Queries related to building up and maintenance of a collaborative academic activity or research.

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Who “owns” a project idea after a grant application is rejected or declined? [on hold]

This past year I put in an application to a federal agency (US) for a post-doctoral fellowship and collaborated on it with a three profs/research scientists on the proposal. If funded, one of them ...
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computing one's Erdös-Bacon-Sabbath number [migrated]

Erdös numbers, Erdös-Bacon numbers, and Erdös-Bacon-Sabbath numbers are not uncommonly found on a CV these days. It's easy to find lists and online tools to discover low values for the first two, but ...
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Early career advice for Jr. Researcher on selectivity of authorship credit for collaboration in areas outside one's specialization

I have a problem...Once folks learn my academic specialty within the medical sciences and of my strong background in statistics, they often want to form a collaborating - mostly they want me to ...
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How to confront new office mate regarding personal hygiene? [on hold]

I am a senior graduate student and share an office with 3 other post-docs and graduate students. We recently had a first year graduate student join our lab for a rotation and he has been placed in ...
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Is it proper to propose a thesis collaboration to a professor you don't know?

I am a master student at one of the best universities in Europe. As I am studying finance, I would like to have an experience in the US or London. I will have to start working on my master thesis ...
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Workflow for long-distance collaboration with a dyslexic researcher?

I often work with graduate students at a particular university in Europe (I am in the US), in a kind of supervisory role. In the past, I've used a shared wiki for this kind of collaboration. The ...
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Private Git repositories for students, that don't become public later

Short version of my question: Is there a good way to provide students with free, private, Github-like git repositories, that won't become public later? Background: In computer science, it is ...
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How to implement contradictory comments/suggestions from collaborators?

Every paper that I have worked on originated from the following timeline: a small team works on data and obtains results; one member is designated first author (always the one who did the biggest ...
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A postdoc joining my group is interested in my experiment. How to proceed with respect to leadership on the project?

The situation is the following: I have been researching, in an experimental science, the capabilities of a new way how to perform a given experiment. Due to the challenging nature of the project, I ...
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PI wants to add a new author who I think doesn't deserve to be added

I have worked with a professor on a project where I produced some results from running experiments and analysing the data, now the professor is asking a new student to redo my experiments with the ...
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Breaking off a collaboration/project in science

I discussed with two fellow PhD students about working together. I have been working on my project for about 8 months, and we started working together around 3 weeks ago. In the beginning we agreed I ...
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Do PhD students work alone in American universities?

I came from India to UK for my PhD as I hoped to work in a team and learn from others. However, I am all alone as other students of my professor are. As I inspected this is the case in all UK ...
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How to solicit funded research projects from industry to perform while in graduate school?

My ultimate goal is to secure a position in industry post graduation. I figured a solid approach would be align myself with current problems and try and partner to solve them. This gives me resume ...
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Politics in forming collaborations as a postdoc [closed]

Graduate students talk to other researchers, other than their formal advisors, all the time, whether at their home institution or at conferences. They get help on specific tasks, ask for input on ...
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Is it OK to go to postdocs for help?

There is a postdoc from another group in my department that frequently helps PhD students in his area when they have questions or want to talk about a particular subject. I would like to know if this ...
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'Big shot' scientist offered me collaboration in a meeting. How long before I write to him?

I met an important scientist in my field in a scientific meeting last week. We agreed that I should write a project draft and send it to him, so we could set up a collaboration. Because I want to take ...
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Second author being lead presenter on paper at a conference?

I am second author of three on a recently published conceptual paper (i.e., no data). The first author is a a student I co-supervise, although the paper did not stem from his thesis but is a ...
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Sending preprints to colleagues

I recently submitted a journal article and it is under review. I have not heard back yet. I am in contact with a potential collaborator, and I think it would be beneficial for her to read I have in ...
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How does peer-review work for “gigantic” collaboration projects?

Big collaboration projects such as LHC and LIGO result in academic papers featuring hundreds or even more than 1000 authors. Correct me if I'm wrong, but in fields like particle physics, researchers ...
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What are the challenges to publishing a paper when you have a huge number of collaborators?

Following on from this question, I'm really curious to know about the logistics of large scale collaborations when it comes to publishing a paper that everyone has some contribution to. To summarise, ...
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Continuum from collaboration on homework to copying

Some of the work I grade does not seem to be copied verbatim, but also seems close enough that one student or another is being a parrot and does not totally understood what they are saying. My ...
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How to deal with an author who worked on an analysis that never made it into the paper?

I have come across the following situation a couple of times: After an experiment has been designed and data collected, the first author of the paper wants to ascertain whether a special analysis ...
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Applying for long term visit during PhD

I am a final year PhD student in string theory. I couldn't apply for post doc positions as I didn't have sufficient number of publications. Now since my thesis work is almost complete I am looking for ...
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Phone contact after no response from scientific collaborator?

I have a scientific collaboration with a senior scientist from a University in Europe. He agreed to work with me on the project and our roles were defined in the process(only supervision and minimal ...
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Interdisciplinary Problem Session hosted by Mathematics Department: Advice

I work in a Department of Mathematics in the Irish Institute of Technology sector. Funding for mathematics research has been reduced by the Higher Education Authority and between this, a heavy ...
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Strategies, approaches, methods for motivating innovation adoption in academia [closed]

I'm curious about what strategies, approaches and/or methods people (successfully) use in academia for motivating colleagues to adopt innovative research collaboration mechanisms, workflows and/or ...
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I am part of a “study team” that authored a paper. How do I list in in my CV?

I was a member of a study team that produced a couple of research papers. The authors of the paper are, for example: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, John Smith and The ABC Study Investigators In ...
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Should I take credit from the idea that I have initially suggested?

I had an idea for a project and discussed it with my professor. The professor said that it was a new idea and we could try it. We agreed that we would first research more about the feasibility of the ...
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To senior researchers, how would you view a student you wanted to work with, but who could not?

I am a Ph.D. student and met this senior scientist in a local conference, let's call him Dr. XX. (He is working in a research institute like Bell Lab, not exactly in academia.) We took some interest ...
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How to Start Biomedical Engineering Coadvisement

I am a BME PhD student at a top-tier university with interests in data science applied to medicine (specifically neuroscience). I am currently not able to work with one of the faculty (call him Bob) ...
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I have an undergraduate degree and no research experience — how to begin now?

I recently earned an undergraduate degree in computer science*. I had no interest in going to grad school, so I focused purely on coursework. I have no research experience. I am now more open to the ...
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Research partner switching authorship before publishing to Arxiv?

We’re currently publishing a preview of a paper we’ve just gotten accepted to a conference and of the five of us, one member started an Arxiv submission application first. This means that the rest of ...
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Can I write in my SOP that I want to join labs which aren't belonged to the department I apply? [closed]

I want to work on a research which requires both field A and field B. On the school I want to pursue, both lab X and X' from department A work on A+B. If possible, I'd like to work in both lab because ...
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What to do when one my co-authors is openly insulting me but the others remain silent?

I previously asked this question Senior co-author is jeopardizing two years of work. I have been trying to address my senior co-author's concerns. However, he is still not happy, and has now started ...
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I solved their problem. Should I involve them?

I have dedicated time and effort to solve a theoretical problem posed by two other people. Now I think I have resolved it, and I have material for a publication. Should I involve them as co-authors? ...
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Standing out in the era of big science

How do scientists who choose to work on big collaborative projects (e.g. LHC experiments, LIGO, etc.) differentiate themselves when time comes to apply for post doc/professor positions, considering ...
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Is it okay to start a collaboration with a research group of which you're reviewing a paper?

A scientific journal assigned me a paper to review. During the review process, I realized I have some interesting ideas about the paper project, so I am thinking about to contact the authors and ...
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What is the proper way of addressing a professor whom I work with? [duplicate]

I am a graduate student. Some part of my master thesis requires me to contact a professor from another university. In the first email I addressed him as "Dear Professor Smith". He started his reply ...
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Collaborative development of teaching materials and assessments

I have been teaching for 10 years. During this time I have also been developing and contributing to open source software. The collaborative nature of open source projects and scientific research has ...
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How to deal with a coauthor who introduces errors

This situation has arisen a couple of times for me and I don't know how to deal with it: I'm writing a paper that contains formal mathematical statements and proofs. I am very careful about ensuring ...
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How to find an academic mentor as a professional

I'm a professional programmer with 15 years of experience, working in game development as a game and engine programmer, currently working at a prestigious game company on two well known games. I've ...
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How to convince and/or ask researchers to share data? [duplicate]

I'm currently working on gathering data for my MSc thesis. The problem is, for my type of research, there is VERY limited data that is freely available. Specifically, I'm looking to acquire baseline ...
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Making sure I'm in good terms with peer researchers and not making enemies

I'm a student that started doing CS research not too long ago, and I'd like some advice on making sure I'm in good terms with my peers. I've been helping another student's project (in my field, the ...
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How often do people have to drop graduate level courses [closed]

Most of this may be venting a little. The main question is in the last paragraph. I'm currently in my second semester of graduate school and I've been struggling in my current course. A lot. I've ...
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How to show a student the work done in the lab is the lab's (or is it?)

Difficult to title this, but in essence, I am working on the premise that ethically, the work done in the lab belongs to the PI and the lab as a group. So if there is another question that deals with ...
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How to be a co-author anonymously?

I am from country A and am studying in country B. A researcher from country C would like to collaborate with me. However, my home country (country A) has poor (hostile) relations with the ...
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How to start international research collaborations within a specialised medical field

I am a researcher with 11 years of experience working on a series of projects in the health and education fields. These projects are loosely linked in that they are psych/ social science based and ...
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Am I allowed to share a final copy of my published paper privately?

Suppose I published a paper in a journal with no open-access policy, but with the usual constraints regarding copyright. A researcher that I do not know in person has asked me for a copy of a this ...
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Is it common to work concurrently on projects with PIs other than your advisor?

Is this a common occurrence? Or is there some expectation to remain loyal to one's advisor and only do projects related to his/her vision. Field is computer science.
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Under what circumstances it is appropriate to add a team as a co-author, and how should I do so?

I would like to be able to recognize contributions in cases where the contributions of individual may not warrant co-authorship, but where the work would not have been possible without the diverse ...