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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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What is the proper etiquette to using others published research in a proprietary product?

If a company was building a product that uses methods designed and outlined in a published research paper, should credit be given? I am building a product that builds on top of research done by a ...
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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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Looking for a Postdoc or research job in USA or canada [closed]

I'm receiving my phd title in machine learning in next months. I have 2 master degrees in signal processing and computer vision. My degrees are from Europe. I have published 12 international ...
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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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Are ORCID and ResearchID compatible with research social networking sites? [on hold]

I'm interested about whether ORCID and ResearcherID are compatible with research-focused social networking sites, such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate and Mendeley.
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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 ...
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Is there a difference in the typical structure of a qualitative versus quantitative paper?

I have been advised that qualitative is "research before literature" and quantitative is "literature before research" and hence when presenting in a research paper, a qualitative paper discusses the ...
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Is it OK to use the content of my own paper which is not yet submitted, in my other paper?

I have finished writing one paper, but have not submitted it yet to a journal. I am working on a related but not identical subject, though many of the definitions and theorems are same (but they are ...
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I found out my master's thesis topic has already been done (exactly), and my advisor didn't mention this when suggesting it to me - how to proceed?

I am really frustrated, I have started my research for my master thesis 6 months ago and I have to submit the final draft after 2 months. I was interested in a specific topic and I looked for a ...
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Practical strategies for increasing one's passion and excitement about research?

I am a second year PhD student in computer science. I see other students craving to find new problems, read papers and it's like they are enjoying it and when they find a problem, they spend endless ...
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Can a 3 years PhD make an independent researcher ? Or how many post-docs after PhD to be an independent researcher? [duplicate]

I am doing research more than 3 years. I was admitted in a 3 years program, now in the last months of the program. I fell I have a long way in the field to be an independent researcher. But most of ...
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How can I identify research opportunities I am qualified for, and position myself as a competitive candidate, in a different field from my degree?

I currently have a BSc. in Environmental Science and would like to go back for a biology focused PhD in the next few years. I keep seeing the recommendation that having a good research fit will be ...
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Do mathematics researchers regularly solve problems like the ones from Project Euler?

I'm not sure that this is the right exchange for this question. It asks about the possibilities of research in mathematics and computer science. Extended Background I am very interested in ...
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Is undergraduate low quality research paper publication considered of any significance during masters admissions? [duplicate]

I'm currently an undergrad student, I've published a paper in International journal which I came to know later that my paper is empirical based on my observation and is of low quality. Edit: I've ...
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Using proprietary software to demonstrate work in conference

I am going to conduct a workshop on my research work and for that I need to show how it is done on the software. I want to know, Is it ok to display the proprietary software (through TeamViewer) ...
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Can I mention brand names and their products in my research/technical paper?

I want to write a paper on Mobile Screens in HCI, as phones are getting uncomfortably big for users, I want to provide some solution to the big screen phones or how logically state that how small ...
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Getting into a topic one is barely familiar with?

Intro For an upcoming project I have to get into a new topic of research which is not similar to anything I have worked so far. Furthermore, this project requires learning new programming language(s) ...
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Knowledge required for PhD

I am a senior undergraduate computer science student from a 250-300 ranked university. I am planning on contacting a professor to ask for supervision but my knowledge of the topic is fairly limited ...
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Is teaching a graduate course with 30 students an unreasonable expectation for a PhD student with a TA contract?

I am a PhD student in a social science field, and am on a teaching assistantship. My contract stipulates that TAs are to work no more than an average of 15 hours per week. For my particular ...
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Presenting Barely Complete Results

I'm in a bit of a predicament. I was awarded a small grant to pursue a research topic over this summer under the authority of a professor. I had worked with this professor previously (on a research ...
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How common is academic theft?

Some ­— perhaps many — academics seem to be very careful in keeping unpublished work secret. It is not difficult to find anecdotes where academic ideas are stolen, such as in this post by @Markus. ...
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Should I publish my software independently or publish it along with a case study in higher journal?

I have built a software that handles protein clustering data in specific format. It is able to draw several plots on that basis along with many other analyses. It has more options than its existing ...
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Why does research cost so much money?

I have been dragged into an argument with someone who can't understand why millions are being raised to fund ALS research (that's the "ice bucket challenge", love it or hate it). He doesn't get why ...
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Is developing a cheaper method ever considered to be originality in academic research?

Say, in a particular field of science, method A or equipment B are the standard. Now I have invented method X or equipment Y which cost much less than A or B. What are the necessary conditions, if ...
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How professional it is to ask for rebate in conference registration fees?

I got two papers accepted in a decent IEEE conference. My current organisation (an industrial R&D lab) says that the conference fees are way too high and they would consider approval of funds only ...
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Is a PhD needed after an MD if one wants to pursue a research career?

I have completed my MD. I am more interested in research than in clinical practice. I know there are post-doc positions available which accept post-MD candidates. Still I am thinking of doing a PhD in ...
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How to start a collaborative online research project?

I am interested in solving some mathematical combinatorial problems. Besides the Polymath project, are there some other online projects where I can state the problems, my approach towards a solution, ...
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Is it acceptable to heavily reference blogs, forums, and other informal media?

I am pursuing a specific research question. I have thoroughly surveyed existing research on the topic, and found dozens of researchers working on the problem, but was disappointed by their work. Their ...
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Is there any systematic approach to select/find a research topic?

I was offered an opportunity to prepare a 2-page research proposal for a postgraduate research program in computer science. I am searching for a systematic and step by step technique to select/find a ...
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How to negotiate a research career offer which has no salary for the employee?

I was an international student and graduated 3 years ago. Now I want to continue my research career instead of working in the industry. I worked for free for a professor for one month last year. It ...
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How and when should I identify my specific research interests?

I am a Computer Science graduate, who is passionate about Computer Science and various topics and want to explore them in and out. I am interested in research but I cannot refine my interests to a ...
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How to prevent physical/psychological health side effects of workaholism in academia and research?

As a research student, I spend most of my time working on my research career, even when I am at home, I am awake until 3 or 4 A.M just doing my research-chores. As a matter of fact, long-term having ...
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Differences between cover letter and research plan?

I want to apply for a PhD positions and it says to include the following: a cover letter Research plan – this should be a personal statement motivating why you are applying for this position I ...
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Proving self-studied knowledge

In applying to graduate program, what are some ways to prove knowledge gained from self-study? I've been told of the following: Independently conduct research / create projects that require the ...
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How to do research in two very different fields?

Most research profiles I've seen focus on a set of similar topics. Does anyone have experience in partaking in / conducting research in 2+ disparate fields? (especially if 1 of the fields is pretty ...
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Is my adviser supposed to be assigning me my research?

I have just finished my bachelor's degree in computer engineering. I am doing an REU with the professor who will be my adviser this fall when I enter grad school. Currently my future Adviser has me ...