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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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Someone cited citations I used without citing my work and effort in finding the references

Recently I came across a conference paper that tried to solve the same problem I solved couple of years ago and published a workshop publication about, but using a different algorithm. In their ...
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Is it okay to include a simplified and easy version of a result already proved?

I am preparing to write an article. For that, I got an easier proof of the already published result. My result is very simple to prove. Is it ethical to include this result in my article after citing ...
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What should I do when a former student tells me about misconduct from one of their current TAs?

While I was a TA for an undergraduate CS course, I built up a good teaching relationship with a student who was struggling. By the end of the course, she had turned things around and was performing ...
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Group-work course, part of the group failing [closed]

This question is based around a hypothetical, but realistic, scenario. The situation revolves around a group-based course in which the main deliverable is a report. Every group member is ...
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Should I (student) share my data with a researcher I don't know directly?

I am currently a graduate student, and for a course I gathered hundreds of thousands of records (not confidential, but difficult to access if you don't already know about them and know who to talk to) ...
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Citation depth dilemma (writing sci. article for peer review journal)

The scenario: in an article, found a point/claim/fact that would fit/support perfectly a broader point I'm trying to construct (@Related works section) The dilemma: Whom to cite? a) only the ...
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Is it acceptable to email the author of a paper that you cannot follow?

I am reading a paper that I find very hard to follow. This is partially due to my lack of experience in the subfield, but also I think because the paper is unclearly written. Is it acceptable for me ...
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Does grant funded equipment result in authorship?

Just a quick question regarding authorship. Recently, a PI won a grant, which was used to buy some computer equipment (~$1000 piece of computation equipment along with some other equipment not ...
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Acknowledgment of funding and adding an affiliation in exchange of permission to use experimental data?

Since it is required to be precise and ask one question at a time, I had to split my problem into two. The first part (background) is mentioned here: Gifting co-authorship if the topic of research ...
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Gifting co-authorship if the topic of research was suggested by my boss? [duplicate]

This is an update of a query that I had asked few months ago: Co-authorship just because a Professor provides me the employment? In fact I have even adopted some of the suggestions given by @...
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Bad relationship with PhD supervisor

I'm at the end of the second year of a phd in engineering. My project is going well: I'm involved in an international project and I submitted 6 journal papers and 5 conference papers. The problem is ...
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Documentation control to prevent plagarism

I am current working on a research paper with a few other members. Are there good online documentation control tools where work contribution of different members can be tracked?
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Is it unethical to give students a sample math test as a study guide?

The students were never told this is the actual exam or this will be on the exam; my physics teacher used to give us the problems for the exam as a study guide and those were the exact problems on the ...
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Recommending a paper for rejection, then publishing my own

My question is similar to this one I am an editor for a lousy paper and I found a better algorithm than theirs. Must I share it with them? although there are some small distinctions that (I think) ...
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Working for 2 Labs at the Same Time

I am currently working as a volunteer for a Company doing research in some theoretic computer science area on a topic with subarea A (No actual lab experimentation is involved, at most, we will be ...
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Whether to report someone receiving extraordinary levels of help for PhD

This is a real life scenario, but I'll refer to the people involved as A and B. A and B are both retired. A is doing a part-time PhD (humanities), but for at least a year* B has been working nearly 9-...
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Is an author allowed to use the same figure in different papers without citation?

Authors A, B and C published paper [1] in journal X. Author B created a figure for paper [1]. The figure is not essential and does not contain any important data. It is just a geometric ilustration. ...
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Cheating during a test

I took a test today morning and I saw that the person sitting next to me used her phone repeatedly, I believe it was to check the power point slides for answers. The fact that this student also asked ...
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Took an Incomplete Letter Grade, and Now Professor Asks Me to Write a Longer Paper

I'm a sophomore in college, and during finals week of the Spring term I got sick and couldn't get out of bed. After requesting an Incomplete Work contract to my English professor, she agreed to let me ...
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Journal review failure

I submitted a review paper to a well-regarded A* journal 9 months ago. After about 6 weeks, I received a request for revisions. The email contained general comments from 3 reviewers and an attached ...
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Ethics of making students purchase lecture notes

I have a professor who has published his lecture notes in the form of a book. The only way to get access to his lecture notes is to purchase them from an off-campus bookstore. To me, this seems like a ...
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Collaborator omitting my name from their CV

I started working at a new university one year ago. Within this year I started working with a colleague, who before we collaborated had no experience on research, i.e., he was on the teaching side. We ...
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Creating a reading group with one of my students

I am currently a PhD student (on a teaching scholarship) at a UK university. A part-time MSc student in one of my classes has asked me for some advice on how they can prepare for their courses next ...
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Coauthor always postpones working on article

At my previous job I wrote a small paper draft, which was funded by a non-profit foundation. In this draft I solved a small but existing scientific problem. So I elaborated this to make it close to a ...
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Just realized I may have accidentally plagiarized some of my bachelor's thesis

I had been reading a news article recently about some politicians who had been accused of plagiarizing their master's or PhD theses, and I noticed something that really frightened me. With some of ...
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Colleague presented poster of our shared work at conferences without my knowledge or express permission

My colleague presented two separate posters, one at a domestic conference and another at an international conference, based on the work both of us have been collaborating for past 1.5 years. Before ...
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Toxic colleague talks about me to Professors

I am a PhD student with a very difficult colleague - someone I thought was just socially inept, and rude. I was always friendly, giving her the benefit of the doubt, even though she offended me and ...
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GPA rounding 2.498 to 2.5. How ethical is this? [duplicate]

I finished this year with a cumulative GPA of 2.498 (pretty low, not gonna lie). The main concern that I have is that when rounding to 2 digits, it will be pushed to a 2.5, and I'm worried that in ...
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Is it unethical to acknowledge a researcher without contacting him [duplicate]

I'm a masters student in mathematics and I gave a seminar talk about my main result. A professor in the audience gave a one sentence comment during my talk. It is an important comment about my work, ...
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How to protect my research rights when my proposal was stolen by my chair?

I am an assistant professor; submitted an internal grant proposal. It had been rejected. Meanwhile I realized that my Dept. chair submitted my proposal to an external grant (listed herself as PI and ...
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How can I avoid inadvertently offending my female peers and getting into trouble for it?

Attention has been drawn recently to an incident that occurred at a scientific conference and its sequelae described in this article: The fuss started when [Prof. X] and [Prof. Y] ended up in the ...
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What was offensive about the “ladies lingerie department” joke, and how can I avoid offending people in a similar way? [closed]

Moderator note: A follow-on question about how to avoid the behavior described here has been posted. In recent news, two academics are at odds over this incident full article here: The fuss ...
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Automatic failure for not completing all assignments - proper?

Related: How to motivate students to complete low-point homework? One of my undergraduate professors had a similar problem to the OP's in the above question, that is, that students would skip many ...
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How do I, or should I, bring up research that I did under someone who was fired for another reason?

I worked under a professor whose research was funded by a non-profit organization. They were released from the university for some inappropriate behavior. The research that they have been publishing ...
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Can the supervisor ask a student to add them in an acknowledgment without any useful feedback

I am a PhD student. At the beginning of my study, my supervisor told me that they are able to help me with my topic. However, later I found that they cannot even understand what is my topic. They ...
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Teacher has done nothing all semester - should I say something?

My Teacher for a required course has been completely unreliable for any amount of actual teaching. He is honestly the worst teacher myself or pretty much any of the other students have ever had. It'...
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Fate of publications under review after accepting a tenure-track offer

"A", an independent researcher, has accepted a tenure-track offer* and will be starting in few months from now. "A" also has few manuscripts that are currently under review in high impact journals. ...
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Can I publish a paper with a group that is different than the one I start with?

I am an undergraduate who did research at my university a little while back. It was funded by a non-profit research organization, and I was paid with this money, through the university. I worked alone,...
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Authorship dispute after author was removed without their knowledge

My supervisor, two other students (C and G) and I were invited to write a paper for a journal. The paper was about a project in which we were all involved. (C) though, never engaged into any writing ...
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coauthor removed other author's name after reviews

I have discovered that a co-author has submitted a book chapter to a major publisher omitting my name of co-author list without me knowing. I was included in the first submissions, but corresponding ...
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Article based on thesis and co authorship

I graduated 8 months ago with 7 SCI article published. Recently, I submitted another article based on my thesis work. My supervisor, who actually has no supervisory role in my thesis except for ...
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Change from one PhD-Program to a much more prestigious (and better paid) new program at my institution

I started my PhD last year in November. I've now heard of an incredibly attractive program that is just starting this autumn, with insanely good working condition (the salary is basically twice as ...
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Condolences from a student to a professor

I have a professor I really care about and our professional relationship as a student/teacher has been growing in a positive direction. The professor has been really kind to me in many ways including ...
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Changing a graph during a review?

I am writing a machine learning manuscript for publication. In a figure I had two learning curves for parameter 1 (P1) and parameter 2 (P2). Now, the reviewer asked to incorporate parameter 3 (P3) ...
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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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Should I report students that hand in similar reports (up to small permutations) in an assignment?

I am currently correcting assignments (pass/fail) for a Bachelor's course in which I am a TA. Students write some code and then discuss their results and approach in a report (in groups of two). My ...
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How to Proceed: Journal Agreed to Publish, 6 Months Later Reneges

I would like request some advice regarding my situation. Here is a summary: I submitted an article for review for publication in an upper-tier academic journal. I have been published in this journal ...
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How to politely encourage academic integrity in non-academics?

To give context for the question I have volunteered to do some work for a local charity. The work they do is literally lifesaving and almost certainly something the government should be responsible ...
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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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What a PhD student should do when their supervisor orders them to have a name on their paper just because of grant purposes? [duplicate]

We are preparing a new paper and my supervisor tells me that we have to put the name of a person on our paper because he was involved in getting us the grant. He says it is because of future grants ...