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This scenario involves at least two ethical issues: submission of a manuscript with co-authors who have not been a party to the writing, and ownership of data. The actions of this student clearly violated traditional views regarding these matters.
The real dilemma is that of the advisor. What should he or she do about this student’s clear ethical violation? This is a situation in which the student’s career could justifiably be terminated. On the other hand, it could be an opportunity for the student to learn a deep lesson regarding the ownership of intellectual property and the obligations of collaboration.
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