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

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Are Undergraduates allowed to collaborate with other students for their dissertation research?

I'm not sure if this is common practice or not, but much like how we see co-authorship in research papers, I was wondering if an undergrad would be allowed to collaborate with other students (possibly ...
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How to leave a collaborator after being offered to join a new group?

How does one leave one collaborative group for another, prior to the start of the research? This relates to switching project teams for graduate course work, switching research labs, or basically ...
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How to handle team member who is unable/unwilling to collaborate

Okay, this is a problem I am really scared of lately. I am always willing to learn something exciting whenever I do any coursework. However, this adventurous mind of mine is risky and can often put my ...
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Keeping credit for my work

I joined a new lab a while ago, and am having an issue with keeping the credit for my work. Two instances so far: I co-authored a series of papers with the professor and a senior graduate student. I ...
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How exactly do graduate students collaborate on a research project? [closed]

My question can be elaborated as follows: When graduate students work together on a research project, are they usually expected to work on the same exact things, at the same exact time, or would it be ...
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How to highlight the text changes to the supervisor?

How to highlight the changes I made to a text (report, thesis etc) to the supervisor? Red colour/adding bubble comments, you name it. I use Word.
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Approaching researchers about collaboration?

This question is quite premature for the current state of my studies, but I already have a few people in mind to which this question applies. In Academia, would it be considered normal to approach a ...
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What do I do when a co-author takes too long to give feedback during the peer review process?

Two years ago I did a piece of research for a journal's especial edition. I got the reviewer's comments, did all the corrections and sent it to my co-authors. One of them took so long to return his ...
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How to effectively manage a new collaborator?

As a 3rd year PhD student in a Canadian university, I've been given the opportunity to work directly with my supervisor's long-term collaborator, who is a young faculty member in an Australian ...
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Ph.D. Topic Problem- Changing Topics/Labs

Initial Edit: Changed the title for clarification purposes. Even though title itself seems quite similar to other questions asked here, my question is a bit different from other similar questions. I ...
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Any ideas how I could get people to participate in my live Internet application experiment for my thesis?

I have developed an Internet application that I need people to run across the Internet to collect statistics to see how well the program works. So far, I have used LinkedIn to reach out to my friends ...
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Are there any online tools to calculate academic collaboration distance (i.e. a generalisation of the Erdős number)?

The Erdős number is the academic collaboration distance someone has to Paul Erdős. MathSciNet has a tool to calculate the collaboration distance between two mathematicians (where one may or may not ...
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How much data should be shared in the collaboration?

Well, I am interested to know how much data, code, results, etc needs to be shared in a successful collaboration. For example: when engineers collaborate with AI researchers to optimize an engineering ...
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How to deal with a procrastinating (student) collaborator?

I am just beginning a research project with a fellow student. She is always 10-20 minutes late to scheduled meetings and has a very hard time making any sort of deadline. She freely admits that she is ...
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What is the etiquette for CCing faculty in eMails?

I'm working in an international collaboration (Germany and Netherlands). It happens quite often that I'm asking technical questions to fellow postdocs by email, just sending the email to this single ...
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Is there a quick way to search for a given researcher's past collaborators/co-authors?

Is there a website or software for one to search for all the past co-authors/collaborators of a given researcher? I can of course go through the researcher's publication and get the names one by one, ...
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What simple events can a graduate student club organise to network with former students, companies, etc.?

I'm a graduate student in Engineering. This semester we're going to form a graduate student club. We're thinking about creating some networking events with former students, companies, etc. Do you ...
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Where do the responsibilities of an MS GRA doing a thesis actually end?

I am doing a MS thesis in an engineering lab and I am fully funded by my advisor (tuition waiver plus stipend). We are a small lab and my professor is aiming for tenure. I am ahead of schedule and ...
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Splitting publication fees among coauthors

What are accepted ways of splitting publication fees among coauthors, when authors are from different research groups and potentially even different institutions? Especially with open access ...
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When should a student attempt unsupervised research?

I just finished my masters and am currently working as a research assistant before starting a PhD in applied mathematics. I was doing some preliminary work for a possible project and derived some ...
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Creating a collaborative project for a group of 10 graduate neuroscience students from various backgrounds

I am taking part in a seminar-course given to graduate neuroscience students. The students come from various backgrounds; mainly - Computer science, physics and life science (biology). In the current ...
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How to invite potential collaborators for personal visit?

No starting point for scientific collaboration is better than face-to-face conversation. Conferences are good places to meet potential collaborator, but another way is to invite them to visit your ...
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Should I keep my name on a paper in which I have no important contribution?

Prof. X added me as a coauthor on a paper , although my contribution was minor. I told him so, he insisted and said it was necessary for me (I can't give details). Later my relation with Prof X ...
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Finding academic collaborations by location

What is the best way to find academic collaborations between two locations (e.g. Berlin and Australia) occurring within a certain field / topic? Some variety of massive, searchable, citation / ...
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How an academic can reconcile the problem of collaboration and competition with colleagues at the same time?

In many fields of academia, a professor must get grants to fund his research (e.g., medicine, biology). Early in academic career, a scientist can have naive expectations about how things work in ...
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How should I deal with a colleague talking on my behalf?

Our Chair is writing a major proposal and me and my colleague are on-board (both non-tenured)... Chair has asked for a meeting next week to work on the bid for a centre and this colleague of mine has ...
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“Telecommuting” in academia

In business (e.g. IT industry) remote work (aka "telecommuting") can be relatively common (see e.g. a recent StackOverflow blog post). It is exceedingly rare (or even nonexistent) in academia, even ...
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How do researchers from different institutions collaborate?

Quite often, graduate level research is done by researchers from different institutions, whether different universities or cooperation between a university and a private corporation. How do the ...
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Any suggestions to create and maintain a good research atmosphere

I am starting my PhD in Computer Science next semester in a relatively small department (around 20 faculty members). I have been to the university a few times and I noted the collaboration among ...
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Issue tracking when writing a paper

When writing papers (and even more - when revising after collaborators', or reviewers', remarks) it's hard to keep track what is done, what needs to be fixed, what cannot be fixed, when opinions of ...
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Why use version control systems for writing a paper

I am following the advice of @Piotr Migdal in this question, and I want to ask about version controls: how beneficial are they (specially under LaTeX settings) for writing papers compared to DropBox ...
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Internet Git repository for collaboration on a paper

I've just started using git for tracking changes in a LaTeX paper I'm writing, and for collaboration with co-authors. However, I cannot find easily private git repositories with reasonable plans for ...
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Outsourcing your research to Kaggle for co-authorship or other non monetary options

Some parts of our research fall out of our expertise. We thought about creating a Kaggle challenge just for this part. But we lack fund resources for the reward, so we could not offer any money. We ...
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How to organize a Joint Collaboration Plan and Fees

With today's technology it is very easy to collaborate with people around the world (I totally recommend Vyew for that). When you collaborate with people from different countries, are there any rules ...
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Collaborating with professors other than the advisor

How wise is it to collaborate with another professor while working as a staff under one professor? Is there a ethical conflict in doing so even if the other professor is from a slightly different ...
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How can a PhD student enlarge his academic collaboration network?

I am a new doctoral candidate of information and computer science and about to initiate my research, and typically collaborate with my supervisor and other group members. But seldom will a researcher ...
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What are the strategies for getting feedback on articles?

As an academic, one has to publish. Often, an article is drafted, and you need feedback of a colleague. I see that quite often some perspective articles are often written by long-term collaborating ...
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Who all are considered authors of papers written on behalf of a research group?

In epidemiology it is not uncommon to see papers written by a bunch of authors on behalf of a research group (say "the X research group"). See, for example, this paper (randomly chosen from pubmed): ...
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What skills are needed to sustain a research group?

As a young academic, I am struggling to set up a research group that produces papers or proposals on a regular and sustainable basis. I had my share of PhD students, but nothing structured in a proper ...
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How should a PhD student approach a collaboration?

I'm a PhD student at a top-ten university in the UK. I'm just starting the second year of my social science doctorate. I'm way 'ahead' of where I should be at the moment in terms of words written, ...
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What are useful tips and tricks for collaborating remotely?

What techniques have you found to improve collaboration with a remote colleague, in particular to make it feel more like collaboration in person? The majority of my collaborations are with ...
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What are good practices for sharing protocols online

We're beginning a fairly large effort to share the vast number of protocols accumulated in our lab and pushing them all to the cloud. Naturally, you don't want the knowledge of older graduate students ...
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Simplest way to jointly write a manuscript?

As with many papers in the sciences, there are multiple authors who aren't physically close to each other. I was curious about the most efficient and simplest way to technically share the writing. On ...
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Are there any online tools for student collaborative learning?

There are many disciplines where collaborative learning is the norm; group projects in engineering, working in pairs in bio & chem laboratories, writing papers in a variety of fields, and ...
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How to achieve successful collaborations?

Quite often, at conferences or while attending seminars, I will start an interesting discussion with the speaker, first on-site, then later by email, and even though at some point there seems to be ...
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Advice and tools for hosting an online journal club

I have some experience with hosting reading groups/journals clubs in an off-line setting. Usually we meet every week in a room and discuss the paper for that week. However, recently some colleagues ...
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Is there a good site for holding online discussions of scientific papers?

Many of my computational scientist colleagues used to use Google Reader to share and discuss new journal articles. The loss of Reader's social features killed that, and we have subsequently tried ...