in studying their own data?

As a child, I participated in a longitudinal study. That study led me to the field I'm in now, and I have the opportunity to potentially work with a dataset that has a high probability of containing ...
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Post doctoral while working on self employed job

I am in need to know if there is a provision wherein I could do a post-doctorate in the USA for a year or two, while I am owning my own Biotechnology firm back in my home country?
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When should researchers who take part in the composition and editing of a manuscript be co-authors

I sometimes work as a ghostwriter/editor for other researchers alongside my own research, and it occurred to me that there isn't a clear framework for crediting this work. I have sometimes appeared in ...
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Had sex with a student of mine, how to proceed now?

I recently hooked up with this girl who I met at a party around the end of summertime; now that the school year has begun I realize she's in one of the classes that I am teaching. Do I need to ...
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How to report to journal when work published in it has already been done by some other researcher?

I came across a paper published in the Journal of Mathematical Physics in the year 2016. In the paper, the authors claimed to have developed a methodology which extends the dimension of an existing ...
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Responding to papers which reinvent ideas without citing them

A few months ago a very well-known (and controversial) authority in my field published a theoretical model of a phenomenon that one of my collaborators addressed many years ago. Interestingly, the ...
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As an instructor can I use previous work history as examples?

I teach computer science (USA - graduate level). I am teaching a software design course, and for a lecture I am to give on software anti-patterns I would like to use a real world example from an ...
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Long distance collaboration with a professor – wrote manuscript, getting ignored. What to do next?

This summer I was involved in a long distance collaboration with a researcher at an institution for clinical research. I was essentially CC'd to this person via an old colleague who currently works ...
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Dead author ethical guidelines

One of my close collaborators passed away last year and since then I have become curious about the question of attributing work to deceased authors. Each journal has its rules but there doesn't seem ...
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Is it plagiarism to submit the same work in a course after withdrawing from the course on a previous occasion?

I took a course a couple years ago and was doing well until I could not attend any longer and abruptly had to stop. I am currently retaking the course and wanted to hand in the work I submitted years ...
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Is it normal that my adviser presented my work at a conference while I was there?

A couple of month ago, I was in a conference with my adviser. I had a poster and he had a talk. His talk was about my project. In fact, it was newer results that I presented in my poster. After he ...
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Should I abandon any further higher education knowing that I was dishonest as an undergraduate?

This feels uncomfortable to ask, because I know my actions have undermined what I've worked toward. A little background: I graduated with a bachelors degree, and then went on to get a masters degree ...
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Are there laws preventing someone from collecting data not connected to a sanctioned research project?

I would be interested in conducting a survey of Japanese learners of English to find out what they find difficult about learning English. I'm a university graduate, so no longer part of the university ...
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Is it considered ethical to sign yourself with name followed by PhD when in fact your doctorate was a DTech?

Is it considered ethical to sign yourself with name followed by PhD when in fact your doctorate was a DTech?
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My original data is in someone else's thesis without my knowledge or consent

I encountered in a Master's thesis some of my original and important findings. I finished my experiments and left the lab to home to write and while I was writing my supervisor put my data into ...
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When to tell current employer that I want to quit and switch to a different PhD

I am currently employed as a scientific employee at a research institute, which means I get a salary but am not currently working on a PhD. Originally I planned to begin my PhD at this institute ...
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Should I include a professor's name in my paper to get it published?

I am a master's student and want to publish a paper in a specific subfield in mathematics. I have written the paper all by myself. The problem is my advisor won't check my draft. He says he is busy ...
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Is it fair to punish the student for not knowing what's in the course? [duplicate]

A number of questions (e. g., this one or that one) discuss the situations where the student is punished after invoking, in the exam context, knowledge that's outside the scope of the course. This ...
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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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Advisor trying to patent an idea for himself even though we wrote the paper together!

My advisor is trying to patent an idea without me. I got to know that he is registering the patent through the IP officer at our University. When I asked him about it, he did not give me a straight ...
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What does it say about someone that accepts adding their name to a publication without doing any of the work? [closed]

I'm a government researcher in R&D and have spent my career doing and publishing my own work. Some time ago I was asked to take over some research from another scientist that was being ...
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How to deal with advisors who seem to not like me?

I'm an undergraduate researcher that's been doing research with another undergrad over a summer. Our project was supervised by a grad student. For some reason, sometime throughout the summer, that ...
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Releasing crawled data: Potential legal challenge? [closed]

In many occasions in computer science I saw papers that analyze social network data also released these data, such as http://socialnetworks.mpi-sws.org/data-imc2007.html http://socialcomputing.asu....
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Use of data that may contain future ethical complications

Suppose that you are afforded an opportunity to examine data that was, on the surface at least, collected legally and ethically, but that may contain hidden ethical dilemmas. What precautions, if any, ...
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Adding new results during review process

I submitted a paper to an applied mathematics journal. I have since found a way to generalize one of the results. Is it acceptable to update the paper during the first review step even if I have not ...
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Do unethical acts that are tangential to methodology taint research?

It's well-known that unethical acts can render research virtually unpublishable, but the cases we hear about tend to involve situations in which the methodology is tainted - for example, fabrication ...
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Can a professor from totally different research field be invited to thesis defense? [closed]

In a very reputed private university, there is a rule for sending thesis to internal(national) and external(international) examiner for evaluation. After a report from two reviewers, a viva is ...
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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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My work is being used without acknowledgement

So I was helping a friend of mine out with his master thesis, as he had no idea about a specific topic in which I had a few years of industrial experience. However, he had no idea about what I was ...
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Meeting dishonest ex-supervisors at large international conference — Should one speak out?

I have returned to my country after one negative experience as a postdoc in China. In short, I was hired based on false salary & funding expectations supported by shady vague contracts written in ...
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What should I do when a predatory conference will not listen to us and the journal might retract our paper? [duplicate]

I was in my first semester that a professor asked me for a collaboration with someone else. We have started the project but because of Mr. C bad behavior and lack of contribution our professor fired ...
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How to tell my supervisor I won't use the data that a colleague prepared?

I started a postdoc about a year ago. At the time of my hire I was told another postdoc was preparing the large dataset I would eventually use. In the meantime, I was to run some sample models and ...
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Should I inform authorities of someone falsely claiming a non-existing PhD?

I know a person who falsely claims having a PhD in computer science. His name card reads as "Name, PhD" and he has long been working in a high profile and remunerative position for a semi-government ...
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What are the guidelines for minimum “implementation/proof-of-concept” requirements in computer science research?

Some aspects of computer science research requires some form of implementation and an according evaluation. I have not yet seen where the minimum level of implementation expected for an academic paper ...
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How to query gender in a multiple-choice poll/survey?

In a study where human subjects are given questionnaires, it may be interesting to analyze whether effects are gender-specific and/or more pronounced in one gender than in (the) other(s). How can this ...
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Is it unfair for paper circumstances to play a role in the review of the paper? [closed]

Let me say beforehand that this question does not refer to scientific correctness and treats it as undisputed, i.e. the paper is assumed correct in the sense that it clearly states a valid purpose, ...