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Title Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
Long Title Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
Contributor/Contact Michele A. Carter, PhD (mcarter@utmb.edu)
Contributor Details Michele A. Carter, PhD
Director, Ethics Support Key Resource, Institute for Translational Sciences
CTSA UTMB Galveston
Case Study Provided Belinda Bishara, is a graduate student, who has been part of a large laboratory's efforts over the past five years to identify the gene that causes cystic fibrosis. She is one of ten graduate students, technicians, and postdoctoral fellows who have worked closely together on this project, doing a large number of interrelated experiments. In writing a report on her research, she has included, with permission and citation, some unpublished data from other members of the laboratory so that the context of the experiments she performed would be clear.

See the "Other" box for questions and discussion.

Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics
Ethical values behind the scientific standards for data acquisition_management_sharing and ownership,
Variations in lab practicesólegitimate and illegitimate variations,
Data sharing,
Data reporting,
Special issues related to scientific roles
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics
Inappropriate authorship practices,
Scientific responsibilities of authors
Peer Review Topics No peer review topics
Collaborative Science Topics No collaborative science topics
Research Misconduct Topics No research misconduct topics
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics No conflicts of interest_law_and policy topics
Human Subjects

Citation SOURCE: Research Ethics: Cases and Materials, Indiana University Press, Edited by Robin Levin Penslar, Bloomington and Indianapolis, 1995, pp. 52, 53.

RCR Keyword Lab Notes, Collaboration, Lab Partners, Students, Post-doc
Other RCR Keywords Unpublished data , Permission, Citation, Experiments, Grad students, Technicians
Case Difficulty Quick
Type of Case Illustrate point, Test whether your students can pick out main idea, Realistic dilemma
Source for Topic Areas Du Bois, J., & Dueker, J. (2009). Teaching and Assessing the Responsible Conduct of Research: A Delphi Consensus Panel Report. Journal of Research Administration, 40(1), 49-70.

Other Questions for Discussion
1. Are Bishara's actions ethical? Why or why not?
Since she received permission from her co-workers to use their unpublished data and since she cited the work, this is ethical behavior. To refer to the work of others without citing published data or without permission and citation to unpublished data is inappropriate.
Topic revision: r3 - 13 Nov 2011 - 19:28:25 - MarkYarborough
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