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How to handle Co-author who is not listening the suggestions to improve the paper quality

Assume I am involved with a work and the lead author is writing a paper. However, after every draft version, I see that my all comments are not well addressed in the revised version. I expect that if ...
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Moved to a new city – how to start academically networking?

I have recently moved away from the town and university where I completed my masters degree to another city for personal reasons. Now I work here in academic information services and part of my work ...
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Offer to chair a session - how should I decide whether to accept?

I am doing my PhD and presenting a paper at a conference, which I have already done a few times. However, I just saw an email from the organising committee asking if I am willing to chair one or more ...
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How to make a great first impression at a conference?

I was awarded my PhD in November last year and will be giving a paper at my first official academic "débtante ball": the most important conference of its kind (outside of N.A.) for my discipline. The ...
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What to talk about with academic recruiters?

Recently I was in a large research conference mostly targeted at undergraduates, so there were people from many universities recruiting for summer programs, grad schools and academic societies. It ...
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Attending a conference with self funding and no publication

I am a PhD student and got a workshop poster (only poster based on abstract, no paper, at one of the workshops co-located with the major CS conference) accepted at the top-most conference in my field (...
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Should I use a not-self-hosted website for both blogging and collecting academic materials?

Several researchers in my subfield (and in mathematics in general) use not-self-hosted wordpress.com subdomains for their 'professional blog' (to blog about their research, their latest papers, or any ...
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How to address email to professor your advisor knows

My advisor recommended I email a well-known professor at another institution because of our shared interests. He said I should use his name in my email so I'm good on that. I (of course) refer to ...
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How to make the most of my time as a volunteer at a research-paper conference?

I'll be attending as a volunteer at a prominent conference for computer-science research papers. Do you have any advice for how I can do a good job in my role, and also make the most of my time at the ...
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Business card for Ph.D. student - what should be included?

I'm a Ph.D. student considering getting business cards printed to facilitate follow-ups after conferences, etc. I am barely in touch with industry but I'm in a field where business cards are common. ...
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Activities for welcome event for incoming PhD students?

My department is planning an event (2-3 hours) welcoming incoming PhD students and giving them a chance to meet the rest of the department. So far, the proposed activities for this year's welcome ...
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Is it okay to upload the PDF of my non-open access papers in academia.edu or research gate?

Is it legal to upload a PDF of my non-open-access papers to research networks, such as ResearchGATE and Academia.edu? I am pretty sure that it could cause some problems, because normally people ...
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Which academic networking web platforms are worth signing up for? [closed]

As with almost everything on the internet, there is an abundance of web platforms that offer networking and profiling for academics and researchers. Some of those known to me are: Google Scholar ...
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How to increase your academic network through email

I'm wanting to increase my academic network, particularly people who know me and my research. This is probably the goal of all researchers. Specifically I'm looking for ideas to do so through email. ...
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How to use contacts on an application in an unassuming way?

Recently my former master thesis advisor (I finished more than a year ago, and want to return to academia / PhD studies after my still ongoing other research job) informed me about a summer school ...
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How to pick the brain of a professor with whom you have no connection

I want to learn more about a specific part of a narrow, fledgling field. I want to have a 30 minute conversation with a the burgeoning experts in this area of study -- they are all researchers at ...
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Is Academia.edu useful?

I received a mail today from Academia.edu (a site I wasn't previously aware of), asking me to confirm that I co-authored a paper with a colleague. Having looked into it a little it sounds like it ...
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Do Academics use networking websites such as LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Academia.edu? [closed]

If they do use networking websites what is the typical use case (e.g., stay in touch with other academics, prospective students, find out what is the latest research development in their field) If ...
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How to make a connection with academics on Linkedin that they would accept?

I read that some academics would avoid accepting students (undergraduate or graduate) or other researchers requests on Linkedin. So what are the cases that could be acceptable for academics to add ...
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How are scholars supposed to use LinkedIn?

I've recently realized that a professor, who is an extremely renowned researcher in mathematics, added Mathematics, Mathematical research, and similar "skills" to his LinkedIn profile. My question is: ...
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Specifically academic alternative to LinkedIn

It is well-known that LinkedIn is used by scholars too, but I think that the business-friendly structure of your profile-page makes it markedly less suitable for academic purposes. Is there a ...
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'Scholarly' alternatives to Goodreads

As you can read on Wikipedia, Goodreads is an Amazon company and "social cataloging" website founded in December 2006 and launched in January 2007 by Otis Chandler, a software engineer and ...
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Online venues that promote networking among scholars — alternatives to Academia.edu and ResearchGate

Are there alternatives to Academia.edu and ResearchGate if one is searching for a venue that promotes "informal" (*) cooperation and networking among scholars (specifically, in mathematics and science)...
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Importance of having a “connection” while applying to PhD

I am applying for a PhD to top schools in engineering. Whenever I talk to my peers I hear the word 'connection' very often. I started thinking that it is almost impossible to be admitted to these ...
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Walk up and talk to random people at academic conferences - is that appropriate?

As a graduate student, I am relatively new to my community. From my point of view, the best approach to get to know new people is randomly walking around and start conversations (with anyone, no ...
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Should I attend a conference even if I don't have a paper accepted there

Attending conferences is considered one of the perks of working in academia, for a variety of very good reasons: networking, meeting new people cutting edge research results and new directions ...
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Networking in a symposium as a “non-specialist”

I am going to participate to a symposium (or workshop or conference) for the second time. I am a PhD student and I'm not going to present anything there. I know that networking is very important but ...
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Is a business card necessary for a graduate student?

I know some PhD students have their own business cards, but I don't know if it is a standard practice for PhD students to have their own business cards. I think a business card can be useful for ...
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How to stay active in research when my faculty job involves mostly teaching and administrative duties?

I recently completed a PhD in a research university in U.S. and came back to my home country in South America. I have a position as a faculty member in a state college. However, the position focuses ...
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How to announce a new web-page?

Our lab has recently developed a new webpage; we are thinking of ways to announce it's creation via social media and email: Is there an etiquette for making such announcements? Perhaps there are ...
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Approaching faculty members I don't know well to solicit career advice

While researching career opportunities, I have stumbled upon an alumnus of the school I am currently at, who is a relatively new faculty member there. In a sense, this person's career is what I want ...
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Outsider Contributions: Are They Possible, and How?

The current system of producing knowledge in academia, think-tanks, research laboratories funded by large organizations, and similar has the benefits that there is usually some oversight, the people ...
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Dealing with listening/talking to researchers with difficult accents

Often, when speaking English in research, you can find a great variety of (mostly, non-native) accents. Since I started moving in academic circles and a more international environment, I slowly ...
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How should I introduce myself (a graduate student) at a conference?

I am a fifth year pure mathematics graduate student; I'm currently on the academic job market. I'm traveling to a few conferences this semester and I believe that I should take this opportunity to ...
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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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Is it possible to get hired without post-doctorate experience in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry?

I recently completed my PhD and I'm now looking for a job in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry. Either in production or in research. From somebody on the inside (senior position in research in a ...
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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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Advice for early grad student: how to professionally present tentative research idea(s) before one has chosen a topic

I'm a 2nd-year grad student in a US PhD program in one of the social sciences. Coursework has forced me throw out the initial ideas I had about research, which I proposed in my application nearly two ...
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Worth attending discipline's national conference as early grad student if not presenting?

I just finished the 2nd year of a PhD program. I was planning to present a poster at the national conference but (probably) need to cancel. Now I'm deciding whether to attend the conference anyway. On ...
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As a recent PhD entering jobhunt, should I agree to host a weekly seminar?

I recently graduated and am temporarily employed as a lecturer at the school I graduated from (9 hours a week of teaching, not counting prep time). There's a weekly seminar on my field of interest, ...
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Would transferring to a better school in the middle of a graduate program irreparably hurt my professional connections and academic reputation?

I did not get accepted into any good graduate programs. For various reasons, I feel I could do much better if I reapplied next year. This question isn't about the feasibility of doing so, but of the ...
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Is it more difficult for teetotalers to develop academic contacts?

I see a number of answers in this site where building contacts over a glass of beer is encouraged. Moreover the cream of academia belongs to the Western world, where beer culture is common. ...
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What should new faculty focus on when meeting with the university public relations representative?

I am a new faculty member at a medium-sized liberal arts university that focuses on undergraduate education. I have recently been contacted by the university public relations representative and he ...
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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 / co-...
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How do researchers from different institutions get to know each other to begin a collaboration?

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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Generating a connection of researchers graph out of DBLP

I'd like to know the connection of researchers. Similar to the connection of LinkedIn. In the field of computer science, the DBLP database seems to be useful. Does anyone know a tool to generate a ...
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Do professors recommend their students on LinkedIn?

Do professors recommend their students on LinkedIn? If they do recommend, isn't it considered a violation of FERPA? Professors are typically required to recommend without fear or inhibition towards ...
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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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Is there a network map of subjects and how they connect with each other?

The problem When doing a literature review at the start of a process of addressing a specific problem, it's easy to miss related material, if I don't know that it is related. The example Let's say ...
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Making time to catch up with people at a conference

I am attending a number of short (two and three day) conferences this fall. In the past I have scheduled meetings (e.g., time to chat and catch up over meals and coffee breaks) with people prior to ...