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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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When should researchers who take part in the composition and editing of a manuscript be co-authors

I sometimes work as a ghostwriter/editor for other researchers alongside my own research, and it occurred to me that there isn't a clear framework for crediting this work. I have sometimes appeared in ...
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How to report to journal when work published in it has already been done by some other researcher?

I came across a paper published in the Journal of Mathematical Physics in the year 2016. In the paper, the authors claimed to have developed a methodology which extends the dimension of an existing ...
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Responding to papers which reinvent ideas without citing them

A few months ago a very well-known (and controversial) authority in my field published a theoretical model of a phenomenon that one of my collaborators addressed many years ago. Interestingly, the ...
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As an instructor can I use previous work history as examples?

I teach computer science (USA - graduate level). I am teaching a software design course, and for a lecture I am to give on software anti-patterns I would like to use a real world example from an ...
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Long distance collaboration with a professor – wrote manuscript, getting ignored. What to do next?

This summer I was involved in a long distance collaboration with a researcher at an institution for clinical research. I was essentially CC'd to this person via an old colleague who currently works ...
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Dead author ethical guidelines

One of my close collaborators passed away last year and since then I have become curious about the question of attributing work to deceased authors. Each journal has its rules but there doesn't seem ...
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Is it plagiarism to submit the same work in a course after withdrawing from the course on a previous occasion?

I took a course a couple years ago and was doing well until I could not attend any longer and abruptly had to stop. I am currently retaking the course and wanted to hand in the work I submitted years ...
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Is it normal that my adviser presented my work at a conference while I was there?

A couple of month ago, I was in a conference with my adviser. I had a poster and he had a talk. His talk was about my project. In fact, it was newer results that I presented in my poster. After he ...
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Should I abandon any further higher education knowing that I was dishonest as an undergraduate?

This feels uncomfortable to ask, because I know my actions have undermined what I've worked toward. A little background: I graduated with a bachelors degree, and then went on to get a masters degree ...
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Are there laws preventing someone from collecting data not connected to a sanctioned research project?

I would be interested in conducting a survey of Japanese learners of English to find out what they find difficult about learning English. I'm a university graduate, so no longer part of the university ...
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Is it considered ethical to sign yourself with name followed by PhD when in fact your doctorate was a DTech?

Is it considered ethical to sign yourself with name followed by PhD when in fact your doctorate was a DTech?
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My original data is in someone else's thesis without my knowledge or consent

I encountered in a Master's thesis some of my original and important findings. I finished my experiments and left the lab to home to write and while I was writing my supervisor put my data into ...
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When to tell current employer that I want to quit and switch to a different PhD

I am currently employed as a scientific employee at a research institute, which means I get a salary but am not currently working on a PhD. Originally I planned to begin my PhD at this institute ...
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Should I include a professor's name in my paper to get it published?

I am a master's student and want to publish a paper in a specific subfield in mathematics. I have written the paper all by myself. The problem is my advisor won't check my draft. He says he is busy ...
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Is it fair to punish the student for not knowing what's in the course? [duplicate]

A number of questions (e. g., this one or that one) discuss the situations where the student is punished after invoking, in the exam context, knowledge that's outside the scope of the course. This ...
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Is it appropriate for a PI to appoint someone who is a family member?

I am a junior faculty in one of the top-tier research US institutions. I just joined the department and hired two GRAs meanwhile. In addition, I would like to appoint one more individual in my ...
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Advisor trying to patent an idea for himself even though we wrote the paper together!

My advisor is trying to patent an idea without me. I got to know that he is registering the patent through the IP officer at our University. When I asked him about it, he did not give me a straight ...
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What does it say about someone that accepts adding their name to a publication without doing any of the work? [closed]

I'm a government researcher in R&D and have spent my career doing and publishing my own work. Some time ago I was asked to take over some research from another scientist that was being ...
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How to deal with advisors who seem to not like me?

I'm an undergraduate researcher that's been doing research with another undergrad over a summer. Our project was supervised by a grad student. For some reason, sometime throughout the summer, that ...
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Releasing crawled data: Potential legal challenge? [closed]

In many occasions in computer science I saw papers that analyze social network data also released these data, such as http://socialnetworks.mpi-sws.org/data-imc2007.html http://socialcomputing.asu....
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Use of data that may contain future ethical complications

Suppose that you are afforded an opportunity to examine data that was, on the surface at least, collected legally and ethically, but that may contain hidden ethical dilemmas. What precautions, if any, ...
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Adding new results during review process

I submitted a paper to an applied mathematics journal. I have since found a way to generalize one of the results. Is it acceptable to update the paper during the first review step even if I have not ...
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Do unethical acts that are tangential to methodology taint research?

It's well-known that unethical acts can render research virtually unpublishable, but the cases we hear about tend to involve situations in which the methodology is tainted - for example, fabrication ...
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Can a professor from totally different research field be invited to thesis defense? [closed]

In a very reputed private university, there is a rule for sending thesis to internal(national) and external(international) examiner for evaluation. After a report from two reviewers, a viva is ...
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Is it acceptable to look up a student on the Internet to find out whether I have a conflict of interest?

This is a follow-up to this question, which I ask due to debates arising in the comments. While I ask it in the first person to keep things simple, it is not based on a real experience of mine. One ...
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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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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 ...