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
0 votes
0 answers
15 views

Is it ethical to make an anonymous referee realize we know who he is?

A year ago we submitted a manuscript to a high-profile journal. I was a co-author. We got two referee reports, one positive and one negative. Reading carefully the negative report, I noticed there a ...
48 votes
8 answers
9k views

Student put my name in the acknowledgement section despite the fact I have never talked to him

A high school fresh graduate was applying to undergraduate schools in the united states. He is a friend of a family acquaintance. Despite the fact that I did not even know his name, I was surprised ...
-2 votes
6 answers
654 views

Lying about date accessed so people don't think you procrastinated

Is it generally a big case of academic integrity/plagiarism to lie about the date accessed of a certain document or whatever when making citations, at least in the following case? The case: The idea ...
16 votes
3 answers
1k views

Is post-hoc hypothesis an issue?

I was asked to serve as a reviewer in a peer-review process. I remarked some issues and suggested a minor revision to the editor. Now I received the revision back and generally think the authors did ...
41 votes
5 answers
5k views

What are the ethics of reviewing a paper, spotting issues, not raising them in the review, and then trying to publish a paper on the issues?

I had a paper that went through a long peer-review process (~1 year). One of the reviews seemed to obviously be from a specific individual who strongly disagreed with the paper because it critiques ...
1 vote
2 answers
204 views

Is it ethical for a referee to recommend rejection after many months from receiving the manuscript?

I am an early-career researcher in mathematics. In general, after submitting a paper to a journal, it is advised to wait six months before requesting information about the status of the review process....
0 votes
1 answer
153 views

Shall I collaborate/email with a peer who've been taking contribution from others' working paper without properly citing?

There is a peer researcher working closely to my main topic. I recently got some results built upon his latest papers. However, I knew that he paraphrased a (small) section of someone else's work into ...
8 votes
4 answers
5k 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 ...
7 votes
3 answers
3k views

When submitting a paper to a journal, what is considered an original figure?

It is often the case that you want to make a similar point compared to what you made in previous papers, but in a different context. But you can't use the same figure that you used in a previous paper ...
-4 votes
3 answers
206 views

Is it possible to ethically use an undergraduate for publishing my research as a PhD student in the following context?

Suppose I am a Ph.D. student in machine learning and have an idea about developing a model that I presume to be more efficient than existing models. Although I have a broad idea of coding to some ...
0 votes
2 answers
172 views

What to do about a dubious competing publication in the same journal I'm submitting to?

Before submitting my predictions paper, I spotted a paper with alternative methods for the same predictions. It appeared two weeks ago online-first in the same journal I'm submitting to. Digging into ...
64 votes
8 answers
11k views

What good is my paper if the code is not open source?

I have been working with my research group on a number of papers in a certain area of Computer Science. These papers have a certain portion which is theoretical (i.e. contains theorems, formalisms, ...
-5 votes
0 answers
52 views

PhD advisor ghosting me to escape unethical behavior sabotaging postdoc applications [duplicate]

I've graduated 7 months ago (I did my PhD in a Lab in Europe as an international student) and since then I am looking for a postdoc. I managed to get two prestigious opportunities in the US before my ...
3 votes
3 answers
522 views

What should I do about past academic dishonesty?

I graduated last year from a prestigious university where I was in general a very good student. I am now applying to graduate programs. The class (upper-level undergraduate mathematics) had moved to ...
0 votes
2 answers
356 views

PhD advisor bullies me because I refused to give him total ownership over my research and help him copy it before it's public

I developed an innovative method about which I wrote an article (not published yet) and a complete open-source library implementing it. The field is Applied Mathematics. I showed the finished work to ...
37 votes
5 answers
7k views

Is it unethical for nursing school assignments to require students private medical information?

The curriculum for the nursing program at my university regularly requires the student to write a detailed account of their HIPAA-protected medical information. The assignments usually require posting ...
15 votes
4 answers
4k views

How can you handle your professor not doing his job (as a postdoc)?

For the past two years, I have been working as a postdoc under a new German professor with what I consider to be an atrocious work ethic: His presence on campus is limited only to when in-person ...
32 votes
9 answers
7k views

Lecturer Copied Textbook Questions for Open Book Exam - I Used the Answers

Yesterday, before my exam, I went through as many practice questions as possible, and incorporated anything I missed into my notes - this included cases not taught in the textbook or lectures. I am a ...
1 vote
1 answer
164 views

Authorship order changed after resubmitting to another journal?

The work is a collaboration between my home university and another research group. We first submitted the work to a pretty good journal where I was the second author. But the publisher recommended we ...
51 votes
21 answers
13k views

Am I required to hand out private encryption key to head of institute?

I am a PhD student at a German university. Motivated by a longer absence of a (technical) coworker due to illness, the accessibility of data of the members of my institute has been discussed for such ...
3 votes
1 answer
250 views

Should I cite a pre-print as published on reviewer's request?

I have cited a recent pre-print posted in arxiv in one of my papers that is accepted for presenting at a conference. One of the reviewers (who is one of the authors of the pre-print I suspect) has ...
6 votes
2 answers
2k views

Is it worthless to cite a paper as X et al. when X is not first author but performed the work?

This question is perhaps a particular case of this one. I still feel it deserves to live standalone. I am sure that a published paper with 4 authors--A, B, C, and X--was almost entirely produced by X....
57 votes
7 answers
8k views

Can two PhD students publish without involving their supervisors?

I am a theoretical computer science PhD student. My childhood friend (my present roommate) is in the 3rd year of his pure mathematics PhD program. Very recently we both worked on a problem on ...
9 votes
4 answers
3k views

Claiming authorship for substantial work on a single-author-only paper

I recently worked on a research project for a client of my organization who was chosen for a highly prestigious lecture in my field (delivered annually). As part of convention, the lecturer is also ...
2 votes
1 answer
180 views

How can I ask the professor if I could still work with them on the proposal?

I received two Ph.D. offers this year. The offer from A came too late, which was later than the deadline for the decision of offer from B. Thus, I decided to take the offer from B. Although I have ...
0 votes
1 answer
183 views

Is it okay to say that I have a paper under review when applying/talking to potential supervisors?

As I am applying/talking to potential supervisors is it appropriate to mention (but not elaborate) that I have a paper under review at a specific conference? Or would this be a potential breach of ...
0 votes
1 answer
144 views

Working in a research company that studies the same research problem as my startup [closed]

I am almost in the final step of joining a big research company. This company has a huge amount of data for research problem X, and their research team is always digging into it. I just want to ...
34 votes
5 answers
8k views

What are the ethics involved in teaching my chair's child in my undergrad class?

I'm a faculty member, and my department chair's son is enrolled in a course I'm teaching. Actually, this happened twice during the past academic year and is slated to happen again this fall. I'm ...
2 votes
1 answer
178 views

When Criticism gets personal? [closed]

I would like to know when critics start to be personal? There are lots of these "Don't take it too much personally" stories, but what is the other side? Of course, constructive criticism is ...
47 votes
12 answers
14k views

PhD student pressured to fabricate data due to bad experiment design

Summary: It took me 3 years to analyze data from one sample (n=1) whereas correct way to perform experiment would be with n>=3. Now my job and funding are in question, since I don't have more time. ...
125 votes
7 answers
14k views

Asked again to review a paper, when the authors don't wish to modify it

I have received a manuscript to review for a journal. The interesting thing is, I had already reviewed this article (exact same title, abstract and author list, almost exact same content) for another ...
34 votes
2 answers
4k views

As a reviewer, what steps can I take after paper is published despite major scientific and ethical concerns, with no explanation from editor?

I recently reviewed a manuscript for a journal I didn't know very well, but which was indexed on Pubmed and Scopus and seemed to be legitimate. In my review, I recommended rejection based on what I ...
18 votes
4 answers
6k views

Did my professor act unethically by publishing a paper with a figure from my thesis without any acknowledgement?

Title says it all, but for specifics.. Just found out my thesis advisor published a paper last year using a figure from my thesis. The thesis is in embargo until later this year. I do have be honest ...
1 vote
1 answer
158 views

Is it ethical for lecturers to give marks based on another criteria other than the one they prescribed?

Is it ethical for a lecturer to give all students in their class full marks for a module when they have not assessed the quality of the assessments? In one class, students were told they would be ...
18 votes
7 answers
9k views

Instructor listening in secretly in simulated intake assignment -- allowed? Ethical?

I am in an online, accredited, public, post-baccalaureate degree program. I think it's the first time my instructor is teaching a university course -- at least at this institution. The instructor ...
27 votes
7 answers
7k views

How to prove episodes of academic misconduct?

My former PhD supervisor asked me different times to produce false results, including complete fabrication from scratch of otherwise non-existent results. I always managed to get away from that and I ...
14 votes
6 answers
8k views

Is it ethical to privately thank authors when you discover they’ve cited your work?

Is it ethical to privately thank authors when you discover they’ve cited your work? Can it be looked upon like you’re trying to gain future favour? Or like the citation itself was for any reason other ...
13 votes
7 answers
2k views

When is it appropriate to add references to own papers on Wikipedia?

The Wikipedia rules about citing yourself state: Using material you have written or published is allowed within reason, but only if it is relevant, conforms to the content policies, ... and is not ...
11 votes
2 answers
358 views

Writing a case report about my own medical problems without treating physician

I am a postdoc in epidemiology. Last year I had a very rare viral infectious disease that got me admitted to the hospital for more than a week, and it is worth a case report because it's a fairly ...
4 votes
1 answer
208 views

Submitting two articles to the same journal at the same time similar ideas but different surgeries?

I am part of two different labs that are studying very similar things. One is the impact of smoking on elbow or shoulder replacement, and the other is the impact of smoking on wrist replacement. They ...
27 votes
4 answers
8k views

Is it plagiarism if someone attends your talk and then writes a paper about your ideas?

6 months ago I presented a talk describing some research I had been doing and presenting some half finished results. Ive since discovered that one of the attendees took my idea from the talk and ...
26 votes
4 answers
6k views

Is it ethical to ask to see a letter of recommendation if the recommender is dead?

My former PI (and role model and one of the most incredible people I know) wrote me a letter of recommendation for a scholarship before she passed away. I know her secretary was the one who submitted ...
-2 votes
2 answers
946 views

A jerk is becoming a professor, should I alert their faculty?

During the early stage of my research career many years ago, as a graduate student, I met this young and bright but yet very manipulative PhD student. Let's call the person A. At the beginning A was ...
6 votes
5 answers
1k views

Is it legal / ethical for a professor to monetize course content videos?

I am a college student who is currently enrolled in a class where the professor posts lecture videos online with ads enabled. I was wondering if this is legal; the professor is being paid by the ...
7 votes
1 answer
745 views

Is it (un)ethical to use your students' research idea without giving them coauthorship (only acknowledgement)?

A tad similar to this question here but also quite different, so here's the current debacle: In one of my classes I taught, the final project entails students getting in groups and having to run a ...
0 votes
1 answer
251 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 ...
22 votes
2 answers
938 views

Colleague stops replying emails about project, and later publishes the project with other colleagues?

I met a Chinese colleague in a conference, where we identified a research topic of common interest. So, we agreed on collaborating on a project and started exchanging some emails about the project, ...
23 votes
3 answers
6k views

How to protect ourselves from predatory reviewers?

When authors submit paper to a journal, the paper will go through the peer review process. When a reviewer accepts to review a paper, the reviewer is then given the power to delay the publication of ...
10 votes
7 answers
4k views

Is authorship justified for performing an experiment 7 years ago, which is published? We just used samples from that experiment for a new analysis

7 years ago, a mouse experiment was performed, and samples are still available for further analysis. This mouse experiment is already published with a certain readout. Now, we publish a whole ...
2 votes
1 answer
177 views

It there a non-academic job that reviews conference or journal submissions?

I am a research student at the moment, but it has occurred to me that it could potentially be profitable to be a "pre-reviewer". I will explain what I mean. A pre-reviewer is not an academic ...

1
2 3 4 5
37