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I have written one mathematical paper which I want to publish, do I need to give professor co-authorship?

I've never heard of a journal requiring that a student author include an academic co-author though my field is the biological sciences. Nonetheless, I see little downside to simply submitting your ...
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When submitting a paper to a journal, what is considered an original figure?

In the context of publishing, editors want original figures because previously used ones are copy-righted. As far as self-plagiarism is concerned: First, this is a concept that covers two different ...
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I have written one mathematical paper which I want to publish, do I need to give professor co-authorship?

For the first, there is no journal that requires to have a Professor as a co-author. However, if you want your paper to be published... this will be extremely difficult. You've asked for guidance, ...
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What to do about a dubious competing publication in the same journal I'm submitting to?

My suggestion would be to prepare your paper for publication ASAP, which you would have done anyway. You raise a very good point about correcting the record, especially when it comes to public health. ...
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When submitting a paper to a journal, what is considered an original figure?

Self-plagiarism is reuse of material without appropriate attribution. It is entirely ethical to reuse a figure from a prior paper as long as you attribute the content of the figure. I have found the ...
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When submitting a paper to a journal, what is considered an original figure?

In the end it is up to the journal whether your work is original enough for their purposes. However, to avoid self-plagiarism concerns all you need to do is to make clear the relation to prior work. ...
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Is it possible to ethically use an undergraduate for publishing my research as a PhD student in the following context?

This question seems to mix up a number of different threads. Much research is collaborative in its nature. A project may involve multiple individuals who each bring different things to the table. ...
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What to do about a dubious competing publication in the same journal I'm submitting to?

My suggestion would be to submit your paper without additional comment. Making comments initially will only slow down the process. If you are asked about your view of the other paper by an editor or ...
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Is it possible to ethically use an undergraduate for publishing my research as a PhD student in the following context?

Let me at least add to the answer of tschwarz. Long term if you want to stay in this field you need to learn the necessary tools to be successful. This would seem to me to include programming. The ...
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Is it possible to ethically use an undergraduate for publishing my research as a PhD student in the following context?

Nuances are important here. Learning programming to implement your idea is probably too time consuming. If the programming is a standard task at the level of a programming assignment in the third or ...
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I have written one mathematical paper which I want to publish, do I need to give professor co-authorship?

I agree with Buffy that going through a paper does not constitute authorship immediately. However, I will defend the other case. You can benefit greatly by including a professor in your paper. For one,...
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I have written one mathematical paper which I want to publish, do I need to give professor co-authorship?

If you have written the paper on your own and another person has made no intellectual contribution to it, then they have no claim at authorship. I don't know of any journal that requires a professor ...
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What good is my paper if the code is not open source?

The potential benefit of the transparency of having open source code seems to outweigh the potential harm from potential embarrassment that may result from bugs found by the community. In my ...
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What good is my paper if the code is not open source?

In Natural Sciences we should put forward boldly our hypotheses and results inviting debate, correction and, ultimately, falsification. Do publish your code. Why not clean it up, while are you at it? ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is it unethical for nursing school assignments to require students private medical information?

This is clear nonsense, perpetrated by people who might be the best-qualified in their own fields but still, have little understanding of and prolly less interest in privacy. Nursing school ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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, ...
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How can you handle your professor not doing his job (as a postdoc)?

Since you've already brought this to the attention of several others, you no longer have to deal with this in secrecy. So, take the time to conduct 1-on-1 chats with other people who are affected by ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Lecturer Copied Textbook Questions for Open Book Exam - I Used the Answers

You did nothing wrong. If your prof is lazy enough to pull answers from a book students can access, then all I've got to say is good for you for preparing well. The only potential flag here is that ...
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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, ...
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Lecturer Copied Textbook Questions for Open Book Exam - I Used the Answers

Some details are needed before giving an accurate answer. Did the professor cite the textbook, at least somewhere in the course? Did you cite the textbook? What is your program (LLB, LLM, JD, PhD), ...
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Lecturer Copied Textbook Questions for Open Book Exam - I Used the Answers

If you are going to get your questions from a book on the shelf, then what is wrong with getting your answers from that same book on the shelf? They should prepare more original questions if they have ...
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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 ...
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Lecturer Copied Textbook Questions for Open Book Exam - I Used the Answers

In my opinion, the right approach is to think through what you owe the other people in the situation. One goal of the exam is to give each student roughly the same challenge. Through no fault of your ...
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Lecturer Copied Textbook Questions for Open Book Exam - I Used the Answers

As the other answers explain, considering the circumstances, there is nothing wrong with what you did. It's only about the philosophical question about how you view yourself considering you looked at ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Can two PhD students publish without involving their supervisors?

Yes, you can, by all means. The thing you both need to discuss with respectively supervisors is the time you spent on this, and convince them that this will not adversely affect your "proper"...
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Claiming authorship for substantial work on a single-author-only paper

What does "producing the models" mean to you? Did you choose something from a drop-down menu and massage the code a bit? Or did you formulate a mathematical model entirely from scratch based ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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