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(Potentially) Unethical Colleague

I have this colleague who is somewhat sloppy with their work e.g. not doing proper experiments, not ensuring the setups are correct, wrong citations, etc.

Now, we're all humans and we do mistakes; I appreciate that. However, if it's just pure laziness and the don't-care-attitude... that I've a problem.

Would you consider this lazy-don't-care-attitude unethical? Or, at least problematic to you in a huge way? How do you handle them?

Hyper-critical supervisor - reality check needed!

Quote From MeaninginLife:
The worst supervisor is not someone who is hyper-critical,
The worst thing a supervisor can do is to provide no feedback or refuse to give any comment.

My supervisor doesn't give any comments so far on my papers...

Finished conference; can I automatically assume it has been published in the conference proceeding?

Ok I didn't go to this particular conference that has accepted my paper; I wanted to cite the paper but can I site it as a paper that has been published (in a proceeding)?

Do I need to cite/put the citations?

Thank you for the replies.

The talk has been cited; the speaker is a prominent member of the research community. I've also cited my own paper; I needed some data to support the paper.

The lectures; well, I heard them years ago during my undergraduate degree and the lecturers were using the textbooks to deliver the materials (I think).

Do I need to cite/put the citations?

I've written a lot of things on this particular paper that I'm planning to submit to a conference; most of the things that I've written are based on my readings, attended lectures, own understanding, talks, etc. I wrote all the things on the paper by myself so I basically wrote them based on my understanding; should I cite them though?

I have my reference section but for this paper, I only put citations/references if it's something like:
(1)definitions (e.g. "Smith (1999) defined ... ")
(2)ideas from the actual inventor that needs to be named (e.g. "Smith (1982) stated ... ").
(3)data from the paper(s) (e.g. "Table 1, from Smith (1980)" )
(4)anything that needs to be "supported by someone else" (e.g. "This has been supported by Smith (1991)").

I also want to limit the actual citations/references so that I don't have to check them one-by-one to ensure that I'm citing/referring the correct things.

Other than the 4 things I mentioned above, what I've written is a mixture of my readings, attended lecturers, own understanding, talks, etc; should I cite/reference them?

Difference(s) between preparing a paper to be submitted to a conference (proceeding) and a journal?

Quote From MeaninginLife:
There are at least two more differences:

1. Money versus free

For Conference papers (proceeding), you usually need to register and pay certain amount of money. For journal papers, it can be free of charge, and receive free pre-prints.
However, there are open access journals which require “money”! These journals have been criticized on quality grounds, as the need to obtain *extra* publication fees could result in these journals to relax the standard of peer review. I was told to avoid these journals.

2. Open versus close

You can be openly praised for your research, but I have also seen postgraduate students look very *pale* after their presentations. Why? Some professors enjoy attending the presentations and attacking students' work publicly; your supervisor’s reputation may also be affected. Your work could be known useless openly!
However, reviewers’ comments from journals may hint that your papers are worthless; but only the editor, reviewers and you know this outcome. It could be kept as a secret. :-)

Thank you!

I didn't know that submitting to a journal can be free. Hurmm... how could it be free? Even the top ones?
Additionally, would the process of acceptance for a peer-reviewed journal be longer than a peer-reviewed conference?

Wait, if a peer-reviewed (conference) paper has been accepted, why would it be considered worthless after the presentation? If the professors consider it worthless, then surely that's that fault of the reviewer.

I assume for journal publications, unlike conference proceedings, there are no presentations?

Difference(s) between preparing a paper to be submitted to a conference (proceeding) and a journal?

Is there a difference(s) between preparing a paper to be submitted to a conference (proceeding) and a journal?

Absent from conference presentation?

Quote From MeaninginLife:
Being the chairperson for several conference sessions, the absence of a presenter allows us more time to share as well as more questions and answers... Very often presenters over-prepared with too many slides, so we are happy to have one missing presenter. :-) It is also not easy for me to request some professors to stop their presentation.

Maybe about 5 to 10% presenters missing in action. It could be delay in flight or work commitments etc..

Ah, I see.

But would their paper still be accepted in the proceedings if they can't make it to present their papers?

Absent from conference presentation?

Is it normal for the researcher/presenter to be absent from a conference presentation?

Conference folded, paper needs to find a new place; unmotivated : (

Quote From bewildered:
Hazyjane isabsolutely right with her advice to ask other researchers or your supervisor. Here's some info to give you an idea of warning signs of this sort of thing in the future:
I seem to remember from your other posts that you're a masters students applying for PhDs at the moment, if so have a look at whatever the main UK association for your subject is and see if they have a postgraduate conference - these are normally subsidised, so would be a respectable place to present your work without incurring much more expense, seeing as you've already lost out financially with this scam.

Thank you for the reply : (

The thing is, I'm not the only who's having the problem; it seems a few of the other researchers have the same problem as well.

I'm doing a PhD now, and I was so hoping for a publication : (

Copyright issues in PhD thesis

Quote From Mackem_Beefy:


s29.—(1) Fair dealing with a literary, dramatic, musical, etc, work, for the purpose of research for a non-commercial purpose, does not infringe any copyright in the work, provided it is accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgement of the source.

s30.—(1) Fair dealing with a work for the purpose of criticism or review, of that or another work, or of a performance of a work, does not infringe copyright in the work, provided it is accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgement, and provided the work has actually been made available to the public.

I wonder if the examiner is just being petty or wants the OP to know the law. I think sometimes examiners want the candidates to do other unnecessary things just to offer their "comments" : /

Conference folded, paper needs to find a new place; unmotivated : (

I submitted a paper, been peer reviewed, reedited, resubmitted, payed the fees and waited for a year for the whole process. However, I found out that the university doesn't approve the conference so there's no funding to the conference and it seems that the conference has problems of its own now after further investigation : (

I now need to find a new conference venue; but I'm unmotivated to do so fearing the same thing will happen again. Any advice is much appreciated : (

Help with simple random sampling please

Ok, I'm doing this particular study on A, and A consists of 3 subgroups; lets call these subgroups as A_1, A_2 and A_3.

The [B]total population[/B] for A_1, A_2 and A_3 is [B]300[/B].
However, the distribution of each of this group is not equal, e.g. A_1 is [B]100[/B], A_2 is [B]25[/B] and A_3 is [B]175[/B].

Is it possible to use simple random sampling to calculate a sample size for each subgroups or should the sample size be calculated as whole?

Thesis Editing: Whose responsibility is it?

Quote From Smoobles:
Pretty sure they never even looked at the completed thesis though.

I'm pretty sure my supervisor would do the same thing : /

Not sure if that's a good thing.

Quote From Smoobles:
It was entirely down to me to ensure that the structure, tables, referencing etc. were done correctly, and no one checked them for me.

I think I may have the same plan; mind telling me why you've planned to do everything on your own?

Supervisor claimed our co-authored work as her own

Quote From human:
Just want to provide some update about this incident.

I reported this to the department, and department has done investigations on this issue.

There are solid evidence that we wrote the paper together (not her alone) and that my supervisor intended to exclude me to be one of the authors. Apparently the department has received a few complains about it and she has similar record in her previous employment.

This is an academic misconduct and the person involved is on suspension.

Dear all, please do not tolerate academic bullies. By doing so, you are giving green pass to these people and they will continue to behave like this.

Everyone has the responsibility to make the academy a better place.

Thank you for telling thing!

Sometimes we just have to stand up for ourselves.