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

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Proposing collaboration to an invited speaker?

I am organising a conference. This will take place in 6 months time. One of the invited speakers works on a topic that is highly related to my research interests. I would like to propose a specific ...
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Should I continue a project someone else started?

I think there are two situations where your supervisor might ask you to continue a project someone else started: Someone produced some data, but never wrote a paper about it Someone wrote a paper ...
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Why do some fellowships require “leadership experience”?

The fellowship I'm about to apply requires me to express my past leadership experience in the personal statement. Why? I understand that leadership is a soft skill that everyone should have, but this ...
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How can physicists help in theoretical biology, besides math and fresh perspectives? [closed]

By googling this keyword: "theoretical biology" and physics, I get many interesting pages, such as: Physics meets biology: Bridging the culture gap Biology is more theoretical than physics Why ...
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How should I stay in professional contact with former supervisors and/or colleagues?

I want to ask if anyone still keeps in touch with former supervisors and/or colleagues from previous universities and how to do it in a professional way. I want to keep in touch with them for not ...
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Should I contact a PhD student or his supervisor for potential collaboration?

I found some recently published papers which are related to my research and am interested in contacting the authors for potential collaboration. However, in those papers, the first author is a Ph.D. ...
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Advice for conflict with team in a Masters course led by two professors

I would like some advice about a conflict I am having in a graduate course taught by two professors. I am pursuing a Masters (MS) degree in Finance and for the capstone course in the program, each ...
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How to deal with bad smelling (smoking) co-student

For a graduate project I need to work together with a fellow student who smokes a lot (every time we take a break); the smell is really strong and actually distracts from the work at times. Some days ...
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Suggestions for Working with Uncooperative / apathetic teammates [duplicate]

I am getting very frustrated / angry in working with my research teammates on a capstone course project in my Masters program. The project we are working is fairly complex and includes a good amount ...
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How can I make sure I'll get credit for my work when working with unwanted and untrusted collaborator?

I am taking a course with a major final project. I was looking for a topic when my co-advisor noticed this. He suggested that I do a project related to my master thesis, and I agreed since I didn't ...
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Is it OK to only invite one of three co-authors of a previous joint paper to do another joint paper?

I have co-authored one paper with Professor A, PhD student B and PhD student C. B left the best impression on me as the most friendly, productive and hard-working. Now, I want to do a joint paper ...
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Is it impolite to ask a professor who was not my master's thesis advisor (but with similar research field) to help me to work on a research topic?

I have finished my master's thesis and graduated from the university in which I used to study for my masters degree. Now I have two or three months free time and I am searching for a PhD position; in ...
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How should I approach a Tokyo University professor to join their lab?

What are the guidelines that I should follow when contacting a foreign University professor to ask for joining their lab? I need to find a professor for my already accepted semester abroad as an ...
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What to do if a co-author is delaying announcement of results?

I am finishing writing a joint paper with a collaborator and we are both extremely excited about the results. However, we cannot agree on when to announce the results. In my opinion the paper is ...
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How to work in a group where the group members need to be taught everything?

Edit: I met with the prof and she agreed that it wasn't my responsibility or place to teach my group mates the foundations they were supposed to have learned. A direct quote was that "everyone has to ...
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Team work at Masters level

Ok so first off a bit of background. I've been working professionally three years in a software engineer position after my BSc. in Mathematics and Physics. At some point I realized I missed doing true ...
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collaboration with a professor from other school

Is it acceptable/advisable to seek to collaborate with a former professor (e.g. from undergrad school) while doing research with ones adviser at grad school (the two schools being different)? Of ...
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How do you find interdisciplinary collaborators for your research?

I would like to know if someone knows whether there are IT solutions (websites etc) that help with meeting interdisciplinary researchers from local academic institutions (socal).
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How to contact author whose work I built off of?

I'm working on a manuscript for a scientific paper that alters/adds onto what another study found over 20 years ago. This old study is highly cited and the graphs are reproduced in a lot of textbooks, ...
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What must a researcher know or understand about another researcher to ensure successful research collaboration?

What must a researcher know or understand about another researcher to confidently conclude that he or she can become a good partner in collaboration? Specific opinions will be appreciated, e.g. the ...
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Should I mention my co-authors while tweeting about our publications?

Assume we have a paper published in a conference or journal. Should I mention my co-authors while posting some content of the paper (or just paper's link) on Twitter or Facebook? Let's assume I am ...
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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 unusual for a collaborator to ask for funding for a very short project?

I am working on a paper that requires a comparison method to be implemented. The method of choice is not in my discipline. I asked a collaborator, who is an expert in the area and with whom I have ...
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How to confront advisor about the expectation that I will support another student's project for extended period of time?

I work in a collaborative scientific research group at a public university in the US. Specifically, my lab has two graduate students: myself and another who is expected to graduate shortly. I'm told ...
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How to start a collaborative online research project?

I am interested in solving some mathematical combinatorial problems. Besides the Polymath project, are there some other online projects where I can state the problems, my approach towards a solution, ...
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Necessity of MoU for researcher exchange or collaboration

In my research institute, there is a fair amount of discussion around wanting to collaborate or create exchanges with other labs, especially outside of the country (we are in Asia). From myself and a ...
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What are the ethics of getting help from online forums?

As an engineer, sometimes in my research I come across a mathematical problem that either is beyond my mathematical skills, or I know that someone, somewhere must have seen something like it before ...
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How to handle disagreement between collaborators on licensing academic code?

A group of students including myself have developed a certain program/algorithm. I as the main coder behind this group have provided 95% of all the actual code. The other two involved parties have ...
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Should I inform other project's members about my work on an idea which they are not initially interested in

I'm a PhD student working on a research project consisting of 2 teams. My team (team A) is on the practical side, we provide the problems related to our research and evaluate the theoretical solutions ...
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Are there forum-like collaborative Q&A/Annotation tools out there? [closed]

I’m teaching an introductory programming course using the Moodle platform and I find that the forums are not used as extensively as they could be. Especially, students ask duplicated questions, have a ...
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How to deal with co-authors' tardiness?

I have a paper due tonight, and I have done my part. I have also volunteered to compile the texts from the other authors and hand it all in (there's four of us). I have all texts except one and ...
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Advisable to visit other labs?

Is it advisable to do a short (2-3months) visit to a different lab at a different university while doing a PhD? I would think that it would be good for setting up collaborations, but would a PhD ...
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How to get rid of annoying graduate student “supervisor”

I am an undergraduate student who has developed a novel new model which according to my PI (principal investigator) will have a high impact. My PI assigned a grad student to supervise me. Supervision ...
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How are citations used to fairly compare researchers: fewer publications and fewer co-authors versus more publications with many co-authors

As a recently graduated researcher in the field of physics, I am in the early stages of establishing my scientific career, which involves being hired by senior researchers and professors. Much of the ...
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Disadvantages to publishing outside field of projected study?

As a recent B.S. recipient interested in pursuing a PhD in molecular biology in the future, are there any disadvantages to publishing outside of that field? I have a strong background in computer ...
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What to do when you have obtained very similar results with two different groups and you want to publish them both

I started a collaboration with some other research group, where the main objective was to model some data. The project was very interesting to me, since I had obtained that data. After some months I ...
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Examples of teams of teachers?

There was another question In universities, how to team up with your colleagues? which talked about building relationships but what I am really curious about is: Are there any universities which ...
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Is it ethical to submit a paper with the name of a co-author who cannot be contacted?

The paper in question is based on research my collaborator X and I did together some months ago. Our respective contributions to the research were around 2/3 for X and 1/3 for me. In terms of the ...
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What to do when co-authors want to submit manuscript for publication and you think it still has problems?

I am a junior member on a research project. We have written a paper. I feel the work is not ready for publication and have issues. We have discussed the issues, and other members of the group ...
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How to deal with a difficult team supervisor?

I m in the fourth year of my PhD in veterinary sciences in North America. My Research project involves a lot of farm/team work. I have to work with technicians, farm staff, research associates and ...
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How to define author order of a collaborative paper where all authors have contributed equally?

I am finishing writing a manuscript in collaboration with a dozen of colleagues. The paper is mainly theoretical, does not involved experimentation of any kind and is born from numerous discussions ...
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How much of my ongoing unpublished research should I disclose to others?

As part of my PhD, I have already published a paper and am working to expand it further. Recently, a PhD student (who I didn't know) from another university contacted me regarding my paper. He showed ...
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Am I obliged to share my most promising data?

I have just started a PhD along with another candidate. We are each looking at different aspects of the same subject. His data provide context for mine, while my data simply add value to his. As I ...
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How to handle a colleague who hasn't pulled their weight

I'm working on a project with a partner that involves developing a mobile app and corresponding server. I won't bother with the specifics, but both involve a fair amount of work (both require some ...
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Unsolicited request for a scientific collaboration

I have a research problem in an area of Mathematics. There is mathematician whose domain of expertise is very near to the subject of my problem. I read frequently his works, he probably doesn't know ...
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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 ...