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When presenting an idea to a professor: Be optimistic or realistic

I'm trying to convince a professor about my research idea, but when I would start writing that email, I get stuck: should I be optimistic, for example, If we apply my idea, then X, Y and Z could ...
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Criticism of Paper [on hold]

This is my first exercise which involves reading a paper and finding shortcomings or gaps in it. This is towards a database course for my masters degree. My paper deals with validation of xml using ...
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How to respond to a comment when two reviewers ask the same or similar question?

I got the comments from a journal where two reviewers asked almost similar query. How do I respond to it? Can I answer it at one place and in the other place, I can briefly describe the answer and say ...
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What is the best research methodology for proving a technique is better than another technique in quantifying a construct? [closed]

Suppose the following is the scenario: I am estimating the measure of a construct. I have Subject Matter Experts (SME) who have manually (through observation) estimated the measures. Suppose I have ...
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Applying for long term visit during PhD

I am a final year PhD student in string theory. I couldn't apply for post doc positions as I didn't have sufficient number of publications. Now since my thesis work is almost complete I am looking for ...
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Writing a paper on a smartphone implementation of previous work [closed]

Three months ago, I submitted a paper in an IEEE conference. The paper described a method to detect 'X' in images and a method to recover detected 'X' areas. Now we want to show the performance and ...
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Are there any methods to evaluate the reviews given by the users to prove their trustworthy-ness in the app stores? [closed]

While the user reviews in the app stores are considered important, there might be biased opinions or flawed reviews. The flawed reviews might come from the developers of a similar kind of applications ...
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Determining the appropriate research design

I am currently working on my master's thesis. My primary task is to perform qualitative research on the development of a purpose-built software application. I realise that I am now doing things in a ...
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Which methodology of a research paper around a proposed software system

Part of a systematic literature review, I'm looking to the methodologies of the papers I review, and many papers doesn't explain the methodology used. My questions is : Can I assume that a paper which ...
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How to determine which college textbooks are most widespread?

I've come to realize that there's a specific pretty basic topic at the level of college algebra/precalculus which is given competing, contradictory definitions in different textbooks (link). And this ...
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Is it common for universities to have scientific development plans?

Many times, research teams and departments just perform research on topics that the Department Chair or Research Head initiate -- but do some universities structure their research, postdocs, and ...
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Interdisciplinary Problem Session hosted by Mathematics Department: Advice

I work in a Department of Mathematics in the Irish Institute of Technology sector. Funding for mathematics research has been reduced by the Higher Education Authority and between this, a heavy ...
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Fair use and copyrighted materials explicitly stating not to use

I am currently sourcing some ideas from a few books (through Google Books) and I sometimes stumble upon introductory messages from the authors/editors of these books saying something like: "All ...
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Google Books fair use and paraphrasing

I am writing some essays for some MBA courses and I will start writing my master thesis soon. I always prefer to source ideas out of books and journals, rather than online resources. Google Books is a ...
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Research paper with experimental results from a small amount of data

I have written a research paper in image processing that I will be submitting to an IEEE conference. I have proposed a new method to detect 'X' in images. However, due to hardware failure I could ...
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Strategies, approaches, methods for motivating innovation adoption in academia [closed]

I'm curious about what strategies, approaches and/or methods people (successfully) use in academia for motivating colleagues to adopt innovative research collaboration mechanisms, workflows and/or ...
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What database catalogues citations in the humanities?

Alright so I know what I'm thinking of exists, I just have absolutely no idea what it's called, and I'm driving myself crazy googling it. I'm looking for a resource that catalogs each instance a ...
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How to publish an [La]TeXified version of an old typewritten book in mathematics?

I am considering to [La]TeXify an old typewritten book in mathematics. The book contains a lot of mathematical formulae and figures, but it was typed just before the [La]TeX age: its content is very ...
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qualitative research participants name

Basically, I am trying to find out the technical term for the participant in qualitative research, when the person giving the information is not the person experiencing the phenomena talked about ...
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Any book or tutorial about good practices or typical mistakes when conducting scientific research?

Some days ago I read this question: Feynman describing a scientific error and I found it quite interesting. Although it seems naïve it could be a typical mistake made by a beginner researcher as me. ...
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Is it a bad idea to change/remove a co-author from a manuscript which is revision?

One of my manuscripts is in revision. The co-authors in the paper are my advisors. Now I had sent the paper to a journal and it is in revision phase now. One of the co-authors has taken a U-turn and ...
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Do published papers always have to present an innovation?

I would like to publish a/some papers online. But do the things I discuss in these papers have to be innovations. I am still a student and would like to publish a paper about aerospace engineering ...
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Hobby during PhD studies has taken its toll, how do I recover? [closed]

In the first two years of my PhD I made a big mistake by spending a large amount and passion on a hobby (making video games). In this hobby, I saw an opportunity to make this into a career, either by ...
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How to deal with a colleague who always puts you down?

I am just starting out my PhD which will take 5 years to complete and I am dealing with a person in my own research group who cannot stop putting me down every chance she gets. In our research ...
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Exploring something completely new, even silly. [duplicate]

As it were, I finally dreamed up a direction to explore and write something about, but just like every other time, I noticed someone senior has written has already explored the line of thought. In ...
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Check Robustness of ISI Q1 enlisted Journal? [duplicate]

Recently, I've received an acceptance for publishing my paper in an ISI enlisted Journal called Indian Journal of Science and Technology. Definitely, it's great. How can I check the robustness of ...
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Urgent Help: Company asked me for my research proposal

One of the companies I requested permission to recruit participants for my study is asking me to provide my research proposal. My question is, should I send the actual proposal (about 100 pages) or a ...
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How can a new PhD Student objectively evaluate how well they are doing?

I'm a relatively new PhD student, and I'm faced with a new (for me) situation. Before, I always had grades and the likes to tell me how good or bad I was doing: if I was at or near the top/bottom of ...
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What if an undergraduate concentrated on research on the account of his study? [closed]

I am studying medicine. We study different disciplines and different specialties during our undergraduate years. My subject grades aren't very good. Then, I rushed to research and biostatistics ...
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I may not be admited to the school that have the professor I have interest in. What should I do?

I have been following a professor whose research I really like. To simply illustrate the impact of his research, let me quote a quote from Quanta Magazine: [He] says he usually gets two responses: ...
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Career options for Biomedical research besides PhD [closed]

Are there other options besides pursuing a Phd to participate in Biomedical research, Either in academia or companies? For example, if a high school student wants to find the quickest way to be able ...
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What happens if you don't enjoy your research partially through your degree?

I'm a sophomore at a Canadian university studying mathematics. Since near the end of first year, I've thought about attending graduate school for some mathematics field (this could also be because I ...
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Is there any guide or organisation solution for increasing utilization of laboratory and lab equipment?

We obtained a report for the last academic year. A shocking revelation was that the capacity utilization* of lab equipment, laboratories, instruments and machines is only 37%. Everyone seems to be ...
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Working with a professor who does both mainstream and non-mainstream physics research

I'm currently an undergraduate physics major in my final year at a US institution; I've recently finished applying to physics graduate schools for theory. With one of the schools in particular, I'm ...
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Dealing with professor after not getting back to him on a project?

I was supposed to do a project for one of my classes and I talked to one of the math professors at my school for ideas and he was excited about my project and even got one of his grad students ...
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How to write a research intent? [closed]

I am going to apply to a M.Sc. education and globalization program in Finland but I do not know how to write research interest/intent. I do not have any idea. Could any one give me any idea?
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Are results from CFD analysis of enough to write and publish a paper?

Some intro : I am a student of BTech Aeronautical Engineering from India. And I am going to publish something in a scientific journal. Dilemma : My research is about CFD (Computational Fluid ...
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Help with qualitative research [closed]

Starting from the top, I am a student in Europe and I need to write a management project for my bacelour graduate work. First everything was smooth, I chose appropriate topic, made a reasonable ...
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Research Plan that works?

I could not find any guidelines on how to plan¹ and conduct a research project. Because it seems like when I have just a goal, i.e., a specific hypothesis to check, and passion in the beginning, the ...
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Is there a minimum amount of methodological modifications for extending previous work from other authors?

Given a published paper, as a Computer Scientist, I see an opportunity to extend the work and methodology of previous authors. By modifying the presented work, introducing some concepts and a ...
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Are there any Books/Guides to developing researching skills for academia

I will be doing an Honours in Commerce next year at a GO8 university. This is essentially a stepping stone into a pathway to academia (or sometimes a resume booster for getting into industry). It ...
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Short Research Postgraduate Courses

Are there any mathematics or physics postgraduate courses (not taught courses) in the UK where you can continue a piece of research work you did whilst an undergrad? So you effectively do a project ...
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How to write a follow up paper describing a different solution to a similar problem

I presented a paper last month in an IEEE conference and now I am writing another paper on the same topic but the method is different. While writing the Introduction and Related Works part of the ...
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How to find reputed conference and journal?

How to find the upcoming call for papers in scopus journal and top rated conference? And how to ensure that conference proceedings will be listed in scopus? Most of the conference doesn't endorse ...
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How to recover one's career opportunities after a period of poor performance

I read this question about falling behind, but my question is more about the long term. I find myself becoming depressed at lack of overall opportunities in graduate school (in mathematics, ...
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I solved their problem. Should I involve them?

I have dedicated time and effort to solve a theoretical problem posed by two other people. Now I think I have resolved it, and I have material for a publication. Should I involve them as co-authors? ...
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How much do research papers in arXiv count (for graduate applications)?

Wikipedia states that 'Although the arXiv is not peer reviewed, a collection of moderators for each area review the submissions.' If a paper is not published in any other publication, does it means ...
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Is it bad to publish a scientific paper with wrong results?

I was working during the last year on developing an approach that determines human age class (young or old), but after I got exciting results I've discovered that I made a mistake when implementing ...
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What tradeoffs are there between internal and external validity? [closed]

I was reading through an article about research design. The authors gave an example on the relation between internal and external validity which I thought might be an important area of consideration ...
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What is the academic weighting of being a project associate on a cutting edge research project?

I am taking a little bit of a break from academics and I'm looking to do a job before I move on to doing my Masters. While I have a job lined up, it's going to start in 3 months. I was also offered a ...