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Profile Evaluation Please? [on hold]

I really appreciate your help! GRE: V:157 Q:166 AW:3.5 = 323+3.5 GPA:3.75/4.00 Major1: Electrical Engineering Major2: Physics both from UIUC Research: 1. networking related research in CS ...
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How to “present” effectively research results in a written document (publication, thesis)

In line with this question, I would like to know what is a nice way of writing a section in a thesis/paper where the results of the research are represented? There are many suggestions online [1 , ...
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How to know whether my PhD advisor knows the area of research?

Ok here is the situation: My advisor gave me a paper about new model X. After reading and researching in X, I became very familiar with X and had many interesting ideas to extend its capabilities. ...
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Is it ethical to ask a graduate student to help me with my paid external research?

I have a part-time outside job in addition to being a full-time professor. I'm struggling with performing an analysis that I believe a graduate student would be able to help me with. I suspect he'd ...
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How to work on a research problem while sleeping? [migrated]

Put it more formally, how to let your mind subconsciously work on a research problem when you are not actively thinking about it, e.g., during sleep, dinner, walking, or shower? Often I hear stories ...
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What hours do researchers work in the Unites States? [duplicate]

After staying in a US university (specifically MIT) as a visiting scholar, a colleague of mine says that most of research labs are still working at midnight. I suspect that he is exaggerating. Don't ...
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How can I show my potential in my mail to the professors?

I am hoping to continue my masters in machine learning or data mining. So as a part of the process I am mailing to professors. I have a decent GPA and GRE score. I have research experience in these ...
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Copying the format of a past journal article as a model

Is it right to copy the format of past journal articles in one's research as an upcoming researcher? To give an example assuming there is a research article on "the dynamics of informal urbanism in ...
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Is it right to ignore publications coming from non-top publishers?

When I look into a specific problem over Google Scholar and simple Google Search, I find many related publications from publishers other than IEEE, ACM, Elsevier, Springer etc. Usually the authors ...
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Small Countries with huge economy [closed]

Not sure whether this is the right forum but anyways here I go. I am always intrigued as to how countries which are small in population & area have stronger economy. For example ...
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How some people are more productive on publishing papers? [closed]

How some people are more productive on publishing papers? Do faculty with many publication follow an strategy or method? what is that? What are the major skills or think style in research which ...
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Getting the code of a project I am trying to improve for my master thesis [duplicate]

I am mainly working on a published paper for my master thesis and the goal is to improve and develop it with new ideas. Now that I would enter the implementation phase and came up with some good ...
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How to learn commenting on graphs and tables the right way?

I have attended many presentation where the presenter will show a graph/table in one of his/her slides, but they struggle to explain the semantics of the graph/table/results. I think there is much ...
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What do I do if a professor at a foreign university doesn't respond to my emails?

I want to know about appropriate actions to take when not receiving an e-mail reply from professors after 2 to 3 weeks of sending an e-mail. When writing my e-mails, I try to highlight questions and ...
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How do you find interdisciplinary collaborators for your research?

I would like to know if someone knows whether there are IT solutions (websites etc) that help with meeting interdisciplinary researchers from local academic institutions (socal).
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How To Volunteer Research Assistant?

I am a community college student in Computer Science field who likes to have good resume when I want to transfer to university, I found out this is very useful if I start to work in particular area in ...
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What must a researcher know or understand about another researcher to ensure successful research collaboration?

What must a researcher know or understand about another researcher to confidently conclude that he or she can become a good partner in collaboration? Specific opinions will be appreciated, e.g. the ...
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How to promote research commercialization?

What efforts have there been to promote research commercialization (e.g. connecting researchers with investors interested in commercializing the researchers' research) and how are these done?
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of fitting one's problem within an advisor's research?

I am passionate about working on a particular problem and domain, and have an opportunity to complete a PhD that does not require department/university subsidy. However, the problem I am interested in ...
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How should a student with no research background write a research proposal?

I am applying for Master's degree and I am being asked to make a research proposal. I am having some trouble with this since I don't have any research experience at all. The University I attended was ...
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Are conferences organized by IACT like ICKE fake? [duplicate]

I have heard a lot about fake journals and conferences. I came across this conference (ICKE, International Conference on Knowledge Engineering) which is to be held in Singapore next year organized by ...
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Should I anglicise foreign names of people/places/organizations in my research?

What does academic community think of anglicising foreign names in the research? For example, saying Istanbul rather than İstanbul (with capital "İ"), or, author's name, Tasan, instead of Taşan.
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A note vs a “research paper”

I had my math paper rejected for publication. From the referee report, [M]y opinion is to reject this paper. In order to save its positive aspects, I propose: 1) either reduce the length of the ...
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Writing articles based on the “Least Publishable Unit”

I have heard the term "Least Publishable Unit" used to describe the amount of scientific information that holds enough merit for a publication. From my understanding, there are two sides to publishing ...
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Can you cite other master's theses when writing your own?

I am completing a master's by research (in Humanities), and thus shall be writing a thesis with no class work. I am using both a mixture of primary and secondary source but one item that has me a bit ...
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How to treat an under-performing coauthor?

I am a postdoctoral researcher in a lab, having person (e.g.) X as a colleague, also a postdoctoral researcher like me, having obtained a PhD two years after me. Here is the problem: In the last two ...
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Is volunteer lab work a good practice?

I met a professor last year through an online search and expressed my interests to his research and his advanced lab technique, in which I lack of experience. I also asked for a PhD opportunity ...
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Personal research journal/notes - an electronic solution? [duplicate]

Is anyone perhaps aware of an application, or ideally a website (always accessible) to keep track of personal notes on ones research? This would be similar to a physical personal research journal ...
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Is it appropriate/safe to ask for help on major theorem proof of my paper online?

I have been stuck on the proof of a major theorem in my forthcoming paper for about two weeks. Since offline help is limited, I'm trying to see if there is more help online. But I have two concerns. ...
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Can I research and publish in my Masters field when my PhD is in an unrelated field?

I have a PhD in Business with an emphasis in Political Marketing and a Masters in Linguistics. Now due to some personal and life circumstances, I would like to start collaborating in research about ...
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Research plan without a specific goal?

In order to apply for studying abroad (writing my M.Sc. thesis) I need to write a research plan. However, I only know the approximate research field, e.g. "program analysis for concurrent software", ...
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PhD and poor academic record [duplicate]

Are students with poor academic results eligible to apply for a PhD or Masters program in the graduate school? My academic result is not so good as I was working full-time and studying at the same ...
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Why do principal investigators not hire grant writers?

The success of a research-active professor is related to his successful proposals for securing research funds. For this purpose, he should spend something like half of his time for writing proposals, ...
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Must I credit others' published research when using it in a proprietary product, if doing so would be bad for business?

If a company was building a product that uses methods designed and outlined in a published research paper, should credit be given? If crediting them would be a bad business decision, is it OK not to? ...
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How to find out the terms used for a topic, so that I can find the appropriate literature on it?

My English is not perfect, moreover I am not familiar with the exact phrases for a topic of research or a technical term in the literature I have some ideas or projects done, if I knew the exact word ...
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Effect of passing management courses on research career

By reviewing syllabus of a MBA course, and its entry requirements such as some years of industry job experience; it comes to mind that these type of management courses are designed only for the people ...
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At the beginning of PhD research, how to balance independence with satisfying my advisor's expectations?

I am at the beginning of the research portion of my PhD program and as is standard in this department, I am to begin my research by writing a small literature review of some relevant papers in my ...
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How to structure a presentation for a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship

After the initial peer review stage, most research fellowships (for example RCUK or ERC grants) have a final interview stage primarily assessing the qualities of the candidate. Alongside the interview ...
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Job Market in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

The question: Firstly, do I need to have a background in computing to be a research in human-computer interaction (HCI). Secondly, I need help with getting relevant work experiences which seem to be ...
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How to help a student researcher with narcolepsy continue research

I was torn between workplace and here, but I think the question is better here. I have an assistant researcher that I have indirectly worked with for 3 months, and for the past month have hired ...
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What's the role of colloquiums in academia?

During my bachelors and masters degree I have attended some brief talks called colloquiums in which a researcher was invited by a professor at the university and s/he gave a one-hour talk about a ...
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Finding non-REU funding for my undergrad math students

As a professor, I am sometimes asked to help undergrads (I'm currently at the University of Michigan) find funding for math research during the summer. In the past I have seen some get funding from ...
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During a manuscript submission, what to fill in the oppose reviewers? [duplicate]

During a manuscript submission, what to fill in the oppose reviewers? I am trying to submit a manuscript and the journal ask me for an oppose reviewers.
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Should sources of sample sentences be shown in (computational) linguistics research?

What would be best practice in indicating the source of text samples used to illustrate some concept or analysis result in linguistics or computational linguistics? For example, I might want to use ...
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Are there any researcher digital identification services or directories, similar to ORCID and ResearcherID?

Are there any general (not field-specific) researcher digital identification services or directories, similar to ORCID and ResearcherID?
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Is there a benefit to registering digital identification via both ORCID and ResearcherID?

This question is in continuation to the discussion from about a year ago, concerning researcher digital identification: Why use unique digital researcher ID?. It appears that researchers, who would ...
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Pros and Cons of including less interesting results

For the problem I am trying to solve, I considered 2 base algorithms and devised about 30 variations on each. I then threw about 2 CPU-years and ran a number of simulations to see how they went. ...
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Why is the prospect of external funding driving hiring?

I'm curious about today's focus on external funding versus that of the past. In Mathematics anyway, it seems that the quality of a researcher is increasingly being measured in dollars of external ...
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What do potential postdoc advisers seek in research statement letters?

I am putting together my application for a postdoctoral position in theoretical condensed matter physics. The position is not a fellowship and is a regular postdoc position. If you have gone through ...
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Do research laboratories hire international students with a Bachelor's Degree?

I intend to increase my research experience in a field not very closely related to mine (I am a chemical engineer and want to pursue Tissue Engineering). I a currently a 4th year undergraduate. I have ...