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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 using the relatives’ friend’s recommendation inappropriate?

When applying for my postgraduate position, I browsed my future advisor’s web page in detail and surprisingly found that one of my relatives’ friend co-authored a paper with him. Then we reached out ...
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Is it ethical to give a final exam after the professor has quit before teaching the remaining chapters of the course?

I am enrolled in a lpn nursing program, and the professor teaching the pharmacology course announced to the class last week that he wont be here the following week, due to a "conference in California",...
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If my PI received research grants from a company to be able to pay my postdoc salary, did I have a potential conflict interest too?

I was a postdoctoral fellow at a university and received nothing but the regular postdoc salary. I received no grants myself, but worked on various projects, many of which happened to be industry ...
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Writing to a professor who contributed to my research paper

I was working along with a professor on a research paper during my masters in 2014. I graduated in that year but we still worked on the paper for next year. After that I moved to another city for my ...
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An ex-student of my future supervisor is accusing the lab of fraud. How does this affect me?

I start my master's degree in this lab in September. After accepting my offer I found out that an ex-PhD student has been spreading rumors that the supervisor is publishing fraudulent data, going back ...
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Is it ethical to upload an automatically generated paper to a non peer-reviewed site as part of a larger research?

I'm doing some research on my own as a side-project. In fact, I want no one from my research center to be involved in this research as I feel that they will take credit for my idea, like in past times....
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Authorship of an article based on semester project

I was teaching a graduate course in previous semester. One of my student implemented an idea I discussed with him during semester project. The results are astonishing and we decided to publish our ...
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Is it inappropriate for a PI to hire the most suitable available researcher as an RA, just because s/he is his/her family member? [closed]

Below is a part of the guidelines from a grant: "Research assistants (RA) shall not be appointed from amongst members of immediate or extended family of the researcher." I know it's to prevent ...
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Is mild credential embellishment from industry considered academic dishonesty?

One of my coworkers has a part-time academic/research position at a major university where they supervise PhD students and postdocs even though they do not have an advanced degree, or a degree related ...
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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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Nominating my Supervisor as a Speaker in a Workshop Conference

I am interested in nominating my female supervisor to be a speaker in a workshop for women in an international conference, she is quite intelligent, helpful to other female students and that triggered ...
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Plagiarism of former supervisors copying from my master thesis

I graduated a couple of years ago performing a master thesis with two supervisors. They both were happy about it and wanted to write a paper from my thesis, including me as author, but after my ...
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Changing the Reference but keep the paragraph as is

I am doing research for PhD in Artificial Intelligence. When I started my first writing I used to look for any article in the web. There are many articles in good websites that are specialized in AI ...
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Who Decides the Value and the Credibility of Research Work [closed]

I am astonished by the flood of fantasy paper in my field at least and see it day after day get recognition although it has no real application and some researchers play around the data. What freaks ...
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Difference between campus police and campus / public safety

Why do some American universities have actual campus police, with guns, while other American universities have "public safety" officers who don't have guns? For instance, Georgia Tech and the ...
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Is it ethical to “arm-twist” a faculty-member into passing more students or improving the class average?

I recently got "arm-twisted" [2] (by the department chair and the dean of faculty) into passing the whole (undergrad Math) class who appeared for the final (minus that one student who we all knew was ...
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How to avoid supervisors with prejudiced views?

There seem to be professors who hold beliefs such as: Women students pose a special risk to male supervisors Certain ethnic groups are smarter/lazier/harder-working than others Older students are ...
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Is it appropriate for my professor to include gender offensive material that is unrelated to the class subject matter in the course notes?

My accounting professor created a large binder full of notes for us to use instead of an actual textbook. He created it, and since he's the head of the accounting department at my university, he has ...
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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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Inappropriate reference requests from Journal reviewers

A journal article I submitted to a highly reputable journal has been returned with a number of revisions requested, most of which are useful and helpful and will improve the quality of the article. ...
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Should I do anything if I am cited for something that wasn't in my paper?

I’ve just read a paper in which a previous paper of mine has been cited. The line in which the citation happens is something like: It has been shown that technique X is successful in this problem [...
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Should I tutor a student who I know has cheated on their homework?

I am a Ph.D. student and I do private tutoring on the side for extra income. Recently a new student contacted me for help with a class, and I met them for one session, which went well overall. They ...
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Geoffry Hinton from a pariah to God father of machine learning, the implications on working on a new and hot topic of research [closed]

Geoffry Hinton was a pariah in his community until the late of nineteens when supercomputers appeared and proved his ideas were true. Of course, there is a shady area between being deluded and being ...
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The Formality and Informality Relationship in Academia

To the point, I think I am suffering from the lack of the interpersonal skills and especially while working with supervisors. My character is quite good, I can make good connections and etc, however, ...
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How to request that collaborators add my supervisor's name to a manuscript

I am collaborating with a foreign author. As I am still pursuing my degree, I have to add my supervisor's name in that paper, even though my supervisor has not contributed to the preparation of this ...
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How do I refuse to work on military-focused contracts?

I'm applying to programs in Computer Science and Robotics and would feel very uncomfortable working on defense-focused or funded projects. Is it unrealistic (in terms of funding opportunities) to ...
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Should I share course notes from my previous university with my students?

I have recently been a TA and I realised I have a large collection of comprehensive notes from my alma mater dating back to my Bachelor degree courses. I wonder if this is an acceptable practice to ...
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Is it ethical to recieve stipend after publishing enough papers?

In my institute, it is necessary for a Ph.D student to publish two research papers in SCI or SCIE journals to become eligible for Ph.D. Although it is not a sufficient condition, but it is the only ...
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Combining a conference with a personal vacation

I received a funding offer from a conference overseas (as a PhD student), which includes accommodation and travel. I was wondering whether it is ethical to combine this business trip with a personal ...
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Am I considered fulfilling postdoc duty in this situation?

General question: I am a postdoc supported by a grant A. Is it OK for me to work with people not in the grant supporting me on a topic related to grant A, given that I will acknowledge the grant in ...
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Is it ethical to use past years' final exams that the professor hasn't explicitly given, to study for a final in the same class?

This happened to me in my 2nd year of grad school, in a STEM field. As many do, our professor gave the class the last year's final, to give us an idea of what areas to study and what to expect, etc, ...
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Right way to get clarification on conceptual doubts from Professors

I notice that almost all the time i ask any professor a doubt , they tend to get angry or mostly try to avoid my question by saying they don't know or referring some remote professor to me whom i don'...
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Ethics of Using Victim's Name in Research?

What are the ethical considerations of using a victim of a violent crime's name in my research? I understand confidentiality is not an issue as the individual is deceased. Moreover, their death was a ...
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Taking my research idea outside my paid job

I'm doing a (paid, contractual) remote research internship with a research institute in Germany. My job is to come up with novel ideas, write papers for technical conferences and try to publish them. ...
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Has anybody received any solicitation from Nova Press? Are they a scam? [closed]

My advisor received an email from Nova Press if we were interested in publishing to one of their books and I was asked to summarize my dissertation for publication as a book chapter. They didn’t ask ...
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What is the actual process by which academic ethics change? [closed]

Some of the answers to my question Are academic ethics global or local? indicate the possibility that academic ethics themselves (rather than just laws and policies affecting academics) may change ...
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Are academic ethics global or local? [closed]

This question is inspired by this recent answer that mentions that whether downloading articles from 'questionable' sites is legal (not ethical) may depend on local law. That is, law is local. Are ...
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Is there an IRB/ethics career path?

Suppose I was back at the beginning of my undergraduate career, and I decided that while I was willing to do human-subjects research, my real career goal was to sit on an IRB and guide lost souls who ...
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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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Correct answers were visible in a test; should I notify my instructor?

In a multiple-choice test at my nursing school, our teacher accidentally left the right answers in bold; not super dark bold, but dark enough for people to figure out. To add insult to injury, the ...
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What is the current industry standard for online course exam proctoring

I am curious what is the current industry standard for delivery of online course materials. I have in mind coursework which traditionally has been graded on the basis of in-class residential tests ...
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How can we effect institutional change to make academia climate-compatible? [closed]

How can we create an environment in which academic institutions are responsible for the carbon footprint of the research carried out under their auspices? For context, I am a postdoc working several ...
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How to report an author who doesn't share the last name but had similar first name as mine, is adding my articles in his profile on google scholar?

Recently, I got to know that a person who doesn't share the last name but had a similar first name as mine, is adding my articles in his profile. Ironically, my most recent published article didn't ...
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Who deserves to be first and second author? PhD student who collected data, research associate who wrote the paper or supervisor? [closed]

I am composing a manuscript using data collected by a PhD student over two years. She doesn't have enough statistical or analytical skill to publish her work. On top of that, language is also a huge ...
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Changing proposed project post-acceptance

I recently applied for a research based degree and I have indeed been offered admission (with funding), scheduled to start this fall. Prior to my acceptance, I had an interview with my prospective ...
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My teammate submitted plagiarized code in a group project [closed]

In our class, we have a team project for 3 people. One of my teammates submitted plagiarized code and got caught, which result in my team receiving no credit for the whole project. Then the student ...
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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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Is it ethical if I do paid tutoring in a subject taught by my department?

I was asked by a student to help him/her with a subject (probably for money). I previously taught a similar subject at a different university (that is where the student got my contact info from) but ...
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posting photos of my students in classroom

Is it legal/ethical to include photos of my students in my classroom online (as in my online portfolio)?
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Citing paywalled articles accessed via illegal web sharing

There are a few sites which offer paid articles for free. It’s something unethical, especially for those who upload to that site, but for me, it’s good for expanding knowledge. As a readers, can we ...