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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484906/the-ethics-of-anti-aging-clinical-trials
#1
Parker Crutchfield
Interventions aiming to slow, stop, or reverse the aging process are starting to enter clinical trials. Though this line of research is nascent, it has the potential to not only prevent prolonged human suffering, but also to extend human well-being. As this line of research develops, it is important to understand the ethical constraints of conducting such research. This paper discusses some of these constraints. In particular, it discusses the ethical difficulties of conducting this research in a way that would produce reliable data regarding the effectiveness of an anti-aging intervention...
May 8, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444569/a-new-science-publishing-system-for-a-budding-science-publishing-crisis
#2
Carlos Fernandez-Patron, Eugenio Hardy
The current science publishing system is in need of a positive transformation for the good of scientists and society as a whole. Herein, we propose features that, in our view, will distinguish the science publishing system of the future.
April 25, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405959/subsidies-to-increase-remote-pollution
#3
Jana Kliestikova, Anna Krizanova, Tatiana Corejova, Pavol Kral, Erika Spuchlakova
During the last decade, Central Europe became a cynosure for the world for its unparalleled public support for renewable energy. For instance, the production of electricity from purpose-grown biomass received approximately twice the amount in subsidies as that produced from biowaste. Moreover, the guaranteed purchase price of electricity from solar panels was set approximately five times higher than that from conventional sources. This controversial environmental donation policy led to the devastation of large areas of arable land, a worsening of food availability, unprecedented market distortions, and serious threats to national budgets, among other things...
April 12, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401510/a-systematic-literature-review-of-us-engineering-ethics-interventions
#4
Justin L Hess, Grant Fore
Promoting the ethical formation of engineering students through the cultivation of their discipline-specific knowledge, sensitivity, imagination, and reasoning skills has become a goal for many engineering education programs throughout the United States. However, there is neither a consensus throughout the engineering education community regarding which strategies are most effective towards which ends, nor which ends are most important. This study provides an overview of engineering ethics interventions within the U...
April 11, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401509/from-paper-to-practice-indexing-systems-and-ethical-standards
#5
Behrooz Astaneh, Sarah Masoumi
Currently one of the main goals of editors is to attain a higher visibility for their journals. On the other hand, authors strive to publish their research in journals indexed in eminent databases such as Scopus, Thompson Reuters' Web of Science (ISI), Medline, etc. Therefore, clarifying the standards of indexing is of great importance. One of the most important issues in publication is the ethical considerations, which are mainly described by organizations, such as the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the Committee on Publication Ethics...
April 11, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401508/on-effectiveness-and-legitimacy-of-shaming-as-a-strategy-for-combatting-climate-change
#6
Behnam Taebi, Azar Safari
While states have agreed to substantial reduction of emissions in the Paris Agreement, the success of the Agreement strongly depends on the cooperation of large Multinational Corporations. Short of legal obligations, we discuss the effectiveness and moral legitimacy of voluntary approaches based on naming and shaming. We argue that effectiveness and legitimacy are closely tied together; as voluntary approaches are the only alternative to legally imposed duties, they are most morally defensible particularly if they would be the most effective in reducing the harmful greenhouse gases...
April 11, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401507/improving-student-engagement-in-the-study-of-professional-ethics-concepts-and-an-example-in-cyber-security
#7
John D Bustard
In spite of the acknowledged importance of professional ethics, technical students often show little enthusiasm for studying the subject. This paper considers how such engagement might be improved. Four guiding principles for promoting engagement are identified: (1) aligning teaching content with student interests; (2) taking a pragmatic rather than a philosophical approach to issue resolution; (3) addressing the full complexity of real-world case studies; and (4) covering content in a way that students find entertaining...
April 11, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401506/the-ethical-and-academic-implications-of-the-jeffrey-beall-www-scholarlyoa-com-blog-shutdown
#8
LETTER
Jaime A Teixeira da Silva
A very important event took place on January 15, 2017. On that day, the Jeffrey Beall blog ( www.scholarlyoa.com ) was silently, and suddenly, shut down by Beall himself. A profoundly divisive and controversial site, the Beall blog represented an existential threat to those journals and publishers that were listed there. On the other hand, the Beall blog was a ray of hope to critics of bad publishing practices that a culture of public shaming was perhaps the only way to rout out those journals-and their editors-and publishers who did not respect basic publishing ethical principles and intrinsic academic values...
April 11, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397177/bankruptcy-prevention-new-effort-to-reflect-on-legal-and-social-changes
#9
Tomas Kliestik, Maria Misankova, Katarina Valaskova, Lucia Svabova
Every corporation has an economic and moral responsibility to its stockholders to perform well financially. However, the number of bankruptcies in Slovakia has been growing for several years without an apparent macroeconomic cause. To prevent a rapid denigration and to prevent the outflow of foreign capital, various efforts are being zealously implemented. Robust analysis using conventional bankruptcy prediction tools revealed that the existing models are adaptable to local conditions, particularly local legislation...
April 10, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397176/support-for-the-development-of-technological-innovations-promoting-responsible-social-uses
#10
Georges A Legault, Céline Verchère, Johane Patenaude
How can technological development, economic development, and the claims from society be reconciled? How should responsible innovation be promoted? The "responsible social uses" approach proposed here was devised with these considerations in view. In this article, a support procedure for promoting responsible social uses (RSU) is set out and presented. First, the context in which this procedure emerged, which incorporates features of both the user-experience approach and that of ethical acceptability in technological development, is specified...
April 10, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397175/detecting-hijacked-journals-by-using-classification-algorithms
#11
Mona Andoohgin Shahri, Mohammad Davarpanah Jazi, Glenn Borchardt, Mehdi Dadkhah
Invalid journals are recent challenges in the academic world and many researchers are unacquainted with the phenomenon. The number of victims appears to be accelerating. Researchers might be suspicious of predatory journals because they have unfamiliar names, but hijacked journals are imitations of well-known, reputable journals whose websites have been hijacked. Hijacked journals issue calls for papers via generally laudatory emails that delude researchers into paying exorbitant page charges for publication in a nonexistent journal...
April 10, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397174/perceptions-of-chinese-biomedical-researchers-towards-academic-misconduct-a-comparison-between-2015-and-2010
#12
Qing-Jiao Liao, Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Yu-Chen Fan, Ming-Hua Zheng, Yu Bai, Guy D Eslick, Xing-Xiang He, Shi-Bing Zhang, Harry Hua-Xiang Xia, Hua He
Publications by Chinese researchers in scientific journals have dramatically increased over the past decade; however, academic misconduct also becomes more prevalent in the country. The aim of this prospective study was to understand the perceptions of Chinese biomedical researchers towards academic misconduct and the trend from 2010 to 2015. A questionnaire comprising 10 questions was designed and then validated by ten biomedical researchers in China. In the years 2010 and 2015, respectively, the questionnaire was sent as a survey to biomedical researchers at teaching hospitals, universities, and medical institutes in mainland China...
April 10, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397173/fake-bogus-conferences-their-features-and-some-subtle-ways-to-differentiate-them-from-real-ones
#13
Amin Asadi, Nader Rahbar, Mohammad Javad Rezvani, Fahime Asadi
The main objective of the present paper is to introduce some features of fake/bogus conferences and some viable approaches to differentiate them from the real ones. These fake/bogus conferences introduce themselves as international conferences, which are multidisciplinary and indexed in major scientific digital libraries. Furthermore, most of the fake/bogus conference holders offer publishing the accepted papers in ISI journals and use other techniques in their advertisement e-mails.
April 10, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397172/academic-information-security-researchers-hackers-or-specialists
#14
Mehdi Dadkhah, Mohammad Lagzian, Glenn Borchardt
In this opinion piece, we present a synopsis of our findings from the last 2 years concerning cyber-attacks on web-based academia. We also present some of problems that we have faced and try to resolve any misunderstandings about our work. We are academic information security specialists, not hackers. Finally, we present a brief overview of our methods for detecting cyber fraud in an attempt to present general guidelines for researchers who would like to continue our work. We believe that our work is necessary for protecting the integrity of scholarly publishing against emerging cybercrime...
April 10, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353045/artificial-intelligence-and-the-good-society-the-us-eu-and-uk-approach
#15
Corinne Cath, Sandra Wachter, Brent Mittelstadt, Mariarosaria Taddeo, Luciano Floridi
In October 2016, the White House, the European Parliament, and the UK House of Commons each issued a report outlining their visions on how to prepare society for the widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI). In this article, we provide a comparative assessment of these three reports in order to facilitate the design of policies favourable to the development of a 'good AI society'. To do so, we examine how each report addresses the following three topics: (a) the development of a 'good AI society'; (b) the role and responsibility of the government, the private sector, and the research community (including academia) in pursuing such a development; and (c) where the recommendations to support such a development may be in need of improvement...
March 28, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349340/continuing-medical-education-a-cross-sectional-study-on-a-developing-country-s-perspective
#16
Syed Arsalan Ali, Shaikh Hamiz Ul Fawwad, Gulrayz Ahmed, Sumayya Naz, Syeda Aimen Waqar, Anam Hareem
To determine the attitude of general practitioners towards continuing medical education (CME) and reasons motivating or hindering them from attending CME procedures, we conducted a cross-sectional survey from November 2013 to April 2014 in Karachi. Three hundred general practitioners who possessed a medical license for practice in Pakistan filled a pre-designed questionnaire consisting of questions pertaining to attitudes towards CME. Data was entered and analyzed using SPSS v16.0. 70.3% (n = 211) of the participants were males...
March 27, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337712/mandatory-publications-an-approach-to-kill-lack-of-will-or-lack-of-skill
#17
Neelam Dehal, Kewal Krishan, Tanuj Kanchan, Amarjeet Singh
The issue of 'mandatory publications' has generated serious flak about its usefulness among the various stakeholders. A lot of debate centers around the question of 'lack of will' or 'lack of skill' as a reason for the diminishing research interests among the medical faculty in India. In our view, it is the lack of will to publish good quality research which is to be blamed rather than the lack of skill to do good quality research.
March 23, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321689/doing-the-right-thing-a-qualitative-investigation-of-retractions-due-to-unintentional-error
#18
Mohammad Hosseini, Medard Hilhorst, Inez de Beaufort, Daniele Fanelli
Retractions solicited by authors following the discovery of an unintentional error-what we henceforth call a "self-retraction"-are a new phenomenon of growing importance, about which very little is known. Here we present results of a small qualitative study aimed at gaining preliminary insights about circumstances, motivations and beliefs that accompanied the experience of a self-retraction. We identified retraction notes that unambiguously reported an honest error and that had been published between the years 2010 and 2015...
March 20, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321688/an-ethical-descriptive-framework-for-judgment-of-actions-and-decisions-in-the-construction-industry-and-engineering-part-i
#19
Omar J Alkhatib, Alaa Abdou
The construction industry is usually characterized as a fragmented system of multiple-organizational entities in which members from different technical backgrounds and moral values join together to develop a particular business or project. The greatest challenge in the construction process for the achievement of a successful practice is the development of an outstanding reputation, which is built on identifying and applying an ethical framework. This framework should reflect a common ethical ground for myriad people involved in this process to survive and compete ethically in today's turbulent construction market...
March 20, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321687/an-online-lab-examination-management-system-olems-to-avoid-malpractice
#20
LETTER
Manjur Kolhar, Abdalla Alameen, Zakaria Mokhtar Gharsseldien
Examination and evaluation are two important phases of education at any level of a student's curriculum. However, these assessment processes are problematic in the sense that they encourage learners to devise ways to be dishonest. The traditional way of conducting exams is particularly conducive to dishonesty. In view of this, this letter proposes an online lab examination management system to prevent misconduct and to secure the process of lab examination.
March 20, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
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