Do Authorship Policies Impact Students' Judgements of Perceived Wrongdoing?
Rose, Mary R.
Ethics and Behavior. 1998; 8(1): 59-79.
Although authorship policies exist, researchers understand little about their impact on perceptions of authorship scenarios. Graduate students (N=277) at a large university read 1 of 3 vignettes about a graduate student-faculty collaboration. One half of the surveys included the American Psychological Association's statement on authorship. Participants rated (a) the ethics of the professor as first author and (b) the likelihood of a dissatisfied student reporting the authorship result, as well as the effectiveness and negative consequences of reporting. Work arrangements on the project had a consistent main effect. Also, an authorship policy impacted women's ratings of first authorship when the student contributed the idea for a project. For men, a policy impacted only ratings of the likelihood of reporting when a professor was first author on a student's dissertation. Apart from sex, no other demographic variables on participants were predictive. Discussion focuses on the policy's potential for making only some specific issues salient.
Authorship; Behavioral Research; Codes of Ethics; Ethics; Faculty; Females; Fraud; Institutional Policies; Interprofessional Relations; Males; Misconduct; Organizations; Professional Organizations; Research; Researchers; Reporting; Scientific Misconduct; Students; Survey; Surveys; Universities; Whistleblowing;
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