Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 73–80 | Cite as

Whose Doctorate is it Anyway? Guidelines for an Agreement Between Adviser and Doctoral Student Regarding the Advisement Process and Intellectual Property Rights

  • Ora Gilbar
  • Zeev Winstok
  • Mickey Weinberg
  • Orit Bershtling


The process of advisement in the research of a doctoral dissertation is prolonged and harbors a variety of ethical aspects and issues. In some cases it gives rise to dissatisfaction on the part of both advisor and student regarding the process itself and/or the publication of the dissertation. To ameliorate these problems, the Dissertation Committee of the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa recently set out guidelines for both advisor and doctoral student, in accordance with which both parties will draw up an agreement in advance to suit the student’s research. The present article discusses the components of the advisement process and presents recommendations for an advisor-doctoral student agreement. Although no evaluation was undertaken by the authors to assess the impact of the guidelines agreement, our brief experience with these guidelines reinforces the importance of such an agreement, which can help assure mutual satisfaction on the part of both the advisor and the student.


Ethics Research Higher education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ora Gilbar
    • 1
  • Zeev Winstok
    • 1
  • Mickey Weinberg
    • 1
  • Orit Bershtling
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social Work, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health SciencesUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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