Best Practices for Collaborating on Research

Across the disciplines, collaboration and interdisciplinary work is growing. As teamwork in scholarship increases, it’s important to establish good practices for collaboration. Laying clear ground rules (Howard Gadlin and Kevin Jessar call these a “prenuptial agreement for scientists”) and having an open discussion about expectations helps the collaboration run smoothly. This is equally true if you are collaborating with different labs at other universities, working with private industry, or keeping your mentor up to date on your own research.

Attributing Words and Ideas in Your Work

As a graduate student, you engage with diverse ideas and academic work. Writing papers for your seminars and later your thesis and dissertation require you to account for other voices while establishing your own academic voice. Properly citing sources as you write provides a foundation for your argument and builds your credibility as a scholar. You can make connections between your work and previous work through three techniques: summary, paraphrase, and quotation.

Key Practices for Integrity In Research

Integrity in research and creative activity is based not only on sound disciplinary practice but also on a commitment to basic personal values such as fairness, equity, honesty and respect. The following guidelines are intended to promote high professional standards by everyone— faculty, staff and students alike.

How to be Fair and Ethical in the Classroom

Many aspects of the teaching assistant's role may create ethical dilemmas of one sort or another. Your roles as adviser, evaluator, exam administrator, authority figure and peer have the potential to become problematic at times, often because they present conflicting demands. Because fairness is a perception based on interpretations of behavior, not intentions, many instructors may inadvertently engage in what students perceive to be unfair behavior.

The Ethics of Authorship

You've spent the last year researchingand writing an article you’re hoping to publish. As you start the task of editing your work, you should also ask yourself, “who deserves authorship credit?” Authorship, especially for a graduate student, can be a difficult issue. Should your adviser receive credit? What about the other graduate students in your lab who helped run your research experiment?

Helping Troubled Students

Conflicts with troubled students can happen when you least expect them. From a student angry about a bad grade to a one who comes to you for help with a personal problem, it’s wise to be prepared. Your response could significantly affect the student’s ability to constructively deal with the problem.

26 Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism

The following guidelines are taken directly from "Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing" written by Miquel Roig from St. John’s University, with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

This Fall, the Office of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research Responsibility introduced a new online course as part of UNL’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) toolbox. The course, delivered via Blackboard, provides all mentored researchers with the baseline knowledge they need to continue the study and practice of RCR. It doesn't cost anything, takes about an hour to complete and is thought-provoking.

Avoiding Plagiarism

As the semester winds down, you may find yourself gearing up for final research papers and projects. This is a good time for a refresher on avoiding plagiarism and being an ethical writer.