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Is there a difference in the typical structure of a qualitative versus quantitative paper?

I have been advised that qualitative is "research before literature" and quantitative is "literature before research" and hence when presenting in a research paper, a qualitative paper discusses the ...
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Is it OK to use the content of my own paper which is not yet submitted, in my other paper?

I have finished writing one paper, but have not submitted it yet to a journal. I am working on a related but not identical subject, though many of the definitions and theorems are same (but they are ...
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how to search for the acceptance rate of ISI journal in computer science [on hold]

i am searching for the acceptance rate of ISI journal in computer science thanks
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I found out my master's thesis topic has already been done (exactly), and my advisor didn't mention this when suggesting it to me - how to proceed?

I am really frustrated, I have started my research for my master thesis 6 months ago and I have to submit the final draft after 2 months. I was interested in a specific topic and I looked for a ...
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Practical strategies for increasing one's passion and excitement about research?

I am a second year PhD student in computer science. I see other students craving to find new problems, read papers and it's like they are enjoying it and when they find a problem, they spend endless ...
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Convert from Egyptian % grading to German grading system [duplicate]

can any one help me to convert 68.08 % Egyptian grading which is a (B) in US grading to German Grading system ?
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Can a 3 years PhD make an independent researcher ? Or how many post-docs after PhD to be an independent researcher? [duplicate]

I am doing research more than 3 years. I was admitted in a 3 years program, now in the last months of the program. I fell I have a long way in the field to be an independent researcher. But most of ...
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How can I identify research opportunities I am qualified for, and position myself as a competitive candidate, in a different field from my degree?

I currently have a BSc. in Environmental Science and would like to go back for a biology focused PhD in the next few years. I keep seeing the recommendation that having a good research fit will be ...
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Do mathematics researchers regularly solve problems like this?

I'm not sure that this is the right exchange for this question. It asks about the possibilities of research in mathematics and computer science. Extended Background I am very interested in ...
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Is undergraduate low quality research paper publication considered of any significance during masters admissions? [duplicate]

I'm currently an undergrad student, I've published a paper in International journal which I came to know later that my paper is empirical based on my observation and is of low quality. Edit: I've ...
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Using proprietary software to demonstrate work in conference

I am going to conduct a workshop on my research work and for that I need to show how it is done on the software. I want to know, Is it ok to display the proprietary software (through TeamViewer) ...
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Can I mention brand names and their products in my research/technical paper?

I want to write a paper on Mobile Screens in HCI, as phones are getting uncomfortably big for users, I want to provide some solution to the big screen phones or how logically state that how small ...
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Getting into a topic one is barely familiar with?

Intro For an upcoming project I have to get into a new topic of research which is not similar to anything I have worked so far. Furthermore, this project requires learning new programming language(s) ...
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Applying Phd position before completing M.Sc [closed]

I am pursuing my M.Sc.(final year) in geology. A Phd position has opened in an university and I am going to complete my M.Sc. in 2015. I just contacted with the concerned Prof and he told me to submit ...
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Knowledge required for PhD

I am a senior undergraduate computer science student from a 250-300 ranked university. I am planning on contacting a professor to ask for supervision but my knowledge of the topic is fairly limited ...
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Which university is preferred for masters degree, Middle East Technical University in Turkey or the American University in Cairo? [closed]

I graduated from the American University in Cairo with an Electrical Engineering Bachelor's degree with highest honors. I already applied for the Physics program in there and I am almost definite that ...
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Is teaching a graduate course with 30 students an unreasonable expectation for a PhD student with a TA contract?

I am a PhD student in a social science field, and am on a teaching assistantship. My contract stipulates that TAs are to work no more than an average of 15 hours per week. For my particular ...
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Presenting Barely Complete Results

I'm in a bit of a predicament. I was awarded a small grant to pursue a research topic over this summer under the authority of a professor. I had worked with this professor previously (on a research ...
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How common is academic theft?

Some ­— perhaps many — academics seem to be very careful in keeping unpublished work secret. It is not difficult to find anecdotes where academic ideas are stolen, such as in this post by @Markus. ...
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Should I publish my software independently or publish it along with a case study in higher journal?

I have built a software that handles protein clustering data in specific format. It is able to draw several plots on that basis along with many other analyses. It has more options than its existing ...
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Why does research cost so much money?

I have been dragged into an argument with someone who can't understand why millions are being raised to fund ALS research (that's the "ice bucket challenge", love it or hate it). He doesn't get why ...
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Is developing a cheaper method ever considered to be originality in academic research?

Say, in a particular field of science, method A or equipment B are the standard. Now I have invented method X or equipment Y which cost much less than A or B. What are the necessary conditions, if ...
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How professional it is to ask for rebate in conference registration fees?

I got two papers accepted in a decent IEEE conference. My current organisation (an industrial R&D lab) says that the conference fees are way too high and they would consider approval of funds only ...
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Is a PhD needed after an MD if one wants to pursue a research career?

I have completed my MD. I am more interested in research than in clinical practice. I know there are post-doc positions available which accept post-MD candidates. Still I am thinking of doing a PhD in ...
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How to start a collaborative online research project?

I am interested in solving some mathematical combinatorial problems. Besides the Polymath project, are there some other online projects where I can state the problems, my approach towards a solution, ...
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Is it acceptable to heavily reference blogs, forums, and other informal media?

I am pursuing a specific research question. I have thoroughly surveyed existing research on the topic, and found dozens of researchers working on the problem, but was disappointed by their work. Their ...
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Is there any systematic approach to select/find a research topic?

I was offered an opportunity to prepare a 2-page research proposal for a postgraduate research program in computer science. I am searching for a systematic and step by step technique to select/find a ...
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How to negotiate a research career offer which has no salary for the employee?

I was an international student and graduated 3 years ago. Now I want to continue my research career instead of working in the industry. I worked for free for a professor for one month last year. It ...
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Help on my dilemma [closed]

I hope this is the right place to ask this question. I finished my degree in Computer Science this semester, and since my 2nd year that I have interest in doing research(in CS). The problem is: Even ...
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How and when should I identify my specific research interests?

I am a Computer Science graduate, who is passionate about Computer Science and various topics and want to explore them in and out. I am interested in research but I cannot refine my interests to a ...
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How to prevent physical/psychological health side effects of workaholism in academia and research?

As a research student, I spend most of my time working on my research career, even when I am at home, I am awake until 3 or 4 A.M just doing my research-chores. As a matter of fact, long-term having ...
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Differences between cover letter and research plan?

I want to apply for a PhD positions and it says to include the following: a cover letter Research plan – this should be a personal statement motivating why you are applying for this position I ...
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Proving self-studied knowledge

In applying to graduate program, what are some ways to prove knowledge gained from self-study? I've been told of the following: Independently conduct research / create projects that require the ...
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How to do research in two very different fields?

Most research profiles I've seen focus on a set of similar topics. Does anyone have experience in partaking in / conducting research in 2+ disparate fields? (especially if 1 of the fields is pretty ...
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Is my adviser supposed to be assigning me my research?

I have just finished my bachelor's degree in computer engineering. I am doing an REU with the professor who will be my adviser this fall when I enter grad school. Currently my future Adviser has me ...
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How long does it typically take for editor's final decision after reviews are completed?

According to the reviewers, the paper I have submitted is now ready for publication. How long I should wait to know the final decision of the editor-in-chief?
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Should I do a dual Ph.D.?

So there are already some good questions on the topic of double doctorates: Is doing two PHDs a good path? When does one go for a double doctorate? I'm looking for some advice specific to my ...
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How do I stop feeling intimidated by my advisor?

Whenever I meet my advisor and interact with him, in class or otherwise, I can't help feeling intimidated. I feel scared of the fact that I may fall below his expectations, and I become tongue-tied ...
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Where can I find results of various experiments and studies in fields such as medicine, biology, chemistry, psychology, and so on…?

During my statistics class I have encountered some nice studies, some of them having some nice and interesting results. This brought me to this question. One example of such studies is on ...
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How to get funding for this idea? [closed]

I think this could revolutionize the physics and signal processing world! I want full fledged funding to harness its potential. How can I go about getting funding for this?
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Research Methodology Books for beginners in Computer Science research

I am looking for Research Methodology textbooks in the field of Computer Science. Most books I came across are useful to social science, economics etc. In our part of the world a person who wants to ...
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Publishing a scientific article without being a student or a researcher [duplicate]

From what I got to see during my research internship, research master's students, PhD students and researchers, when they do some decent research work or project, they sometimes send a scientific ...
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Choosing languages for research [duplicate]

I am doing a research and reporting the results using a systematic review. The articles I've included in this review are written in English and Portuguese (my native tongue) only. Is there a good ...
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Should I inform other project's members about my work on an idea which they are not initially interested in

I'm a PhD student working on a research project consisting of 2 teams. My team (team A) is on the practical side, we provide the problems related to our research and evaluate the theoretical solutions ...
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Will an industry funded PhD hurt one's research career?

Most students I know in computer science are funded either by the NSF or their professor's startup package [in the US]. But it also isn't completely unheard of for a company to give a gift/grant to a ...
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How to find credible sources for a general reference?

I am currently writing a paper in which I have many topics to describe. It would not be productive to read and cite papers or even books on the topics because I just have to describe them very briefly ...
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How to come up with research questions that are well-defined and suitable in scope and relatedness for a thesis?

I have decided on the area I want to contribute to, and have found a basic but huge problem for my research. Now my professor told me to redefine the area, so to break the, at the moment, huge area ...
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What are the most important questions to your phd professor after the proposal stage

I am a newbie in the PhD world (just started out). I have just finished my proposal and therefore committed to a problem I want to research and solve. However, my professor does not advise me much. ...
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Can I request the code behind a research paper from the author?

I am in the field of computer science. It is often the case when I am reading a paper I start to wonder, "Wow stunning results, however I would like to proof that" or "How did he exactly got these ...
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Is it possible to pursue PhD in different area than master's thesis

I am doing masters in physics. I recently did internship in high energy physics for 2 months. But my institute allows me to do 6 months project only in condensed matter physics. I want to pursue PhD ...