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How many and which references to own publications should be included in a research statement for post doc position?

I am composing my research statement for post doc applications in Astrophysics/Cosmology. I found that if I cite all the work associated with my work, then the references itself are taking around 2.5 ...
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What is the difference between hypothesis, thesis statement and research goal?

Can someone explain the difference between hypothesis, thesis statement and research goal based on an example?
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What do mathematics researchers do if they aren't good?

I am a high school student so I don't know much about academia, but I would like to clear up some confusion I have over research in mathematics. Please excuse my naivite/ignorance on this topic. I ...
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where to submit bigdata related paper? [on hold]

I'm Working (still working on ) in Bigdata analysis for my undergraduate project, I have a plan to publish my results as a paper. I have no more idea where it could be submited for a good recognition ...
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Different types of gaps in knowledge [on hold]

Belcher 2009 identifies three different types of gaps in knowledge that research papers use to link their research to the literature: correction, extension and addition. I've been reading some ...
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What is equivalent degree of Masters by research degree in usa?

There is a degree called “Masters by research” in Australia, in which a researcher basically researches for two years(full time) on the topic or research problem(differs from Phd on many aspects ...
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Should I ask for co-authorship as an undergrad student?

I was assigned a research topic for one of my psych classes this term. I designed the study, collected and analyzed data and then wrote a paper. After I presented my paper to my professor, she was ...
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How long does it take a student to conduct undergrad research and then release a publication based off of that research?

I'll be attending a accredited/well-recognized university for my undergrad this coming fall, and I'm just curious about research correlating with publications. I have a particular yearning passion in ...
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What previous knowledge do one need to have if he wants to do Empirical Research? [closed]

I do not have an intense mathematical background. Because, as you know, Computer Science and Info & Comm Eng are different things. Info & Comm Eng is closer to Information Systems. What ...
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Can an scientist meaningfully be an author of more than 1000 papers? [closed]

In chemistry and physics, there are now a number of scientists who appear as authors on over 1,000 papers. Famous professors can have good funding and then a large research group where their research ...
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How much free time does a researcher have for hobbies, family and other things not related with the research project? [closed]

Generally speaking, how much time does a researcher have to activities besides research, like hobbies and side projects.
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How often does a researcher travel per year because of a research project? [closed]

And, when you need to travel is by obligation or by your own decision?
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Where can I get Comparative Surveys with Statistics of Usage of the existing Biometric Template Protection Techniques? [closed]

I am looking for survey papers or research papers with comparative statistics of usage of the currently existing biometric template protection techniques among biometric systems developers / biometric ...
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Which country has visiting fund in its research funding scheme? [closed]

I contacted a few people that I knew for finding a visiting researcher position in the US, UK and Germany (3-5 persons in each country). While they welcome the visit, but the following offered a small ...
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In computer science in the US, is there a bias towards hiring junior faculty straight from PhD programs?

In computer science in the US, is it harder to get employed as a professor if you've had to do post-docs, or if you decided to work in an industrial research lab for several years?
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Final Year Project [closed]

Am a currently a 300 level Computer Science undergraduate. I need final year Project topic suggestions. One that is about programming(ASP.NET, Razor) & not too common. Thank You
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Is a PhD better than two Master by Research degrees and why? [closed]

I am 34. I have a second-class honors degree and a first-class masters degree in Info & Comm Eng. I have just enrolled in an MSc by Research program in Europe. If my career goal is to pursue an ...
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How to gracefully leave a research lab (due to major change)?

I'm a freshman electrical engineering student who has been working in a research lab for the past year. I decided a few months ago that I am going to change my major to computer science, and that I ...
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the status “required reviews completed” [duplicate]

I submitted my paper in one of the Energy journal in Elsevier. After 2nd revision of my article, I got no update. So, I gently sent an email. Then after 2 days the status said " Required Reviews ...
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What is the appropriate electrical and mechanical safety review for non-significant risk IRB study of new device

I'm looking into clinical tests of a new x-ray imaging system. (My understanding from meta is that IRB questions are reasonable here.) The study is more than minimal risk, as it involves imaging ...
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List of all the Universities/Colleges in USA

I am looking for list of all the universities/colleges in the USA. I read somewhere that there are around 6000 universities/colleges in US. Also, I want a list of the engineering colleges in the USA
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Referencing: Which one is more ideal? (cite as from cited or direct cite)?

Well, while carrying out a review of literature for drafting a proposal I found like these in some of previous works (reports). Some benefits of the “certain thing” on xyz are abc( person1, ...
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Can I ask a professor to do work for him/her during the summer as a form of an internship?

I am a newly transferred undergraduate Earth Science major and because of this I haven't had any internship experience in my field, even though I will be going into my senior year this fall (I also ...
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paper status reviews completed from last 15 days [duplicate]

My paper was under review for two and a half month. From last fifteen days the status is reviews completed. Is this normal and how far should I wait for the reply?
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Mathematical creativity: better a high profile or a “laid back” department?

It seems that high profile universities are not the most enjoyable work environment to be in. Even though big institutions attract big names and grant money, it seems to me that the pressure to ...
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What's the point of a MSc if I can just enroll in a PhD program?

I am thinking about doing a PhD as I am quite interested in research, I really enjoy trying to figure problems out myself and having to find and understand the necessary information I need for my next ...
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What do I do if someone studied the same topic before, but did so inadequately?

I am planning to research on topic for masters by research course. Googling, I found that a "micro-research" study on a similar topic (some objectives matching) has been done by somebody as a part of ...
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How to refer to an author whose last name can be confused with a pronoun?

I am currently writing a research paper and am having an issue referring to an author of a paper whose name is "Dadi He". I know that it is common practice to refer to an author by their last name ...
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Appropriately thank a supervisor for giving you a chance when you actually failed?

In general: What is the proper manner in which to thank a supervisor for allowing you to take a really long shot? I am talking about when a professor (supervisor) who did not really know you decides ...
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Is it acceptable for researchers to combine existing methods to create a new “case-specific” method? [closed]

Say, for example, a researcher decides to study the effectiveness political campaign speeches and slogans. For this project, he constructs a research design that integrates three methods - namely, ...
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Which one is more beneficial, working independently or collaborating with other researchers?

Some people claim that working as an independent researcher is more useful than collaborating with others, since you will be the star in that field and maybe get more funds. Others disagree, and think ...
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Is the distinction between qualitative and quantitative methodology still significant today? [closed]

Some scholarly articles explain in detail the epistemological and ontological differences of the two methods, while some argue that the distinction between them is now blurred. I try to reconcile this ...
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Should Ph.D. students interested with research remain as research assistant until they find a research position or just find any job?

As faculty or postdoc positions at top schools are getting hard to land, should Ph.D. students interested with research continue to work as research assistants and publish more, or try to get a ...
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Is there any way to only do research after getting a Ph.D.?

I'm currently a Master's student in my final year and I want to start a Ph.D. next year. I really like doing research (one of my papers got published in a fairly reputable journal), but I more or less ...
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Is it a good idea to take a break from studying a mathematics PhD and then considering revisiting academia at a later stage?

In September I properly started a mathematics PhD at a UK university straight after my undergraduate MMath degree at a different university. On the whole, I am enjoying the experience - the teaching, ...
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How to present work that includes replicating results of another study?

I started working on a research project for a class that was at first meant to be a collaboration between a lab at our university and another university. The only information that I was given to start ...
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How can I get into computer science research as a high school student?

I am in High-School but want to pursue research in Computer Science, but as you know High-School usually does not offer any such options or tasks. So I want to explore avenues where I can get these ...
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Do academics get bored of research?

I am wondering if academics (Professors, Researchers etc.) who usually have to spend their lives on research get bored of the subject or get tired of research? In this case, I want to know how they ...
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Freedom of Information (FOI) requests: multiple questions or single question per request?

In England and Wales at least, Freedom of Information requests are a legitimate research technique to use for obtaining data on occasions when (a) they are applicable, and (b) other avenues have been ...
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Two professors want me to work at their labs, and I'd rather work with one of them than the other

I'm an undergrad who wants to do research but I don't know many professors, so I asked my school's Dean for Undergraduate Research for help. He told two professors about me, and both showed interest ...
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Is it normal to be stopped from doing experiments for months due to “equipment malfunctioning” during masters?

I am currently doing a medical science research masters with a difficult supervisor. Due to two incidents of equipment malfunctions (equipment that I am using), I was stopped from doing any ...
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How to write a good paper review? [duplicate]

I just started my Masters in computer science, and I started working on a research project with one of my professors last term as a part of a class project for his class. In relation to that project, ...
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How do you organize your research?

I am doing a lot of reading and experimenting to dig deeper into my research topic. In our institute we have weekly meetings, were we present our latest research. Often my professor asks me questions ...
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How should a social scientist deal with envy of disciplines that are more quantitatively rigorous?

I am a student in social science who got into quantitative research at the start of my graduate school. Since then, I have had the valuable opportunity to take many Statistics classes and become aware ...
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Accepted into university for MS in CS but rejected by professor for research

I got accepted into a top 10 school for CS (Computer Science) but I was rejected by a professor with whom I wanted to work with. No feedback after resume submission, just "I found another student." If ...
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Is it okay to work in different lab during Summer?

I was wondering if it is okay to work in different lab during summer. I am first year master's student and currently I am working in the lab as volunteer at my college. During summer (May through ...
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What other research fields like this exist? [closed]

I wish to pursue a PhD in a field which is related to humans somehow (anthropology, archaeology, humanities, biotechnology, medical research, anything which helps humanity) where I can apply my CS ...
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How to find exercise problems as a graduate student?

I took my first graduate course as an undergrad last semester and it seemed that graduate student exams are much more open ended. Not only do they require you actually know more stuff (i.e. remember ...
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Where do researchers get the money to replicate others' work?

I'd like to follow up on my previous question. If scientists have to replicate and validate/refute their peers' research, where do the "provers" find funding? In my 2 years as an undergrad at a ...
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When is it appropriate to request more effort from a co-author on a funded project?

Suppose that my team received funding for a project to "deliver X in time Y". It is implied that each researcher will contribute, more or less, equally. When is it appropriate to make this explicit? ...