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Case 74. Reporting Full Findings


Jenny Diaz, a junior professor up for Fourth Year Tenure review, is anxious about her publication record, despite an excellent research project underway and contemplates the offer of two journals to report separately on separate parts of her research. The research forms part of a multi-year longitudinal data collection project; about half the time period is completed, however, there are two years left before a final follow-up survey results are complete. Completion of two articles would strengthen her tenure file but could compromise findings as well as shared results for two dissertation students employed on the project. 


  1. What is the principal ethical issue here? multiple publications? whether or not publication should await full findings of the research, or whether the research should be reported as preliminary findings or simply published without reference to any possible future changes in the questions?
  2. Is the decision about multiple publications is a community decision, of one to be made by the individual researcher or PI?

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