Appropriating the Ideas of Others - Case B5
Four months later, having done another series of experiments to substantiate and extend the results, George was about to complete his manuscript. George's paper had evolved into a detailed and thorough experimental exposition of the issues with a careful mathematical interpretation of the data, prepared for the leading hematology journal. George brought the draft to Dr. Louis for comment, whereupon Dr. Louis showed a photocopy journal article to George. It was from a rapid publication journal, authored by Henry Jones et al., and described a few experiments similar to George's with a detailed discussion of the theoretical issues. George's abstract was cited, but without any comment concerning its relevance or importance to Dr. Jones's work.
- Does this scenario disturb you? Elaborate on the reasons.
- Achieving priority is important in science. Who has priority in this instance? Why?
- Evaluate Dr. Jones's apparent actions. What would have been appropriate for Dr. Jones to do?
- What should George do at this point?
- Is there any action on Dr. Louis's part, as George's mentor, that might be appropriate?