Questions related to academic publications including online and traditional journals, books, and conference proceedings.

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What to do when my introductory sentence is taken from another author's paper?

I am about ready to sumbit a paper in mathematics, but I have one worry. While researching, I came across a sentence in the introduction of an old paper that I really want to use (with a very minor ...
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Is a paper more likely to be accepted if one of the authors is an associate editor for the journal?

I'm about to submit my first scholarly manuscript to the top journal in my field, which has an acceptance rate of 20-25%. One of the co-authors on my paper, besides being generally well-known in this ...
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How likely is that a high school student has a paper published in a peer reviewed journal without any help from a professor?

Most often high school students do research in a university under a professor. Has there been any instances where a student published a paper in a peer-reviewed journal without any help from a ...
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How to present publication output on CV when you publish in fields where author ordering conventions vary?

I'm doing research in two different subfields, one of which usually orders names alphabetically and one of which usually orders by contribution. My last name starts with Z, so I'll always be last ...
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I'm writing a paper on a side project with a friend, should I involve my supervisor?

Some months ago I was contacted by a friend who works in my scientific field, regarding a collaboration project (we're both postdocs). We exchanged some emails and considerations. He provided me the ...
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Is it good to have all the PhD publications in one journal

I have two papers published in a APS journal and another paper just got accepted to the same journal (the journal is a reputed one in my field). It has been almost two years for my PhD. So I have ...
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Can I hyper link large source data in manuscript?

I have prepared a manuscripts in which there is very large set of equations almost covering 3 pages on manuscript. Although these actions are major source of analysis in my manuscript but their beast ...
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Why do many papers not have proper PDF metadata?

Of course, this varies depending on your field etc., but at least for computer science seems to be true, there’s even a paper about this problem. By proper, I mean even basic things like a title (so ...
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Bulk Download PDFs from Google Scholar [on hold]

I would like to download ~100 scholarly articles from Google Scholar. I have institutional access, so Google Scholar presents the available PDF. Is there a way to automate the downloading of the PDF ...
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Oral vs Plenary at a Conference

In my field (Computer Vision), the largest international conference (CVPR) has the following format: two simultaneous oral sessions (with talks awarded to ~10% of accepted papers), followed by a ...
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Bracketed reference number as grammatical unit? [duplicate]

I'm revising a paper for two authors, and they've used the reference numbers in brackets throughout as parts of sentences. For example: "A more recent proposal was presented by [9]. This approach ......
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Is it a self plagiarism to reuse a section of my previous paper in a new paper?

I am writing an article in which I need to reproduce a section of my previous paper. This section includes standard math formulations and very little text. Although I am including this section with ...
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Publication bias in evaluations of assessments

It is widely considered that there exists a publication bias whereby it is more difficult to get null results published than it is to get positive results published in peer-reviewed journals. As a ...
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How to handle background/fundamental work? [closed]

Let's assume a two year PhD student has done a lot of background work, by which I mean the kind of work that is only a preparation to real research that is going to be done on it. For example, a ...
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If it is stated that two authors have contributed the same on a research paper, are both authors co-first authors?

If someone gets his name second on a paper despite the two contributing the same amount of work and this fact is indicated so, are both authors co-first authors?
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Two papers rejected from conference. One of them was judged based on the other

I have recently submitted 2 papers to a top tier IEEE conference; both were rejected. The reviews for paper B included two accepts and one reject. However, some of the comments the reviewer who ...
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Is it okay to modify the LaTeX template for article submission with additional packages?

I want to start writing on an article that is probably going to be published in one of the IOP journals. There is a template for their publications, but it lacks some (for me) essential packages. ...
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How long it takes to hear from a APS journal

I have submitted my paper to a reputed APS journal. It has been 65 days, and I still did not get any response. Should I contact the editor regarding this? I have two papers published in this journal ...
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How to treat a paper accepted at a conference and included in proceedings if I could not attend the conference?

Recently I had submitted a paper to a conference. It got accepted for presentation. But I could not attend the conference. However, I had registered for it and paid my participation fee. My paper has ...
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Journal of Literature and Art Studies (JLAS) reputable? Have to pay for my article to be published? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student that recently presented my research at the International Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) conference in Seoul. Two weeks later, I am contacted via email by the "Journal of ...
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Explaining inconsistencies in literature in thesis and/or supporting information of journal article

I've found a model which explains my results excellently. However, the actual equation and parameters of the model have been interpreted and treated differently by different authors, sometimes leading ...
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Can someone else publish a paper based on independently achieving a result that is in a preprint of mine?

I have a paper that is currently in review but that has been available via bioRxiv for a while. While my paper was in review, a paper was published elsewhere which essentially scoops my paper. I am ...
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Open access journal with editor's summary [closed]

I'm looking for open access journals, whose scientific articles come with an editor's summary (not written by one of the authors!). The articles and summaries will be used as data for benchmarking ...
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What Journals include raw experimental data in publication

I was reading an article from Nature Immunology and found that the journal actually includes all the raw data for each figure. I found such practice very helpful, since we can re-analyze the raw data ...
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What is the best collaborative editor for writing manuscripts as a Word writer with a LaTeX writer? [closed]

What do academics consider to be the best collaborative writer? Ideally, one that can be used by researchers across disciplines. Why? I'm looking for the following: Ability to insert/manage ...
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Promising things in the rebuttal phase of a review

In computer science, many conferences have a rebuttal phase, where reviewers ask questions to the authors and then, basing on the answers, decide wether to accept or reject the paper. However this ...
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Corrigendum to correct formatting/aesthetic errors previously brought up during proofing process

After a lengthy review process, I finally published my first paper. Unfortunately, upon seeing it in print, I was immediately dismayed. During the proofing process, formatting errors appeared on the ...
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When peer reviewers are public/open, are they less likely to be critical of a manuscript?

I have been peer reviewing scholarly manuscripts for more than 10 years, and I am always concerned that the quality of my reviews might be impacted by the fact that my name is made public to authors ...
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When I compare my results to others in the literature should this go in results or discussion?

In a Geopyhsics paper going into a more general interest journal (say PNAS as a good example), with the headings, Introduction Materials and Methods Results Discussion I plan to have 3-4 ...
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Can I submit/ArXiv without my advisor? I am being blocked from publishing my work

I joined a research group of a faculty member in 201x, and worked with her for three years. During that time, I collaborated with a large hospital to perform research in the domain of medical ...
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Publications list on CV help needed

I'm updating my CV and need advice regarding publications. I am formerly a Professor of Human Services and Counselor Education. I am not currently in academic, but am a licensed counselor in private ...
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How can I evaluate the chances of my paper being accepted by a journal?

I have been making an integrated approach and its program on modelling the joint distribution of wind speed and direction (https://github.com/cqcn1991/Wind-Speed-Analysis). And I'm trying to publish a ...
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What is the average waiting time for a paper deposited to an open archive such as HAL?

I recently deposited a research article to the HAL open archive, and I am waiting for a PDF version of this article to be reviewed and made available online through this archive. It seems as if ...
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submit a revised manuscript [duplicate]

i submitted a revised manuscript in community Dental health Journal. the status rapidly changed from awaiting adm processing to both Awaiting Reviewer Invitation and Awaiting ED Decision. what does it ...
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Is it legal to upload preprint on ResearchGate?

I have few papers already published in certain journals which cannot be uploaded on ResearchGate due to copyright issues, now is it legal to upload my own version of the paper formatted in LaTeX or in ...
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Obtaining a PhD with an original work

I was wondering if there still exist universities (in the US or in Europe) where one can obtain a PhD in Philosophy by only presenting an original and well-developed work around a subject or an author....
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Editor gave me five days to revise paper – chance of acceptance?

I recently received a review of my paper from a journal. Two referees suggested some changes and one referee just rejected the paper claiming that this study was not necessary. The editor decided a ...
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Publishing a methodology proposal

I am currently doing research in the field of non-linear narrative design. As it is still quite a small field, few sources and set jargon is currently available that hasn't bled in from paternal ...
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Revealing manuscript referees' identities after review: Why is this a bad idea?

Motivated by the How can an author get assurance that his work will not be stolen by journal staff or reviewers? question: Authors submit their manuscripts to be reviewed by a journal or conference. ...
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When publishing, should every author officially sign off on the final work?

My PI often submits papers without waiting for feedback from all the authors. Sometimes this behavior is relatively anodyne. For example, I was once the second-to-last author on a paper and would have ...
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Is Obama's JAMA paper OK?

As some of you may have heard, Barack Obama recently published a paper in JAMA describing the US health care reforms (link). First of all, I am not trying to start a discussion on the validity of the ...
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How to encourage self-archiving of preprints in science?

As the background, I am a graduate student in high energy physics, mainly theoretical physics. Recently, I have sen that there are a few scholars who don't put the preprint versions of the paper in ...
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Is it legal for IEEE to sell Creative Commons content? [migrated]

Aaron Swartz was working on a book before he committed suicide in 2013. The draft was later published under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA) license. It can be downloaded for free from tons of sites ...
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I wrote the code based on a paper's methodology; are there any legal problems with making it open source?

I coded the methodology based on the paper "Free Water Elimination and Mapping from Diffusion MRI" and I am curious if I am legally bound to take permission from the authors or the journal in making ...
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Two papers with identical introduction and related work

I wrote a paper (for an economics journal) that contained two main theorems. It was too long - over 60 pages. So I split it to two papers - one for each main theorem (and the related lemmas). Now, the ...
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Advice on relationship with yet not official and uninterested advisor

Currently, I am a Master's student. A few months ago, I was approached by a professor whose class I was taking. I was offered to work together and when the time comes write a thesis under his guidance....
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How to track new papers in journals

I am interested in a field of combinatorics and I would like to track new papers in journals on combinatorics (mainly the top of this list http://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php?category=2607). How ...
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Using company names in research papers?

I'm doing a study about soft drinks showing their effects on a certain group of people. I'm using brand names like Coca Cola, Pepsi, etc. and I wonder if I can use the names in the research paper and ...
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Is it normal to get an angry review that does not address any point of the work?

I recently submitted a paper for publication. I was amazed to read the tone of one of the reviewers. Previously, it was read by a pair of peers. I am completely sure that they would tell me if they ...
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To what extent can you change a conference article after review, when implementing reviewer suggestions makes the paper too long?

I recently submitted an article. After review process, I added all suggested changes to the article and now it is longer than formatting restrictions allow. It is a conference article and any extra ...