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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 ethical to present a second paper at a conference when the first paper and travel was funded by a separate organization?

Here is the scenario (hypothetical at the moment): I have two papers on entirely unrelated topics, but are both presentable at the same conference. Paper 1 was funded through funding agency A, but ...
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Is listing annexed territory listed in author details a valid reason to decline to review?

I recently accepted a paper review based on an abstract. On seeing the paper, at least one of the authors has listed their address as being within an unrecognized annexed territory, like this: ...
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Violated academic integrity on an online coursework. What do I do?

basically I was working on the answers with my friend and didn’t realize the questions were slightly different and therefore I used the answers we got that were based off of hers to mine. I am scared, ...
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Conducting research in a small healthcare clinic [closed]

I work for a small healthcare clinic, planning to conduct the DNP project. My research is on finding the effectiveness on text messages for Hispanic population. I am going to get consent and send ...
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Reviewer signs name on review. Should the editor censor?

Say a reviewer writes something like This paper is [yada yada blah blah]. Sincerely, Professor John Smith, Big Name University Should the editor just forward the review to the authors ...
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Is it ever appropriate to ask a professor to be a business advisor?

Myself and a few business partners of mine are working to develop a software product, in which I am responsible for building and all other technical aspects. At the same time, I'm currently pursuing a ...
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Should paper reviews be signed? [duplicate]

Occasionally, in an otherwise-anonymous paper review, the reviewer will voluntarily sign their name, revealing their identity to the author. Should reviewers do this, and under which circumstances? (...
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Is it moral to propose work that's already partly done?

Academia involves a lot of proposals and approvals and it can save effort to combine them. A grant including work that's already been started is easier to satisfy. The applications I receive for ...
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Can I directly use a professor's suggestion?

A professor that I have been emailing for advice on graduate school offered to read one of my works for applications (specifically my statement of purpose), and he offered some suggestions using a ...
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Does the peer review reciprocity principle apply globally or per venue?

It is commonly accepted within academia that if you submit and publish peer-reviewed papers, you should also do your share, and review your peers' papers. Does the underlying principle apply globally ...
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I've found what appears to be a fake paper in a non predatory journal

I received a paper for review from MathReviews (so, not an actual peer review). It is from a journal with Q2 classification according to Scimago, so I expect it to not be a predatory journal, ...
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Unintentional Plagiarism in my Masters Thesis

About four months ago I graduated from a reputable university and received great feedback from the committee who judged my masters defense as well as my thesis. Prior to my defense, I was asked to ...
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Unfair co-first authorship

I am a PhD student in chemistry and my funding is specific for a certain project. This funding also funds another PhD student, a biochemist, with a different advisor (both our advisors are very well-...
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Use an experimental device in a paper and not mentioning the one who made it

I had a situation in my university where one of the Assist. Prof. asked me to leave the device I made (during my Msc study) in the department by saying that he will ask the head of the department to ...
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Adding an author to a conference paper only for sharing the cost of conference registation

Is it unethical to add an author to already finished conference paper just for the purpose of sharing the cost of conference registration? The added author shares similar research interest but has ...
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Refusing a research project and/or assignment because of personal convictions

Is there a general rule about what a postdoc or graduate student can or cannot refuse to do because of personal convictions? I assume that there must be institution-specific rules, but also maybe ...
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Are keynote talks being purchased?

I recently listened to a talk given by Brian Lunduke about problems that GNU/Linux are currently facing. In it (roughly 26m48s into the video) he mentions that keynote presentation time slots are ...
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Reporting a student who may be psychologically disturbed

Yesterday, a colleague from my school's history department brought me a student's final project from her history class. The assigned project was to produce a "creative" project dealing with a ...
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My research group “fishes data” is there anything I could do?

I am a PhD student, and my supervisors have a "different approach" for doing research. They do not dig into the literature to find a gap and then do research on that. Instead, they just do some ...
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Is it okay to post textbook solutions online?

It seems to me, based on two previous stack exchange questions (1, 2) that this is legal, but I'm wondering more if it's "okay," i.e. what do academics/professors think of this? I'm interested in ...
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Is it ethical for PhD supervisor to forbid publication in a given topic

Six months after my PhD graduation, I submitted a paper to an SCI journal as a sole author. Apparently, my PhD supervisor is the technical editor for this journal. He wasn't pleased that I submitted a ...
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Outsourcing trivial authorless work

I have worked on a problem for close to two years. I feel I have an adequate theoretical solution. However I feel to get some backing on the theory I need some quantitative hard computer data. It is ...
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Accepting offer from one place while waiting for answer from another place

I have received an excellent job offer from institution A. I have also applied to institution B, which I would likely prefer over A if I had the choice. I believe I have a shot at getting an offer ...
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Copyright and reference for explanatory diagram

I have a schematic diagram that I created and have used in a published peer-reviewed conference paper. It is not part of the method or the results for the paper, just an explanatory diagram giving ...
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Should students who copy homework answers from somewhere else state how they obtained the answer? [duplicate]

I'm an 3rd year undergraduate student, and this semester, I'm taking graduate course in one of my departments. We have homeworks each week, and while doing the problems on those, I sometimes get ...
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What defines the legitimacy of an IRB?

As we know, researchers without university affiliations who need IRB approval for human subjects research can obtain approval from an independent IRB. What defines the legitimacy of an independent ...
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Wondering Wether to tell the Truth to another PhD program that I have resigned from the first one

As you may know, I have resigned from a PhD program after spending year although working hard and I have discussed that before here in the platform. Now, all the positions I had applied for was ...
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Is it acceptable to publish student names with the label 'stupid question', on a publicly-visible website?

While I was browsing faculty websites, I came across this page (new link: http://www.pdmi.ras.ru/~iaroslav/teaching.php?screen_check=done&Width=360&Height=640). Near the bottom there is a ...
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Supervisor asking me to list a co-author who has literally done nothing [duplicate]

I am in the final stages of writing a paper to submit at an IEEE conference. I am the primary author, in the sense that I did most of the work and most of the writing. I have three other co-authors ...
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Diverging coauthor opinions - publish anonymously or don't publish at all?

This question is a splinter of an earlier question, posted separately upon advice from commenters. The background is: (1) I audited a course at an institute I don't belong to. As part of the course,...
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Uploading under peer review manuscript

I am applying for an institute and would like to upload my manuscript for a paper which is under peer review onto the Supplemental materials section. The manuscript contains the watermark "For Peer ...
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Writing homework essay anonymously to avoid controversy

I am attending a course at a neighboring institute purely out of interest. Neither credits, nor grading of any kind are involved. As part of the course, we are required to work in pairs (assigned, ...
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Co-authors decided to remove most of my contributions from a Nature paper without my consent

I am a postdoc and have dedicated the past five years to working on a big project spanning several groups and countries. My and my supervisor’s contribution was to interpret their results in light of ...
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Junior faculty/senior faculty grant sharing

I am a junior faculty (research assistant professor) in a full professo's lab. I was a postdoc in this lab and got promoted to Asst. Prof. due to the grants I brought in to the lab. Oct 2017 I wrote ...
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How to handle supervisor not giving appropriate credit

Someone close to me (let's call her Natalie) recently completed an undergraduate degree in Preschool Education. Her thesis was by research; she did the field study and the majority of the theoretical ...
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Am I wrong to believe teachers can commit plagiarism? [closed]

This evening, my senior in high school daughter came home upset because of a bad score on a test in an AP class. The particular questions were extremely esoteric Bloom level 1 questions (e.g., how ...
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Should I send professors money for illegally downloading their books? [closed]

I illegally download almost all the books I need for my studies. While I'm more than happy to give a middle finger to the publisher mafia, it does of course mean that the author of the book is not ...
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Receiving gift from student before grading MSc thesis. Is it ethical?

As a follow up on this question I am wondering whether it is ethical to receive gifts from students before grading their MSc thesis (or any other project where students feel like they need to thank ...
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Do professors have to cite references in their Powerpoints? And what if data is manipulated to make PPT more “current”?

When I was taking my gen-ed classes for nursing school (anatomy, microbiology, etc), I could go to the end of the professor's Powerpoint and click on any of the references if I wanted to find out more ...
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Usage of Videos or Images from Youtube/ Google-images as data source

I'm working on a deep neural network research application Does usage of youtube videos or google images as data source cause a sharing-data, ethical, copyright or commercial problem? The aim of the ...
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I got the same referee report from two different journals

My coauthor and I submitted our article for publication to one of the best journals in our field. After a long time of review, we got a rejection decision by the editor based on the referee report ...
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Supervisor gets PhD student to do his entire job

My master's supervisor delegates most (if not all) of his work to his senior PhD student. Let's name this student X. X creates all the assignments, midterms, and exams for the courses this professor ...
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What is an example of a journal based in China which “warns authors that they are not affiliated with any paper-selling companies”?

Regarding the following quote: ... editors say an increasing number of journals based in China warn authors that they are not affiliated with any paper-selling companies. Mara Hvistendahl, China'...
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How to Deny A Project?

I had a colleague who inquired if I would be willing to do some data analysis on a project of his. I thought, sure, why not and had the disclaimer that if the project is viable I'm on.   He's ...
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Unethical policy of ETS's ScoreSelect option

I am faced with a dilemma after seeing questions like this in online graduate school applications: enter image description here I feel that ETS has been seriously unethical in their advertisement of ...
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Review website for research groups [closed]

I was wondering if there is a website that allows you to rate research groups/professors that you've worked for. I know about 'http://www.ratemyprofessors.com', but I was thinking about a website ...
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Is it appropriate for a professor to give the same exam to two different classes 2 weeks apart?

Is it appropriate for a professor to give an exam to section A and then give the same exact exam to section B 2 weeks later? Would this be a proper argument towards the professor and/or university to ...
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Submitting a paper, and presenting it at a conference - conflicts?

So, sorry if this is a daft question... I've recently completed a paper that I'm hoping to submit to a journal later this week. I think we have something important to say, and I want to ...
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Applying to PhD programs while pursuing a PhD

Imagine the following situation. Somebody is doing their PhD in field A in the US. Suppose they became interested in a different field, field B, and consider doing PhD in field B instead. Suppose ...
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Does completing research ethics / compliance training courses reduce the incidence of ethics or compliance breaches?

Prior to initiating some research projects, researchers may be asked (e.g., by an Institutional Review Board) to complete research ethics / compliance training courses, such as CITI Program's Research ...