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How common is it for recommendation letters to be sent directly from the writer to the recipient?

Something that I frequently read on academia.SE is that recommendation letters, in most circumstances, are sent directly from the person writing the letter to the person/committee reading the letter, ...
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Dataset of retraction fines per publisher

I read in the Nature comment Reproducibility: A tragedy of errors authored by David B. Allison, Andrew W. Brown, Brandon J. George& Kathryn A. Kaiser and published today Science relies ...
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Reading list about the organisation of education in colleges in America

I have been chosen by my university (where I am a professor in science) to be part of a task force determining the undergraduate general education requirements. To be a better informed committee ...
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How often can the reviewers correctly guess the identity of the authors when the review is double-blind?

Is there any research/study/survey/dataset that looked at how often the reviewers correctly guess the identity of the authors when the review is double-blind? I am aware that the answer is likely ...
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How important is it to show students an application of the topics seen in an undergraduate course?

I am currently designing a proof-based Math course for my University. I already designed and ordered all of the theoretical content in the course and included some ad hoc exercises for practicing each ...
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Trends on time spent studying over the the past few decades, for students outside the US

Is there any research/study/survey/dataset that looked at the trends on the time students spent on studying, over the the past few decades in different countries in the world (aside from the USA)? I ...
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Which authority dictates/regulates that in Computer Science a journal paper cannot be presented in a conference?

I was taught that conference papers in computer science count as publications. Therefore, a journal paper cannot be presented in a conference because of plagiarism reasons, and vice versa. I ...
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Additional reference letter

Would it be prudent to call the chair of the graduate admissions committee after the deadline for reference letter submission and ask if an additional letter of reference can be sent to support my ...
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Why has the time spent studying declined so sharply in the United States over the the past few decades?

I read on https://www.aei.org/publication/leisure-college-usa/ : Study time for full-time students at four-year colleges in the United States fell from twenty-four hours per week in 1961 to ...
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How important is seeing the face of the instructor?

So, I am yet to make up my mind on which is a superior mode of teaching in flipped classroom videos: Khan academy type model where you only listen to the instructor. Or a video in which you see the ...
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Dataset of grad admission acceptance rate based on undergrad school

I am looking for datasets that would list the acceptance rates of graduate school applicants based on their undergrad schools. I.e. X % of students from undergraduate school Y applying to graduate ...
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What are good resources to read up on funding policies, especially pertaining to biology in the United States?

I am a biology PhD. student in the United States. I would like to know a little bit more on how to navigate the politics and processes that guide grant funding. In addition to this I am looking for ...
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Which are the most relevant sources on the goals of university and their relation to its origins and evolution?

During my university student life here in Brazil, I've heard and read different opinions about the goals of modern university, from "provide social justice" to "form an intellectual elite". That's why ...
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Are author names typically visible to reviewers for paper award decisions?

I wonder whether author names are typically visible to reviewers when they decide paper award recipients. (i.e. non-anonymous process) I am mostly interested in the field of computer science ...
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How often academic inventions have already been invented in private companies?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at how often academic inventions have already been in private companies (or public but secretive organizations, e.g. the RSA cryptosystem was first ...
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Are there any studies on the effectiveness of Qualifying examinations in Graduate Schools

Is any of you aware of studies that show how a Qualifying examination affects things like success in an Academic career, publications, etc. As many of you know, there are many countries that do not ...
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Why does the Statistics community publish in journals while the Machine Learning community presents at conferences? [duplicate]

I got my Bachelor's degree in Statistics and I'm starting graduate school to study Computer Science (CS) with an emphasis on Data Mining. One of the big differences that I've noticed between the ...
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Data sets of academic conference budgets

I am looking for data sets of academic conference budgets. I am mostly interested in the expenditure/revenue breakdown. Ideally, other information such as as number of attendees and location would be ...
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When does self-citation become citation padding?

While reviewing an article recently, I noticed that a substantial fraction of the papers cited by the authors came from their own research work. While some amount of self-citation is appropriate (and ...
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Data sets of questions asked in conferences

I am looking for data sets of questions asked in academic conferences. Ideally, it should contain a timestamped transcript as well as some reference to the talk (e.g. the paper it was presenting), but ...
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Most common departmental structure for degrees in EE, CE, and ECE

The acronyms are Computer Engineering (CE), Electrical Engineering (EE), and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Currently, my Department is ECE, and we offer two degrees within the same ...
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The problem of incompetent peer-review

In which fraction of the recent papers is significant incompetence of review(s) observed in natural sciences? In my searching, I've only come across one example of such a review... is anyone familiar ...
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Students with physical disabilities - blindness, deafness, etc

Update: There isn't any disabilities office. Not US... I'd like to expand on a comment I just made down there: I'm not trying to find a silver bullet. I just want a reasonable starting point. It ...
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Is there any established database schema to store references?

I wonder whether there exists any well-established database schema(s) to store references. For example, the Perl package Bib2ML (aka. Bib2HTML) contains a bib2sql tool that generates a SQL database ...
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Patent trial data set

I am looking for a data set that would list patent trials that involve an academic institution, if possible with the date, the parties involved and the outcome. I am aware of this list of number of ...
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Check whether an article has any correction or been retracted

Is there any website where I could enter the reference of an article, and see whether any correction or retraction has been made on the article? I know some publishers indicate it on their website, ...
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Are there any meta studies that look at cost-per-paper of funded projects?

I was told by a professor that when you do the back-of-the-envelope calculation comparing funding and publication, you get one (top-ranked) journal paper for every $120,000 in funding. I’ve ...
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What recent research looks at how scientific theories are established?

I'm interested in quantitative understanding of where new scientific theories come from, and the process by which they grow/develop/become established. This is intended as mainly a ...
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Willingness to share ideas that could turn into a paper

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at researchers' willingness to publicly share ideas that could potentially turn into a paper?
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What is the average number of references in a PhD thesis?

How many references on average are typical for a PhD Thesis? More specifically, I'm looking for a comparison of the average number of references for an engineering PhD thesis and PhD theses in other ...
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Are there any publications that explain the origin of conventions of authorship order by field?

The conventions of authorship order vary considerably from one field to the next. In some fields, such as pure math, authorship order is typically alphabetical irrespective of the authors' roles. In ...
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What percentage of links posted in published articles are dead?

Is there any research/study that looked at the impact of the percentage of links posted in published articles are dead? I am trying to know to what extent dead links are an issue. E.g. on Stack ...
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How to ask dumb questions

I am having trouble asking questions in seminars, conferences, and public talks. As a graduate math student I often fail to keep up with speaker and more mature members of the audience at events like ...
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Unconscious bias toward recommendation letters written by men?

This is an attempt to rescue a strongly down-voted question. Are there any studies investigating possible unconscious gender bias in evaluating recommendation letters? Specifically, is there any ...
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How to avoid “presentism” or “historical transposition” in writing papers?

I am seeking any published writing style guidance or good/best practices to help with writing a paper so as to avoid introducing the taint of what is called "presentism" also known as "historical ...
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Percentage of the world population with subscription journal access?

Many scientists are under the impression that the majority of interested readers for their work have subscription journal access. I find this unlikely as a very small percentage of the global ...
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Is there a resource that gives the number of citations per scientist in various countries?

The motivation for this question is attempting to quantify the quality of science in a country. Getting at quality is difficult, but the number of citations is one way of trying to do so. Is there ...
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Are awards in academia useful?

Is there any research/study that looked at the usefulness of giving awards in academia? By useful I mean weighting the positive and negative effects. I'm interested in three kinds of awards: awards to ...
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Median age at doctorate by field of study and country?

This excellent answer to another question offers some statistics on median age of doctorate recipients from U.S. universities in 2009, across different disciplines. However, we know that there is ...
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What rough percentage of universities required Ancient Greek and Latin? From when to when?

I limit this question to universities in Canada, UK, and the US. In general: 1. For admission, what rough percentage of universities required Ancient Greek and Latin? 2. Then what about after ...
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How economically efficient is the grant system?

I wonder if someone (or eventually some country, organisation, etc ...) already evaluated the costs of the system of grants. It costs at least the salary of the researcher who writes and gets the ...
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Get reference list from Google Scholar result

Google Scholar allows you to do forward search via cited by - that is, you can get a list of references that cite a given reference. Is there any way to do backward search, i.e. get a list of ...
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Whether to italicise the name of government program in APA style?

I am writing a paper in APA about a government funded program. Do I italicize the name of the program?
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What is total number of PhDs globally? How many graduate each year?

I am interested in long-term dynamics of the number of PhDs, having recently received a PhD myself. So far, I have only been able to find bits and pieces, mostly pertaining to USA (see e.g. here, ...
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Evidence that 'spoon-feeding' is bad or otherwise for learning

What research has investigated the influence of 'spoon-feeding' on learning? By 'spoon-feeding' I mean providing extensive information about topics that will be assessed. This related question ...
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To what extent does the prospect of a guaranteed-for-life job (tenure) motivate researchers to stay in academia?

Is there any research/study that looked at the extent to which the prospect of a guaranteed-for-life job (tenure) motivate researchers to stay in academia? I am most interested in the United States ...
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List of 2013 US National Merit Scholars

I am doing research that requires me to find a list of how many US National Merit Scholars were enrolled at each university for 2013. I can find the 2014 list in the Annual Report the National Merit ...
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US grad school rankings based on graduate students' satisfaction

Is there any US grad school ranking based on graduate students' satisfaction? (satisfaction while in grad school of after graduation) If department-specific I am mostly interested in computer science ...
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What are some good books to read in order to improve my academic writing?

So I am going to write my master thesis in psychology. It is expected to be of roughly publishable quality since I am a research master student. I always struggled with writing and am often ...
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Does citing reviewers' papers significantly increase the chance of the submitted paper to be accepted?

A paper submitted to some peer-reviewed venue might cite some of the reviewer's papers. Is there any research/study that looked whether citing reviewers' papers significantly increase the chance of a ...