Questions directly related to performing academic research in any discipline.

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How to finish my PhD dissertation before funding runs out?

I am in the 4th year of my PhD and still has no paper published. I am working on my first ... but it has taken a long time because I had not been very satisfied with that piece of work and had been ...
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Tips on working towards a research mindset? [on hold]

I'm a student of engineering, currently in my second year. I have picked up a bad habit of thinking too rapidly, thereby coming up with premature conclusions that always lead to mistakes. This has ...
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Ways of encouraging companies to participate in survey for my doctoral reseach

I am a doctoral candidate in Business Administration, researching the use of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) programs in companies. When I have explained my research to system administrators, the ...
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What to do when things don’t do what they're supposed to do? [closed]

I’m currently doing a small research project (not Graduate) but the apparatus I’ve constructed simply isn’t working. I’ve spent a long time constructing it and refining it to the point where it was ...
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How can a PhD student who passionately hates his project judge whether to keep going, switch projects, or drop out? [closed]

I hate my work. I hate it with a passion and it is making me miserable. Getting out of bed in the morning is possibly the hardest thing that I do every day. I know people say that this is just a ...
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How can an undergraduate Computer Engineer start making publications before his Thesis?

I am interested in getting involved with research, but I don't know exactly how or what I should be doing to achieve that. What would be the best moves to do towards the campus, teachers and/or other ...
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How to make a good literature survey and get ideas for research papers? [closed]

I want to know is there a strategy to make a literature survey in a certain research topic, as i read many papers in that topic but i couldn't organize and categorize them in my mind. Also when ...
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How can I keep my qualifications (employability) up to date? [closed]

Ok so I have a first class Degree in Maths with Computing and would really like to do something with this in the future. After university I joined the military which means I need to serve 4 years ...
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Should I provide experimental results for a paper presenting an algorithm?

In a paper I proposed an algorithm for something (extracting data from a webpage), I described the steps and the result of the algorithm using a sample webpage. Do I need provide experimental results ...
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Can PhD students do summer internship or work part time in US [closed]

I am a PhD student in a engineering discipline in US. My advisor has no funding and I have to be TA in Fall, Winter and spring quarters.I would like to know do you guys know would that be OK if I work ...
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Why is my theory not (yet) celebrated by scientific community? [closed]

Some mathematicians said that general topology in general and theory of proximity spaces in particular are dead (meaning that no new discoveries appear in this field of mathematics). I have ...
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What is my responsibility to my lab after I graduate?

I just finished a research-based Masters program, where nearly my entire degree was funded through sponsored research from a particular lab. In the normal schedule of events I should have had time ...
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How to approach a professor for research

I attend a university with a fairly large undergraduate computer science program - our introduction to programming course was ~1400 students during the last fall semester and many of the upper ...
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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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want to teach but not do research [closed]

In Mathematics, where every university teacher is expected to do research I find it very difficult to do research without any motive. I keep thinking "this is a useless thing" If there are like minded ...
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How to answer “Your experience in supervision of research students”?

I finished my PhD in 2013. I don't have any experience in supervision of research students. When I apply for teaching job uni. always ask me "Your experience in supervision of research students". How ...
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Am I obligated to work on a project unrelated to my thesis because PI asked me to?

My principal investigator (PI) got a grant from a company and wants me to work on this. However, this is not related to my thesis at all and we might not be able to publish anything on this. My ...
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How to find the right balance between details and the main ideas?

I am a young PhD-student who just started doing real research in mathematics. Of course, this starts with learning stuff which has already been investigated. If I try to understand for instance a ...
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Why would master student spend more than the normal duration to complete master degree?

I am looking at a particular research group for graduate studies. The research group is in STEM. From talking to the professors, they have repeatedly told me that a master degree merely takes two ...
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How to establish collaborations with academics who you do not know where you contribute to their research projects?

Lately it feels like I haven't been doing enough both personally and professionally. I am very productive at both my place of employment and my graduate studies (i.e. PhD in Soil and Water Science) ...
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Does publishing a paper in a fake journal get someone in trouble? [duplicate]

I am a young graduate student in Egypt. I have published few papers in high ranking journals in my field. One of the professors in my department is constantly publishing papers in these fake journal ...
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How should I start undergraduate research in Artificial Intelligence? [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate student, pursuing my Integrated Masters of Technology in Mathematics and Computing from Indian Institute of Technology, Dhanbad. I would like to do original research ...
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Is It OK for an academic to have broad research interests?

First of all I am a second year M.Sc. Student in Computer science, working on information networks and enjoy my research a lot. In my B.Sc. final Project I had worked on intrusion detection systems, ...
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Send book right before the deadline or now? [closed]

I have written a research monograph. I think that the work on the first volume is finished except that it is not yet checked for errors. Well, I am not 100% sure that I won't make any changes, ...
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What are some tools to effectively synthesize information from research?

Does anyone know any good, effective tool that people use to synthesize large amount of information from research? By "tool" I am referring to softwares or practices that effective researchers use ...
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Why do many researchers choose not to publish code and data alongside their articles? [on hold]

What are the core reasons why researchers choose not to publish code and data alongside traditional research articles?
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As a grad student how to approach a possible breakthrough research?

I am in this peculiar position whereby I started off my grad school in subject X and got very boring projects in it and eventually around my 3rd year I started studying a new subject Y (partly ...
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Is it acceptable to propose the same PhD research plan to two universities?

Well I have proposed a research(starting next year) and accepted by supervisor and university (formally applied and accepted by university). I have a conditional offer letter. But I need funding for ...
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Is it possible to conduct a research project on my own and then publish it? [duplicate]

I am a bachelor level psychology student and I would like start my own research project independently. Since studies have to be approved by an ethics committee, is it possible to conduct the study ...
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What are the main difficulties for someone who is mute to be successful in academia?

There are several posted questions regarding people who have had struggles, but ultimately were able to succeed, in academia while being blind. My question is regarding being mute (by choice or ...
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I want to gain expertise in a specialized topic but not necessarily go on to research career, is a PhD the way to do this?

If I simply want to gain expertise in a very specialised area of scientific research that is in its infancy, and not necessarily go on to do further research, is a PhD the way to go? Is a PhD solely ...
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Who Is To Find Research Ideas in Computer Science Research: PhD Student or Adviser? [duplicate]

Is a PhD student in Computer Science always expected to come up with new ideas or it is the responsibility of the adviser to provide some idea and guide the student to solve the problems in achieving ...
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How important is it to work in industry before attempting a PhD?

I am wanting to know how necessary it is to work in industry after undergrad and before applying to a PhD. On one hand, I have a lot of industry/ research experience and have a good deal of ...
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How applicable are software engineering internships to computer science research and graduate school?

This fall I will begin my undergraduate degree in computer science at a top-5 program (to whom it offends, I'm sorry to use rankings). My goal after I graduate is to get a PhD so I can research and ...
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How to approach research on an unproven theory for academic submission?

I'd like to look more into the Fermi Paradox for research purposes and possibly submit it as an academic paper. The Fermi Paradox is a theory proposed by a scientist that has some very interesting ...
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Is it possible to do research in theoretical physics without going to college? [duplicate]

If one doesn't visit university/college and doesn't even take any courses in theoretical physics and learns PhD-level physics from other resources without stepping foot in college or university; Would ...
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Does more knowledge enhance your chance of doing better and 'original' research (in mathematics)?

NOTE: I had asked this question in here, in my edit, but since it is irrelevant to that question, I moved it here as it is a separate question... I chose to study bulky books instead of attending ...
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How to deal with a PI who is erratic in decision making?

This question was actually asked previously, but it went on hold. So I simplified to make it visible, as I need a quick advise. I am an international graduate student, currently working in a lab for ...
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Advisor/PI keeps changing his decisions about funding [closed]

I am a graduate student in one of the US universities. I have been working in this lab for 2 months now. As an international student, I had spent lot of money paying tuition for 2 semesters. I didn't ...
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Ideas for and approaches to adding value to literature reviews

One of the tasks in my short-to-mid-term plan is to convert my dissertation into several research papers. In this context, I was thinking about extracting my dissertation's literature review (which is ...
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What field of study allows a hobbyist to make a potential contribution

What are some fields in which a professional programmer (specializing in Data Science technologies) can pick up hobby projects that can actually contribute something to that particular field. I ...
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How to formulate in academic writing when one comes up with a novel approach

In my project work I came up with a new method for solving a certain problem which has not been used before, by extending an already existing approach. What type of wording should I use in academic ...
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Supervisor seems to be abusing me?

So I'm a summer student at a lab and I feel thoroughly abused and I just wanted to know if this was normal. I only have a two-month summer this year as a medical student and I wanted to do some ...
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How is a research direction determined between a graduate student and their advisor?

My question applies to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines (STEM). Q: By what process does a graduate student determine his or her research direction? (Assume that the graduate ...
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Research advice: I need some help finding the academic aspect of my research for publication [closed]

How can one demonstrate the academic aspect of their research involving a developed prototype that takes the form of industry related work to make it more academic related? How does one prove the ...
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How can I get into computer science research?

I'm a recent graduate of a major university in Ohio, but recently moved to the DC area for my job (full-time software engineer). I plan to go to grad school in the next few years, but I'd like to get ...
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Can I write a paper out of a simple idea?

Sometimes I have simple ideas that can be useful. They could be obvious or not, or it is possible that no one ever considered them the way I did. For example: To gather information about the ...
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Can you do research at home, without being backed by a university? [electronics] [duplicate]

I am wondering this because I love electronics, but I go to a college which is mostly for vocational training. Often times I feel like our courses are 40% waste of time (usually too much industry ...
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Do I need to do revision on my accepted paper?

I just received an email of my paper which was submitted to a conference. The paper submission webpage has the following type of status: active (under review), discuss, withdrawn, rejected, ...
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When to switch PhD projects if you are hitting roadblocks

When is it advisable to switch PhD projects if you are not making progress and have a promising alternative project? Is it worth going from guaranteed research assistantship funding to less reliable ...