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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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Do I need to include citations when writing my own lecture notes, if I make them public?

I am a graduate student in mathematics, writing my own notes in my spare time on a topic I'm interested in. I find it helps me understand things if I write things out in the style of lecture notes (...
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Using other people's data for dissertation: ethical or not?

It was recently shared with me that a professor in my department (and if anyone saw my question about the verbally abusive ex-advisor...yeah, same guy) offered one of his PhD students his own corpus ...
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Do I have to mention that a dataset I use is present in another paper?

There are huge data sets available online, for example from KEEL. I read a paper in my field that used about 14 data sets from the KEEL repository. I used two of these datasets taken from the KEEL ...
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Is it plagiarism to copy the form and structure of an article?

As an undergraduate student, I wrote a science paper. Because I was learning to write, I used the form and structure of a paper on a completely different topic; in fact, it was a slightly different ...
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Does “Apply for scholarships, get accepted and then refuse” help in your CV?

I have a situation. I want to apply for Ph.D programs in the United States at the end of this year. And right now, there are many programs in Europe open for application. Hence, I wonder if I should ...
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Should I give a symbolic “thank you, and goodbye” gift to an abusive supervisor?

Within one week I shall leave my present institution, where I felt severely mistreated around salary payment and work conditions for 2 years, as a postdoctoral fellow. The PI who signed my contract (...
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Citing draft papers

I'm working on a project where I've come across a couple relevant papers that are marked as "preliminary drafts" and/or with a request not to cite them because they are preliminary. Should I cite the ...
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Lie or try to explain reason of my absence during classes?

I have a difficult situation about limit of absences during classes in my university. The teacher of one subject made a rule that 3 absences with disrespectful reason during the course leads to fail ...
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Does *co-authorship as professional courtesy* extend to bare bones proofreading? [duplicate]

Clarification: The proposed duplicate is about a different situation from what I'm describing. In that situation, someone contributed by assisting tangibly with the write-up, after not having ...
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What could be the possible consequence if a professor knows about a student's review?

Suppose, a student left a negative comment about a professor in the university's confidential review page. Somehow the professor guesses who the student was. What can the student do if the professor ...
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Should I accept to review a re-submission to a different conference

(My field is Computer Science, where conference publications are the norm.) I reviewed a paper submitted to conference A six months ago. The paper was borderline, and was eventually rejected. I wrote ...
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Ethical Dilemma at University program [closed]

I'm currently about to graduate from a US university with a MS as I didn't make it to the PhD program. For whatever reasons I was rejected even after performing quite well compared to other PhD ...
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Co-authorship just because a Professor provides me the employment?

I am a postdoc at a European University. However, I am planning to quit my postdoc in a month or so since the research environment and the city life is not to me liking. Also, I work with a Professor ...
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Collaboration on a suggested project - problem with a colleague

I would like to ask you for an opinion on how to act in the following scenario. A year ago, some colleague PhD of me has suggested an open problem to me. This problem was already published in his ...
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Is uncredited use of grad students' unpublished research by professors accepted/common practice in academia?

I'm a master's student, and over the course of my studies I've conducted a few independent studies in which I investigate specific research questions that I formulate on my own. Those independent ...
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Is it ethical to force graduate applicants to decide before they hear back from all schools?

I have applied to and been offered admissions to a masters program in a U.S. university, but I'm still waiting to hear back from some other places. The deadline to accept is before the 4/15 national ...
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What would be the possible consequence of concealing an incomplete degree?

I attended a 2y MSc mixed mode (Coursework+Thesis) program which is incomplete as of today. I have completed two semesters and still 2 more semesters to go. I have dropped 3rd semester and never ...
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Falsified student signatures in class attendance list

I am required to keep a tag at the students' attendance of classes by the rules of the university where I teach. The students' attendance cannot be lower than 75% of the classes, or else they ...
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How to withdraw ones name from an already published paper

I am having the following trouble. Within a collaboration I was asked to prepare and pre-characterize some samples. I did so and sent the samples along with a report on the characterization results. ...
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Romance between tenured and pre-tenure faculty? Ramifications for disclosure? [closed]

I'm an assistant prof in humanities at a small school, just finishing my second year in a new position, and I've developed romantic feelings for a tenured faculty member (Dr X). We are both unmarried, ...
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Unsure whether to continue maintaining research account on Facebook re Cambridge Analytica [closed]

I maintain a Facebook account purely for research purposes. I have about 30 or so friends on my account. I have always disagreed with FB and its ethics, however, recently, in the light of the CA ...
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Is it ethical to ask about the professional profile of a candidate at another university before a job interview?

I’m on the hiring committee for a Asst. Prof position. One of the applicants is working as a (non-TT) TA/postdoc at a dept in another university (but for only appx 6 mo) where I have a colleague (...
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Associate Deans' power [closed]

If a student complains to the associate dean about an adjunct faculty member, does the dean have the power to intervene? In this case, the student is complaining because the faculty member won't ...
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Contacting EiC on social media

I am in a very frustrating situation. My article is under review for almost 8 months and I didn't hear any response. The average review time for the journal is 3 months. The journal is highly reputed ...
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Is it normal/ethical for student grades to be assigned according to quotas?

In my undergraduate Physics courses, I have heard from my Professor last semester that he got in trouble from the physics department for passing too many students. This semester, the TA in the lab ...
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Is it ethical to omit the PhD credential from my resume?

I am applying for a Statistical Programmer position at a commercial research organization (CRO), and I am wondering if it is unethical to omit my PhD in Statistics from my resume? All of my degrees (...
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Order image from freelancer

I am writing a journal paper. In order to illustrate my work, I need to include an image of the whole system that I have built. The problem is that I am not very talented to make good images, so I ...
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Coauthor used large part from common paper almost verbatim in another paper

Some time ago I was approached by a fellow researcher that had an idea on an earlier work of mine. We started a collaboration and as a result we submitted a manuscript in a prestigious journal. ...
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How to handle a possibly biased editor?

Suppose a journal editor rejects a manuscript with only one reviewer’s feedback, but the few comments the reviewer and editor made were almost entirely minor comments (e.g. “use these units for this ...
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How to get more info pre–job-interview

I've applied for a position in the library of the local campus of the state university, and they've asked to set up a phone interview. I'm not a naturally outgoing person, and I'm even worse on the ...
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Where does one draw the line to determine what is ethical to share and what isn't?

I am starting to design my personal website and I would like to devote part of the site to sharing knowledge in the fields of Mathematics and Computer Science. My main concern is determining what is ...
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Is it okay to share with a colleague my peer-review assessment of a paper; but not the original paper?

As an academician, we do peer-review (sometimes double-blind, sometimes single-blind; it doesn't matter). Usually, I create a file where I list my peer-review assessment of a paper. The file includes ...
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How to recover work output from past lab when the head is uncooperative?

I have done a part of my PhD project in the lab that was not in our university and in another city. At the end of my work I produced a mutant enzyme that was necessary to perform another experiment to ...
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Lecture material of another professor

Is it ethical if I use lecture slides of another professor and modify only 15-20% for my lecture and provide an acknowledgment at the end of lecture slides that lecture material was taken from Prof. ...
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Asking REU professor for a recommendation letter when applying to their university. Ethical?

Is it ethical (or advisable) to ask a professor I did a REU with for a recommendation letter when their university is among my application choices? Note: if I get admitted (the admission process is ...
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Must my ex-advisor be a co-author in new research after the defense?

When writing papers about new research made from my doctoral research results, after my defense, must my doctoral advisor be included as co-author?
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I self plagiarized most of my work [closed]

I submitted my final assignment on SafeAssign with 67% plagiarized and I plagiarized the work from me because two parts from my prievious assignment were needed to fulfill the requirements for my ...
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Is it ethical to date a graduate student of the same university where you are a faculty member?

I am a 32 year old Assistant Professor. I met a girl at a conference. I liked her, but I realized she is a graduate student at the same university where I am faculty member. She is from the same ...
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Is it okay to critique my already published paper?

After publishing a paper even with multiple proofreading and rerun the experiment, there is a feeling of "I should improve this" or "this section is so vague, I should explain more" or maybe the worst ...
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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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Can I legally omit the fact I hold a Ph.D. degree?

I am about to complete a Ph.D. in Hong Kong and would like to study in the United States. I hold a first class B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering. I have a CGPA of 3.67 out of 4 in my current PhD ...
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Withdrawal of accepted manuscript from predatory journal

I have sent a paper to the journal that was predatory and I had no idea what that was. Today, they sent me an email that I need to pay 1819 euros to publish my manuscript. On their internet pages ...
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Is it appropriate to have multiple recommendation letters for an application?

I'm currently enrolled in a university program and looking to switch. I know the program I'm looking to switch into is notoriously competitive, and I'm looking to improve my chances in any way I can. ...
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What can we do after entire class failed/barely passed?

Completed an essay worth 30% of our grade over the Xmas period and were given incredibly strict instructions (no sources other than the 10 pages given, 1200 word count, marked 50% language and grammar ...
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Do you agree that cheating on exams provides an unfair advantage? Do you think it is “okay” to tell on your peers? [closed]

This is inspired by another persons question regarding weather or not it is okay to tell on your peers for cheating during exams. Since I am new to the site, I am having difficulty responding to the ...
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Is it ethical to send an unpublished draft preprint to a competitor by email to establish priority?

I am a mathematician. I recently formulated a conjecture, and was working toward proving it. Another mathematician I know only via email also conjectured the same around the same time. I now managed ...
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Ownership of environmental samples (or other material) analyzed during a PhD [closed]

I am a PhD student researching environmental science in Europe. As such, I have received hundreds of environmental samples, including water, sediment etc. over the past year and a half, the extensive ...
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Ethics of experimenting on students without telling them

This question is prompted by two very similar examples reported online: this one (also on Twitter) and this one. In both, teachers introduce aspects of the political system described in the 1949 novel ...
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Is it fair to offer students a chance to improve their grade on an assignment

A large portion of students in a class I'm taking did very poorly on the first project that was assigned in the class. The professor has decided to allow students that did not get full points on the ...
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Is calling a staff member “selfish” harassment? [closed]

A faculty member wrote to a staff member that "you are selfish." The staff member wrote back to the faculty member asking for an explanation. The faculty member did not respond and wrote: "I would not ...