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What is systematic literature review?

I know what a literature review is and was wondering what makes such a review systematic? What extra steps do people usually go through when they do a systematic literature review? how is it different ...
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Quantity vs Quality of Publication during PhD

My question is similar to this one but it applies to PhD who wants to find a postdoc position after graduation. I am a PhD student who publishes a new paper as soon as there is an improvement in my ...
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How to cite an updated report?

Research reports published on the webpage of the home institution are sometimes updated during the revision process. Suppose a first version was published in 2013, and the update came in 2014, and ...
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A site about “Further works” is how much useful? [on hold]

I am bioinformatician. Together with friends, we are thinking about a site that every researcher introduce his(her) works, and suggest further works, based on that work. Other people can give negative ...
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Topics/Themes/Ideas for Tecnology (IT) Research Project? [on hold]

Themes with good theorical resource for doing research project, in area of Information Technology, at Graduation's level. Someone knows?
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Minimum amount of work required to be awarded a phd? [duplicate]

I have an idea that I believe to be unique and possibly PhD worthy. However I don't think that the idea has enough depth to it to warrant 3 or more years worth of research. Therefore my questions ...
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How may I calculate Research Contribution as Per UGC rules?

University Grants Commission (U.G.C)[ "http://www.ugc.ac.in/"] is the autonomous and statutory body in India, to govern the rules and regulations of the Universities and various other academic ...
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using IJNME Latex class file [migrated]

I am trying to prepare a manuscript in Latex using IJNME class file. I have trouble compiling it. I cannot run their example tex file that is in their site under author's guideline. When I am trying ...
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Searching and Judging Papers [on hold]

I will soon start with my Master Thesis (Computer Science), but I have some extra questions (I got some basic training in this, but I feel unconfortable). I can use some tips about searching/judging ...
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Is it advisable to have a master or PhD thesis topic in mind before entering graduate school?

This is a question that fascinates a lot of people prior to attending graduate school. The question whether one should already have chosen a thesis topic so that all efforts will be put on creating ...
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Grad student protecing ideas in a research paper for futher development

I am working on a graduate school research paper in finance/accounting. My adviser is really excited about my paper and this professor is a prolific publisher. The paper has progressed enough to hand ...
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When a person wants to learn a new subject reading a book is better or the article? [closed]

I am a phd student in mathematics, this is my question When a person wants to learn a new subject in a particular field, for example, geometry of Banach space, is better reading a book or the ...
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Is it ethical to express thanks and gratitude to a reviewer in the reply to the review text?

I want to know whether is it ethical to express thanks and gratitude to a reviewer in the reply to review text. I feel we should express thanks to reviewers who spent valuable time to review our ...
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Is there any good institutions which provides tuition fee and accommadation freely? [closed]

I am going to complete my M.Phil mathematics in India(Tamilnadu). I wish to join for Ph.d in some reputed institutions which is is other countries? How can i check my favours? Is there any good ...
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Writing a research statement in mathematics without having any research experience

It's pretty common that European universities ask for a Research Statement when applying to a Ph.D. The problem is that at my home university, where I did my B.Sc. and I'm currently doing my M.S., I ...
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How do mathematicians conduct research?

I am curious as to how mathematicians conduct research. I hope some of you can help me solve this little mystery. To me, mathematics is a branch where you either get it or you don't. If you see the ...
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Uninteresting research area and contacting potential supervisors

I've recently finished off my undergraduate degrees and am in the process of contacting various faculty members for MSc supervision. Recently I have been offered supervision at a research lab which I ...
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History evidence of the relationship of Yule and Christmans [migrated]

I'm a PhD student in Physics, so I want to ask this easy issue. I would like to know if there exists a paper about the relationship of Yule and christian Christmas feast. I suppose, as it is common ...
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How do you balance producing results with learning new skills?

On the one hand, I'd like to produce a few graphs every week so my project can move forward. Taking a month off to learn a new programming language, do a literature review, or work through a relevant ...
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Template for Mathematics Research Paper

I've recently typed up a mathematics research paper, but I would like to make it appear more formal when I submit it to be peer-reviewed. Also, how would I be able to incorporate LATEX into my paper? ...
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Do community college transfer students have a disadvantage when it comes to graduate school admissions?

I spent a year at a community college working in industry straight out of high school. I recently got into a top cs program and will be attending starting spring 2015. However, the school only gave me ...
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Citing papers, that are cited within a paper?

I am reading a paper which discussing the change in a specific idea in a field of science over time. I would like to basically summarize the points in the paper but in a smaller fashion by taking some ...
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How to write a decent report introduction on work you have created?

I'm finding it quite difficult to start off a report I have to write. So to write a report you will probably know that you are not allowed to write in first person. But the problem I'm having is ...
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What makes good research questions good?

I am in Computer Science and currently in my proposal phase. For my problem statement, I want to come up with good research questions. However, at the moment I am struggling with the definition of ...
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Research faculty I would like to work with not in my department

I'm currently in the process of applying to graduate schools for admission into a graduate program in Computer Science. However, in a particular university that I would like to apply to, labs dealing ...
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What does it mean to be a co-author? [duplicate]

What does acting as a "co-author" entail, and how common is it for first year undergraduate students to be added as co-authors to a paper being prepared by a professor?
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What are the best ways to organize one's research workflow when using multiple Operating Systems?

I have a good memory, but some of the fields I'm working in (NLP, Semantic Web, Information Visualization, Machine Learning) are quickly expanding. While I do have a good method of keeping track of ...
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Is concentration an extremely important working habit? [closed]

I study mathematics and by "working" in the title, I mean researching and serious reading on my field (reading difficult papers, books, etc.) I believe the answer for other fields would be similar. ...
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Validity of results recorded in electronic vs bound vs unbound notebooks?

How do we distinguish between the validity of electronic, recorded bound, and recorded unbound notebooks for gauging whether research results are publishable?
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Why do some research centres and university department publish a multi-year future strategic plan?

I noticed that a few research centres and university departments provide a multi-year strategic plan document on their websites. For example, IIT (Italian Institute of Technology) and Stanford ...
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Advice for conflict with team in a Masters course led by two professors

I would like some advice about a conflict I am having in a graduate course taught by two professors. I am pursuing a Masters (MS) degree in Finance and for the capstone course in the program, each ...
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Suggestions for Working with Uncooperative / apathetic teammates [duplicate]

I am getting very frustrated / angry in working with my research teammates on a capstone course project in my Masters program. The project we are working is fairly complex and includes a good amount ...
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How to ask a professor to join a project in a way that leaves him a “graceful out”?

This is a follow up question to a previous question I have asked about co advising : professor will agree to be my thesis advisor but only if I can find a co-advisor . After sitting in on this ...
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How can I keep my ideas of a new theorem safe?

This post is similar to this one except this is a little bit of a special scenario, I have yet to graduate high school. I know what you're thinking, oh THIS conversation again, check if it exists, ...
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Will my results still be publishable if I used ethically objectionable techniques in my research

At the moment I am involved in a neurobiology research trying to assess the feasibility of using emotional response to elicit distinct EEG (brain wave) patterns from the brain using static images. ...
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What should I use as my “scientific name?” [duplicate]

Can I choose my Father's name as my last name when publishing a paper or participating in a conference, as I am already well known by this name, not by my actual last name?
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Who owns things bought with research funding after project ends?

In my research group, some time we use our funding to buy things required for our research. They can be pretty cheap (e.g. books) or quite expensive (e.g. machines). When the funded by the project is ...
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How can i justify my choice of projects in my Research Statement, when I'm not very experienced in it?

i am applying for a PHD position and the projects that i'm interested in are in metal matrix nano composites but the problem i'm having is that i don't have much experience in metal matrix composites, ...
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How should I express theorems without a proof in a research paper?

What do you do when you have a conjecture, and you run experiments that confirm your conjecture, but you are unable to come up with the formal proof (perhaps because it's too complicated)? Do you ...
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How does a software application idea become a research project?

As a software developer just starting out in research (working for a lab) I have this idea of a software application which is meant to target a specific need: specifically to help users query data ...
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Is it a good idea to express my gratitude to a co-author with a gift card?

I am an undergraduate level student planning to put out a research paper for publication. The second author is a PhD student who has helped me to do much editing (including re-writing my entire paper ...
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Is there a common standard for the title hierarchy of research positions in English?

Is there a common standard for the title hierarchy of research positions in the English language? Excluding people who do research such as students or professors, but purely researchers. Something ...
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How can professionals vet research ideas (and potentially collaborate) with academics?

I am a professional software engineer. In my downtime, I enjoy following some of the informal streams about advances in my field (Lambda the Ultimate for example, academic email lists, etc.) as well ...
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Relativism dominated fields in social sciences? [closed]

I am interested to know where there is a significant presence of relativism/idealism research in the social sciences. Academic fields where departments, journals that would gather mainly to a ...
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If someone conducts unethical research unbeknownst to anybody, but produces positive results, what would happen to the research once discovered?

I was just wondering about this specific scenario. Say someone was researching nature vs. nurture, but his experiments involved keeping babies in a controlled environment for the first 10 years of ...
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Should I mention a magazine article written about my research in my CV?

How does getting into non-submission based magazines appear? For instance, if R&D magazine took an article about my work (NOT an actual research paper) and published it in their magazine, would ...
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What to do when you spend several months working on an idea that fails in a masters thesis?

How shall a masters student deal with the complete failure to meet the expected results when working on a master's thesis? For example, in the field of machine learning a masters student might spend ...
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Good data entry and management systems

I am a PhD student and am thinking ahead to when I start up a psychology lab---what are some of the best data entry and management systems? To avoid the "it depends" answer, below I list what I'm ...
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If I don't participate in research in first couple of years of PhD , how much am I losing?

I completed my MS in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and was planning to do an PhD in Operations Research. But after first few weeks in program , I decided it was not what I wanted to do in long term ...
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Is there a single academic database for Management Information System /Decision Support System area?

Until now, I have been gathering literature rather primitively (I think) by regularly searching with related keywords in Google, Google Scholar, and also some of the university resources like - ...