Hot answers tagged

84 votes

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

I think you have this all correct. The world would be a better place if all papers released all of the software that is used to generate the results shown in it. And that's not just a personal thought ...
user avatar
61 votes

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

The ethics are simple, actually. For you, ethical behavior is to treat the student exactly like any other. For the department head the ethical behavior is not to apply any pressure, even implicitly, ...
user avatar
  • 263k
49 votes
Accepted

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

Teaching your chair's child presents a minor conflict of interest for both the instructor and the parent/chair. Consult your university's conflict of interest policy. Fair grading and a positive ...
user avatar
40 votes

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

In your case, HIPAA does not apply. You are not divulging patient information, but you are made to divulge information about yourself and others. Since the university is not a medical provider, HIPAA ...
user avatar
  • 3,665
34 votes

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

Background: I am a former department chair at a large university, and also served for several years on my university’s conflicts of interest committee. The situation you are describing can indeed ...
user avatar
  • 169k
33 votes
Accepted

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

As long as looking back at previous material was allowed, you did nothing wrong. You studied for an exam, and took the exam following the same rules as all the other students. The professor is at ...
user avatar
  • 452
24 votes

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

If this doesn't affect your work, I suggest, like the president, to let it go and finish your projects so that you can move on. It is their problem to resolve, not yours. Pressing it too hard can ...
user avatar
  • 263k
22 votes

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

As noted in the comments, the children of departmental chairs and administrators who have matriculated at an institution have a right to the services that are provided by that institution. Someone ...
user avatar
16 votes

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

This is concerning indeed. The issue is far from my area of expertise, but some ideas that come to mind are: Are you part of a student union? Ask them for help. I think your focus on whether the ...
user avatar
  • 169k
14 votes

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

Did I do anything wrong? Nope, you're ok :-) Will the lecturer likely [rephrased: notice what I did]? Unlikely - unless you were exceptionally poor in homework assignments/midterms/etc - which ...
user avatar
  • 37.4k
13 votes

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

While I won’t comment on your particular case, I think it’s useful to consider science as a whole. You should realize that computer scientists are uniquely able to distribute an entire exact ...
user avatar
  • 231
13 votes

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

Check out this famous paper (in AI) by Google. It described an algorithm by which an AI can learn to play a game - in this case chess and shogi - by playing against itself only, and how such an AI can ...
user avatar
  • 103k
13 votes

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

What you can do for others Professors in Germany (and other countries) are very difficult to fire. Most failed professors end up without a group, or one or two employees that are come with their ...
user avatar
  • 51.3k
11 votes

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

It was an open-book exam. You found the answers in a book. What could possibly be wrong with reading a book to learn the answers? Whether it's OK to copy the answers verbatim will depend on additional ...
user avatar
  • 561
11 votes

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

YES it is unethical, regardless of whether it is legal. This is not only a violation of privacy, but also a threat of long-term harm (lowering your grades and thereby affecting your future) should you ...
user avatar
  • 1,489
9 votes

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

My best guess is that this is under the jurisdiction your office of equal opportunity. A lot of medical information relates to mental illness, gender and reproductive health. Student organizations? ...
user avatar
  • 7,542
9 votes

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

Going point by point through your issues... The papers do have some theoretical content, but they do not seem to be particularly valuable. Anyone else could have come up with those ideas with a ...
user avatar
  • 5,427
8 votes

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

The goal of a paper is to report a novel research finding. It can accomplish this perfectly well without providing source code. It is not possible to describe empirical findings in full detail in a ...
user avatar
  • 639
6 votes
Accepted

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

No, you're not wrong to insist that only people who have authored the work should be listed as authors. I'm a bit hesitant to confidently declare that you should be sole author, because sometimes ...
user avatar
  • 67.1k
6 votes
Accepted

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

For the title question, our existing Q&A How should I phrase an important question that I need to ask a professor? applies - professors are human people that communicate with other human people ...
user avatar
  • 67.1k
4 votes

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

In general, a citation needs to make it easier for a reader to find the referenced article. This seems to me the good most worthy of protection here. Anyone involved in the conference that accepted ...
user avatar
  • 3,665
3 votes
Accepted

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

A lot of this will depend on your specific contract and the NDAs / non-compete agreements you sign with your "big corporate" employer. Do not rely on "something you have read on the ...
user avatar
  • 126k
3 votes
Accepted

When Criticism gets personal?

The "breaking point" often comes from regularity of criticism, even if it is valid and non-personal I don't think the issue here is a matter of criticism being "too hard" or "...
user avatar
  • 44.7k
2 votes

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

Unpublished papers, in and of themselves, are almost entirely worthless, like an unfilled lottery ticket, or a movie script that's never been filmed. Once published, they get a little value, like a ...
user avatar
  • 1,173
2 votes

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

In Germany (like in many other countries), professors are civil servants and it isn't easy to fire them. Therefore, all your efforts to report this behaviour won't probably have any effects. However, ...
user avatar
  • 4,388
2 votes

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

Yes, people will have difficulty locating the source when you cite the source as X et al. with X not actually being the first author. If the X you wish to name is the most prominent or senior in the ...
user avatar
2 votes

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

That should be fine. You might get asked for a copy of the paper in which case a conversation might be needed. If the professor isn't a reviewer for the conference then sharing it should have no ...
user avatar
  • 263k
2 votes

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

This is a messy, complicated, potentially emotionally charged situation. My first advice is to try to remain calm. Brace yourself for any related interaction and prepare well in advance to keep your ...
user avatar
1 vote
Accepted

Authorship order changed after resubmitting to another journal?

As an undergraduate you probably have little power to change things. That would be a task for your local PI or supervisor. However, it feels like a selfish move on the part of the other group, ...
user avatar
  • 263k
1 vote

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

The professor is certainly guilty of plagiarism by verbatim copying text from a source and failing to cite where it came from. Depending on how your answers were generated, you may have also committed ...
user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible