The customary code of polite behavior amongst the academic world.

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Thanking fellow PhD students in a paper

I am just about to send a paper for publication, and I would be grateful for some advice on how I should acknowledge my fellow PhD students. The paper in question is my own, in the sense that I am ...
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How to remind a professor about sending papers to read?

In a face-to-face meeting with a professor, he told me he would send me some papers to read. It's been almost a week, so I assume he's forgotten. That is understandable, since he has a lot to do. I ...
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Is it appropriate to register a girlfriend with “companion registration” for an academic conference?

Maybe my question is rather weird, but actually it turned out it is also a question of my colleagues. Usually when you register for an academic conference, there's an option that you can register a ...
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How do you acknowledge the useful comments left by the reviewers invited by a journal that rejected your paper? [duplicate]

Sometimes a paper is rejected but you obtain some useful suggestions or remarks on improving your paper, directly or indirectly. When you improve your paper per the suggestions to a certain degree ...
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After emailing a professor and getting no response from him, how long should I wait before sending a second email?

From time to time, I come across this problem: I send an email to a professor asking him about something (e.g., making an appointment to ask his opinion on something) and I do not hear back from the ...
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Is it inappropriate to share journal article reviews?

I want to put the LaTeX source files for a paper that I just published up on GitHub (technically they are already there, but private). Is it inappropriate to include the (anonymous) reviews and my ...
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What is the etiquette for thesis acknowledgements that thank God?

I saw that some theses acknowledgements thanks God, so are there any rules or suggestions about that? Is it ok to do it for believers or just don't mention your religious affiliation in a scientific ...
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Accepting a PhD offer from my tutor's/adviser's “rival”?

Last year, when planning my academic future, I contacted a research group at my university, because I was interested in doing my Master's thesis in their field. One of the professors replied a couple ...
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Are there any negative consequences associated with asking your former advisor about the status of a joint paper collaboration?

I coauthored a paper with my former advisor and he sent it to an expert for review before submitting it to a journal. A couple of weeks have passed by and I would like to know the status, but I have ...
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Is it Customary Under Certain Circumstances to Provide Personal Information on one's Academic Website?

This question is inspired by the question My class teacher was not happy with my mistake of using a wrong title, in particular by the statement But the contact information on the school's web does ...
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Does wearing a university t-shirt imply that the wearer is affiliated with the university?

My friend studies at a very prominent university and has invited me to visit her. Coming across the university shop, I was considering buying one of the t-shirts with the university logo. I am ...
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How to deal with a professor skipping his office hours?

As a preface, this is a related question but it is from a different perspective. I am an undergraduate student in physics and have a professor that routinely ignores his own office hours. He has ...
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What, if anything, obligates a student to work with an advisor who lobbied for him/her to get funding?

In my department, PhD admissions and funding are two separate processes, which means many PhD students are admitted even if there is no funding for them. To be admitted, an applicant typically needs ...
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Should one offer to take over a lecture that the lecturer is struggling to teach?

Once upon a time in a lecture I attended, the lecturer had clearly not fully understood the material and was struggling to explain it. I was a student, but very knowledgeable about the topic, and had ...
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Another instructor is pushing me out of the classroom right after my class ends

I am a graduate student in math in my final year, and for several years have been teaching at my department as a lecturer. This semester, in the same lecture hall there is another lecture that starts ...
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How to professionally interact with a famous scholar (e.g. asking for a photo from a Nobel laureate)

My specific question is: Is it improper as a researcher to ask a (more famous) scientist to take a photograph together? Longer version of question I am currently a postdoctoral researcher and ...
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Interviewing at nth choice school after being accepted to first choice school

When I was applying for PhD programs, I got into my first choice school. Some time later, a school that was lower-ranked but still a good school offered me a Skype interview. Should I have declined ...
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If one got good feedback from a double-blind review, is it ever possible/ justifiable to find out who the reviewer was?

I got some impressively lengthy, detailed and mostly positive feedback in a double-blind peer review for a paper. Is it ok (or even possible), or is it against best practices (and considered taboo), ...
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Is it unethical to send unofficial feedback to authors of a paper which I declined to review due to conflict of interest?

I was asked to review a paper which was submitted to a conference. The author of the paper was one of my former professors* and of course I declined to review the submission due to conflict interest. ...
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Asking about the status of paper you refereed?

I refereed a paper after a skim-through and a careful examination of about (1/3) of it after a couple of weeks, and then sent it back due to expository issues, a few gripes about certain things not ...
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Would it be acceptable to occasionally sleep at the lab?

I'm currently an undergrad, and work as a researcher in an EECS lab. Recently, I discovered a novel application to work on, and so for the last few weeks I've been staying at the lab late almost every ...
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Received an email from potential advisor and my name was wrong. should I correct him?

A few months back I contacted a potential advisor I am interested in doing my PhD with and he replied that he is considering my application and will be back in contact with me. Today, I received ...
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Is it rude to ask an adviser at my current university to help me transfer?

I'm an undergraduate looking into transferring from my current university to another college overseas, the application for which requires a letter of motivation detailing why I want to study there. ...
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Customary to offer a fellow academic a chance to rebut criticism in a paper?

If I write I paper in which I criticise a view or argument expressed by another author, is it considered polite or customary to offer the author an advanced/draft copy of my paper? My criticisms are ...
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How do I ask whether I am going to be an author on a proposed research project?

I am a PhD Student in Australia and I have been asked to help out a research team in my lab on a grant related research project. I have a fair bit of knowledge in the area they are looking in too. I ...
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How to turn down an offer if you aren't sure where you're going yet?

I'm a PhD applicant. I recently got an offer from a school I will not be attending. The Professor that I spoke to politely asked that, if possible, I give an answer as soon I know if I'm attending ...
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Is it necessary to reply to a solution email by a thank-you email?

If I asked via email someone, say a member of the graduate admission staff of a school I am applying to, some question, and if the staff member replied to my email with a solution to my problem, does ...
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emailing contacts after applying for faculty jobs

I was talking to some colleagues at work and they strongly advised me to contact people that I know at the universities I applied and let them know that I submitted my application and have interest in ...
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Sending a thank you letter to a research professor?

I had an amazing research professor I conducted research under for my last two semesters of undergrad. I graduated in December and am currently waiting to hear back from graduate programs. This ...
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Whether and how to thank a girlfriend or boyfriend in the acknowledgements of thesis?

How is it received by the academia if someone thanks to his/her girlfriend/boyfriend in the acknowledgements of the thesis? I have seen writers including his/her fiancee in the acknowledgements, ...
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Should I notify people I mention in the acknowledgements section?

I recently finished a paper in which I received valuable feedback from two professors (neither supervisors nor coauthors) at some specific points, which ultimately leaded to localized significant ...
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As an instructor, how to show my appreciation for my TAs' hard work?

As an instructor, I have been fortunate to have had some great TAs, who went above and beyond what was expected of them, and put in a lot of effort to ensure students' learning. I would really like ...
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How far can one expect a external examiner to travel to be on defence/viva committee?

I'll base the scenario of this question on the PhD thesis defence committee recommendations in place in my university in Ireland. Similar may apply to other countries. A PhD Defence/Viva committee in ...
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Should professors with Chinese names be addressed with surname only or both names?

How would I address a professor with a Chinese name? I am unsure whether I should use only the surname, or both forename and surname, because the order of mentioning forename and surname is reversed. ...
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Should I give a copy of my thesis to those professors that supported me?

I have just received my master's degree. And I am wondering, is it academically conventional to give a copy of my thesis to those professors that directly or indirectly supported me?
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How to show extreme gratitude in an email?

When contacting universities, in many cases, I find the replies to my emails extremely well detailed and helpful, therefore in such cases I find a simple "Thank you" to be just insufficient. For ...
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How to respond to PhD offer emails politely

So it is the season where PhD offers are doled out (for US universities anyway). I am lucky enough to have received a number of offers via email. These typically comprise of a polite email from a ...
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Is it a good idea to name some mathematical objects after my thesis advisor?

I am doing my Ph.D. thesis in mathematics. I am wondering if it is a good idea to name some mathematical objects after my thesis advisor. The two objects I have in my mind are: A representation, ...
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Should I let potential employers know I have a job offer?

I've interviewed for a few positions, one of which has made me an offer. I'm very pleased with the offer, but I prefer some of the other positions. I have the luxury of being able to take a lot of ...
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Is it customary for a student to reply to professor's email within 24 hours?

I got an email from professor M asking me if I will have time for a tea with her on Friday, and then I came up with this question: Even if it is an important email from your professor (e.g. select ...
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Should applicants send an email to check the status of their faculty application?

After sending a faculty application online, should the applicant send an email to check if all documents were received and whether the application is complete or not? Some suggest to send an email, ...
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Should supervisors read acknowledgments before the printed version of the thesis?

I'm finishing my M.Sc. thesis and I sent it to my supervisors so that they can read it. In the final version, I would like to insert an acknowledgements page where I thank them. Should I include it ...
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Will I be considered as a very rude person if I call my teacher to check an urgent email

I got three recommendation letters from three of my former school teachers (professors A, B, C). On 20th Jan, I got an email from the graduate school that I had applied to. In the email, they told me ...
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Should I (an undergrad) call potential industry research intern supervisor by first name?

I am corresponding via email with an industry researcher regarding an internship. He always signs off his emails with his first name, Bill. Still, I have addressed him as "Dr. X" for several emails ...
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How to organize the referee report of a paper?

One part of the work of any researcher is to referee the work of other scientists in his field. This is a time-consuming and volunteer work, that is made with the idea of service for the community. ...
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Is it appropriate to attend a class one is not registered for?

Is it appropriate for a student to attend a class s/he is not registered for? I am a CS student and I am almost done with my degree, but there are some very interesting electives that I will not get ...
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How to move forward following an unpleasant situation with colleagues?

I'm a recently hired assistant professor at a small teaching university. The department head has been successful in dramatically increasing student enrollment, such that our department is viewed ...
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Can I call an assistant professor “Professor”?

My former teacher, who had done her PhD in a top-10 university in the UK in 2009, is an assistant professor in my former school. On the day when I visited my former school, I saw her at the school ...
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Is it appropriate to ask professors to give you a mock interview?

Suppose that an undergraduate student is preparing for interviews for Ph.D. positions in natural sciences. Is it common/acceptable to ask a professor with relevant expertise and familiarity with the ...
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How do you respond when people talk about the possibility of profiting from, rather than the exciement of, your research?

Let's say you are passionate, I mean really passionate, about your field. However, whenever you try to share the pleasure induced by your findings or further understanding or even acknowledged works ...