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Research Topic Help

I am applying for Master's degree and I am being asked to make a research proposal. I am having some trouble with this since I don't have any research experience at all. The University I attended was ...
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Technical/Methods-based PhD

A PhD is supposed to be an "original contribution to knowledge". In my own PhD (in an area of Earth Science) I have so far focused on developing a particular method of computer modeling that will ...
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Undergraduate Comp Sci to Quant trader

I am currently an undergraduate computer science student, and would like to aim for a career in developing models and algorithms for mathematical finance/trading. I understand these roles tend to go ...
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Are conferences organized by IACT like ICKE fake? [duplicate]

I have heard a lot about fake journals and conferences. I came across this conference (ICKE, International Conference on Knowledge Engineering) which is to be held in Singapore next year organized by ...
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Should I anglicise foreign names of people/places/organizations in my research?

What does academic community think of anglicising foreign names in the research? For example, saying Istanbul rather than İstanbul (with capital "İ"), or, author's name, Tasan, instead of Taşan.
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A note vs a “research paper”

I had my math paper rejected for publication. From the referee report, [...] [M]y opinion is to reject this paper. In order to save its positive aspects, I propose: 1) either reduce the length of ...
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Why are tuition fees for PhD students so high in the USA, despite not taking any class?

As a PhD student in a US university, my tuition fees are ~44,000 USD per year, despite the fact that I don't take any class: only 6 classes are required during the PhD program, and I've completed them ...
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Specifying research gap [on hold]

If you write, for example, about overview of some model, is it necessary to specify a research gap? If yes, what could it be (speaking generally)?
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How to get authoritative bibliographic information about journals

When I collect bibliographic material, I seem to get grossly inconsistent information. Papers from the same journal are often linked to different publishers, the same journal or publisher is often ...
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Not waiving the right to see letter of recommendation [duplicate]

I would like to know is it bad and unethical if I do not waive my right to see the letter of recommendation written by the professors? Should I talk to the professor before to see whether they are OK ...
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Doing a lot of small courses [on hold]

I'm not sure this is the right place to ask so please delete the questions if it's not meant to be here. At the moment I'm doing a few random courses on Coursera, but I know that I probably won't be ...
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What background is necessary to do research in computational linguistics?

I'm getting ready to enter graduate school, and I would like to do PhD-level research in computational linguistics and natural language processing. I know that these two fields are very ...
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Who is the best in providing finance editing and proofreading? [on hold]

I want to send my paper to proofreading and editing services. I want those who can turn my words into great writing my major is finance and would like any advice of any providers who have experience ...
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Having the knowledge of a bachelor degree without attending college [duplicate]

Imagine if someone can demonstrate his knowledge in a particular subject like Computer engineering and show that he has acquired knowledge equivalent to a BS degree in the subject through self-study ...
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How to overcome a much earlier academic dismissal from undergraduate program in graduate admissions?

I am an international student from Korea and I have a very serious question while I am preparing for graduate school admissions. I graduated from two years college with 2.8 GPA. After that, I went to ...
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Does APA style have a simplified short-paper format?

I teach a course in college writing. My students must learn to write papers for college following APA format. I recall that, as a student, my instructors were never very consistent in their ...
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Rescind a request for recommendation letter

I am reconsidering whether I want a professor's (call him X) letter of recommendation for a PhD program. The basic facts are these: I took Dr. X's class and did well. He encouraged me to apply to a ...
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Relevance vs. significance consideration in soliciting letters of recommendation

Currently I'm preparing for graduate school application. I have asked two professors to write me letters of recommendation, and I believe they know my research ability well enough to produce some ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor via e-mail for a letter of recommendation?

I have been out of school since May now, and I am considering applying for graduate school. I currently live nowhere near the university I attended. Would it be appropriate for me to ask for a ...
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Placement of period in sentence that ends with “et al.” followed by reference number?

I have a citation that is at the end of a sentence with dual punctuation. What I mean is that I have a sentence of the following form: Blah blah blah is mentioned by Author et al. What is the ...
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Is Human-Computer Interactions (HCI) a good career choice for a non-techy person? [on hold]

So I've been looking into a career in Human-Computer Interactions. I'm really into Psychology and Graphic design, both of which individually are hard to find a job with, and both of which are a part ...
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Reference on the time it takes for a source code used for a research article to be released

Is there any research/study/survey/... that looked at how much time it takes for the authors of a research article to release the source code? Ideally I'm looking for an approximation distribution. ...
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Very odd interview/hiring timeline for physical science field

Due to the circumstances surrounding my graduation and other factors, I didn't apply in the Fall of 2013 for any jobs. I did happen to see an opening that was still posted in February and applied on a ...
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Writing articles based on the “Least Publishable Unit”

I have heard the term "Least Publishable Unit" used to describe the amount of scientific information that holds enough merit for a publication. From my understanding, there are two sides to publishing ...
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Likeliness of admission to Part 3 Cambridge Tripos in Pure Maths [on hold]

What is the likeliness of getting admission to Part 3 of the Cambridge Maths Tripos? What is the likelihood of getting a scholarship if you're not a home student? I am currently a third-year undergrad ...
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How to address a mistake in an old paper in a very prestigious scientific journal?

A Nature paper published in 2000 currently has around 400 citations, but there is a mistake in the paper and surprisingly, still it gets citations. The mistake affects the result of the paper in a way ...
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Current trends in post-secondary education [on hold]

In follow-up to that post I am interested in the current trends in post-secondary education, specifically at the universities. With the democratization of superior education, the number of students ...
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Am I allowed to write an essay about a scientific theory without violating the copyright?

I have in project to write an essay on the Special Theory of Relativity. My idea is then to publish it as an ebook. I would like to know if I can freely write about this topic or I need to take into ...
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What to do with a result too small to be publishable, but interesting nonetheless?

Let's assume, for the sake of example, that I have found a new figure of merit which is of the same complexity as the one currently used, but is much more justified from a mathematical and physical ...
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How to explain a life as a researcher to friends, family and partners who aren't?

My friends, family, and partner often mention that they worry about my life as an researcher/academic mentioning how I work too much (I love my job!) am never satisfied (I want to go great work, and ...
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Can you cite other master's theses when writing your own?

I am completing a master's by research (in Humanities), and thus shall be writing a thesis with no class work. I am using both a mixture of primary and secondary source but one item that has me a bit ...
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Pedagogical pros and cons of requiring undergraduate students to follow open/reproducible research practices?

I regularly teach an undergraduate course in which students are expected to complete projects that involve writing code. I also supervise undergraduates in other project and thesis work that involve ...
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Best way to politely remove someone from paper authorship who planned to contribute but did not?

(There is a similar question but not exactly.) When you write a paper, you need various views. So you invite collaborators and it often works well. But assume that out of 5 invited, for example, one ...
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When reviewing a resubmission, can I request a version with changes highlighted if the journal does not require it?

Reviewing is time-demanding. It makes huge sense to re-review if comments and changes are submitted. While first review takes a lot of time, the second can be very quick. If authors provide a version ...
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Is it necessary to include transcripts from the university I attended for a year, but transferred out of, in PhD application? [duplicate]

I am not sure about the necessity of including some detail in my application documents. Here is the situation. After my graduation from senior high school, I was enrolled in a local university. After ...
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How to treat an under-performing coauthor?

I am a postdoctoral researcher in a lab, having person (e.g.) X as a colleague, also a postdoctoral researcher like me, having obtained a PhD two years after me. Here is the problem: In the last two ...
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Is it possible to use one thesis for two degrees?

I am currently a masters physics student and doing my master thesis abroad during an exchange. At the moment my master thesis will be graded by my home university, but I have the option to enroll on ...
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How to organize a good “special session” in a conference?

Many conference organizing committees invite people to organize special sessions during them, to highlight a particular subject or scientific direction. For example, if you work on computer science ...
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How to apply with past postdoc or PhD positions which did not result in publications or recommendation letters due to conflict with supervisor?

To make the long story short, at the end of my PhD (Just 3 months before my viva), I realized that my PhD supervisor is liar and totally dishonest, probably he has his own reasons, but this is what I ...
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Is volunteer lab work a good practice?

I met a professor last year through an online search and expressed my interests to his research and his advanced lab technique, in which I lack of experience. I also asked for a PhD opportunity ...
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How to prepare for a math exam in a course without homework or tests?

Here are the features of an advanced graduate mathematics course: 24 hours of optional lectures over the course of the term; No homework, labs, guided assignments, quizzes, tests, previous year ...
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When a research statement of a fixed page length is required, are references counted in the page length?

On mathjobs.org, a few jobs request a research statement of no more than 3 pages. Are reference pages typically counted for such requirements in the United States?
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software to organize (1) research questions (2) secondary literature (3) own notes

Is someone aware of software that can help me create certain goals and research (sub)questions (digitally) and connect these questions in an organized way with the secondary literature on my computer, ...
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Possibility of translating document when original copyright holder no longer exists? [duplicate]

I'm trying to research a copyright by an old publishing company in Amsterdam called "W. ten Have N.V." The company is apparently no longer in business and the author has since passed away around 1990. ...
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Change my name in my publications. is it possible? [duplicate]

I have many publications with certain name "my name and my father name", now I wish to change my last name to be my family name not father name in my new publications. Is it possible? or will be a ...
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Website for announcements of journal special issues?

I was wondering if there is a site or something where I can find announcements for all (most of) the special issues of journals (upcoming and past) . For example of Springer, IEEE, Elsevier, ... If ...
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Could publishing a book on a subject prior to a PhD reflect negatively on me later if it has errors?

I noticed that some scholars in my field are best known for their earliest writing, even if their ideas were later found incorrect. I am writing a book in my area of interest and hope to publish ...
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Should I tell my advisor I'm disappointed that he criticized my work for the first time at the defense?

I had two advisors for my master thesis. One, as my first advisor would take the theoretical part to guide me. I have been meeting with my first advisor once every two week and he has been examining ...
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How to know when you should change what is taught during a lab classes

I teach a lab class that is only constrained by some broad learning objectives. I have been using the same project now for 5 years. It now runs very smoothly and I know what difficulties the students ...
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Is there any problem with giving lots of extra credit?

In the past term, my teaching evaluations were full of complaints that I assign too much homework. To solve this, I've scaled back the assigned workload and threw several assignments into extra ...

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