San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Framework to Address Ethical Issues in Multiple-Authored and Mentor-Supervised Engineering Publications By Marianne Jennings and Islam H. El-adawayABSTRACTThis paper proposes a three-fold ethical framework for evaluating and analyzing the ethical norms forauthorship status. This paper explore: (1) the ethical issues related to publication, authorship, andmentoring with the goal of better defining co-authorship standards as well as encouraging research ethicsdiscussion and education within the academic civil engineering research community, and (2) examinesthe current factors affecting the academic research environment and describe some of the unspoken butethically questionable practices in the academic community. Graduate students, junior and tenuredfaculty, technicians and administrators, and field practitioners in the engineering research communityneed to address the evolving ethical issues in multiple-authored and mentor-supervised publications.Most tangible rewards are based on a faculty member’s or researcher’s publication record and theresulting increasing pressure to produce publications earlier and more often in the academic’s careerexacerbate the problem of a lack of clarity in ethical standards for multi-authored publications. The timingand frequency standards associated with publications for tenure and promotion and continuing researchfunding opportunities result in academics’ maximization of the number of research efforts taken topublication with the number of authors per scientific publication steadily increasing. Further, as thenumber of authors has increased, the level of contribution of each co-author to the research project andpublication decreases. It is the authors’ hope that their thought-paper stirs the waters of this importantissue to maintain the solidarity and integrity of engineering research activities and publications.
El-adaway, I. H., & Jennings, M. M. (2012, June), Framework to Address Ethical Issues in Multiple-authored and Mentor-supervised Engineering Publications Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21407
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