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Minor mistake in setup, no time to redo it. OK to publish anyway?

If you try to cover up the mistake by manipulating data, or omitting critical information that is needed for reproducibility, then yes, it is unethical. If you include a mention of the issue, and ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

In my university it is typically the case that advisors are first authors I do not believe this is accepted practice in any field. If accurate, this speaks very negatively about your institution. ...
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Asked to cite papers for money

Overall, what you have observed is known current and ongoing fraud activity and several news and editorials in Science Magazine talk about this topic (most weeks there is at least one news highlight ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

Too many graduate students and postdocs over-romanticize their publications. Your career, in academia, will be judged by the body of your work, not one paper from grad school. Even so, people will see ...
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Is it ethical to study online solutions to for-credit math master's homework problems?

If you search the internet or books or other places for understanding, then there is no ethical issue. The course actually sounds like it might require that. To be a mathematician, you need to develop ...
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Asked to cite papers for money

There is one thing I would like to add to this discussion, that I feel missing: You have no way of knowing if (all) the papers in your list are actually in on this scam. Now that you gave them a first ...
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Repeating derivation from paper of professor with added comments

The purpose of citations is to attribute intellectual ownership. As long as it is clear to the reader that you are adapting the derivation there is nothing to fear. Citing every single part of the ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

You are in a terrible situation with few, if any, good options. The rule may be nonsense, but it can affect you in any case. I once changed universities to make progress for different reasons. It was ...
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Asked to cite papers for money

At first impresion, it seems to me this is a very stupid attempt at gaming the system, but the "collaborative team" may have run their own estimate and found it would be worthwhile. ($10 ...
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Minor mistake in setup, no time to redo it. OK to publish anyway?

When you publish a paper, you are asserting that everything in it is true. If you know before submitting for publication that something in the paper is false, then (excuse my bluntness) you are lying....
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Why do a lot of publications ignore better results from other papers // compare only to old results (example in deep learning and biomed)

I would say that there are three factors here. Like in all fields, there are some lazy and opportunistic practices. Researchers are doubly disincentivized from doing things like hyper-parameter ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

Scenario 1: The paper becomes wildly successful and cited a lot by people in your field. Then it does not matter whether you are listed first or second. Scenario 2: The community is lukewarm or ...
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Can my former PhD supervisor publish my research work without my permission?

So he wrote a paper on topic which is active in his group, that is notably different but related to yours. Unless you handed him a manuscript and he took your name off and submitted as his own, or ...
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Minor mistake in setup, no time to redo it. OK to publish anyway?

From the example you provide it sounds like the work that has to be re-done is remaking a figure or re-analyzing the data (since you mention that you already know what will happen: a curve will shift ...
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Minor mistake in setup, no time to redo it. OK to publish anyway?

Is it unethical to publish the results with the known mistake? Of course, it is, unless you disclose your mistake. If you disclose your mistake in a publication, the only way to publish your findings ...
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Minor mistake in setup, no time to redo it. OK to publish anyway?

No, it is not unethical to publish results with a known mistake. As long as you state clearly what the mistake was, what the effects on the results were and give your reasoning why the main conclusion ...
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Why do a lot of publications ignore better results from other papers // compare only to old results (example in deep learning and biomed)

Carelessness and the (perceived) need to portray the new method as outperforming existing ones certainly make their contributions here. Some other possible reasons are: There is no software provided ...
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Writing about a paper that won't be published (but got accepted) in my resume

This question was asked a long time ago, but remains on the unanswered queue. The comments are largely about how to still get the paper published in the conference proceedings, but let's suppose this ...
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What should I do if I haven't received acknowlegement of submission

Given that the time to acceptance is (at least) months, it is far too early to panic. There are too many reasons for a delay and missing the submission through the online system is probably the least ...
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Is it ethical to study online solutions to for-credit math master's homework problems?

There is an easy fix to ensure that you are acting ethically here: Acknowledge the source.
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Minor mistake in setup, no time to redo it. OK to publish anyway?

It’s not completely clear what the nature of the mistake is, but from your description in the question and comments it sounds like, in broad terms, the data you have collected do not reflect the ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

Others have already, very eloquently, reiterated this, so my only question is this: is this matter really that important in the grand scheme of things? Your primary concern is to do what you need to ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

In all honesty, author order has a minimal effect on your future prospects. The bigger effect comes from being an author full stop, something many in your position will not be. While I understand your ...
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How do I handle a conflict with my former mentor about a potential paper correction?

A correction is typically issued in the name of the authors. While there are situations where a subset of the authors will have to act on their own, this is a radical step. In the situation described ...
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