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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 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 and dropped out. There is a ...
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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 - ...
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Survey Questionnaire design - What are the alternatives to Likert scale in measuring attitudes? [migrated]

I work in Social Science Research (Management) In my school, Likert Scale is extensively used to measure attitudes.(Strongly disagree to Strongly agree). So, I kind of assumed that it's an absolute ...
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Is it realistic to deal with a huge undocumented code base for master's project?

I'm currently pursuing a Master's degree in a STEM field and working on a thesis. For my master's thesis, my advisor suggested I expand the code of the group's software and add new features to it. ...
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Could research data fall under the Freedom of Information Act?

When I refer to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) I mean either the federal act or similarly implemented state laws. Clearly the validity of such requests would have to be limited to institutions ...
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Should excavation data be available to those who request it? [closed]

Many excavations are funded, at least in part, with taxpayer money. In addition, an archaeological excavation, by its nature, destroys the original information, preventing anyone from finding the same ...
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How and where can I seek help regarding research outside of my university?

I'm so glad to finally have found this avenue where I can seek some advice related to my Phd. I wonder why it took me so long to stumble on this. Let me give a brief of my situation: I'm a Phd ...
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Is it impolite to ask a professor who was not my master's thesis advisor (but with similar research field) to help me to work on a research topic?

I have finished my master's thesis and graduated from the university in which I used to study for my masters degree. Now I have two or three months free time and I am searching for a PhD position; in ...
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Are researchers permitted to mislead subjects about the purpose of a trial?

I think much research would not be very successful if the subjects knew the purpose of the research. When researchers gather human subjects for a trial, can they provide the subjects with misleading ...
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Is there a website that shows current research strides in several academic fields?

I am looking for some sort of website that shows/illustrates current research strides across several academic fields. It would be pretty cool if this existed as a interactive interface like google ...
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What is the academic value of a white paper?

I am wondering what constitutes a white paper and what is the academic value of it. I found some information here but I am more after turning an aspect of a research into a white paper. Currently, ...
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How to “present” effectively research results in a written document (publication, thesis) in Computer Science [closed]

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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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 ...