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Title Mum's the Word
Long Title Mum's the Word
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 Jack and Jill are graduate students, working at the same university but in different labs. They are friends and frequently discuss their projects, which are often along similar lines. One day, Jill tells Jack about her progress and discloses a lot of details about her experimental design and data. However, she mentions to Jack that she has gotten stuck and canít move forward because her lab doesnít have the resources to move her work along. Jack, as it turns out, is not only very interested in Jillís work, but his lab is well supported, and his professor likes him and would support Jackís ideas. Without telling Jill, Jack spends the next few months working out his own version of Jillís experiment with great support from his advisor. He then publishes an important paper which Jill had no idea about until she sees it appear in a high impact journal.

Perhaps one can argue that Jack did not steal Jillís work because he did not include any of Jillís data in his paper. But was it ethical of him to dismiss Jillís contribution altogether since Jackís work derived totally from Jillís original conceptual design and ideas? His experimental design was entirely Jillís and was inspired by Jillís preliminary work.

Should Jack at least have acknowledged Jillís contribution at the end of his paper? Should he have included her as an author? Should he have suggested collaborating with her from the start?
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics
Ethical values behind the scientific standards for data acquisition_management_sharing and ownership,
Data acquisition issues,
Data sharing,
Legal aspects of data ownership and rights
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics No publication practices and responsible authorship topics
Peer Review Topics No peer review topics
Collaborative Science Topics
Types of collaboration
Research Misconduct Topics
Significance of misconduct,
Other serious deviations from scientific best practices,
Responding to observed misconduct
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics No conflicts of interest_law_and policy topics
Human Subjects No human subjects


RCR Keyword Research Misconduct, Plagiarism, Research Paper, Intellectual Work, Collaboration, Ideas, Students
Other RCR Keywords Acknowledgments; Advisor; Author; Collaborating; Conceptual Design; Copyright Protection; Experimental Design and Data; Graduate Students; Intellectual Property; Journal; Paper; Publishes; Steal
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.


Topic revision: r1 - 28 Oct 2011 - 15:22:13 - DebieSchilling
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