Queries and Discussion related to either qualitative or quantitative productivity of a scientist/scholar.

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How important is a cold emotional aspect to being a scholar? [on hold]

If I am to do my best work do I have to control my aspect so that I appear an icy intellectual? For instance, should I have feelings that my body is merely an apparatus for my intellectual play? This ...
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How to effectively navigate a large library?

I am looking to decrease the time I waste looking for a book in the library. I generally know exactly what book I want, but not where in the library it is located. (Finding out what book you want, is ...
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How economically efficient is the grant system?

I wonder if someone (or eventually some country, organisation, etc ...) already evaluated the costs of the system of grants. It costs at least the salary of the researcher who writes and gets the ...
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What do you do to keep your mind sharp?

When I started at university I could perform with a fresh mind all of the time -- doing a problem set all weekend without reduced performance. A couple of other students and myself seemed to be ...
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How to deal with people judging your 'overproductiveness'?

I am in 4th year postdoc working in applied math areas in which 1-3 papers a year is considered a good publication rate. I have been publishing 10-13 papers a year for the last 4-5 years (have never ...
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How to read a research paper with too many references to previous works?

I am a CS undergrad student who is just getting started with research and reading papers. My mentor has asked me to read a few papers. While reading I noticed that every few lines there are references ...
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Organizing technical documents and reports

At my university, I work on an aircraft design project. I’m building a fairly hefty collection of technical and design reports I’ve written as well as documents about things I’m trying to research to ...
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I am so tired and un-focused in my postdoc. Is quitting my position a good choice?

About 6 months ago I finished my PhD and started a new postdoc at a prestigious lab at a prestigious university. I was very burned out as I completed my PhD, but I hoped starting fresh I'd find ...
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What are some practical ways to invest fellowship funds? [closed]

If one has been awarded a considerable amount of money to pursue their graduate studies, through a fellowship such as the GEM/DOE/NSF/Hertz fellowship, what are some practical ways to invest these ...
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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 to avoid sleeping in lectures?

It's not that I cannot hold my attention - I find it a lot easier to put in sustained effort during research - literature surveys, practising derivations, and coding. I also find myself actively ...
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How would we identify a better measure of academic productivity?

Measures of academic productivity, like the h-index, m-index, i10-index are useful but imperfect. Their imperfections are more than an abstract concern. Hiring committees consider them in determining ...
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Is it normal for a graduate student's fate to depend on the success of a breakthrough idea?

I am officially a graduate student in a different department than where I have been working for the last ~6 months. (..(un?)fortunately this department where I were I now work is ranked almost the ...
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How not to be like a rolling stone in research?

As a young researcher, it is really interesting for me to gain knowledge in different topics related to my major. I attend many conferences and seminars in my field, I read papers and books which I ...
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What can a student who is already studying hard do to improve low grades?

I have been studying hard for the past year and a half (it's my second year of Computer Science) while not getting remotely close to the desired results. I passed my first year with a 7.2 GPA (5 ...
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What productive academic work can you do with minimal attention in a small (<30 minutes) block of time?

Ok, here is a major issue I have with much of my work (which is experimental/computational research): I am a graduate student, and spend much of my day doing 5, 10, 20 and 30 minute experiments (both ...
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What are some techniques to get some work done during the Christmas period?

Given the fact that at the moment I am working with no strict time frames and I can manage my time and other activities on my own, I wonder is it possible for someone to maintain the concentration ...
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How to quantify the loss in productivity due to time spent on writing proposals

During my PhD it bothered me how much time my supervisor had to spend on writing proposals to get funding to do science, which in practice pretty much meant that he had no time to do science because ...
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Techniques to “digest” large amounts of textual data (academic papers, books, etc)

I am a faculty member in a research-oriented university. I teach and I do research in social sciences. Similarly to most academics, a big part of my job involves reading. A portion of my "reading ...
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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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Publishing a scientific article without being a student or a researcher [duplicate]

From what I got to see during my research internship, research master's students, PhD students and researchers, when they do some decent research work or project, they sometimes send a scientific ...
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Academic home page with low maintenance burden [closed]

It's been mentioned before on this site how important it is to have a webpage. Most academics don't have a lot of experience with web development, and do not realistically have time to learn it and ...
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How often do you get to “play with” scientific instruments?

I tend to learn and understand a subject to a much deeper extent if I am able to play around/experiment/mess with something that demonstrates the principles. I'm starting a Neuroscience PhD program ...
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How to automatically link LaTeX .bib references to a set of pdf full-text articles?

I have a huge collection of PDFs of research papers. Many of these have valuable annotations. I also have a huge .bib file containing citations for these and many other works. Is there a reference ...
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What constitutes a proper scientific result in Computer Science?

I work at a university at an Information Technology department. My colleagues claim we are 'computer scientists'. However, from what I observed, most of our work is pure implementation and often ...
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Strategies to strengthen self-discipline as a PhD student

The main troubles in my academic experience can be summarized in two popular (if somewhat cheesy) sayings: "Careful what you wish for" and "With great power comes great responsibility" Throughout ...
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How to work efficiently under loose supervision during graduate studies?

I work in a very cross-disciplinary field, which has caused me some headache* over the past couple of years, partly due to the fact that my supervisor isn't very knowledgeable regarding the day to day ...
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Can one be average in academics but great in research at same time in PhD

This has always kind of intrigued me. I have seen many students who are good in academics (the scale I am using for this is GPA, like around 3.8–4.0) and average in PhD research. I mean, they do ...
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How can I improve the effectiveness of my literature searches?

OK, I know this is a pretty basic question but I haven't been able to come up with any really satisfactory solutions. (I have searched around on this site, but none of the related questions precisely ...
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Teaching uninterested/under-engaged students in science courses

How should one engage uninterested students in a fast-paced, densely fact-packed science course such as chemistry or microbiology? I find that the only students who truly understand and engage with ...
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How to make time to pursue research while employed as a part-time lecturer at two universities?

Actually I have been working like a Computer Science lecturer, part time, in a couple of universities in my country. Main problem is that those universities are only worried in finances, but not in ...
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Charging graduate students for printing

My university is starting a policy where graduate students need to pay for printing (10 cents per page) while It was free before. As a student coming from another university, I see it very weird ...
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How to hire editor to improve my paper

I'm thinking of hiring a contact/freelance editor to help me improve my paper, before I submit it. I'm looking for someone to perform proofreading and copy editing as well as broader, substantive ...
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Can I successfully adapt to an advisor who will not push me to work?

I am currently a first-year graduate student, now in the process of figuring out who I'd like to have as my thesis advisor. Of course, compatibility of research interests is quite important, but ...
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Maintain scientific output after having a baby

I could have written this question in some other stack places, but prefer to do here because the affinity with the audience. I am the head of a research group, 38 years old, engaged in a lot of things ...
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lecturing (teaching methods) for a diverse group of students

I just started teaching three courses at small medical training college: anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and microbiology. Most of the students have a weak background in the sciences, and ...
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Keeping track of all you have to do in academia

Back when I was in graduate school and as a post-doc, life was fairly blissful. Only one big responsibility: research. Now as a faculty member I find so many things to do. Teach, supervise undergrads ...
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How to manage theorist's “labbook”?

Question: Are there any guidelines, sources, or examples of good practices for maintaining theorist's research notebook? Motivation and context: Maintaining a lab notebook is a much advised (if not ...
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How do I improve my rewriting and editing skills?

When writing academic papers, I am really bad at improving what I have already written. I have heard that most of the time writing should be allotted to revisions. I know a few academics who are ...
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How does one keep herself updated with new research without forgetting older results?

The title is fairly generic in nature, so I'm trying to elaborate in the body. I'm interested in answers pertaining to Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), but I'm certain the question would be equally ...
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Balancing between finishing past projects and working on current ones

Personally, I never feel done with projects, as there are always a few open projects, in which I'm involved in. (And typically 1-2 which "I should have finished year ago or so".) First, what are good ...
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How to encourage students to work more carefully and independently?

One of the challenges of advising students is working with students whose "quality control" expectations do not agree with that of the advisor. When such mismatches occur, how do we encourage them to ...
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How can I do a literature review efficiently?

For a new project I want to compile a literature review to determine the state of the art and possible approaches to start with. Last time I adhered to the following scheme, but it felt very ...
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Which is the most accepted measure for an individual's academic productivity?

Among the various indices for academic productivity/impact in the respective field, which is most accepted one? You can see some productivity measures, used in academia, here and here This question ...
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What is the average number of articles written per author in a year and has it increased recently?

Does anyone researched the data about scientific productivity? I.e. what is the average number of articles written by author in a year in a specific field? I am referring to average, since this is ...
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Are there specific organizational processes or tools (not necessarily software) that can help in developing and structuring research ideas?

I am doing research in computer Science as a PhD student. I have some research ideas and for months I've been continuously thinking about them, developing them and make them more specific. I mean, ...
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How to efficiently get multiple outputs for a given set of inputs?

Background: I was reading about Google's Hybrid approach to research. This prompted me to think about how in academia I try to get multiple output from the one set of inputs. For example, I might try ...
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What academic discipline does “Productivity Science” come under?

I wish to categorise my large collection of electronic documents. I need a foolproof set of categories to put each document in. I want to use a classification system similar to how university schools ...
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How do universities deal with loss in productivity post tenure?

A tenure from a good university is generally considered to be the pinnacle of academic achievements. It is packed with so many benefits that it is easy to lose direction in one's research career post ...
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What are good practices for sharing protocols online

We're beginning a fairly large effort to share the vast number of protocols accumulated in our lab and pushing them all to the cloud. Naturally, you don't want the knowledge of older graduate students ...