Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

TitleGiving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of PublicationSubmitted
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published03/1997
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAuthorship , BIOLOGY , Collaboration , SCIENCE , Supervisor/Trainee Relationships
AbstractTim is a postdoctoral fellow, in a second year of a postdoctoral fellowship in microbiology at a major university. He works in the laboratory of Professor X, along with several other post docs. A strong antagonism has developed over the past two months between Professor X and one of the other post docs named Jane, with whom Time has worked earlier on some research. Professor X has asked Tim to prepare an abstract of this research for submission to a leading journal. He insists that Tim submit the abstract without Jane’s name on it because, in his opinion, her contribution was minimal. Tim believes, however, that although Jane has not been active in the research since the antagonism between herself and Professor X developed, earlier in the year she made substantial contributions. At this time, Tim has no definite prospects for a position next year, and he believes that a strong recommendation from Professor X would be a big help to him. What is Tim required by morality to do in this situation, and why?
NotesCase from the March 6, 1997 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright Robert Ladenson, Center for the Study of Ethics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1997.
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