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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Conference discussant: Is it appropriate to ask someone to present my comments?

I am a new assistant professor. I have been invited for a conference discussant and said yes. However, I just realized that I am required to register for the conference (fee is $710) to serve as a ...
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Arxiv after acceptance

I had submitted a paper, say X-1, on a reputed Springer (Birkhauser) journal of our field. After two major revisions I received an Ad hoc email from the editor which says that the paper is accepted, ...
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How to start working independently in a project?

It has been two months since I joined in this new project. I have put to work along with another postdoc researcher. Now we both have been asked to set a pipeline for sequencing analysis. This person ...
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Would these be adequate grounds for severe reprimand from my undergraduate program? [closed]

I apologize in advance for such a long and possibly bizarre question. I have tried to find an answer to this issue but could not find it anywhere. First I want to provide some context. I was a student ...
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When publishing a paper submitted and presented in a conference as a book chapter, should I cite the conference submission/presentation?

I submitted a paper to a conference and presented the paper there, but I didn't publish the paper in the conference proceedings. Later on the conference notified me that the paper was selected to be ...
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Is asking my mentor, the post-interview opinion about my recruitment, unethical?

I recently attended an interview in which my supervisor is a panel mate. After the interview, I met my mentor and asked whether I performed well and her opinion about the interview happened. She (my ...
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How to ask professor to work on domain we decided on

I am doing a undergrad thesis under a professor. We decided to work on some domain say "X" however now he is giving me work related to some other domain say "Y". Both "X" ...
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Is the review process at MDPI fair to reviewers? [duplicate]

I was asked to review for an MDPI journal and realized while requesting to extend the deadline for my review that the editor at MDPI intended to send review requests to several reviewers, to gather ...
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What should I do if I did someone else's homework a few years ago?

A few years ago, while I was working as a freelancer, I did something very stupid. On a freelancing website someone posted a few exercises about ordinary differential equations and asked someone to ...
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Is it ethical to obliquely cite articles published by a predatory publisher?

There's a recent article published in Research Evaluation analyzing MDPI's self-citation rates. The author argues that MDPI's self-citation rate is anomalously high relative to leading journals in the ...
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Co-authorship in exchange for paying conference fee

My BSc dissertation has recently been accepted for publication in the proceedings of a small conference. My supervisor has co-author credit as his assistance was naturally instrumental. While I'm been ...
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Professor is not publishing my work. Should I try to publish on my own adding him as a coauthor?

I went to do my postdoc (organic chemistry) in ICCAS Beijing, although I also had offers from other places. As soon as I arrived there, I was informed the professor had many unsubmitted works. After a ...
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How to deal with a toxic academic supervisor?

I am a person who does not have an "invisible personality". I talk, help around and friendly with everyone. It took me a great deal of efforts to be finally able to open up, which let me ...
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Is it ethically alright to submit an extended version of work that will be presented in a demo session to the main conference at a different venue?

We will soon present our work as part of the demo sessions at a conference. However, since being accepted for the presentation, we have significantly improved the existing work, to the point that it ...
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Is it morally acceptable to leave an academic project which brings value to thousands?

I am a university professor, Egypt, and one of my academic research projects five years ago, on which I spent a really long time, was to develop and evaluate an online community and library of freely ...
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Publishing a non thesis article

I would like to ask to you about a topic that has been on my mind right now. Before publishing my master thesis, I want to publish a non-thesis article and use it in my thesis and I want to cite ...
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Publishing single author paper while doing a postdoc under a supervisor

I am doing my second postdoc under someone who is well known in the field. I did some extensive calculations and got very good results in my grad school on a topic out of curiosity. My PhD advisor was ...
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How does a (junior) faculty member ensure prior promises are being kept?

Background: I'm in my 4th year on a tenure-track position. In June, I received an outside offer for associate professor after applying at a university where a former colleague of mine had moved to. ...
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Our advisor wants us to publish a paper, but we think it's not worth it. Need advice!

For my undergraduate project, we created an application that provided a bunch of features for small companies to analyze their target customers and public opinions. It was opinion mining of social ...
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At what stage should acknowledgements be inserted into the paper if review is double-blind?

At what stage should acknowledgements be inserted into the paper if review is double-blind? Is it only possible at the very end, when preparing the proof version? Or is it possible once the paper is ...
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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, ...
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If my professor turns a blind eye to cheating should I just follow suit?

Basically the title, I reported cheating and he said, to summarize, "I don't have the time, and cheaters only harm themselves anyway, and they'll find out later down the road." Anyway, I ...
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Should I mention about the time wasted (6 months) due to depression in my CV when I will apply to PHd programs

Very brief of the situations that happened from Jan 2021 : Living in a 3rd world country. I completed my masters in math in Jun 2020. Then I wanted to study some additional topics before applying in ...
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Senior faculty in my department have been spreading unfounded rumors about me, and I am concerned that it will affect my tenure case. What can I do?

I am a new tenure-track faculty (just completed my first year). Recently, I realized that two groups of senior faculty members have been spreading rumors about me: one group walked around saying that ...
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If a journal publishes my article against my will, do they have the right to request a publication charge?

Three years ago, I submited my paper to a journal. On their website there was an impact factor. After submitting my work, I discovered that the stated impact factor is not official and the journal ...
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Acknowledge professional/paid language correction service?

I am a non-native English speaker and had a paper manuscript corrected by a professional/paid agency. The agency only corrected language mistakes and did not do any content-related work. Should I ...
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Ethical issues related to refereeing for a top journal [closed]

Are there specific ethical issues related to being a referee for a top journal? I was thinking that one might subconsciously be tempted to recommend a very good, but not groundbreaking, paper in one's ...
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I replied to an emailed postdoc offer asking for a formal offer letter. Will it be interpreted as acceptance?

I am a graduating PhD student. I received a postdoc offer informally saying that I have been accepted. In reply I told them that I am looking forward to a formal offer letter. Will it be interpreted ...
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Mentioning location of paper submission while under review [duplicate]

I just submitted my first paper to a rather prestigious conference/journal (“XYZ”) as an undergrad. I’m currently applying to jobs, so I’d like to mention “the paper is under review for XYZ”. However, ...
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Ethics of asking student vaccination status

I work at a large public university in Washington state. Until recently, many buildings on campus have been closed, masks have been required, etc. Campus is now opening up, and vaccination is required ...
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Can an author claim sole authorship if the hired statistician writes half of the paper?

The paper in question is an analysis of government statistics to answer a question in sociology. The analysis was applied to a single government survey of a large population. The sociologist has ...
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Is it ethical to share with students a book draft that the author no longer makes publicly available?

Several years ago I taught an upper-division Mathematics course at my former institution. In the course of preparing to teach the course, I discovered that a professor at another university had not ...
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Attending math seminars on sabbatical in U.S

I am planning to go to one of the U.S. universities for sabbatical. (I do not live in U.S.) Most of my salary will be paid by my university, but my host university will pay for my apartment in the U.S....
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What are the consequences of betting on one's own research?

(Details fictionalized.) My research involves a new way of forecasting the weather. Unlike other forecasting models, the model I have developed says that the weather in a certain region will be ...
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Is this a predatory conference? [duplicate]

https://www.pagesconferences.com/physics/ I was invited despite never communicating with anyone in the committee, the email was not marked as spam though.
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Is Stealing Ideas Common in Academia? Should I be Worried About Potential Theft? [duplicate]

I am attending my first conference this week, and yesterday I attended a poster session and stopped by one that belonged to a lab manager of a lab quite similar to mine. I am also a lab manager, and ...
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Ethics about hiring writer for partial research paper writing

I want to hire someone to do partial research writing for me, particularly the introduction section. I will do the rest of the work. All the practical work is completed. This is non-graded work. It's ...
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I collected interviews/questionnaires but didn't know I had to do an ethics review. What do I do now?

For my master's thesis, I completed a systematic literature review and supplemented it with surveys and patient interviews. The topics required no medical information of patients. My supervisor was ...
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What to do in case of academic dishonesty by organizers after getting published

I am trying to avoid academic dishonesty as far as possible. I have submitted a paper to a local journal and after getting published, I noticed that the editor-in-chief (who is also a professor in a ...
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Is it ethical to split the research contribution to increase the paper count?

My university has a rule that all students need to publish at-least a couple of papers in SCI rated journals. A senior told me that it is better not to publish the research contribution in a single ...
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Archiving homework answers from a class

I have taken a math class and answered homework questions from a text (FOAG by Ravi Vakil). Vakil himself stated it was ok to publish answers to questions from his text (although he would prefer that ...
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What are indicators that someone has a ghost writer? [closed]

After reading about paper mills, and knowing that there are companies that offer ghostwriting for bachelor theses, at least in Switzerland and Germany, I asked myself if there are methods to detect ...
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Do missed patterns warrant correction to a published paper?

hoping some scientist academics out there can provide insight into a question I've been ruminating on for a while. I spent multiple years working on a large computational data set, and it was ...
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How should I address racist comments from a superior?

After finishing my master’s, I applied for a couple of positions, and the first interview I was invited to was at a renowned research institution in my field. I was living in our capital at that time ...
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Is it ethical to hire someone to program for a study project?

There is a small study project at university Z if someone did it and wrote a report, will be award an extra certificate. The project can be done as group work. The project was started with 2 person X ...
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Advisor wants to put his name on my paper when I did all the work and found the idea

During my master's work, when I was trying to solve the problem the advisor assigned to me, I solved another problem. I got an idea and it worked, I tried to talk to him about it, he refused. So, I ...
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Can I copy a Lemma one-to-one from another paper?

Instead of simply referring to a Lemma from another paper I want to copy it to my paper (using my Lemma numbering), cite it's original source and provide a proof of my own which might differ from the ...
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Should I notify a med school about their student's cheating history?

I know this individual who has lied on their medical school application by not disclosing a disciplinary action that they received and is now about to matriculate. They explicitly told me this, in ...
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Citing books, with unproved facts, in the introduction part of a research paper

Research community accepts a statement as fact in any domain of knowledge if and only if it has a proof. I am asking about domains for which proof is necessary. But the same fact may present in age ...
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I have ended up on a mailing list for lecturers

I'm a final year undergraduate student. When I opened Gmail today there was an email regarding some conference and instructions on how to submit a paper to it. I never get emails like this, so I was ...
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