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On the moral code or ethical policy of academia, including values such as avoidance of cheating or plagiarism; maintenance of academic standards; and honesty in research and publishing.

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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, ...
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Does having an article retracted due to professor's ethical misconduct mean my career is over?

When I was in my first year of M.Sc. a professor told me to work on a project for which the main data belonged to him. He had sent me an early draft and told me to translate it into English, so I did ...
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I have a retracted article for ethical misconduct, this means my career is over? [closed]

When I was in my first year of M.SC. A professor told me to work on a project that the main data were belong to him. He had sent me a early draft and told me to translate it to english so I did along ...
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Is it considered unethical to pay participants differently based on some quality?

Let's say you are recruiting two groups of people, English monolinguals and bilinguals. If you're having a hard time recruiting enough bilinguals, the natural, free-market thing to do would be to ...
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Avoiding publishing in a particular journal without bringing up politics

As part of the PhD programme I am enrolled in, we're encouraged to publish a review paper within our first two years. After talking to my advisors, a suitable topic related to the area was agreed and ...
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Ethics in putting my co-supervisor's name in a conference talk: his name did not appear in the book of abstracts

I am a PhD student who gave a talk in a conference three weeks ago. The conference had this condition that only three names will appear in their "synthetic program" with the speaker's name as the ...
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Supervisor appears to have a different scientific attitude

I'm a first year PhD student in the life sciences. So far, my PhD has been going well. I meet my supervisor regularly and he is interested in the project and generally supportive. A couple of months ...
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What does 'substantial similarity' really mean?

I got puzzled by the definition of 'substantial similarity'. Here is the case. I dealt with two related problems, say P1 and P2, that could be treated in the same mathematical framework. I aimed to ...
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How to handle ethics review (IRB) when moving between institutions

Is it convention for a researcher who changes institutions to reapply for ethical review (IRB) on ongoing projects at a new institution, or keep working with the IRB files at the institution where the ...
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Is it ethical to slightly improve upon someone's unpublished work posted in arxiv and publish before the original work?

Is it ethical to slightly improve upon someone's work posted in arxiv and publish before the original work, however citing the original work? I mean suppose the original work gets rejected in a top-...
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Requests by PhD assistant to Master's Student - Avoiding an unreasonable request

I am a master's degree student that is going to graduate in the next two weeks. After having concluded a master's degree thesis with many econometric models in R I also decided to show the results in ...
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Hot and timely research problem with a slow student

I am a postdoc and currently co-supervising a novel PhD student who works very very slow and needs to be spoon-fed most of the time (which is reasonable considering she's in early stages of her PhD). ...
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submission of paper to journal/ conf containing confidential data after leaving an institution

Please refer to the link Prelude My research paper is almost completed and I have submitted a draft to my boss recently. My research tenure ends on the end of July. I was told (today) that I would ...
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What to do if I have seen an exam before I have taken it?

Today I saw a photograph of an upcoming exam at my university. At first I thought it was last year's exam; so I took a closer look at it as I think it is okay to see last year's exams even if they ...
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Preserving ownership of authorship in the period after leaving a position and before journal submission

Background: I am currently working on a paper as a first author with 3 other members. My tenure with the research institute ends on the end of this month and I have no intention to continue any ...
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Will I be penalized if i give someone who hasn't taken a test my test so he could study for his?

I took this Mathematics class and this student asked me if I could ask the teacher to send my test so I could send to him so he can study for the test. It's not that I don't want to be a good person ...
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Can I put a preprint of a paper on arXiv without informing my co-authors? [duplicate]

I am the main author and have three co-authors on a paper that I have been working on for quite some time now. Two of them have given me constructive suggestions and do think that the paper is a ...
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Was supposed to do an oral exam, but was instead presented with my grade [closed]

Me and a group of classmates (each of whom including myself had been active participants of the course) got called to the professors office half a week before our oral exam and were each presented ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for course notes ahead of time?

I am taking a course in Computer Science next semester (it is currently a vacation period for my university) and I would like to email my future lecturer and ask them for the set of course notes for ...
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Someone cited citations I used without citing my work and effort in finding the references

Recently I came across a conference paper that tried to solve the same problem I solved couple of years ago and published a workshop publication about, but using a different algorithm. In their ...
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Is it okay to include a simplified and easy version of a result already proved?

I am preparing to write an article. For that, I got an easier proof of the already published result. My result is very simple to prove. Is it ethical to include this result in my article after citing ...
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What should I do when a former student tells me about misconduct from one of their current TAs?

While I was a TA for an undergraduate CS course, I built up a good teaching relationship with a student who was struggling. By the end of the course, she had turned things around and was performing ...
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Group-work course, part of the group failing [closed]

This question is based around a hypothetical, but realistic, scenario. The situation revolves around a group-based course in which the main deliverable is a report. Every group member is ...
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Should I (student) share my data with a researcher I don't know directly?

I am currently a graduate student, and for a course I gathered hundreds of thousands of records (not confidential, but difficult to access if you don't already know about them and know who to talk to) ...
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Citation depth dilemma (writing sci. article for peer review journal)

The scenario: in an article, found a point/claim/fact that would fit/support perfectly a broader point I'm trying to construct (@Related works section) The dilemma: Whom to cite? a) only the ...
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Is it acceptable to email the author of a paper that you cannot follow?

I am reading a paper that I find very hard to follow. This is partially due to my lack of experience in the subfield, but also I think because the paper is unclearly written. Is it acceptable for me ...
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Does grant funded equipment result in authorship?

Just a quick question regarding authorship. Recently, a PI won a grant, which was used to buy some computer equipment (~$1000 piece of computation equipment along with some other equipment not ...
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Acknowledgment of funding and adding an affiliation in exchange of permission to use experimental data?

Since it is required to be precise and ask one question at a time, I had to split my problem into two. The first part (background) is mentioned here: Gifting co-authorship if the topic of research ...
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Gifting co-authorship if the topic of research was suggested by my boss? [duplicate]

This is an update of a query that I had asked few months ago: Co-authorship just because a Professor provides me the employment? In fact I have even adopted some of the suggestions given by @...
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Bad relationship with PhD supervisor

I'm at the end of the second year of a phd in engineering. My project is going well: I'm involved in an international project and I submitted 6 journal papers and 5 conference papers. The problem is ...
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Documentation control to prevent plagarism

I am current working on a research paper with a few other members. Are there good online documentation control tools where work contribution of different members can be tracked?
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Is it unethical to give students a sample math test as a study guide?

The students were never told this is the actual exam or this will be on the exam; my physics teacher used to give us the problems for the exam as a study guide and those were the exact problems on the ...
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Recommending a paper for rejection, then publishing my own

My question is similar to this one I am an editor for a lousy paper and I found a better algorithm than theirs. Must I share it with them? although there are some small distinctions that (I think) ...
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Working for 2 Labs at the Same Time

I am currently working as a volunteer for a Company doing research in some theoretic computer science area on a topic with subarea A (No actual lab experimentation is involved, at most, we will be ...
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Whether to report someone receiving extraordinary levels of help for PhD

This is a real life scenario, but I'll refer to the people involved as A and B. A and B are both retired. A is doing a part-time PhD (humanities), but for at least a year* B has been working nearly 9-...
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Is an author allowed to use the same figure in different papers without citation?

Authors A, B and C published paper [1] in journal X. Author B created a figure for paper [1]. The figure is not essential and does not contain any important data. It is just a geometric ilustration. ...
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Cheating during a test

I took a test today morning and I saw that the person sitting next to me used her phone repeatedly, I believe it was to check the power point slides for answers. The fact that this student also asked ...
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Took an Incomplete Letter Grade, and Now Professor Asks Me to Write a Longer Paper

I'm a sophomore in college, and during finals week of the Spring term I got sick and couldn't get out of bed. After requesting an Incomplete Work contract to my English professor, she agreed to let me ...
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Journal review failure

I submitted a review paper to a well-regarded A* journal 9 months ago. After about 6 weeks, I received a request for revisions. The email contained general comments from 3 reviewers and an attached ...
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Ethics of making students purchase lecture notes

I have a professor who has published his lecture notes in the form of a book. The only way to get access to his lecture notes is to purchase them from an off-campus bookstore. To me, this seems like a ...
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Collaborator omitting my name from their CV

I started working at a new university one year ago. Within this year I started working with a colleague, who before we collaborated had no experience on research, i.e., he was on the teaching side. We ...
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Creating a reading group with one of my students

I am currently a PhD student (on a teaching scholarship) at a UK university. A part-time MSc student in one of my classes has asked me for some advice on how they can prepare for their courses next ...
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Coauthor always postpones working on article

At my previous job I wrote a small paper draft, which was funded by a non-profit foundation. In this draft I solved a small but existing scientific problem. So I elaborated this to make it close to a ...