Dr. Sung L. is struggling with the decision whether to agree to review
the work of an advanced graduate student at another university for publication
in the major journal in his field. He is familiar with the student's
work and attended a session several months ago at which she presented
a brief report on her work. It clearly overlaps with his research in
a number of ways, which is one reason he has been asked to serve as
Dr. L. knows he is qualified to do the review and is confident he
can provide an objective, constructive judgment of the students's work.
However, since his students are working on similar problems, he is concerned
about the appearance of a conflict of interest. In addition, he is not
sure he wants to learn more about the work in question until he publishes
his own work, to avoid later charges that he unfairly used some of the
student’s ideas. Finally, there is the matter of yet another lost
weekend doing the review, when his department chair has already told
him to cut down on unpaid professional service.
- Should Dr. L. agree to do the review?
- If he is uncertain about his responsibilities, where can he get
- Would the situation be different if he had been asked to review
the student’s work for an
- appointment or promotion decision?