Five points that make your research supervisor unethical

A lot of researchers sometimes are unaware of the fact that whatever is happening with them is unethical and is beyond the boundaries of decent behavior. Here are five points that make your supervisor unethical.

1. You are doing work but your name is not in the research paper         

Imagine yourself working tirelessly day and night to get a paper published in a decent Journal. Now imagine that you are nowhere in the paper or worse you are there in the paper but you are not the first author of the paper. Situations like these happen and a lot of supervisors are indulged in this practice they give their names a preference rather than their students. Such supervisors rather prefer to have their wife in their paper who did nothing then their student who broke their back for the research.

2. Always negative and undermining

Does your supervisor tell you that you are stupid? Unfortunately, this is the most common thing that I have encountered while talking to Ph.D. students. The ego of an unethical supervisor is bigger than a mountain they believe that they are always right and the student is always wrong. Such supervisors drag you to dirt and embarrass you in front of your colleagues as well as their colleagues. Such supervisor has led to downfall to a lot of researchers.

3. Consistent delays in guiding

Ph.D. has time constraints and it requires a lot of effective decisions and fair usage of time. But, supervisors sometimes delay something that will take only fifteen minutes for months. Ultimately these minor delays result in the delay of research. If you get delayed in your research then the supervisor will again undermine you and tell you how pathetic you are.

4. They feel that you owe them your life

They can call you any time of the day or night. They can ask you to do anything they want. They can also force you to oblige them and apologize to them when you commit any mistake. They will also make you feel inferior by criticizing you for anything that you do. They want you to work all the time and not take any kind of holidays.

5. Delay in signing for your scholarship

This doesn’t happen much but the sad thing is that this happens, however, smaller the numbers of incidents are. Supervisors delay in signing the forms for scholarships because they feel that the money is too much and they didn’t get this amount of money while they were a Ph.D. student.

Note – There is no effort to malign the image of the supervisor through this article but the things pointed in the article do happen and they need to be addressed for the betterment of the Indian science culture and community.

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Mritunjay Sharma
Mritunjay Sharma
Mritunjay Sharma finished his B.Sc (H) from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University in Chemistry. After that he went to England to study Masters in Polymer Material Science and Engineering from University of Manchester and consequently finished his PhD in Nuclear and Materials Chemistry from University of Manchester

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