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I have found an error in a textbook. What can I do about it?

In the book Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory (10th edition) by Boylestad and Louis Nashelsky, I have found a technical mistake. What can I do about this? To whom should I send an email, the ...
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How to tell a faculty member that I don't need him on my thesis committee anymore?

Out of five needed members for my doctoral thesis committee, four are fixed. For the fifth member, I approached Mr.A. He has no real connection to my research or topic but I contacted him because he ...
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Optimal structure for PhD application submitted directly to PI

I am currently applying for PhD positions (mainly - though not exclusively - around Germany and Switzerland). As I would like to start as soon as possible and would rather be paid than receive a ...
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Keeping email records when moving between posts

This question is about maintaining email records when changing institutions. I’m writing it here because it seems to be a problem quite specific to the academic context of managing long-term ...
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Can I contact the author of a paper for questions, even if I've never studied over high school?

I've never been in a University in my life, but I enjoy reading research papers to expand my knowledge and go deeper in the understanding of details which are not covered by books. A recent paper ...
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Should I use both surnames when addressing a Spanish professor as 'Dr' in an email?

I'm writing my professor. She has two surnames. So far, I've been using only her first surname; however, I'm curious whether that's, generally, how I should address a professor with two surnames. I ...
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Best way to respond to a request for CV

A couple of weeks ago I met this person who had come to our institute for an invited talk. Her domain of work was same as my area of research. Later I discussed with her some of the topics and asked ...
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Which one of these is more appropriate for academic email

I have a membership from an organization e.g. ieee.org and I have some options for my email ID which I want to use in academy and professional work. I'm not a native English and I'm not familiar with ...
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communication after job offer and acceptance

I am a US-based researcher and was offered a position as a postdoctoral researcher at a Swedish institute. The offer came in December, and I have negotiated some terms, which the school accepted. All ...
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How to address an academic without a PhD

I am currently writing an e-mail to a member of Oxbridge staff. He is a "lecturer," full-time staff, who co-ordinates a well-known program, but does not hold a PhD, only an MA. I can't call him "Dr. ...
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Author's email address in a published paper is not working

I have stumbled upon a paper that is very related to my field of research and after reading and discussing it with my supervisor, I found some issues in the paper that I need more information about, ...
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Increase chance of reply when e-mailing an eminent researcher?

I found this question, but it does not exactly match what I would like to ask. In my case, it's almost surely appropriate to send the e-mail (since my adviser suggested it), I'm just wandering as to ...
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How do you address unknown peers in email?

This is one bit of academic etiquette I'm not sure about. When I write to another researcher, a peer (we're both professors). I've never exchanged with before and never met him but I know of him (and ...
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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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Applying for post-doc, how to mention mutual acquaintances?

I am applying for post-docs, and there is a professor I would very much like to work with. I would like to e-mail him and see if he has any open positions in his lab. I have never met the professor ...
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Which email address to use in a publication?

So my student and I are writing a paper, my question is around firstname.lastname@student.institution.domain vs firstname.lastname1@gmail.com which sounds more professional? I personally submitted ...
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How to format multiple authors name, affiliation and email in a paper?

I am writing a paper with my teacher and his teacher. I don't know the standard of writing authors name, affiliation and email in the paper. I am using IEEEtran template for an IEEE conference. If the ...
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How do I tactfully tell my advisor (who's much busier than I am) that I'm too busy to do such-and-such?

I recognize my advisor is busier than I am. But, nonetheless, I feel the need to tell her sometimes that I am overloaded with too many tasks and I need to push a deadline back or pass on some request. ...
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How to get an edu email?

I am a hobbyist mathematician in China. I study maths by myself and make some course videos to teach commutative algebra, functional analysis and other topics at the internet just as the Khan Academy ...
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What to do when emails to a potential advisor are not replied?

I asked a potential advisor for possible research projects but I haven't received a reply. What is the appropriate thing to do? Reply with my previous mail quoted, and say something like I having ...
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Is it ok to send an email informing about your new paper?

Several times in the past, after publishing a paper, I have sent email to several people which I thought might be interested in the results obtained in the paper. Usually I have emailed some of the ...
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What should be included in a departmental email policy?

I receive about 10k emails per year and send about 2-3k. In my department (the sphere I can influence) there are those who almost never respond and those who respond as soon as I have hit the send ...
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Is ignoring emails acceptable in academia?

As a grad student, I just find it tremendously frustrating when emails are ignored by faculty (both at my institution and at other places). Is this acceptable? I'd be content with a simple response ...
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How did conferences “work” before the e-mail era?

Some friends and I were discussing a certain conference that has a "rebuttal" phase, in which the authors can see the reviews and reply to them. We realized that this rebuttal phase probably couldn't ...
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What should a proper email signature look like for graduate students?

So far, what I have is First and Last Name Title Group/Lab Name School Name Address and Phone I'm especially confused about the "title". I'm not sure if it should say "Graduate Student", ...
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How do I remove myself from academic mailing lists?

When I was a grad student, I participated in a bunch of conferences, and sent papers to journals and the like. But now I'm no longer in academia. I've been out for more than three years, and I still ...
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Does timing of emails matter?

I wonder: everyone in academia handles a lot of email, on all aspects of their work. I mean, emails about conferences, emails about journals and papers, emails about research, teaching, supervized ...
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CS PhD Addmission: Contacting prof about unpublished work

I have applied to PhD programs in US in the area of TCS for FALL 13. I have two unpublished work in the area of theory which was part of my master thesis. I have other published work but they are not ...
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Should I send email to my former supervisor

I'm applying to PhD programs and want to ask for a reference letter from my former supervisor, who has since moved to a new university, so that his old work email is not working anymore. I've been ...
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Asking for official e-mail address from ex-employer University for publication?

I am no longer affiliated with a University. In the instance that I publish a paper (co-author or otherwise), is it appropriate for me to e-mail my old University and ask them for a staff e-mail? This ...
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How should one respond to 'Call for Paper' e-mails?

Of late I have been receiving a number of e-mails with subject 'Call for Paper' and invitations to contribute to new and/or open-access publications. While most of them immediately qualify for the ...
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E-mail address to use in publications

It is customary to use one's academic e-mail address as contact address in publications; I have seen once or twice an @gmail.com address being used instead, but it simply looked unprofessional. ...
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Should I respond to emails (resembling spams) asking for my papers?

I started to get emails like this: From: Firstname Middlename Lastname <someotherfirstname0000@hotmail>~ Title of paper. I need the article to study. thank you! Firstname ...
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Should résumés be attached in a mail to a professor?

Say there is a student who writes a mail to a professor asking for a PhD vacancy or a RA-ship position. Should he attach his résumé in a mail to a professor? I have had contradictory viewpoints on ...
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When asking research-based questions, what are some good practices to maximize the rates at which people reply to emails?

Matthew Might has an excellent article on his website. But what are some other good suggestions? One important thing is identification (some professors are simply happier to reply to emails than ...