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 for an applicant to be disadvantaged by negative comments sent via emails without his/her consent?

I saw some reports about how corrupt teaching staff in some colleges in some countries forces their students to comply with their unreasonable demands (e.g. to conceal a huge flaw in the teacher's ...
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A lack of understanding of concepts

Not sure if this in the right place but I know it’ll help develop a research based mindset. It asks for an opinion mostly which I want to understand from. Recently, I’ve read the chapter functions ...
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What to do when the professor does not stand up to cheating?

I was the teaching assistant (TA) for a very introductory physics course at a large state university. In the course of grading for this class, I came to learn that my university used the same course ...
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Who gets to access a case study database and how?

In Case Study Research, Yin (2003) states the importance to build a case study database, in order to increase the reliability of the findings. "...without a case study database, the raw data may ...
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Is referencing online solution acceptable when completing assignments

I'm not sure if I'm overthinking this. Recently I had an assignment that is intended to be completed individually in which I cannot understand one of the questions at all. Lectures didn't help as the ...
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Conflict of interests and the assignment of referee for a very narrow field

Consider a very small scientific field with three major contributors and a total of 15 authors, all of them had coauthored with everyone else. In this field how could the editor choose referee for ...
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Ethics questions concerning a referee assignment

Asking this question here as it was suggested in one of the comments from MO. I recently refereed a paper that I returned to the author(s) for revision. The thrust of their argument relied on a claim ...
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Reproducible, open, transparent, ethical Research when confronted to (patient) data anonymization : is it at all possible in practice?

A lot of Hype goes in reproducible, open and transparency for data analysis theses days in some fields mores that other. The code is to be share as well as the dataset. How to achieve this in a ...
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My Professor changed my multiple choice answers. What should I do?

My prof changed some of my multiple choice answers on a test to give me a better grade. I noticed because I remember putting different answers for the questions and the way they were circled was not ...
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What is the name for “academic fights”?

There are several kinds of academic fights: Two researchers may have different interpretations or modelling approaches to the same dataset. They claim that the other party is wrong in their ...
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Does Utilitarian ethics have a place in Academia?

Most academic ethics (indeed, most professional ethics in general) are heavily focused on Kantian/Deontological principles. For academics, the basic rules are blatantly Deontological - don't ...
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Introducing myself to researchers from my dream school

I am applying to a PhD program in a few weeks, and I am also going to give a presentation at an upcoming international academic conference. I heard that a group of researchers from my dream school is ...
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Are there ethics concerns when students conduct human subjects research?

It is common for faculty and graduate students to conduct human subjects research on undergraduate students. Typically precautions are made to ensure that faculty do not use the teacher/student ...
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Developed technique but was not added as co-author

I developed a novel technique (from 2016 until my graduation in August 2019) in my area of study as a PhD student. I transferred the technique to another PhD student, which took all of Fall 2018. ...
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How should I treat this prior work?

I submitted a theoretical paper about new algorithms to a computer science conference. Now I found out that the most important theorem of my paper was actually proved 20 years ago (in a workshop paper ...
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Can someone interview their sibling?

I just had a job interview (permanent lecturer position not connected to a grant) and, immediately afterwards, I found out that the person who is the group leader and responsible for recruiting is the ...
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Can a company prevent a co-author of a paper from putting his name on it?

I was working for a company where we put forward a paper with other colleagues. I was the first author and the paper got rejected. After that I left that company. Recently, I found out that they ...
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I have been accepted to an event where a keynote lecturer is a plagiarist

After some decades an event on my research area was announced in my city, so I decided to send my abstract, which was accepted. However, they recently sent me the programme and among the keynote ...
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First author doesn't want a co-author to read the whole paper

First author is a PhD student, as am I. All of the other co-authors are our supervisors. The first author doesn't want me to read the paper, because we are both PhD students and I might plagiarize (?!)...
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Ethics of “saving a publication for later” through anonymous submission? [closed]

This is more of a thought experiment than a problem. I just want to know how ethical is it. Suppose a student discovered a very cool theorem/result that would yield a very good academic paper in a ...
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Correcting Preregistered Methods After the Fact

I'm often asked to help conduct statistical analyses after a paper is rejected for statistical errors. In some cases, the study, including the methods and analyses, is preregistered in some way (e.g. ...
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My name was added to manuscript as co-author without my consent; how to get it removed?

My name has been included in a paper submitted to a peer-reviewed journal without my consent, however I did not contributed anything to it. The corresponding author, a former colleague of mine, ...
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Is it fine to ask this kind of question to the corresponding author of a paper?

First some context: I'm a Ph.D. student in Physics. I have been discussing with my supervisor the objectives for the Ph.D. project and we have been looking at some papers from the field. In that case,...
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Did I lie to my friends about how long I have been studying? [closed]

During my freshman year of college, I had some academic difficulties and ended up switching programs. I then had to take a semester off, during which I visited a class as a guest. So, I am now in my ...
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When is it acceptable to write a bad letter of recommendation?

For reasons that elude me, a student I taught several semesters ago sounded me out about writing a letter of recommendation for graduate school. I won't go into it, but my recollections of this ...
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Research advertising as a recruitment method [closed]

If I would to advertise my research project in magazine to recruit participants, do you know what the steps will be? Thank you everyone
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How to be sure services and researches offered by the University are not becoming cases of unfair competition?

I work in Italy on a research group working on the conservation of cultural heritage analyzing artworks. I had some discussion with my lab on what job or project the university shouldn't accept to ...
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My research paper filed as a patent in China by my Chinese supervisor without me as inventor

I completed my PhD 3 years ago from a university in the UK. Today I was looking for some papers in google scholar. I found a patent in China. The patent was written in Chinese however, all diagrams/...
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Inclusion of a non-contributor co-author [closed]

On the last day before the submission of our paper, a Ph.D. student in my group got her name added on the paper. She did not do anything but reformulate a sentence in our manuscript. I replied to that ...
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How to deal with an incompetent collaborator

I was asked by this (tenure-track) assistant professor X, with whom I'm in very friendly terms, to collaborate on a project together. X and I work in the same broad area of pure math (topology) but ...
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Attribution in academia [closed]

I'm working in a university IT project as a researcher. I'm not pursuing a Ph.D. but rather working as a software developer there, designing and implementing software for the project. I learn a lot ...
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Is it unethical for a professor to demand students buy their book then force autographing it before they can submit any work for the semester?

I realize that it is really not unethical or illegal for a university professor to assign their own book that they have published as the textbook for a class. However, is it unethical for a professor ...
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Why is the Grievance Studies affair considered to be research requiring IRB approval?

I'm reading about the Grievance Studies affair and there's one thing I don't understand. Portland State University (PSU) initiated a a research misconduct inquiry against Boghossian for conducting a ...
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Is this ethical and what recourse do I have? [closed]

My nursing instructor thought I was taking drugs while at clinical within ear shot of patient I just helped. Teacher made a comment about me shooting up drugs. She also caused embarrassment by ...
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Should I tell a PhD student's supervisor about a lack of understanding and somewhat ethically dubious conduct?

Background to the question: A PhD student who I worked with during my masters' recently sent me a coauthorship statement for a paper I published whilst I was a member of that group. We started in ...
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Writing about a paper that won't be published (but got accepted) in my resume

(I believe my question is not a duplicate, I've seen all others related to this.) I'm an undergrad and I need to make a resume to apply for jobs (in industry) including a paper that we submitted to a ...
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Protecting yourself when leaving PhD which involves misrepresentation of results and potentially unsafe bio-containment procedures?

I am in the process of leaving a PhD program after less than one year. I have spoken with my advisers and am slated to leave by the end of the summer. I have various reasons for leaving, including ...
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Should I ask for permission to write an expository post about someone else's research?

I am a math PhD student in North America about to enter my second year. Last week I attended a conference and was interested in a research presentation by a professor at another school. The ...
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My First Authorship was Turned into a Second Authorship without Informing me [duplicate]

Early this year, I had a surgery-related study in rats and today I just found out my first authorship got turned into the second authorship in the final manuscript my PI planned to submit. For the ...
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Can you use brand names in a research survey

I a currently designing a research survey and would like to use company brand names such as 'Apple' for participants to rate their preferred organisational attributes against. Is this ethical?
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Should I cite a pre-print as published on reviewer's request?

I have cited a recent pre-print posted in arxiv in one of my papers that is accepted for presenting in a conference. One of the reviewers (who is one of the authors of the pre-print I suspect) has ...
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Rampant sharing of authorship among colleagues in the name of “collaboration”. Is not taking part in it a death knell for a future in academia?

I am a final year PhD student in chemical engineering. Since the start of my PhD, I was clear on one personal philosophy. I will put my name only on those papers where I have made substantial ...
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How I do politely indicate that I am expecting my name to be added to the paper

I am composing this question on behalf of someone but as a first person. I am a postdoc at a top university in the US. I had recently been requested by my PI to help with setting up experiments and ...
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Can a cat be a co-author in academic paper? [duplicate]

One of the most famous cat physicians must be F. D. Willard, who co-authored many physical papers. My question is simple: Is it academically correct to have a cat/dog as a co-author of a paper, in ...
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What happens if an IRB mistakenly approves unethical research?

In human subjects research, it's fairly well settled that researchers may not go ahead without the guidance and approval of an IRB, even if their research otherwise lacks ethical infirmities. What ...
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Is gift authorship for PhD advisors rampant in academia? [duplicate]

I have had an issue with my PhD advisor where they were essentially attempting to coerce me into inappropriately adding them as a co-author on a paper that they had no part in. They agreed that they ...
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What to do if you cannot secure undergraduate research supervisor's graduate school recommendation [duplicate]

What do I do if my research supervisor cannot provide a recommendation for graduate school since he me to stay in his lab for a PhD and I want to apply to Masters programs at other universities? Is it ...
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Conducting interviews independently? [closed]

I'm an early career researcher who would like to conduct interviews for a research project on my own, and I was hoping to get some advice about whether this sort of thing is advisable. I recently ...
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Is it ethical to tell my teaching assistant that I like him?

I, a twenty-year-old female, have come to admire the graduate teaching assistant for my summer course quite strongly. I'm extremely interested in what he has to say, I always pay attention, never use ...
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How can I serve my supervisor? [closed]

So I am hoping to study a higher scientific degree; research proposal created by myself. Since - (i) the research interest will be mostly my own, although it will overlap with those of my supervisor (...