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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5 votes
4 answers
633 views

When do you need Ethics Approval in Humanities research?

Sorry if this sounds clueless - I actually am. I'm in a historical, literary field so I've never had to worry about doing any ethics approval things because I've never had to deal with real, living ...
0 votes
4 answers
6k views

Can my former PhD supervisor publish my research work without my permission?

I have been working as a research assistant at one of the U.S universities for 4 year. Generally, I was not in a good relationship with my PhD supervisor. After the graduation, I found that my PhD ...
20 votes
9 answers
13k views

Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

In my university it is typically the case that advisors are first authors but this comes with having them do the first author responsibilities such as making significant (original) and insightful ...
4 votes
1 answer
398 views

What to do if the corresponding authors do not share the referees' response?

My PhD advisers and I have an under review paper in a top tier journal. Recently, I received an email from the chief editor of the journal informing us that the paper has been reviewed and they ...
0 votes
0 answers
91 views

Should my advisor be an author in this context?

My advisor gave me a published approach (algorithm) used to solve some type of numerical optimization problems (however, it is old and ditched compared to better algorithms that came out after it). ...
2 votes
1 answer
211 views

Writing about a paper that won't be published (but got accepted) in my resume

(I believe my question is not a duplicate, I've seen all others related to this.) I'm an undergrad and I need to make a resume to apply for jobs (in industry) including a paper that we submitted to a ...
1 vote
1 answer
465 views

Lab mate and supervisor got ideas from my experimental results, tweaked it and submitted to a journal without giving me credit. What do I do?

I am an undergraduate senior studying computer science and engineering continuing to work in deep learning and Artificial Intelligence. I had been working on some datasets from June 2021. My ...
-1 votes
0 answers
48 views

Asking my advisor to work hybrid due to my program's extension [duplicate]

I am a second year MSc student and employed at the University lab of my MSc advisor. My employment duties go until January, with my MSc program ending in September. I am eligible for an extension, if ...
3 votes
1 answer
207 views

How do I handle a conflict with my former mentor about a potential paper correction?

During my postdoc, I published two research papers as the first author, with my mentor (a Professor at an Ivy League institution) as the corresponding/senior author. Months after publishing the papers,...
3 votes
2 answers
266 views

In the United States, are there any ethical oversights on self-funded and published research?

I'm currently working on my CITI ethical human research certification. Given its dense nature my mind started to wander and I had the realization that all the protocols and ramifications I've so far ...
4 votes
2 answers
2k views

Is it ethical to study online solutions to for-credit math master's homework problems?

I am taking Complex Analysis for a master's degree in Pure Mathematics. The grade is: Three written evaluations. Questions the teacher asks that must be submitted every week. The teacher's ...
38 votes
3 answers
6k views

Asked to cite papers for money

I was recently contacted by someone claiming to run a "decentralized collaborative team" who cite each other's papers and offering me money for citing their papers ($10 per citation, paid ...
4 votes
1 answer
713 views

Repeating derivation from paper of professor with added comments

For my thesis, I think it would be useful that I write down a derivation my supervisor made in one of his papers. However, even though it seems fine when considering the paper on its own, the way the ...
7 votes
2 answers
990 views

Why do a lot of publications ignore better results from other papers // compare only to old results (example in deep learning and biomed) [closed]

Before starting my experiments using open-access data, I compiled a list of the current publications using this same data and their results. I regularly faced the following situations when reading ...
22 votes
6 answers
7k views

Is using content from publicly available sources (without alteration) for my own course material academic dishonesty?

I want to develop a course syllabus. I was reading course syllabi from multiple universities in the US, Europe, and Asia that are available online. I have seen diverse syllabus of the course I am ...
14 votes
8 answers
7k views

Minor mistake in setup, no time to redo it. OK to publish anyway?

Before publishing, I found a minor mistake in a study that took a month to do. The mistake will not affect the main conclusion of the work, it just shifts a curve on one of the plots ever so slightly. ...
1 vote
3 answers
147 views

What should I do if I haven't received acknowlegement of submission

I submitted a manuscript to a moderately ranked journal three days ago, which has both an online submission system (OJS) and an email address for submission (this caused my initial confusion). I made ...
1 vote
1 answer
68 views

Is it appropriate to provide editorial oversight for a paper authored by someone who plans to move to your institution?

I see some journal editors handle the papers authored by their colleagues. It is usually not allowed to handle papers authored by colleagues in the same institution. After a deeper check of one paper, ...
7 votes
3 answers
696 views

Does whistleblowing make me unemployable?

I am an undergraduate who is particpating in my university's scholarship program, where we are given financial aid in return for volunteer work such as cleaning the buildings and preparing big school ...
12 votes
9 answers
6k views

Is Utilizing AI Tools for Conducting Literature Reviews in Academic Research Advisable?

Recently, I've come across various AI tools that claim to assist in conducting literature reviews by quickly summarizing research papers, identifying key themes, and even suggesting relevant ...
18 votes
2 answers
2k views

Should I withdraw a paper if the Editor-in-Chief doesn't like it, but the reviewers think it's great?

This is a long story. A couple of years ago I submitted my paper to one of the best journals in my field. After 8 months of waiting, I finally recieved a response, and it was "A major revision is ...
6 votes
1 answer
3k views

I suspect that my PhD supervisor is trying to push me out of the lab and not give me credit for my work

I just started the third year of my PhD and my contract expires in December. My project comes under a broader much bigger project involving 5 teams. I was the first one to be recruited on this project ...
22 votes
7 answers
12k views

A professor has only proofread my paper. Should I include him as author?

I am currently working on a paper. I am the sole author of the paper. Every aspect of the paper, the idea, the implementation, figures, plots, results are all solely based on my efforts. Since I ...
4 votes
1 answer
424 views

Should paper reviews be signed? [duplicate]

Occasionally, in an otherwise-anonymous paper review, the reviewer will voluntarily sign their name, revealing their identity to the author. Should reviewers do this, and under which circumstances? (...
14 votes
8 answers
7k views

Is there any ethical problem with a tiered grading system?

I am currently teaching undergraduate level courses in mathematics and engineering in a university in the United States. My university requires us to go through some training on how to make our ...
26 votes
6 answers
5k views

As a private tutor, is it ethical to recommend the student take more classes?

I'm tutoring a student. Unfortunately he's not very good; for example, he has trouble with basic manipulations that one would expect a student of his level to have mastered. He scored 15% in a recent ...
21 votes
1 answer
1k views

What defines the legitimacy of an IRB?

As we know, researchers without university affiliations who need IRB approval for human subjects research can obtain approval from an independent IRB. What defines the legitimacy of an independent IRB?...
6 votes
1 answer
1k views

Contacted by COI PC

I have a little bit of a weird situation. In a submission to conference (which is anonymous), I marked a member from the PC as conflict of interest (COI) due to personal reasons (rivalry). The chairs ...
17 votes
4 answers
5k views

Is it okay for a co-author to share an unfinished manuscript with others?

I am a PhD student, I recently sent a draft of a paper to six co-authors to get final revisions before submitting to a journal. One of my co-authors responded saying they had sent to manuscript to ...
2 votes
1 answer
691 views

Do you need permission from the gov't of a town to conduct a questionnaire survey there?

I'm conducting a study in which people from a particular town will fill out an opinion questionnaire (Likert scale stuff, questions about road signs). I was going to do this in front of a grocery ...
15 votes
5 answers
13k views

To break or not to break with advisor at the end of a Ph.D.?

I am a Ph.D. student in the U.S. in my final year. During my 2nd year, I wasn't very excited with where my project was going, and I had the idea of adding a coadvisor to the mix, whose research I ...
11 votes
2 answers
770 views

A top German professor practises scientific misconduct according to his own institute's guidelines. What should be done about this?

There is a person who is a very big name in a certain field of a certain science subject. He is a professor at a top German university and also runs a research institution. He gets his postdocs and ...
16 votes
5 answers
12k views

I reviewed a paper that was rejected, and the authors have posted the paper online without corrections. Do I intervene?

I wrote a thorough review that included many suggestions for improving the methodology, and criticisms of their analysis. Initially, the main problem with the paper was that the authors only reported ...
10 votes
5 answers
6k views

I have written one mathematical paper which I want to publish, do I need to give professor co-authorship?

I am an undergrad student studying in the last year of my bachelor’s. I have written one paper in number theory discovering one new elementary method. I want to publish it. For mentorship I went to my ...
-3 votes
5 answers
539 views

How to deal with possibly lazy authors? [closed]

Let's assume a researcher received a paper to review. The paper is decently done and it is composed of an introductory part (about 30% of the work) and a complex part (about 60% of the paper). The ...
11 votes
0 answers
469 views

What are academic conference centers doing to limit their climate impact?

This question is about what I call academic conference centers, by which I mean research centers whose purpose is to welcome international researchers for short-term thematic stays. Examples of such ...
1 vote
2 answers
380 views

About Consent for publishing in conference

I'm a first year PhD student. I never have any record of publication or conference paper before. In my PhD, I worked as a coauthor for the post doctoral fellow's paper. My post doc work 24x7 sundays ...
25 votes
7 answers
6k views

Is there anything wrong with letting people know I am anonymously refereeing their paper?

I've been assigned as an anonymous referee to review a paper submitted to a prestigious journal by coworkers of a friend of mine and have told him about it without mentioning the authors' names. My ...
17 votes
11 answers
10k views

Supervisor does not want to contact reviewer after publication

At the end of last week, a paper I wrote (PhD, second year) got a Minor Revision (IEEE Transaction, TAFFC), receiving good comments from all three reviewers involved. Two unknown reviewers plus an ...
11 votes
5 answers
7k views

In a grant proposal, should I write that I have a paper very likely to be accepted by a very prestigious journal? and how?

I am facing a problem that is new for me and I don't know to whom to ask. My current supervisor and I are very busy and we both have barely some time to discuss pressing bureaucratic issues and ...
2 votes
1 answer
180 views

Ordering Co-Authors in a Large Research Team: Best Practices?

I am currently involved in a research project that has an unusually large team of about 40 co-authors. Given the extensive number of contributors, we are facing a significant challenge in determining ...
28 votes
10 answers
10k views

Is it ethical for a professor to reuse exam questions annually without changes?

I'm facing a situation at my university that raises some ethical concerns and I'd like to get your perspective on it. One of our professors has a consistent practice of reusing the same exam questions ...
0 votes
1 answer
121 views

Ethical and Normative Aspects of Unpaid TA Positions with High Workload for Recommendation Letters

I'm facing a situation at my university that I'm not sure is standard or ethical, and I'd like some outside perspectives. In certain courses, we have about 60 teaching assistants (TAs), all of whom ...
6 votes
3 answers
2k views

What should someone do if they find a similar working paper to their thesis after graduation?

What should a student do if they find a similar unpublished working paper (say at a recent conference) after they have already defended the thesis and graduated? Suppose that the other group has been ...
2 votes
1 answer
781 views

Can a professor use their student's work as their own work?

I'm studying in a college in India. I have a course with a professor who is insisting that we submit our presentations in ppt format so that he can use them as his own ppts for his later batches. Is ...
75 votes
5 answers
7k views

What consequences should I expect after violence in my classroom?

I am a teaching assistant and master's student in the math dept. at a large state university. I was holding a discussion section this morning when some young man walks in with his shirt off acting ...
2 votes
2 answers
304 views

Having a relationship with one my students as TA? [duplicate]

I'm a teaching assistant and the semester is almost over. I might be a TA next semester too. I like one of my students, but I think it's not professional to tell her. Is it wrong to ask her out, or ...
5 votes
4 answers
886 views

My old advisor won't let me go ahead and submit my paper. What do I do?

I am a PhD student currently needing advice on a paper submission issue with a previous supervisor (or advisor/mentor in some countries). Last year, I discovered that my supervisor had not gotten ...
5 votes
1 answer
128 views

Advice with finding and contacting participants for studying crime (interview-based research with ex-offenders) [closed]

I'd like to conduct a study on street gangs in the 1960s-1980s as part of my PG dissertation. Ideally, I'd like to conduct this as an interview-based study (like an oral history/criminology project) ...
22 votes
2 answers
2k views

Why is the Grievance Studies affair considered to be research requiring IRB approval?

I'm reading about the Grievance Studies affair and there's one thing I don't understand. Portland State University (PSU) initiated a a research misconduct inquiry against Boghossian for conducting a ...

1
2 3 4 5
41