I am in a very frustrating situation. My article is under review for almost 8 months and I didn’t hear any response. The average review time for the journal is 3 months. The journal is highly reputed journal, and based on the average time one can expect a response within 2.5 to 4.5 months.
I sent several emails to Editor in Chief (EiC) but I receive same answer, a kind of auto response. Moreover, according to journal policy I can not know the name or contact information of Associate Editor (AE).
The EiC is with me on various social media plateforms like Linkedin and facebook. We had few conversations on various topics, but I never told him about my article.
The question is can I discuss status of my article with EiC on social media in informal text messaging?
Is it ethical and fair? I want to expatiate the review process to same level as journal average time shows. I don’t want to get an unfair advantage.

If a student complains to the associate dean about an adjunct faculty member, does the dean have the power to intervene? In this case, the student is complaining because the faculty member won’t accept late work, although the syllabus states that this is so. Can the associate dean override the syllabus and force the faculty member to accept the late work?

I am applying for a Statistical Programmer position at a CRO, and I am wondering if it is unethical to omit my PhD in Statistics from my resume? All of my degrees (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD) are in Statistics, and I am just wondering if it would be ethical to just list my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree on my resume, and indicate my experience as a RA while I was a PhD student as my “work experience”? (Since this Statistical Programmer position only requires Master’s degree plus some years of experience)

I am asking this question because I do not want to do anything unethical/cause me troubles later on.

Thank you,

I am writing a journal paper. In order to illustrate my work, I need to include an image of the whole system that I have built. The problem is that I am not very talented to make good images, so I would like to hire a freelancer to create a professional image. My questions are:

  • Is it allowed to add an image that was not done by me?
  • Is it ethical?
  • If yes, what kind of contract I need to sign with the freelancer so that all the rights belong to me after the payment?

Many thanks.

Some time ago I was approached by a fellow researcher that had an idea on an earlier work of mine. We started a collaboration and as a result we submitted a manuscript in a prestigious journal. Recently, I stumbled on a publication of my coauthor in which he had used almost verbatim a large part of our common submission (a page long). These parts include results which were entirely mine. I am really disappointed and I am not sure how to proceed with this.

Suppose a journal editor rejects a manuscript with only one reviewer’s feedback, but the few comments the reviewer and editor made were almost entirely minor comments (e.g. “use these units for this figure axis”, or “this section heading is misleading”).

Suppose one author shows the feedback to several trusted faculty members at their institution who are familiar with the work, and they say it looks like the reviewer, the editor, or both are feeling threatened by the paper and may be trying to make sure it doesn’t get published quickly, if at all.

A similar question has been asked here (How to deal with an unethical editor?), except that question was asking about an editor who was making up comments for a reviewer. Suppose the authors have no reason to believe that the editor is making up comments for a reviewer, as in that question, but do have reason to think the editor may have too quickly dismissed the paper (after only one reviewer’s comments rather than waiting for the second reviewer, and based on very minor details that should have prompted minor revision). Suppose, for the sake of the question, that the editor and perhaps the first reviewer indeed appear to be acting in bad faith, which of course would be difficult, if not impossible, to prove. In other words, what if several experienced researchers suspected real foul play, rather than a grad student feeling miffed about a rejection?

What options are available to the authors in such a situation?


This question is most useful to the community when it is asked generally, so I originally omitted details. Several have asked, so I am including vague details here, but my question is not about my colleague’s situation — it’s intended to be general.

I read the feedback. In my colleague’s case, the editor rejected the paper based on the feedback from a single reviewer and their own reading of the manuscript — without waiting for the feedback from the second reviewer. Most of the comments were easily addressed (add a sentence here, change units on this figure, rephrase this confusing sentence there, etc.). A comment about some inconsistency in their approach seemed legitimate, and a section title was confusing. The first author, a grad student, sent the feedback to me and the faculty they talked with to see what we thought. There was absolutely nothing about the feedback that indicated it should have been rejected rather than sent back for revision. I’m also a grad student, so I do think much of my own opinion, plus it’s not my field. Instead, I trust that the senior faculty who reviewed the feedback and called it highly unusual know what they are talking about. The editor was in a different (tangentially-related) field than that of the paper.

I’ve applied for a position in the library of the local campus of the state university, and they’ve asked to set up a phone interview. I’m not a naturally outgoing person, and I’m even worse on the phone, so I’m going to be preparing for this as heavily as I can. I would love as much information as I can get on the interview itself. I’m comfortable speaking about the job & its responsibilities, since I exceed their list of necessary & desired qualifications. But if I know whom I will be speaking to and what, specifically, we will be talking about, it would help me be more comfortable during the conversation.

So what I’m wondering is whether it’s kosher to ask for any info as we’re emailing to set up the interview — who’s on the search committee, what issues they will want to focus on, that kind of thing? I don’t want to look like I’m trying to game the system or anything (much less actually do so). Is there any way for me to get more info without that appearance?

This is in concern with the master’s thesis awarded in 2015. I got a high mark for it.For the coding the application I had hired a tutor who guided me through the libraries, discussions, and demos but I did my work too and not directly copied.Some of the code submitted by me to the university has his email address and other redundant folder stuff/traces.This is because sometimes the demo file was running on his PC and we generally discussed over TeamViewer sessions and multiple laptops

Recently one of the university professors casually told me you had an interesting approach.Although no one has ever contacted me about this and its well over 2.5 years. This was related to coding only.My questions are

1)Worst case scenario
2)Can someone go legal and ask the Skype/phone to get after me to investigate the actual conversations
3)Could I lose some marks just because of some odd folder naming thing and the occasional mention of the email address of tutor in a test case?

I am starting to design my personal website and I would like to devote part of the site to sharing knowledge in the fields of Mathematics and Computer Science.

My main concern is determining what is ethical to share and what isn’t.

I don’t plan on publishing solutions to homework exercises or questions from my previous exams, as this seems obvious to me.

What I would like to share is the content of the individual subjects such as:

  • Definitions
  • Theorems
  • Examples (Those of which I create myself)
  • References
  • My personal interpretation of the subject matter

My concern is in regards to sharing definitions and theorems is ensuring I am not plagiarizing works from textbooks and professor’s lectures.

Since there is only but so many ways to rephrase a definition before it loses its meaning, how much should I change the representation of a definition (or Theorem) so I am not plagiarizing how it appears in particular text?

My final concern is in regard to reference other sources of knowledge. Throughout my college experience, I am constantly looking for multiple resources to supplement my learning. For example, YouTube video series X does a really good job with an introduction to Linear Algebra. Would it be ethical to reference or add links on my personal website to YouTube video series X?