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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How to communicate college's financial problems to faculty candidates?

I'm a faculty member at a small liberal arts college with significant financial problems, which make the long-term viability of the college questionable. In addition to faculty pushed out, junior and ...
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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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Teaching a class likely meant to inflate the GPA of student athletes

Premise My department recently finalized the faculty teaching assignments for the Fall 2019 semester (starts at the end of August 2019). As these assignments were being discussed a few weeks ago, my ...
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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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Published paper containing well-known results

I recently found a paper published in an high-impact journal containing as a main contribution a result which is rather well-known among the people working in the field. (In fact, this result has been ...
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Assistant professor does not collaborate with or cite fellow department members, despite them being experts on the topic

I serve on a Promotion and Tenure committee for an assistant professor who has (in my opinion) a lack of professional courtesy and collaborative attitude. This professor will collaborate and publish ...
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Ownership of an Idea

Suppose that I am a PhD student that works as an RA in the lab of my PhD advisor. While I am in the lab, I come up with some interesting idea, and then I spend time reading and planning out a possible ...
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Confirming the Identity of a (Friendly) Reviewer After the Reviews

Somewhat a follow-up to this post. I recently had a paper reviewed, and in receiving one of the reviews, I feel strongly that I know the identity of one of the reviewers (someone with whom I'm on ...
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When can I withdraw a paper accepted by a conference?

I recently got my paper accepted by a "look-descent" conference (indexed by ACM, a leading association in CS). Now, I am considering to withdraw the paper for some considerations, yet, need to know ...
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Is it acceptable to write a reference letter for yourself?

If a student needs a reference letter for graduate admissions or that sort of thing, some profs will ask the student to write a reference letter for themself before sending it off to the prof for ...
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Should I report apparent conflict with handling editor during peer review?

I have been dealing with an awkward situation regarding evaluation of my submitted paper. The publisher is one of the big well known OA, and the journal is one of their leading journals (in terms of ...
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Do people actually scoop others?

I was wondering if there are real faculty members who go to conferences or read the abstracts (if it's being published) and scoop others? If not why some professors are so paranoid? IMHO A real ...
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Credit, recognition, or compensation for reviewing an accepted article as a native english speaker?

I have been asked to review a paper that has been accepted for publication in english because I am a native english speaker. This request is coming from the director of a center. I am still a student. ...
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How ethical is the practice of including spouses as co-authors when they are in the same field?

I've noticed many situations where a researcher will put their spouses as co-authors in a paper. This is commonly seen in situations where both spouses are in the same field. Valid collaboration ...
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I am between academic institutions. If I submit a paper what do I say my affiliation is? [duplicate]

Basically, I was a student at University Y when I wrote a paper. I am no longer a student there, but work at Company Z. Do I still list University Y as my institutional affiliation? Their resources ...
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First-year PhD giving a talk among well-established researchers in the field

I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student, before that (as I have posted about before) I was forced to leave my Ph.D. program after one year because of a bullying supervisor. Previously, I made a good ...
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Multi-instrument validation studies and salami publishing

In multi-instrument validation studies, should each instrument's validation be presented in its own article or is that salami publishing? This question relates primarily to social science instruments ...
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Ethics of trying to trick/sabotage students into failure [closed]

Once in a while, I will hear stories (usually of the "friend of a friend" type) about some bold instructor who took some specific action in order to entrap or trick their students into poor academic (...
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How do I complain to chair if my advisor regularly writes to scam journals to get tenure?

My advisor and his PHD Students are writing regularly to journals published by a publisher, which is on Beall’s list of Predatory Journals. I emailed Beall and he told me that the journals were ...
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As an undergrad, is it unethical to work in a field that I'm not interested in pursuing further in graduate school?

I'm a CS undergrad in my senior year(last week!). I've been working as a part-time research assistant in a research institute. I didn't think twice when I took the job, as I just thought it would be ...
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My student in one course asks for paid tutoring in another course. Appropriate?

I'm a teaching assistant for an introductory programming course. A student in the course approached me and asked if I would tutor them for a different discrete mathematics course in return for payment....
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I unknowingly submitted plagiarised work

I have received an email saying that my essay is under consideration for the ethics committee for suspected plagiarism. My lecturer had told us that we could work on our essays together as we were all ...
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Is it ethical to cite a reviewer's papers even if they are rather irrelevant?

We have just received reviews on a paper, and in reading through one of the "borderline" reviews, I recognized that the "voice" of the review sounded like a researcher I associated with at a ...
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Ethical grounds of letting supervisor hear recorded interviews with research subjects

I have collected a lot of data in the form of audio recorded interviews. My supervisor is asking if they can listen to them, however, I feel this goes against the consent stipulated to the ...
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Doubting my PhD ability

Writing this from a temporary account. I am enrolled in a PhD program in math, and more and more often I am doubting my abilities in doing the program. I work, so it happens, de facto under two ...
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Is it okay to submit a modified journal paper that is still under review to a conference?

I have a paper submitted to a journal that is currently under review. My research supervisor now wants to then submit a similar paper to an upcoming conference, by taking an older version of this ...
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Should I give professor gift at the beginning of my PhD?

I will be in a PhD program in Germany in which the first year of the program consists of only studying courses under several different professors. Some people suggested me that I should give gift to ...
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Is it ethical to accept small gifts from students? And how small is small?

Is it ethical to accept small gifts from students? In past years I have one or two students have given me small gifts, generally a box of chocolates. I judge the size of gifts on my international beer ...
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Not credited in paper written by boss

I'm a contractor hired by a software engineering company that is branching out into research. For the last two years I have been working almost solo on a research project for the company. A number of ...
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I think I may have violated academic integrity last year - what should I do?

I think I may be overthinking things, as I’m known to having a huge guilt complex. As an undergraduate last year, we were given a coding assignment to complete that was worth 15% of our overall mark ...
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Is it appropriate to send a gift to a professor for an online course?

I'm immensely grateful for the online courses on theoretical physics provided by the Perimeter Institute for free. A particular professor stands out for me, as the lectures were excellent, and the ...
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I received an offer letter from a university abroad, should I continue to interview locally until my visa application goes through?

I have received an offer letter from a university abroad, which I am likely to accept. The country however has a very stringent immigration policy and a very complicated and lengthy visa application ...
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Is it ethical for a lecturer to mis-indicate exam study material?

Scenario: Lecturer tells students six sections of material to study for the exam, but the exam only covers two of those sections. Practice exams are completely different to actual exam. Answers to ...
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I know that there is a preselected candidate for a position to be filled at my department. What should I do?

There is a rather attractive position to be filled at my department. The heads of department are already quite sure about who should fill this position. Jobs being filled with preselected candidates ...
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What is the responsibility of a publication board in relation to ethical subject studies?

While journals are in large part the main venue for academic publishing, conferences are heavily utilized in some other venues. It seems from the venues I have been around, there is a separation ...
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Ethics: How to deal with a professor who will not accept their inaccurarcy in judging my work?

First, I am a mathematics major who is doing an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in mathematics at my school. Initially, I wanted to do an REU outside of my school because I have had this ...
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Ethics of writing another paper to be graded for use as a work sample

A particular program I would like to apply to requires a recent (past year) graded work sample in either science, history, or the social sciences. Of course, I would like to present myself in the ...
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Permission to use a Tool from ex-group I have left

I have been working on a specific tool designed by the ex-group I was in, the tool is developed on gitlab. I am afraid I would be rejected since they the group leader asked me to leave the group, ...
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My colleague *may* have forged data. Any advice?

We are about to submit a revised manuscript for publication in a prestigious journal. This is a team work and one of my colleague performed most of the molecular biology experiments, including many ...
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General considerations about sharing referee reports

I have occasionally noticed that an author chooses to share publicly referee reports from a journal, usually because they are feeling aggrieved about a rejection. I also know that now and then people ...
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Is it ethical for a student to edit the Wikipedia page of his advisor?

I have seen quite a few students editing the Wikipedia page of their advisors. I wonder what the view of the academic community are on this. There might be some conflict of interest since promoting ...
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Renting a house to a graduate student in my department

I am a professor at a US university, and I'll be away on a sabbatical for all of the coming academic year. I would like to sublet my house while I am away, and I think that one or two of the graduate ...
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Two researchers want to work on the same extension to my paper. Who to help?

I recently presented a paper in a top-tier conference in a computer engineering field. I did that work as a research assistant under a Professor but now I am working in the industry. Two different ...
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Is a paper a statement of personal belief (disagree with PI's writeup)?

EDIT: My field is cognitive science <- vagueness reflects broadness of subject area from social science through to basic neuroscience Let's say some collaborators disagree on the interpretation ...
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Is it ethical/acceptable to give a lighter penalty to students who admit to cheating?

I am at the moment dealing with an academic dishonesty incident in a class I'm teaching (a few groups of students submitting identical code, when the class policy forbids getting help from another ...
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When is satire (un)productive in academic discussion? [closed]

I just published a satirical article, entitled A modest proposal for restoration ecology, in a serious journal, namely, Restoration Ecology, and it has a serious argument. The intent was to use satire ...
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Is it unethical to submit for review multiple articles which overlap in some respect?

I am well aware of the ethic guidelines in the academic publishing world regarding submission for publication of the same article to multiple journals: I know this is broadly considered unethical and ...
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Is it wise to target three different proposals for three different fellowships with three different supervisors/hosts?

I have options to apply for three different fellowships. I want to go for three different proposals with three different hosts. Is it wise and ethical to do so?
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Do I have to make someone coauthor if he/she solves a problem in StackExchange, asked by myself, which is later used in my paper? [duplicate]

Suppose, in my research (mathematical) I have a critical step that I need to solve, and, due to various reasons I cannot find decent answer to that step by myself or by contacting friends or ...
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Exchanging co-authorship for proofreading?

Is it an ethical practice to offer co-authorship on a paper to a graduate student in exchange for proofreading the paper? By proofreading, I mean fixing small grammatical or spelling errors right ...