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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Writing papers with deceased co-authors?

I am doing a literature review for a project and I have come across recent papers in top journals where one of the co-authors is a famous Statistician (Peter G. Hall, 1951 – 2016). This is an example ...
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What would you do if the author of a published CS article does not respond to code requests?

Since reproducibility is a major principle or basic norm of scientific experiments, simulations, and computations, what would you do or what to do if the author of a published CS article does not ...
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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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First author researcher on a manuscript left job without publishing

A grant-funded researcher wrote a manuscript that they were first author on. All co-authors were awarded time to make edits. Before getting departmental approval for submitting to publication, the ...
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When should one recommend rejection of a manuscript versus major revisions? [closed]

Is there any good way to determine when it appropriate to reject a manuscript versus merely recommending major revisions? I.e., at what point do you declare a manuscript a lost cause? I understand ...
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Accused of cheating on online final exam [duplicate]

Last month I took my final exam for accounting online. My grades in the class are very good as I have a tutor for the class. I got an email from my professor telling me that she had to talk to me and ...
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Replacing a shorter manuscript with a longer manuscript on arXiv

I initially wrote a short manuscript (4 pages) intended for physics journal A and posted this short manuscript on arXiv. After referee feedback from journal A, I am now seeking to instead submit this ...
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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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An article not presented in conference but published in conference special issue

Although an article was not presented at the conference, this article published in the conference special issue of a journal after reviewing and editorial process. Considering whether the authors ...
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Is it ethical for students to be required to consent to their final course projects being publicly shared?

In a course, students were required to sign a consent form to share their final course project. There were two options that they could choose from: either anonymous sharing or sharing with attribution/...
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Can analyzing data from an existing public online database be considered orginal work?

I wish you all a Merry Christmas. I have a question but found no solution to it using the search function. I would like to ask whether summarizing and analyzing data from an existing online database ...
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Contact programs about wrong dates for part-time research assistantship in college?

So I am submitting applications for this cycle (Fall 2021). I graduated from school a few years ago and did occasional part-time work as a research assistant in college. In my application, I recorded ...
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Am I allowed to share Stack Overflow data along with a paper that uses it?

I plan on submitting a paper that uses Stack Overflow data (contents of Stack Overflow questions, fetched using the Stack Exchange API) to a conference, and the conference is welcoming authors to ...
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My university does not do anything to prevent cheating in online exams, and grading is relative. What should I do? [duplicate]

I am from a reputed university in India and despite informing the department professors and higher authorities of the rampant cheating in the online exams, they haven't taken any steps to curb it (...
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Is it allowed to publish an explanation of someone's thesis?

Last spring, I did a research project where I tried to develop code, modelling a physical system using a method developed by a researcher and presented as his PhD. thesis. Now I have completed my work ...
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Can I (should I) change the name of this distribution?

I am nearly finished with a paper, as well as some accompanying open-source software. We are planning on submitting this to a prominent statistics journal. One of the more promising methods that we ...
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A senior faculty hates me — should I prepare to leave? [closed]

I am a pre-tenured faculty. A senior faculty in my department hates me. She has been very strange to me. For example, she sent out a dinner invitation for all people in my department. I accepted ...
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“Competing interests” not disclosed? retraction?

I have recently come across this paper in Nature Communications: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-17419-7 From the authors’ affiliations and corresponding email it seems like all authors are ...
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How to deal with incommunicable co-author

The background: In the grand area of Mathematics in which I do research, there is a famous Professor, let us call him 'A', who started a joint project with another younger colleague, let us call him '...
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Is it ethical to purchase someone else's work and submit an edited version for assignments?

I have a friend who purchased work (a computer program assignment) from somebody else. He hired them to do it. However, he made a significant effort to make the purchased work into his own (he rewrote ...
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Is there a standard ethical codex for publishing of research?

I am asking about some kind of standard well known and complete ethical codex with versions of strictness (a list of rules comparable to the creative commons licenses in the field of software/art ...
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Are anonymous online surveys exempt from IRB?

This is for a research paper, and the survey was sent to thousands of people through publically available email information. Because the response rate is low, and we don't ask for any self-identity ...
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Co-authoring a paper with a persona non grata

Suppose Researcher A did some joint work with Researcher B. While the work was still in progress, or the manuscript was in preparation, researcher B became persona non grata in Academia, due to ...
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One of the authors changed idea before submitting paper

I have just finished a paper together with a number of colleagues and collaborators from other universities. We were about to submit it but one of the authors does not agree anymore. His explanation ...
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Regarding PDF copy of a book downloaded from reputed universities [duplicate]

For ethical reasons I try to avoid reading books downloaded from illegal and pirated websites. I was self studying a topic by reading a certain book. Due to COVID-19 my nearby library is closed. I ...
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Continuing to list as second affiliation an institute where you've never had a paid position

This question is similar to other questions of affiliation, but I cannot find anything that quite addresses it. Perhaps this is closest: Adding affiliation due to a 1-month visit during a salary gap I ...
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Is it a misuse of school resources to use school accounts for non-school work?

I work as a public school teacher. Due to a lack of current textbooks in my niche subject area, I am working on writing my own textbook which I hope to publish next year. In the meantime, and ...
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How to prove episodes of academic misconduct?

My former PhD supervisor asked me different times to produce false results, including complete fabrication from scratch of otherwise non-existent results. I always managed to get away from that and I ...
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How to handle unresponsive ex-supervisor on the submission of an article?

During my master's, I had done a project which yielded some interesting results that I and my supervisor started to write up. I moved to a different university (and country) for my PhD and kept ...
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Ethical factors to consider in case of a non-contributing co-author

I am a Ph.D. student. Currently, we are writing a paper. We can group the participants in the following way: Me and my collaborators who have done the majority of the work. My principal supervisor ...
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My professor told us a previous version of our textbook would be okay, but has now decided that it isn't?

I currently have a class in which at the beginning of the semester, our entire class was told it would be okay to obtain a previous version of the textbook which I did because it was significantly ...
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Advisor writing bulk/entire student thesis

I am forced to write this question as I believe it is unethical and needs to be addressed in my faculty. I suspect a faculty member in my university has the habit of writing his master's degree ...
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Is it ethical to award points for hilariously bad answers?

Q: Why are the outer planets of the Solar System so much more massive than the inner planets? A: By the central limit theorem, everything eventually appears to look like a Bell curve. Therefore planet ...
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Intellectual theft by a former colleague, how to respond?

I was recently given a green light by my former supervisor to conduct an analysis on individual patient data from their recently published trial for a stats class assignment (Msc). The idea was we ...
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Should I tell a colleague that he's serving as an editor for a predatory journal?

A colleague of mine, who I regard scientifically, just invited me to submit an article to a special issue of a journal which I consider predatory. I consider this journal predatory because its ...
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My previous PI used my data in an article that was published in a high profile journal. My name is nowhere to be found in authors list

Last year I worked in a research lab in the US. My PI was very abusive so I eventually left for another lab. This individual was always extremely vindictive but I didn't expect that he would use all ...
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Sharing Course Material With Other Lecturers

I just received an email from a lecturer I do not know and have never had contact with, asking for my course materials. On the one hand, sharing my course materials has almost no cost for me, and I ...
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Exam requires self-imposing a time limit: what should I do when others are likely to use more time?

I am enrolled in an upper level STEM class. My teacher has recently announced that we have a "downloadable" midterm. The midterm is not officially timed, and we have a week to submit it, and ...
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IRB-questionable research from places that does not require IRB process: How publishable/contributing?

Some entities, when carrying out research, do not strictly require Institutional review board (IRB) approval (or may be doing the whole thing in a place where IRB does not exist). If we believe that a ...
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Ethics: donation link on github repository for an academic side project

I'm a grad student in the United States with a strong programming background in a field where most people have very little programming experience. A while ago a faculty member I know requested my help;...
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Could a teacher or the university be legally liable in this situation? In which countries? [closed]

Could a teacher or the university be legally liable in this situation? In which countries? Could the teacher be reprimanded by the university? The situation is the following: A teacher wants to show ...
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My advisers did not want to be coauthor of my accepted journal article

Recently a manuscript from my Masters by research thesis has been accepted in a Q1 journal with Impact factor nearly 4. At the beginning of the manuscript submission, I requested my advisers to be the ...
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Are there guidelines that say if post-submission publications must be cited?

I can see from this question Can I cite a paper published after the initial submission of my paper? asking if it is okay to cite papers after submission is answered as, yes- and sometimes you need to. ...
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Is it ethical to use a textbook required for a class that was easily found online?

I am taking an online class that requires a textbook to be purchased. I have found the book through my first simple search using the Google search engine. The website where I found the book seems to ...
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Is it inappropriate to use school-provided remote learning tools to pursue friendship or relationship with another student?

Note: I am currently not enrolled in any courses, whether remote or in-person. This question is based on a post I saw a couple days ago on Reddit where someone asked a similar question. Now that ...
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I refused adding a gift author to my paper and my advisor threatened me that he won't let me graduate

I am a phd student and I am writing a paper with my advisor, which is also part of my thesis. When we were going to submit it for publication, he asked me out of the blue to include in the paper the ...
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I downoaded articles from libgen (didn't know was illegal) and it seems that advisor used them to publish his work

I did download some articles from libgen and by then I didn't know it wasn't right to do so, well some people say that there's no problem but honestly I think it is and I'm scared for what this ...
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Is it common/ ethically acceptable for PhD advisors to propose and supervise topics on which they lack basic knowledge?

I've just graduated in STEM in a small but respected university in Europe. I had two supervisors who hold their PhD in my field. The aim of my PhD was to utilize a particular chemical compound in the ...
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Is it ethical to submit to a journal if I know the editor-in-chief?

Is it ethical to submit to a journal if I know the editor-in-chief? I'm curious about 3 different cases: Case 1: We know each other (from talks and emails) but never worked together. Case 2: We haven'...
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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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