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Can my grant pay for a conference marginally related to award?

Research administrator here, who approves expenses like these every day. The actual answer has to do with your institution's policies. In the event of an audit, if your institution is more ...
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My result is accepted in a journal as an errata, but the editors want to change the authorship

Short answer/summary: I take it that you felt as if you were submitting more or less an "original work", even though it's very much based on correcting an error in a published paper. I think ...
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Article that plagiarized our paper is still available and gets cited - what to do?

To build upon Buffy's good answer, check out Retraction Watch. Specifically, their advice on what to do if you find misconduct. You're already followed most of their recommendations, but might also ...
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Article that plagiarized our paper is still available and gets cited - what to do?

Since plagiarism isn't normally (some exceptions) a legal issue, complaining to the other journal is about all you can do. You can specifically ask that journal to take the paper down and they might ...
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I feel guilty about past behavior in my college

This sounds like one of the rare cases where I suggest to actually go to a specialist to find out what's going on and how to fix it. Especially your loss of attention indicates that something is going ...
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Is it madatory to obtain an ethical clearance from my affiliated institute for an interview that is to be presented in a conference?

At a typical US institution you would be expected to either A) get IRB agreement that you do not need IRB approval (typically through an expedited review process) or B) get IRB approval. There is no ...
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My result is accepted in a journal as an errata, but the editors want to change the authorship

You cannot force a journal to publish your paper if it doesn't want to. Perhaps they were wrong to reject your paper, but it's their decision and there's no point in dwelling on it. There are many ...
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Submitting 2 manuscripts explaining the same scientific fact but by two different methods

Is this allowed? In theory and practice, yes, there are many mechanisms which would allow you to do it. Is it ethical? It depends on perception. In my opinion, this qualifies as "salami slicing&...
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Article that plagiarized our paper is still available and gets cited - what to do?

To expand on Adam Přenosil's comment - ask the second journal to retract the offending paper. Note this requires extensive plagiarism (a small amount of plagiarism might lead to a correction instead) ...
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My result is accepted in a journal as an errata, but the editors want to change the authorship

Let me put my Editor's hat on...and for clarity I'm not affiliated with the journal you're dealing with. First, an Errata is generally sent by the authors of the original paper to point out an error ...
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My result is accepted in a journal as an errata, but the editors want to change the authorship

First off, based on your responses to all the comments, I think you have a very mistaken view about the prestige of being an author of this errata. This is not something to be proud of or to put your ...
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Crazy emails from superstar professor

It's difficult to know for sure without having a clearer picture of what is in the crazy emails, but my suggestion would be to politely push for clarification. Something like: Apologies, I found your ...
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Crazy emails from superstar professor

If everyone agrees that the emails are “crazy”, perhaps he is struggling with mental health issues. Some conditions, like schizophrenia and other illnesses that cause psychosis, can have “crazy emails”...
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Can my grant pay for a conference marginally related to award?

SHORT ANSWER: I see absolutely NO ethical issue in using money from a grant awarded to you for a research topic X in order to attend a conference about research topic Y, especially if that might be ...
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Article that plagiarized our paper is still available and gets cited - what to do?

It may be possible to issue a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown request if the plagiarism involves copyrighted material. You could send a formal, written complaint to the editor-in-...
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I feel guilty about past behavior in my college

Is there really a way to even slightly change what has happened? Obviously not, but given your higher-ups are professionals they will not overreact over what I read as juvenile behavior. am I done ...
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My result is accepted in a journal as an errata, but the editors want to change the authorship

Your description lacks details, so this answer also draws on generalizations based on what you described. The editor chose to publish an erratum. Errata are minor, almost by definition. Here's how ...
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Should I ask permission from my former PI after finishing my contract when I'm sole author of the paper?

From what you say, you already have his "permission" to publish as a sole author or otherwise exclude him. From what you say, you are ethically the sole author of the paper in its current ...
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My result is accepted in a journal as an errata, but the editors want to change the authorship

I guess that this question relates to the same paper as your earlier question (An editor thinks a correction should be posted on the author's website rather than published. Is he sticking to the ...
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I feel guilty about past behavior in my college

Your point 4 is the one you should be concerned with and seek professional help to overcome it. Perhaps your university has an office that can provide help. What you experience isn't uncommon at all. ...
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I feel guilty about past behavior in my college

What stands out in your narrative is your confusion and anxiety around relationships and your own behavior and the recent change in your focus. Not everyone questions their own behavior. Some people ...
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An editor thinks a correction should be posted on the author's website rather than published. Is he sticking to the academic ethics?

SHORT ANSWER: If correcting the mistakes does not change the main results of the "famous paper in mathematical economics", doing so (in the original paper, does not make sense doing so in a ...
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An editor thinks a correction should be posted on the author's website rather than published. Is he sticking to the academic ethics?

Since the "editor" is from a different journal, I think that their statement is perfectly reasonable and there are no ethical issues here. Academic courtesy, perhaps, but not ethics. There ...
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Submitting 2 manuscripts explaining the same scientific fact but by two different methods

There is no ethical concern as long as you have cross-cited the papers if necessary to avoid self plagiarism. That is probably not an issue given what you say, but I haven't seen the two papers. ...
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Plagiarism in paragraph and image, or not?

Citation does not exclude plagiarism There are several possible reasons to cite existing work, including (non-exhaustively): Indicate topical relevance. Acknowledge discovery priority. Import that ...
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Should I ask permission from my former PI after finishing my contract when I'm sole author of the paper?

In my opinion it is best to confirm, especially if all you have is a verbal agreement, I would get it on the record via email (if you already have that, then that is fine). Further to that, you may ...
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Crazy emails from superstar professor

This sounds not so much like a "superstar" but an aspiring "supernova" professor. However, after reading your overview, it is not really clear if that prof did something outright ...
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My result is accepted in a journal as an errata, but the editors want to change the authorship

It looks to me like you have different expectations than the course of action they took in response to your paper. I have two ideas for you: Contact them about it and explain your situation. There ...
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Can my grant pay for a conference marginally related to award?

Expenses charged to a grant are supposed to specifically "benefit" (i.e., help advance) the aims of that particular project. Whether attending a particular conference does so is essentially ...
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Can my grant pay for a conference marginally related to award?

In my opinion, the grant/fellowship funds the science and the scientist/applicant - the two are closely linked and intertwined. If you think this is a legit and useful conference that will benefit you ...
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