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TEACHING ETHICS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

Case 88. Unauthorized Use of an Advisor

Situation

Erika Szadocski is sent a paper for review. The paper uses a statistical method that she knows little about. Jo Ellen Picard, an advanced graduate student in the department, is currently using the method, and Szadocski asks her to evaluate the paper. Picard judges the paper poorly for having incorrectly interpreted findings the method yielded. Szadocski gives this opinion in the review without mention of her reliance on Picard regarding the methods.

Questions

  1. Should Szadocski have used the help of the student without consent of the editor?
  2. Should she have declined to referee the paper or should she have limited her review to the paper's theory and relation to the literature, noting that she is not qualified to review the methods and the analyses?
  3. What are Szadocski's responsibilities to the graduate student whose work is passed on as that of the reviewer chosen by the editor?

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