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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Can I become a professor if I were expelled from the uni?

I’d just like to know your opinion on this issue (whether you think it is ethical or not). The point is, for three years, I was a straight A-student. But towards the final year, I simply started to ...
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Readmission after leaving for and being dismissed from a different graduate program

Consider this scenario: I enroll in a graduate program at X university. Then I withdraw and enroll in an equivalent program at Y university instead. A few semesters later I get dismissed from Y ...
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Should we ask ambiguous questions on an exam?

I'm TAing an undergraduate course at a university in the US, and had a disagreement with the professor teaching the course about a question in an exam. Here's an abstract version of the relevant part: ...
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The influence of my supervisor has been harmful to my research. Should I still present my thesis? [closed]

Some background. After my bachelor's, I took an interdisciplinary masters that allowed me to switch to a field that interested me. I'm currently in a PhD student with a supervisor that took a similar ...
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Is it ethical for PhD advisor to collect ideas or even project description text from students/postdocs for his/her own funding proposal?

Is it ethical for PhD advisor to collect ideas or even project description text from students/postdocs for his/her own funding proposal? Not sure how common this situation is, but this seems strange. ...
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Demonstrating capacity for independent work in light of parasitic co-authorship

I'm applying to a prestigious funding program for early-career researchers* that places a heavy emphasis on the "scientific excellence" and "intellectual capacity and creativity" ...
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Are there any issues with submitting conference papers in one language and publishing them in a journal in a different language?

I have some research I want to present at a conference in my native language but I would rather submit for publication in English after finalizing it. Are there any ethical issues with this I am ...
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Is it ethical for a journal to reject an accepted article because they decided not to publish the issue

I am stuck in an unfortunate situation caused by a journal and its editorial team. I have an accepted article through a special issue of a journal and the article is now in early access. My paper has ...
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Is it reasonable to keep rejecting postdoc offers to honor your part of the agreement with a professor for another postdoc?

I met Professor X, during an interview at a high-ranking university in which I wasn't selected. Weeks later, the professor invited me for an informal video chat. He gave me a lot of feedback and told ...
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How to deal with advisor writing a thesis chapter for you?

How would you respond if an advisor writes a chapter of your thesis for you and asks you to rewrite what they wrote? Something seems wrong but I can't pinpoint it. It seems like a grey area. What are ...
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Can an advisor use student's data for journal publishing without prior consent?

A master's student did research under an advisor. As part of the research, the student had collected and processed a lot of data and finally published the thesis as well. After a few years, the ...
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Informing a university about an offer from another university [duplicate]

I've received an offer from university A and I'm waiting for a decision from university B (both prestigious). Would it be sensible to inform university B about my offer from university A and tell them ...
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Is it Unethical to Work in Two Labs at Once?

I am a post-bac who is looking to gain some more experience doing psych research before applying to PhD programs in the fall. I am currently a lab manager at a cognition lab, but am essentially part-...
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Presenting an expository paper that has already been accepted by a magazine

I am an undergraduate student in mathematics and recently I have written an expository elementary paper that got accepted by a magazine (I wouldn't call it a journal, because it mainly focuses on ...
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What national agency in Russia codifies research ethics?

I am coordinating the funding proposal for a joint Austrian–Russian research project. The proposal needs to briefly discuss compliance with relevant ethics regulations and guidelines, preferably not ...
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Is it ethical to reach out to other postdocs about the research project before the postdoc interview?

I have a postdoc interview at the end of the month. I found a researcher's profile that's been working on the same research project I applied for. I am thinking of sending her an email or a LinkedIn ...
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Handling possibly unethical disclosures in letter of recommendation

While reviewing applicants for a position, I noticed a disclosure in a letter of recommendation that is potentially unethical. I'm sure this happens from time to time - something like "Jane Doe's ...
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Can reviewers ask questions of or communicate with the author outside of the formal review process?

It's typical in my field that after we post to the arxiv, people from the community reach out to the authors to ask questions about the paper. Every time this has happened to me, I've responded with ...
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Publish a paper with flaws, improve it, or let it go?

As a PI, I have quite a few projects that have gone nowhere. For some of these projects, I have submitted a manuscript that has been rejected. In others, I have written portions of a manuscript, but ...
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Is it weird to display ads on an academic website?

I have never seen (or realized) an example of an academic website which displays ads. I am thinking of a website not hosted by the institute, but as a personal website, paid by the faculty member. ...
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Is it ethical to publish my own idea when ex-colleagues also wanted to work on it, and how do I make it clear which parts are my own contributions?

Context: Some years ago I collaborated on a paper, with my advisor and another grad student (first author), in which we would include a certain competitive machine learning algorithm and a ...
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Is it unethical to accidentally benefit from online material in a take-home exam? [closed]

Many years ago, as an undergraduate, I was taking a physics class which had a peculiar exam arrangement: on Tuesday, the professor gave us a take-home portion of the exam which would be submitted on ...
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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 ...
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Is it immoral to advise PhD students in non-industry-relevant topics in middle-lower ranked universities?

Currently, the situation in academia is that graduating from a top PhD program is almost a requirement for landing an R1 tenure-track job. However, many of these graduates will not end up at similarly ...
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Is it legal to ask an intern to write a peer-review report? [duplicate]

I would like to ask you concerning a situation I was a few years back. I was an unofficial intern at a research institution. The aim of the internship was to study and search for new methods from a ...
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Should cheating be reported?

I am doing my Masters in Mathematics at a reputable university in the UK, but there has been a lot of cheating so far. Due to Covid, we have two forms of assessment: Coursework Open-book, open-...
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Writing papers with deceased co-authors?

I am doing a literature review for a project and I have come across recent papers in top journals where one of the co-authors is a famous Statistician (Peter G. Hall, 1951 – 2016). This is an example ...
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What would you do if the author of a published CS article does not respond to code requests?

Since reproducibility is a major principle or basic norm of scientific experiments, simulations, and computations, what would you do or what to do if the author of a published CS article does not ...
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Awkward situation with editor several month after submission: advice

I am observing from some distance the following situation. Two young mathematicians -- call them A and B -- submitted a paper to a quite strong journal and indicated a much senior colleague C as a ...
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First author researcher on a manuscript left job without publishing

A grant-funded researcher wrote a manuscript that they were first author on. All co-authors were awarded time to make edits. Before getting departmental approval for submitting to publication, the ...
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When should one recommend rejection of a manuscript versus major revisions? [closed]

Is there any good way to determine when it appropriate to reject a manuscript versus merely recommending major revisions? I.e., at what point do you declare a manuscript a lost cause? I understand ...
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Accused of cheating on online final exam [duplicate]

Last month I took my final exam for accounting online. My grades in the class are very good as I have a tutor for the class. I got an email from my professor telling me that she had to talk to me and ...
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Replacing a shorter manuscript with a longer manuscript on arXiv

I initially wrote a short manuscript (4 pages) intended for physics journal A and posted this short manuscript on arXiv. After referee feedback from journal A, I am now seeking to instead submit this ...
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How to ethically approach publishing research with conflict of interest?

I have an opportunity to participate in a contest with a nontrivial monetary prize, which can be summarized as "Describe in details a secure way to do X using technology Y and provide an ...
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An article not presented in conference but published in conference special issue

Although an article was not presented at the conference, this article published in the conference special issue of a journal after reviewing and editorial process. Considering whether the authors ...
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Is it ethical for students to be required to consent to their final course projects being publicly shared?

In a course, students were required to sign a consent form to share their final course project. There were two options that they could choose from: either anonymous sharing or sharing with attribution/...
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Can analyzing data from an existing public online database be considered orginal work?

I wish you all a Merry Christmas. I have a question but found no solution to it using the search function. I would like to ask whether summarizing and analyzing data from an existing online database ...
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Contact programs about wrong dates for part-time research assistantship in college?

So I am submitting applications for this cycle (Fall 2021). I graduated from school a few years ago and did occasional part-time work as a research assistant in college. In my application, I recorded ...
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Am I allowed to share Stack Overflow data along with a paper that uses it?

I plan on submitting a paper that uses Stack Overflow data (contents of Stack Overflow questions, fetched using the Stack Exchange API) to a conference, and the conference is welcoming authors to ...
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My university does not do anything to prevent cheating in online exams, and grading is relative. What should I do? [duplicate]

I am from a reputed university in India and despite informing the department professors and higher authorities of the rampant cheating in the online exams, they haven't taken any steps to curb it (...
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Is it allowed to publish an explanation of someone's thesis?

Last spring, I did a research project where I tried to develop code, modelling a physical system using a method developed by a researcher and presented as his PhD. thesis. Now I have completed my work ...
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Can I (should I) change the name of this distribution?

I am nearly finished with a paper, as well as some accompanying open-source software. We are planning on submitting this to a prominent statistics journal. One of the more promising methods that we ...
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A senior faculty hates me -- should I prepare to leave? [closed]

I am a pre-tenured faculty. A senior faculty in my department hates me. She has been very strange to me. For example, she sent out a dinner invitation for all people in my department. I accepted ...
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"Competing interests" not disclosed? retraction?

I have recently come across this paper in Nature Communications: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-17419-7 From the authors’ affiliations and corresponding email it seems like all authors are ...
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How to deal with incommunicable co-author

The background: In the grand area of Mathematics in which I do research, there is a famous Professor, let us call him 'A', who started a joint project with another younger colleague, let us call him '...
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Is it ethical to purchase someone else's work and submit an edited version for assignments?

I have a friend who purchased work (a computer program assignment) from somebody else. He hired them to do it. However, he made a significant effort to make the purchased work into his own (he rewrote ...
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Is there a standard ethical codex for publishing of research?

I am asking about some kind of standard well known and complete ethical codex with versions of strictness (a list of rules comparable to the creative commons licenses in the field of software/art ...
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Are anonymous online surveys exempt from IRB?

This is for a research paper, and the survey was sent to thousands of people through publically available email information. Because the response rate is low, and we don't ask for any self-identity ...
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Co-authoring a paper with a persona non grata

Suppose Researcher A did some joint work with Researcher B. While the work was still in progress, or the manuscript was in preparation, researcher B became persona non grata in Academia, due to ...
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One of the authors changed idea before submitting paper

I have just finished a paper together with a number of colleagues and collaborators from other universities. We were about to submit it but one of the authors does not agree anymore. His explanation ...
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