Queries related to various software used in academia. Questions shall not address highly technical aspects of the software but shall address features/issues highly relevant to academia.

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Looking for paraphrasing tools or software

I'm doing my master project and-of course- we have to take care of plagiarism, we are limited to 20%/15% of our thesis to be copied from other sources.So we have to paraphrase too much and this is ...
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Athletic development sofware literiture review [on hold]

I am struggling with thinking of topics to discuss in my literature review on athletic development software and was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction?
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Fastest way to browse journal papers (from Web of Science)?

The search engine which I typically use to browse journal papers is WebofScience. It allows me to sort by times cited, and check out who cited what. The problem is that to get to the actual article ...
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Mapping connections between topics covered in academic papers - does such a tool exist?

I'm interested in learning about how to go about writing a paper, and obviously, an integral part of this process will be to read papers written by others, and study those. I'm curious about the idea ...
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Why do many talented scientists write horrible software?

I am a software engineer and I have been working for years with people hired from academic background. Many times I've noticed that (even otherwise brilliant scientists) produce code of extremely low ...
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Are there opportunities to support cancer research through volunteer IT or software development?

Several friends and acquaintances have recently died from cancer. The chemo treatments are crude and destroy quality of life. Furthermore, chemo treatments depend on the efficacy of antibiotics for ...
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Tools for data organising and processing

Suppose we perform experiments with input parameters (temperature, humidity, processing time...) and collect resulting data (thickness, structure, mech. properties...). Is there a tool (or set of ...
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Is there an open source tool for producing bibtex entries from paper PDFs?

In the desktop application for Mendeley, it's possible to import a PDF and have the bibliographic data automatically extracted (or perhaps looked up, I'm not sure). This feature is more or less ...
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Should I cite Conference Papers to acknowledge usage of tools?

I've found that a few tools uses in scientific research, request that if you use them, you add the paper they were discussed in to your bibliography. For example: Theano requests you cite: ...
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Is it acceptable to require a student to use the supervisor's preferred software/tools?

I'm about to supervise my first bachelor student and I'm not quite sure what is acceptable and what is not. The thesis will contain math formulas, illustrations, images, graphs and tables - like any ...
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Software to make illustrative videos explaining a research topic

What are some good (preferably open-source) software for making illustrative videos to explain one's research? I am currently looking for software to make a small video on my research topic that could ...
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Creating an central multi-purpose dictionary / database

I am trying to organize my workflow and make it more effective. As non-native English-speaker studying in a foreign country I often need to look-up domain-specific translations (in 3 languages). As ...
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What are issues to consider when making your code for an experimental paradigm, which was conceived by someone else, publicly available?

General background In the cognitive sciences, it is often necessary to program/script experimental paradigms to conduct your studies. Basically, these programs present stimuli and collect responses, ...
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Note taking software: referencing text to searchable keywords

I'm looking for software for macs geared towards organizing and referencing the text in notes. I'm currently studying pathology and would like to be able to "tag" a topic/heading within my notes (not ...
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Management after Software Engineering undergraduate degree or separate management masters degree?

I am currently an undergraduate student studying BEng (Hons) Software Engineering at University of Greenwich. I want to do masters but I am not sure what to do. I am a very talented software architect ...
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Research paper about an enhancement to algorithm

A question that has been bothering me for so long about research work is, what level of work can be called research and is worthy of publishing in a research paper? Let's say I am working with JPEG ...
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What are good database/grade book software?

I am in the market for a (hopefully free!) grade book software and would like to see some suggestions. This would be used for a math class and I am planning for many grades (15+) per semester. In ...
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What software to cite in a manuscript, and how?

When writing a manuscript for a scientific article, I often wonder what software I should cite or acknowledge, and how. The first problem is to make a choice which software to cite. On the one hand, ...
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Using a software screenshot in a paper

When writing a paper which, as an aside, talks about the design of a user interface on a particular piece of software, can one insert a (correctly labeled and referenced) screenshot of the software to ...
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Do you find a computer-assisted qualitative data analysis tool useful?

I do a lot of qualitative coding and assessment as part of my research activities. Usually my colleagues and I simply use generic tools for this process like text editors and spreadsheets, but I know ...
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Software for extracting data from a graph

There are many times when I am faced with the task of extracting data from a published graph (usually a bitmap image in an paper). For example, a scatter plot from which I would like to get a list of ...
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Saving handwritten notes for future reference

I have more than one hundred pages of handwritten notes. I made these notes while writing different chapters of my PhD dissertation. The notes include summaries of journal articles, my thoughts, ...
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Issue tracking when writing a paper

When writing papers (and even more - when revising after collaborators', or reviewers', remarks) it's hard to keep track what is done, what needs to be fixed, what cannot be fixed, when opinions of ...
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Why use version control systems for writing a paper

I am following the advice of @Piotr Migdal in this question, and I want to ask about version controls: how beneficial are they (specially under LaTeX settings) for writing papers compared to DropBox ...
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Internet Git repository for collaboration on a paper

I've just started using git for tracking changes in a LaTeX paper I'm writing, and for collaboration with co-authors. However, I cannot find easily private git repositories with reasonable plans for ...
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Searching for a quotation manager

I’m looking for a way to manage the text of the quotations that most certainly I will use (i.e. quote) in the future. I’m a philosopher, so this is specially handy —and even required— for the ...
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Free, open-source substitutes for Mendeley?

Mendeley is (mainly) a proprietary social network to share basic citation data and research papers. see also Are there any free and open source substitutes for this service? A technical ...
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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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Conference management software (preferably open source) with custom fields

I've been told to set up software to organize a workshop. Is there (preferably an open source) conference solution that allows for: Abstract Submission Event Planning Arbitrary user data-fields ...
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Identifying new references when appending to existing reference list

I am building a database from several online sources like Engineering Village. Everyday I am searching different/close/related keywords that pertains to my research topic. Then, I am (everyday) ...
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Strategy for using a Virtual Learning Environment (aka Blackboad/WebCT/Moodle)

My university is switching its Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Specifically, we are moving from WebCT to Moodle, but I don't think this matters. This means I need to spend some time learning how ...
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Batch editing references

I imported many pdf articles into Mendeley but saw that Mendeley did not capture all the fields correctly. So, I needed to change them manually. It would be a tedious job to do so with many documents. ...
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Useful software resources for reviewing papers

I have a paper for review and I would like to include comments (on clarifications/suggestions/errors) over specific paragraphs or statements. What are some ideal software resources that could help ...
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Publishing paper using an open-source software

Can someone publish a paper on the mathematical model of the open source software i.e. parameter analysis of the model (i.e relevant to specific area) which is the backbone of the software. Is it ...
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Software to use for creating posters for academic conferences?

And how much time does it usually take? I'd like to create a poster without having to put too much time into formatting.
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Use cases of org-mode as a scientific productivity tool for academics without programming needs

I am a social scientist working primarily on Linux, but also at times required to work on Windows systems at the University. I have been looking to improve my productivity in the academic workflow ...
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Software to draw illustrative figures in papers

I would like to have suggestions of good software for drawing illustrations in research papers. I already know about Xfig, but this works only on Linux and is at times, clunky when it comes to text. ...
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Software/App for electronic research notebooks

I want to keep a research notebook for my computational "experiments". Basically, I should at least be able to write text and attach images like plots. Other nice features to have would be linking ...
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Software for managing departmental alumni relations

My department is looking for a CRM tool to manage its relationship with graduated students (either on BSc, MSc or PhD level). What we want to achieve: Show our candidates that you can get a well ...