Questions concerning acquisition, handling, presentation, publication, and other practices related to use of data in academic research.

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Is it unethical/unscientific to omit outlier data in a publication when they are in FAVOR of your argument?

I have a scatter(log-)plot with some 10,000 data points that plots the running time of some algorithm against the input on random instances of some problem. I have a lot of these plots, and due to ...
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Experiment by using a Matlab's demo data set and publish to journal/conference

I hope my question is within the topic of this forum. I would like to test an algorithm to a real application data and publish in a journal/conference. However, I cannot acquired my own data set ...
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How to use the PubMed API to search for an article with an exact title? [migrated]

I'm trying to use the PubMed API to search for articles with an exact title. As an example, I want to search for the title: The cost-effectiveness of mirtazapine versus paroxetine in treating people ...
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Why don't grants from publicly-funded organizations systematically demand code and data to be released?

I wonder why publicly-funded grants do not systematically demand from the recipients that code and data to be released, and results/papers to be publicly accessible. (put aside data that raise privacy ...
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How to deal with sensitive individual data in open science?

I work with governmental register data, which includes sensitive information about individuals, and therefore cannot make datasets available to the public lest I risk violating the privacy of my ...
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How do I get a DOI for a dataset?

A DOI is a commonly used digital object identifier to refer to an electronic document. How do I secure a DOI for a research dataset, to help share and identify it?
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How can I protect open research from being plagiarised?

Since open research is about publishing data which are accessible to all, what kind of actions should I take to prevent open research from unauthorised copying or its data being plagiarised without ...
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How to highlight a novel dataset creation in a research paper?

I'm currently working on a minor problem in information extraction. The idea behind the system is relatively simple and contains small modifications of existing algorithms. However in the process, I ...
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Extract data from color density plot

I'm facing the following problem; I have a color density plot (basically a function f(X,Y) where the value of the function is denoted by a color) and the relative color legend bar denoting what is the ...
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Is it ethically defensible to attain consent on an opt-out basis in a newspaper?

I frequently find notices in my local newspaper from researchers who are in the process of doing follow-up research on some study that they conducted a few years back. There, they provide an overview ...
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Ethical considerations in publishing raw data

Apart from taking measures to maintain confidentiality, do I need my ethical approval to specify permission to publish raw data along with my study? I'm trying to facilitate reproducibility in my ...
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When did it become commonplace for data set providers to ask users to cite their paper(s)?

Nowadays data set providers typically ask data set users to cite their paper(s) introducing the data set. When did this practice become commonplace? (Given what I read on this page, I feel the ...
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Are there any academic data sets that force users to release any source code written to analyse them?

I am curious to know whether there exists any data set that forces users to publicly release any source code written to analyse it.
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I'm looking for an application or workflow which integrates data values into the writing process

Currently, on all of my projects, I do my data analysis, create my figures, put them into a word document, and then I start writing. I say things like "We saw a 35% reduction in the effectiveness ...
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Professor wants my “non-funded” master's data

I have recently abandoned my master's program. Long story short, she was a very strict director who always put me down. I didn't get along with her, and she never gave me any emotional or financial ...
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How can an IT undergrad become a Data Scientist.?

I know asking undergrad questions are not well received here. But I don't know any other place have the standard of this place. I am a Bachelor of Information technology student. I am maintaining a ...
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How to answer to this polite, but strange request?

I am a young postgraduate researcher, and I have developed an algorithm to measure the blood flow from echographic signals in a novel manner. I currently only have one published paper from my ...
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Where do you place the link to open data in a manuscript?

Assume you are writing a manuscript and you have uploaded your raw data to a relevant hosting site (e.g., The Dataverse Network, FigShare, etc.). Where in the manuscript should you indicate a link to ...
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Data supporting educational entertainment media as an ineffective method to stimulate students to learn academic concepts outside of the classroom?

I define educational entertainment media as books, films, animation, video games, board games, toys, and such, designed with embedded practical examples of academic concepts. I am unfamiliar with a ...
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Which tense to describe the analysis on a dataset?

It is normal to analyze a dataset in a paper. I am not sure when to use present/past tense to describe how you analyze the data and what your results are. Here I use a short example text to illustrate ...
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Freedom of Information (FOI) requests: multiple questions or single question per request?

In England and Wales at least, Freedom of Information requests are a legitimate research technique to use for obtaining data on occasions when (a) they are applicable, and (b) other avenues have been ...
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Sensible measures to ethically use freely available, but personal web-based comments in research?

In a range of fields (I have in mind gender and sexuality) users make Internet comments revealing personal details about themselves. Some sites even automatically link to their personal Facebook ...
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How do you organize your research?

I am doing a lot of reading and experimenting to dig deeper into my research topic. In our institute we have weekly meetings, were we present our latest research. Often my professor asks me questions ...
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How to integrate partial version control, data exchange and research assistants?

Currently, my coauthors and I use GitHub to collaborate in coding and writing but also in data exchange. We have a lot of data, often not in text format (e.g. pdf). Most of this is collected by ...
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How are DOIs managed for ongoing time-series?

I'm familiar with DOIs been allocated to historic time series, to give academics a unique, citable identifier for datasets. Similar to how a DOI is allocated to a specific journal article. As the ...
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How to ask other researchers to share their datasets?

For my Computer Science Master Thesis Research I need some large pre-processed datasets. I know the names of researchers who have those sets (or at least can point me to the source). My question ...
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Breaking an axis - is it ever a good idea?

I know that using an origin other than 0 for numeric data is considered misleading. But for plots in academic publications, is it ever a good idea to break an axis so that patterns and outliers can be ...
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Ethics of using company data from internship for academic project

I am a graduate student and one of my research projects requires me to crawl a website using their public API. This is going alright but the amount of data we can collect is limited, since it is a ...
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What is 'Persuasive Data'?

I'm submitting an abstract for the World Molecular Imaging Conference and they advise: Please include a Persuasive Data file if you would like your abstract to be considered for an oral ...
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Getting a dump of arXiv metadata

Prompted by discussion in this post on Meta.MathOverflow.net I got interested in comparing usage of tags from MathOverflow to submissions in the respective disciplines of arXiv. (Vide a similar idea ...
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Am I allowed to process personal data on a cloud server?

I have gathered some fMRI and eye tracking data, from several subjects. I can process them using the server in our lab, but I would like to take advantage of my own cloud servers on Linode and ...
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What are the important issues to consider when using secondary data?

Say you want to conduct a research study that observes people engaged in a generic activity. Rather than record this evidence oneself, would it be wise to try to gather recorded evidence that was part ...
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How to make data management plans machine readable?

More and more research projects are now required to have a data management plan, sometimes already upon submission of the proposal, sometimes early into the then funded project. These plans lay out ...
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How should we approach the authors of a paper and ask them for their data? [duplicate]

Nowadays, many papers are based on data that can easily reach several Gigas. It is understandable that these data are not incorporated into the work, nor are hosted with the publisher. What is the ...
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Citing a Work that Cites a Personal Communication

I'm interested in knowing if/how to properly cite a personal communication within a reference and if credit should be given to the primary source (the personal communication), the secondary source ...
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How can I anonymously store supplemental research data that I submit with papers?

I'm writing a contribution for a double-blind submission system. Since I would like to supply more data than I could show on a small number of pages, I'm looking for a way to reference supplemental ...
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How should I split my code and data between an open repository and the article's supplementary files?

I am working on a paper that involves some data and a piece of code to analyse the data. I want the results of the analysis to be reproducible and the code to be open. This concept of "reproducible ...
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Are there known cases of leaks in academia?

There are many situations in academia where an entity is entrusted with confidential data belonging to a researcher. A very obvious one is the publication process: the journals are required to keep ...
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How can editors and reviewers detect data manipulation?

I am preparing a paper in the field of Computer Science. In order to report test results, we usually run a number of tests and report the average of those tests. For each test, we generate random ...
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Could it be a problem years later if I forgot to include some things in my thesis?

I graduated 3 years ago with a MS degree and a thesis. I recently discovered that I forgot to include some data - tables and list of datasets. All my final analysis has been included. Can there be ...
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Can you get statistical data on research paper submissions and publications?

For a class project in machine learning, I am considering building a set of predictors where the feature set includes information about the topic, keywords in the title, the authors, the date, etc., ...
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Good data entry and management systems

I am a PhD student and am thinking ahead to when I start up a psychology lab---what are some of the best data entry and management systems? To avoid the "it depends" answer, below I list what I'm ...
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Could research data fall under the Freedom of Information Act?

When I refer to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) I mean either the federal act or similarly implemented state laws. Clearly the validity of such requests would have to be limited to institutions ...
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How do I get a citation dataset with full text articles in PDF format?

I am doing research in text mining. For that I need a dataset which contain full text PDFs of research paper articles, and all articles should be related with each other in terms of citing. There are ...
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Is it a good idea to connect data points on a plot to increase readability in slides?

I have a graph of points from a set of experiments, that I want to present on a slide. The important information in the graph is both the values of the points, and more significantly, that the green ...
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Same data, new method, same outcome – can I publish it?

I applied a new method to a data set, which had already been analyzed in a research paper. My method is generally considered better, but it only slightly modifies the results and does not affect the ...
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IRB guidelines for secure online data storage, backup, and syncing?

I am asking to get people's success stories in presenting a data management case for secure data backup using remote online services, rather than the antiquated "server in a locked room" model of ...
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Best strategy to learn programing for graduate research data analysis in biology

I'm actually asking this question on behalf of a sibling who's pursuing a PhD in Biology. While I'm a Mechanical Engineering student and am "computer-savvy" and experienced in learning programming ...
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How to obtain number of publications by year on a given subject?

Does anyone know of a good way to obtain data on the number of publications per year on a given subject? Scholar has an option to sort search results by date, but there does not seem to be an ...
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Asking for data as a student - ease the pain

I'm a bioinformatics bachelor graduate. The group I'm currently working for does not produce its own data. So I often have to search the literature for available data sets. Luckily, tons of ...