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Title But That Was My Idea!
Long Title But That Was My Idea!
Contributor/Contact John Banja, PhD (jbanja@emory.edu)
Contributor Details John Banja, PhD
Director, Section on Ethics in Research
Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
CTSA Emory
Case Study Provided Graduate students A and B are working on somewhat different but sometimes overlapping aspects of the same project at the same university. Their labs are side-by-side, and they share ideas often and compare data occasionally.
In one of their discussions and without realizing it, Student B suggests a novel experimental idea to Student A. A is immediately struck by the idea’s value, but he does not relate his insight back to B. Instead and in secret, Student A implements the idea and begins a series of experiments and data collection. While this is happening and some weeks later, Student B realizes the same idea. She quickly discusses it with Student A, who, unbeknownst to B, is already well along in using it.
Student B is finishing up a group of experiments and cannot start anything new. That allows Student A to finish his data collection and write up the results. Student A presents a finished paper to his PI without any acknowledgement of Student B. Upon reading the paper, Student B is enraged and claims that Student A committed plagiarism by using a critical idea of hers without acknowledgment.
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics

Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics

Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics
The significance of authorship,
Authorship assignment,
Inappropriate authorship practices,
Dealing with controversies that arise in authorship,
Scientific responsibilities of authors
Peer Review Topics

Collaborative Science Topics

Research Misconduct Topics
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics

Human Subjects


URL http://www.actsi.org/areas/erks/ethics/index.html
RCR Keyword

Other RCR Keywords Acknowledgment; Compare Data; Critical Idea; Data Collection; Disclosure; Experiments; Graduate Students; Novel Experimental Idea; Plagiarism; Research Paper; Share Ideas
Type of Case

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 Visit the Misconduct tab at http://www.actsi.org/areas/erks/ethics/index.html to read an extended discussion of this case.
Topic revision: r2 - 17 Oct 2011 - 17:36:44 - MaryBanach
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