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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Should I take class time to explain software?

I'm teaching a course that introduces linguistic field methods. We have fewer lectures than a typical 3-credit course, but the students have ‘lab’ sessions eliciting data from speakers, and they're ...
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In which section of the thesis should I give information about formatting? How?

I am writing my Ph.D. thesis in mechatronics field. I used some notions from mechanical engineering and control engineering, but my work is mostly about a software solution. As the content is really ...
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Master thesis grade

I am not happy with my master thesis grade. I wrote down my master thesis in a company. I had three supervisors in this 6 month period, two of them from university and one of them from the company. I ...
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Reference management software to get the link of references

I use Mendeley to organize and view articles (pdf files). It is almost good, however I wish something similar with one additional feature. A software to make a link for every reference in the ...
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How to search private annotations in Mendeley?

I have dozens of papers in Mendeley. Most are filled with post-it notes, what Mendeley calls "private annotations". Unfortunately, these are not searchable. Mendeley users have been asking this ...
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Is software packaging considered as a service duty? [closed]

I create from scratch and/or maintain software packages on behalf of the Debian GNU/(Linux|kFreeBSD) distribution; Debian serving as base for other apt-distributions as Ubuntu. Most of `my' packages ...
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Is there a tool like the Open Science Framework that can be run on a private server?

I am very impressed by the Open Science Framework. Unfortunately, for some projects I cannot put any data in a cloud especially if it is not encrypted. Are there similar tools which allow me to keep ...
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open source programs for plotting? [closed]

Short version: Any suggestion on an Open-Source Software alternative to Grapher/Surfer/Origin/SigmaPlot? Details: This is not a shopping question. As a scientist I explore and plot data all the time. ...
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How to anonymize research software in an abstract?

I'm writing an abstract for submission to a conference aimed at a rather small research community. The abstract should be submitted anonymously for double-blind review purposes. The problem is that ...
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How to reference Python Libraries used in Thesis paper? [duplicate]

I am wondering the best approach to reference and document the various libraries used my thoughts are either reference them in the Technical requirements with a few words on what they do or just ...
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Cost-sharing for survey research

I've heard that in some social science departments, simple survey-based "experiments" are done by distributing a survey packet to some population (e.g., students in an intro psych course). This ...
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Sharing assignments with a potential employer

I'm currently a first year information technology student majoring in software development. I applied for an internship at a software development company. I got an interview and now they're asking to ...
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Software for tracking next manuscripts to submit

I manage a research group and need to track, for all manuscripts I am going to submit soon, things like funding agency I need to add for that manuscript, authors for the other, potential journals for ...
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Professional research plattforms? [closed]

I am doing a lot of research myself in the finance and investment area. Hence, I am reading a lot and compiling a lot of interesting information in reports together. As a tool to collect and manage ...
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Selling/Buying software in academia

I have written multiple opensource programs as part of my PhD, and some of these programs require a dedicated server somewhere on the internet to work. Mainly it is online databases, but also things ...
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Not citing code libraries used for paper

I'm submitting a paper to a CS conference, where I've just got the feedback from my professor. He wants to delete the few lines citing the implementation libraries such as sk-learn as well as more ...
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Is using Mendeley to organize my files a good idea? [closed]

My Library is already partially organized (manually) with regular filesystem folders. But it is pretty messy right now and getting unwieldy. Also several files should be renamed to something ...
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A place to host static HTML+JavaScript that can be referenced from a paper?

My PhD supervisor always told me that we write papers "for the ages". The publication system being what it is, we cannot go back and update any links, so we should not cite or reference a source that ...
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Notetaking with Latex and collapsing text for research papers [closed]

I am looking for a note-taking software with the following features, I would appreciate any advice! Collapsing or folding text (Like FoldingText or other outliners) Ability to quickly write up ...
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How and when to cite code from MATLAB File Exchange

What are the rules/etiquette to cite MATLAB File-exchange submissions on paper publications? There are different scenarios where I am curious what is best: FEX submission is clearly code from a ...
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Transitioning from PhD in biomedical engineering to software dev (have 5-6 software experience working for a team during PhD)? [closed]

My PhD is in biomedical engineering (MEMS and electronics). I also have taken some CS classes in the last 5 years (and during undergrad in electrical engineering). I was also in the software team for ...
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Do university accept a Mechatronics Engineer undergraduate to do Masters in computer science? [duplicate]

I finished my undergraduate studies in Mechatronics Engineering and have a low CGPA. The main reason is that I'd been developing web application and doing small projects (creating robots). I have ...
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How can software piracy in academia be reduced/eliminated?

Software piracy is obviously illegal as well as being wrong for a variety of reasons. However, from my experience it is extremely common to see pirated software being used by research students. This ...
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Portal for sharing a research manuscript with supervisors/advisors

I was wondering if there was a website or portal for confidentially sharing research manuscript with supervisors/collaborators whilst its being drafted. I tend to just e-mail the manuscript to my ...
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How to organize repository of common research papers for lab members?

The Problem I am a graduate student in a research lab with several other students, and as such we're all pursuing research and dissertation topics that are at least generally related in nature. We ...
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How can I digitally typeset math? [closed]

I want to digitally publish a document which includes mathematical equations – including symbols for integration, summation, etc. This isn’t possible in MS Office or Notepad, which makes things ...
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1answer
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Unable to grade student assignment in blackboard [closed]

I created an assignment for students using blackboard. This assignment is something that is completed externally. When going into the grading center I am unable to assign grades unless the students ...
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Mathematics or software engineering? [closed]

I am currently in a dilemma and could not decide where I am going in the future. My undergraduate and master degree is in software engineering and I am currently doing a computer science PhD. I did ...
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Any free and reference manager able to do information management as well? [duplicate]

At the moment I have MS-word files related to the references I've read or want to read. I created tables to put the drawbacks, good points, suggestions, questions and etc regarding each reference. So ...
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Receiving comments on one's article

After publishing an article, assuming that the publisher doesn't prevent you from sharing an article online in a public place, the authors might want to receive additional feedback. Are there good ...
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Naming a library or program partially after a school

I have seen several programs and libraries partially named after a school, e.g.: Berkeley Entity Resolution System MIT Information Extraction Stanford CoreNLP To name a library or program ...
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I want to opensource my code. Is it legal? Can I still publish?

I am a PhD (stipend) student at a Max Planck Institute (for a biological science) here in Germany. I came here to write software, but ended up spending practically all my time doing wet-lab work. As a ...
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Are virtual machines good for reproducibility and open science?

Virtual machines (VMs) provide a way for scientists to package not only scientific software, but also data, external dependences, and even entire operating system configurations, facilitating a ...
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What features does Adobe Illustrator lack compared to Microsoft PowerPoint for making posters?

I have used Microsoft PowerPoint to make posters so far, and I am considering giving Adobe Illustrator a shot for my next poster. What features does Adobe Illustrator lack compared to Microsoft ...
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If I develop a product as part of a project at university, does the university have any ownership over it?

To specify further, this is an undergraduate project, not a PhD, so (I think) that this is not directly funded by the University, and I am studying in the UK. I ask because I have a few ideas about ...
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“System”, “software”, “application” or “tool” – which to use in my paper? [closed]

I am in the field of computer science, I developed some software to solve some problems and would like to write some papers about them. But I don’t know what to call the software in each of my works. ...
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How can I sell independently created software to my university?

I am in a situation that I think is not uncommon nowadays. I wrote software on my own time, by my own decision, and with my own resources during my undergrad career at a university in the US, and ...
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How do I cite a screenshot I've taken of a software program?

How to write a proper reference for an image I'm going to use for my thesis? This image is a screenshot of a software installed on my own PC and I am the one who took it myself. It's not from another ...
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Can I host my published software at Dropbox?

I am about to publish a software in Bioinformatics Journal. May I keep the files for online availability at Dropbox as public link. If that's not a good idea what are the options?
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I'm looking for an application or workflow which integrates data values into the writing process

Currently, on all of my projects, I do my data analysis, create my figures, put them into a word document, and then I start writing. I say things like "We saw a 35% reduction in the effectiveness of......
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Which survey software to use?

I want to create a fairly long survey for my doctoral research. The target audience is teachers in the area. I have the option of using the software my institution provides (Qualtrics), Google Forms, ...
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How do I correctly cite the C++ standard or its drafts?

For my bachelor thesis, I have to reference a lot to the various C++ standard documents, be it the original standard or some of the working drafts. How do I cite such documents? Many of the working ...
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Using Others Work - To What Level Is It Okay? [closed]

From September I will be starting my final year project at a UK university. I will be developing some software. However the software I wish to create has multiple "modules" to it. Approximately 16 ...
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In performing a comparison, how can I get authors to actually respond to a request for source code?

I'm doing my PhD in computer science and am working in computer vision. I have come up with an algorithm that my supervisors consider to be promising and publishable. It took me a long time to get ...
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Do résumés written in LaTeX show more promise when applying to graduate schools?

I am a computer science student from India. I noticed that most of the résumés and thesis papers etc. I see are written in LaTeX. If I write my résumé in Word (say) rather than LaTeX, will it have a ...
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Is it immoral to show new students how to use Wolfram Alpha?

Currently, I'm working as an assistant at the mathematics department of my university. My job consists of sitting for 20 hours a week in an office to which students come with doubts regarding all the ...
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How to keep track of deliverables for supervised students when you supervise many students?

Background: In my area, academics often supervise a large number of students (e.g., 10, 15, 20 students). Many of these students are doing a small thesis as part of either their fourth year or ...
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Academic writing software

General-purpose word-processing programs are OK for academic writing. But I feel the experience can be much improved with some specialized software that takes better care of the special needs of ...
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Is there any system that enables online office hours?

Can anyone comment on their own implementation of online office hours, ideally with the following characteristics: Free. (I'm happy to install software on my own server if needed) Allows for live ...
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Questions to speaker per Smartphone in University lectures

I was at the MIT-Vienna-Conference and they had a pretty nice App-System (Superevent), where Questions to the Speaker could be asked per the Superevent-app, upvoted from others and finally answered by ...