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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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An undergraduate said they may hire a freelancer to do their work for them. What should I do?

I, a graduate student, have started tutoring undergraduates in computer science at my university to help make ends meet. One student who inquired about my services turned me down upon hearing my rates ...
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Is it appropriate to request that the department hire a female faculty member?

Our department is currently hiring a new faculty member. At the moment, the faculty gender ratio in our department is very skewed, even for our field. I believe that this has a negative impact on the ...
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What are the major ethical concerns with private tutoring?

I'm currently a computer science graduate student on a low stipend, and have started spending a few hours per week tutoring undergraduates to help make ends meet. I love teaching and want to be a help ...
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Using a similar application essay I used before

I recently submitted an application essay for a pre-college program, and was accepted. I'm particularly proud of my essay; I put my best into it. Now, after the pre-college program, I intend to apply ...
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How to by-pass bioethics for a trivial bio-experiment?

I am from Computer Science (CS) doing microscopy imaging applications, mainly in software side. Recently we submitted a paper to Scientific Reports on a new algorithm. My own human blood cells (a ...
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What should PhD students do when they are told to add authors who did not contribute to the paper (e.g., head of school, international funders)?

There's a department at my university where the head of department is routinely put as author on papers he didn't contribute to, and where researchers from overseas who had no input (but who provide ...
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Ethics of the mention of Nazi weaponry for a computational physics task

A colleague of mine and me are organizing a 3-day preparation course for undergrad students to prepare them for their upcoming lecture about computational physics (the course in about 1.5 months). ...
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Is there anywhere to complain about the behaviors of editors of journals except themselves? [closed]

Two months ago, I submitted a paper to a journal. Within two weeks, editor in chief gave me: "Invitation to Revise". He himself read the manuscript and provides some comments. I worked on his ...
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How acceptable is it to ask a professor a question such as “so you think it's justifiable to take points off my proof for this?”? [closed]

TLDR: Professor apparently only takes at most one look at a student's answer to determine correctness, doesn't award full marks kind of unfairly (clarifications below), is offended by hearing the ...
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Remove co-author for ethical violation?

My co-authors and I are preparing to submit a major project manuscript. Unfortunately, we have just learned that one of the persons involved in the project has committed major scientific ethical ...
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When to give up seeking justice after you've been plagiarized?

I found that a Ph.D. student, recently graduated, plagiarized over a dozen passages from a book I based on my own Ph.D. dissertation of some years ago. Their dissertation is on the Internet, which is ...
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Found a mistake in my paper after submitting the final version. What should I do?

Recently my paper got accepted in a journal. After that we submitted the final version with all corrections. Now I found an error in the way I calculated some type of numerical error. I don’t think ...
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Evidence of Reviewing Scams in Major AI/ML Conferences?

I have recently heard a few independent rumors about massive collusion amongst reviewers in major AI/ML conferences. The way this works is that a large group of program committee (PC) members start a ...
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Is it unethical if I did not inform the current lab I am in that I am looking for another position?

I would like to know whether I should inform the current lab I am applying for other positions. I feel guilty as someone told me it is unethical what I am doing to hide it from the current employer. ...
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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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Publons - is it a serious thing?

Recently several different, unrelated publishers suggested on their websites to join Publons, which is meant to acknowledge referees for peer-reviewing submitted manuscripts. Publons even suggests to ...
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Is it unethical to supply a marked solution to a student who has shown intent to cheat, with the intent of identifying them for punishment?

One of the adjuncts that I work with found that one of their students had posted their assignment on a freelancer website asking for the solution. We joked that he should place a bid and fail them ...
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Is staring into the cover sheet of the exam paper and looking at the second page considered cheating?

Whenever I receive an exam paper, I usually stare at the cover page. I use the word "stare" instead of just "see" because the cover page is translucent and I could faintly see the page behind if my ...
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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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Is there an overview of alternative approaches to voluntary and ideal review process?

I was chatting with some colleagues earlier and we talked about about a case where a reviewer was caught consistently asking the authors of the papers reviewed for up to 30 or so of his/her own papers ...
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Optimizing conference paper solution to be eligible for Journal article

I have presented recently in one of IEEE computer science conferences. My paper's main contributions was optimizing an algorithm to achieve 3.5X times speed up. Now, I am planning to submit another ...
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Does use of computer translation as an aide when writing a paper require a citation or disclosure?

Related (not duplicates): Is it appropriate to cite a paper in a language I don't understand? Would it be ethical to hire a proofreader for theses and academic articles? One of the things that I ...
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Posting what I learn and notes from my classes moral dilemma

So basically, I have my own personal site where I write about what I learn and study. I use it to write notes and details on what I am working on. I specifically try to avoid posting anything ...
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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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Reneging a postdoctoral offer from Canada due to Canadian work permit delays

I was recently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the United States. My supervisor was in close collaboration with another professor in Canada and therefore I expressed interest in joining the ...
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Advisor recommended reuse excerpt of master's dissertation in Ph.D. Thesis

I am finishing writting my Ph.D. thesis and a bit short on time. Part of my Thesis would be a review of literature, regarding the method used. This method was used as well in my Master's work (under ...
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Must I decline to review a former colleague's work?

I have been asked to review a paper that I know to have been authored by a friend and former colleague. Is it my responsibility to inform the editor and decline to review the paper?
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Is this an academic discourtesy?

I co-wrote an original short paper with a senior colleague on the history of science. It was submitted some months ago, and was reviewed and rebutted several times before it was finally accepted and ...
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Do I need to cite a working paper that was written after I wrote/presented my manuscript?

I need some help deciding how to cite a paper that is rather similar to my own. I wrote a paper in Nov 2017 and presented it at conference that year when I was 8 months pregnant. Then I went and had a ...
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I did everything on my own regarding my B.Sc. thesis. My supervisor did nothing. I want to publish it without his name

My B.Sc. thesis advisor did nothing regarding my B.Sc. thesis. I chose the topic, I have done everything on my own. He didn't even read the work or provided me with any guidance or any advice. Just ...
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Should I admit that I was a first-year PhD student in future interviews?

As you may know, I was a first-year student and forced to leave and it was a long story, I have posted here. My question is: since I pledged myself to be honest and tell the truth, the interviewers ...
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Citing published papers while using their pre-print versions

Is it unethical if we cite a paper with mentioning the publication venue (e.g,. author, "paper title," journal name, year) when quoting or mentioning some idea from it, while we have not even seen the ...
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Is it ethical to put a surveillance camera inside a lab

The Lab leader is putting a surveillance camera inside the lab to protect some precious devices bought recently. The viewpoint of the camera covers most of the lab and shows clearly the lab members ...
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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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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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Is it appropriate to cite a paper in a language I don't understand?

Some months back I got into a situation where a paper with information that I considered important to prove a point was in a language I cannot understand. Since it was important but not crucial, I ...
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Should I report a PhD student’s incompetence to their supervisor?

I had a short exchange of mails with a PhD student who wished to ask some questions about a paper of mine, which was troublesome in many respects: The student had a blatant lack of basic knowledge ...
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Question about the authorship of mathematical equation

Recently, I felt thrilled because I was finally (after few months of non-stop work) able to mathematically prove the mathematical (physical) transformation which I use to prove some new laws of ...
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My significant other is a member of a research project that I coordinate. How to allocate funding?

I'm responsible for a large research project, with many members and some substantial funding for traveling to conferences. However, I'm now in a relationship with one of its members. How should I ...
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Why are honorary degrees awarded to celebrities?

Chiranjeevi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Andhra University. He is an actor, so how did he earn an honorary degree if he has not contributed anything to education?
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Moral dilemma in unwittingly being paid to complete a student's work

I am a computer science freelancer who takes on medium-sized projects I can complete in a month or less. I was approached by someone who wanted a set of 12 tutorials at least 500 words each about ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...