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Journal of Academic Ethics

Journal of Academic Ethics

Editor-in-Chief: Deborah C. Poff CM, PhD

ISSN: 1570-1727 (print version)
ISSN: 1572-8544 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10805

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  • Examines the ethical considerations in post-secondary education, including research, teaching, administration, and governance
  • Investigates the values, purposes, and functions of the world's principal institutions responsible for the creation and dissemination of knowledge
  • Focuses primarily on university settings

The Journal of Academic Ethics is an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed journal devoted to the examination of ethical issues that arise in all aspects of post-secondary education, primarily within a university context. Providing a forum for the publication and discussion of original research, the journal examines ethical concerns in research, teaching, administration, and governance. Moreover, in response to the rapidly changing global knowledge economy, the journal offers sustained inquiry into the values, purposes, and functions of the world's principal institutions responsible for the creation and dissemination of knowledge.

In addition to original research article, the journal publishes short research notes, letters, and book reviews.

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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    The Journal of Academic Ethics is an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed journal devoted to the examination of ethical issues related to all aspects of post-secondary education, primarily within a university context.

    The journal will provide a forum for the publication and discussion of original research on a broad range of ethical considerations in research, teaching, administration and governance. In the presence of the rapidly changing global knowledge economy, there is a need for sustained inquiry into the values, purposes and functions of the world's principal institutions responsible for the creation and dissemination of knowledge. The Journal of Academic Ethics aims to encourage, foster and promote this inquiry.

    Representative areas of investigation include ethical considerations in: Research e.g.,
    Selection of research subjects and research methods; Treatment of human and animal subjects;
    Treatment of diversity regarding race, gender, class, ethnicity;
    Referencing and citation behaviour;
    Grant and funding assessments;
    Publication editing, refereeing processes and procedures;
    Conflicts of interest;
    Plagiarism, deception, fraud; and
    Graduate training versus exploitation of graduate students.

    Teaching e.g.,

    Broader education, including ethical education, versus disciplinary specialization;
    Character deportment with respect to treatment of students, colleagues, staff - harassment, discrimination, exploitation;
    Commitment to learning, keeping current in area of specialization;
    Performance standards - assignments, examinations, grading, office hours, mentoring, consultations;
    Carrying on the tradition (i.e. the Canon) versus challenging tradition;
    Graduate training versus exploitation of graduate students; and
    Online graduate and undergraduate education.

    Service e.g.,

    To the institution;
    To the profession;
    To the larger community;
    Institutional versus individual outreach;
    Popularization and professional standards;
    Volunteering and merit assessment; and
    The role of the citizen scholar.

    Administration e.g.,

    Accountability and management to all shareholders (students, the State, private and corporate donors, the public);
    Philanthropy, conditionality and university autonomy;
    Tenure and academic freedom;
    Collective agreements;
    Disciplinary matters;
    Recruitment and retention (competition for students and faculty);
    Administration of scholarships and bursaries;
    Leadership, integrity and compromise;
    Performance indicators, individual and institutional; and
    Private goods and public goods.

    Governance e.g.,

    Selection of Governors and Trustees;
    Role of Boards of Governors, Trustees in management;
    Role of government in management; and
    Role of faculty and students in management.

    Contributions: The journal publishes articles, short research notes, letters and book reviews.
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