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Advisor wants to kick me out unfairly of the program. Do I leave and take my work with me before he kicks me out? [closed]

My advisor has been unsupportive throughout my research journey, not just to me but to my colleagues as well. As a result, I stopped seeking his advice and worked independently, relying on my own ...
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I feel guilty about past behavior in my college

My relationships with professors is not exactly nice, like the following for example: Nearly a year ago, I asked to collaborate on a project with a prof A over the summer. He suggested we meet after ...
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Crazy emails from superstar professor [closed]

I'm working on my doctoral degree at a mid-ranked institute. I am visiting a super famous lab and professor for a short time, think the top of the very top in the USA. Some of their research relates ...
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My result is accepted in a journal as an errata, but the editors want to change the authorship

We submitted a result claiming that a paper by an associate editor (of the same journal) contained a proposition that is proven mistaken by us, and furthermore, the proof of a theorem is incomplete. ...
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Those who fight and lose relationships over authorship disputes, is it worth it? [closed]

Sometimes, you feel you do more than the other person but get a lower authorship position. Sometimes, the other person does not do enough but asks for a co-first position. Sometimes, your authorship ...
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Authorship is relegated & get excluded from the project because coauthors intentionally add a lot of things that do not even improve the performance [closed]

I have been working on a computational biology paper for over three years. Initially, I found the model to be saturated and difficult to improve and we already had a manuscript at this point, but my ...
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Submitting 2 manuscripts explaining the same scientific fact but by two different methods

I have submitted two manuscripts on physics both have analyzed a new finding by me but the methods of the "analysis" are different. They differ in data, results and figures, just at the end, ...
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Should I ask permission from my former PI after finishing my contract when I'm sole author of the paper?

I'm a postdoc and I worked with a PI with whom I had many issues and disagreement. I even went to HR to report him for breaking the law. He told me to write the paper by myself as a single author. ...
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Is it madatory to obtain an ethical clearance from my affiliated institute for an interview that is to be presented in a conference? [closed]

I'm a research scholar and I'll be presenting a paper related to publishing industry. I'm yet to interview concerned participants. I have obtained consent from them through a consent form. But I haven'...
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An editor thinks a correction should be posted on the author's website rather than published. Is he sticking to the academic ethics?

I had a casual chat about a famous paper in mathematical economics with an editor of a journal different from where the paper was published. We agree that some of the mathematical results are mistaken....
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Can my grant pay for a conference marginally related to award?

My NSF award runs out in a several months. It still has funds budgeted for conference travel. I cannot find any conferences that would be strongly tied to the work. However there is one I would like ...
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Should Conference Paper Reviewers Conduct Preliminary Literature Searches Before Evaluating Submissions?

I am curious about the extent to which reviewers should engage with the existing literature before evaluating a submitted paper. Specifically, is it advisable or expected for reviewers to search for ...
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Article that plagiarized our paper is still available and gets cited - what to do?

One year ago, we discovered that one of our papers published in an IEEE journal was plagiarized by another paper published in the another journal. I wrote the both journals; the journal I published in ...
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Ethics and legality of supervisor using student's results in grant report

A university scholarship funds a PhD student X. X is supervised by Y, who manages an EU project grant with significant funding (in the order of at least six zeros), which requires reporting. The ...
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Plagiarism in paragraph and image, or not?

I wrote a review paper with my classmate during our master's program. We checked it in Turnitin, and the similarity was less than 10%. It got published in an Elsevier journal with an impact factor of ...
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Should I ask for authorship or ignore?

I completed my post-graduation and published some review papers in reputable journals. One of the professors from my institution contacted me to work on his students' papers. I gave each paper a ...
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approval for adding figures for comparison into our own publications in phy/eng fields

In physical and engineering sciences it is common to compare with figures generated by other publications. Then it's said we need to get people's approval when adding their figures into our own ...
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Handling cases of "potential" ChatGPT-generated reviews in non-anonymous program committees (as a PC member)

I am currently serving on the program committee (PC) of a top-tier venue in computer science. Every paper is reviewed by 3-4 PC members; then, the authors can then see the reviews and respond with a &...
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Ethical guidelines for using uncensored photos of individuals in global health presentations

I have attended numerous global health meetings and conferences where I've observed scientists sharing uncensored photos of individuals, often from Africa and Asia, in their presentation slides. These ...
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A very difficult situation: my coauthor "scooped" my proof and theorem in a joint work

I am working in a field of math and have written some papers, some published, some not. I have one small paper finished in 2021, which I forgot to send for publication. At the moment, I am co-...
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Best practices for citing a reference you've found an error in

I am writing a mathematics paper and citing a particular reference in a peer-reviewed mathematical journal. It turns out that the result I reference is ultimately correct, but the proof has an error ...
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Academic careerism: How can there be biased research or dishonest inquiry in theoretical hard sciences? [closed]

From Wikipedia: (emphasis added) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_careerism Academic careerism is the tendency of academics (professors specifically and intellectuals generally) to pursue their ...
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Is it considered cheating to use answers I remember from videos I studied?

This question is for those who are familiar with the format of CompTIA exams. Last week I took a test (and passed) which had two performance-based questions that I already knew the answer to. I had ...
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Coauthors rewrote and published "abandoned" project without my knowledge

I worked on some results jointly with other coauthors. We jointly wrote a first draft of the article, and we started discussing where to submit. Time passed, and there was not much impulse to finish ...
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Should I use an author's code made available on request to help retract their highly cited paper?

I am working on an ML-based problem for my undergrad thesis, based on an experimental dataset and prediction results published in a paper two years ago by an associate prof. in a very high ranking ...
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Can I present an article at a conference, if it has previously been put on arxiv and sent to a journal?

I have written a research article in the field of mathematics. This article has been put by me at https://arxiv.org/, which means now it is accessible by anyone, and also this article has been ...
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How to Prevent Peer Review Misconduct under Time Constraints

In peer-reviewed computer science conferences, there is typically a strict schedule for peer-reviews, e.g., by when to submit reviews, during which period should reviewers discuss. Question: As a ...
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Is it ethical for a Master's student to have someone else do their research with the intention of submitting it as their work?

A student is enrolled in an online Master's program and has asked a co-worker/ technician to develop and perforem the laboratory assay that will the be submitted upon completion to satisfy the ...
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PhD supervisor wants to assume my apartment lease and buy my improvements to the apartment when I move out

I am about to finish my PhD. I am moving cities when I'm finished to start a new job. I've told my supervisor and he asked whether my apartment becomes free then. He is currently looking for a second ...
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Is voluntarily omitting to cite known relevant previous work a form of plagiarism, and what to do about repeated instances?

Consider the following scenario: Person A and B start a collaboration, and discuss a variety of concepts over various months. Person B ceases the collaboration, authorizing Person A to pursue the ...
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When do you need Ethics Approval in Humanities research?

Sorry if this sounds clueless - I actually am. I'm in a historical, literary field so I've never had to worry about doing any ethics approval things because I've never had to deal with real, living ...
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I have good results from a project that my advisor told me not to do and refused to help me with. Do I have to make them a co-author?

My advisor gave me a published approach (algorithm) used to solve some type of numerical optimization problems (however, it is old and ditched compared to better algorithms that came out after it). ...
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Can my former PhD supervisor publish my research work without my permission? [duplicate]

I have been working as a research assistant at one of the U.S universities for 4 year. Generally, I was not in a good relationship with my PhD supervisor. After the graduation, I found that my PhD ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

In my university it is typically the case that advisors are first authors but this comes with having them do the first author responsibilities such as making significant (original) and insightful ...
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Repeating derivation from paper of professor with added comments

For my thesis, I think it would be useful that I write down a derivation my supervisor made in one of his papers. However, even though it seems fine when considering the paper on its own, the way the ...
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Is it ethical to study online solutions to for-credit math master's homework problems?

I am taking Complex Analysis for a master's degree in Pure Mathematics. The grade is: Three written evaluations. Questions the teacher asks that must be submitted every week. The teacher's ...
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Asked to cite papers for money

I was recently contacted by someone claiming to run a "decentralized collaborative team" who cite each other's papers and offering me money for citing their papers ($10 per citation, paid ...
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Minor mistake in setup, no time to redo it. OK to publish anyway?

Before publishing, I found a minor mistake in a study that took a month to do. The mistake will not affect the main conclusion of the work, it just shifts a curve on one of the plots ever so slightly. ...
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Why do a lot of publications ignore better results from other papers // compare only to old results (example in deep learning and biomed) [closed]

Before starting my experiments using open-access data, I compiled a list of the current publications using this same data and their results. I regularly faced the following situations when reading ...
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What should I do if I haven't received acknowlegement of submission

I submitted a manuscript to a moderately ranked journal three days ago, which has both an online submission system (OJS) and an email address for submission (this caused my initial confusion). I made ...
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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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Does whistleblowing make me unemployable?

I am an undergraduate who is particpating in my university's scholarship program, where we are given financial aid in return for volunteer work such as cleaning the buildings and preparing big school ...
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Is using content from publicly available sources (without alteration) for my own course material academic dishonesty?

I want to develop a course syllabus. I was reading course syllabi from multiple universities in the US, Europe, and Asia that are available online. I have seen diverse syllabus of the course I am ...
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Is there any ethical problem with a tiered grading system?

I am currently teaching undergraduate level courses in mathematics and engineering in a university in the United States. My university requires us to go through some training on how to make our ...
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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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I suspect that my PhD supervisor is trying to push me out of the lab and not give me credit for my work

I just started the third year of my PhD and my contract expires in December. My project comes under a broader much bigger project involving 5 teams. I was the first one to be recruited on this project ...
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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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Is it okay for a co-author to share an unfinished manuscript with others?

I am a PhD student, I recently sent a draft of a paper to six co-authors to get final revisions before submitting to a journal. One of my co-authors responded saying they had sent to manuscript to ...
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To break or not to break with advisor at the end of a Ph.D.?

I am a Ph.D. student in the U.S. in my final year. During my 2nd year, I wasn't very excited with where my project was going, and I had the idea of adding a coadvisor to the mix, whose research I ...
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How to deal with possibly lazy authors? [closed]

Let's assume a researcher received a paper to review. The paper is decently done and it is composed of an introductory part (about 30% of the work) and a complex part (about 60% of the paper). The ...
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