On the meaning or common understanding of words and concepts that academics encounter. Terminology can be broadly defined as the body of terms used with a particular technical application in a subject of study.

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What is the name of the office in an institution where graduates and alumni are helped with employment?

When I went to college, I remember there was an office that would help students, graduates and alumni get their first job. What is that office called? P.S. If you feel the English Stack Exchange ...
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What is the difference (if any) between a postdoctoral fellow and a postdoctoral intern?

Are "fellowship" and "internship" synonyms? Is there a different meaning in this language, between North America and English-speaking Europe?
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What does “auditing a course” mean?

I am visiting an American university for a year. In my invitation letter and further instructions, it is written that I can audit any course that I want (subject to the agreement of its professor). ...
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What is the equivalent of “good honors degree” in terms of universities in EU

The requirements for applying for a master's programme in National University of Singapore are stated as The candidates must possess: A good honours degree in computing; or A good ...
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Are scientifically detached professors referred to as ‘clinical’?

I have come across this term fairly often, where full/associate/assistant professors are referred to by the term ‘clinical’. Given that their departments had nothing to do with medicine, I thought the ...
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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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What exactly is “quantification”?

As I’m writing my final words within a research paper, I was curious regarding the term quantification of results. Namely I’ve performed a correlation analysis in a quasi-experiment. The research is ...
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Avoiding confusion over the term “Research Assistant”

When applying for non-research related work in the commercial sector, how should confusion be avoided over the term "Research Assistant" being used in a CV? Are human resources staff at companies, ...
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Mycology Laboratory, Department of Biology; Does it sounds strange?

Mycology Laboratory, Department of Biology As we haven't had the fixed term in our native language, so I am trying to find the suggestion and idea from everyone here.
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Are 'Dr' for medical doctor used in the same sense as a PhD? [duplicate]

My dentist is Dr. Wang and my physician is Dr. O'Connor but I also refer to my professor as Dr. Are these the same titles? Did they all achieve what it took to get a Dr. title?
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What is the difference between a teaching assistant and an instructor?

It seems to me that the terms "Teaching Assistant" and "Instructor" refer to a variety of positions. At some places, a teaching assistant is responsible for things like helping the actual lecturer by ...
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Meaning of undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate in US

Trying to figure out the difference between these. I've lost completely as different source/answers interpret it differently. Does anyone have clear understanding about what does ...
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What words to describe “revisions” and “resubmission” to distinguish revise and resubmit versus submission to new journal following rejection?

This question was motivated by a desire to have a clean set of terms to describe the life cycle of a manuscript from draft to publication from the perspective of the author. I could say: I am ...
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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 is a “professional student”?

What is a professional student, in the context of a "Graduate and Professional Student Organization"? For example, how are they different than or similar to post-docs?
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Difference between “referee” and “reviewer”?

I've seen the terms "referee" and "reviewer" both used to describe a person who gives feedback to a paper in a journal submission. Are there differences between the two terms? Is one used in some ...
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Is Research Fellow a gender-neutral term?

For me, it feels slightly clumsy to say I'm a Research Fellow without actually being a fellow (defined as a male person). Nevertheless, it's unsurprising to have female research fellows at ...
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What does delegate registration mean in a conference?

I saw on a conference website that the "delegate registration is up to the end of March". I'm wondering what that "delegate" really means?
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Correct name for experiment aimed at confirming an alternative Hypothesis?

I am running a series of surveys with single variant A/B tests aimed at gathering information about how different groups of users perceive a series of website designs with different distortions ...
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What is the difference between the various documents that are part of an application?

I am applying to serveral undergraduate research programs this summer. Each of them ask for certain documents including: CV personal statement statement of interest cover form cover letter research ...
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What is 'academic identity'?

I've heard the term 'academic identity' used a fair amount. Although initially it seemed like a simple concept, there are many papers on the subject and no-one seems to have a concrete definition. Is ...
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What is “paper bidding”?

I am currently preparing for the submission of my first paper to an academic conference and I've just seen this table of important dates: What is "paper bidding"? Why is that before the submission ...
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Difference between research paper and scientific paper

What is the difference between a research paper and a scientific paper? Does the research paper also mean a term paper at the end of your Masters? I need to present a research paper. So does it mean ...
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Possible causes of confusion and mistakes in technical terminology in bilingual settings [closed]

Disclaimer: This question is probably on the brink of off-topicness; maybe, it is also opinion-based and I don't exclude it is way too broad. Nonetheless, I'm asking this out of curiosity: so, if you ...
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What's the meaning of “first-page-first order”?

Recently I prepared to submit to a conference of IEEE. In the requirements of submission, it indicated that: PDF and Postscript files: must not have Adobe Document Protection or Document ...
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What does “scientific report” mean?

An Australian bioinformatics job ad talks about writing "scientific reports" in the selection criteria. Wikipedia has an article on Technical reports, which it says are also called scientific ...
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Unclear terms: Statement of Purpose, Academic Statement and Personal Statement

I'm so confused. I can't distinguish between them. It seems to me that sometimes the statement of purpose (SOP) is the personal statement (PS), sometimes it is not the PS, and by the definition I'll ...
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Why the taboo against naming discoveries after yourself?

It is often considered a very bad idea to try to name a discovery (a law, phenomenon or an invention) after yourself. On the other hand, there are many species names which seem to be a bastardized ...
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Can a discoverer give the name he wants to his finding?

Let's assume that some scientist discovers a phenomenon that has never been noticed before. He wants to write a paper about it but he doesn't want to constantly write "effect of change of some ...
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Are there differences between SM, MS, MSc, MSci degrees?

I have a Master of Science degree from the EECS department at MIT. From the website it is pretty clear they call it an SM degree. I think many US universities refer to a Master of Science degree as an ...
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What are the differences between Peer Reviewed Journals and Refereed Journals?

I would be interested to know the differences between peer reviewed journals and refereed journals in these aspects: Conditions for the acceptance of papers for publications. The time length of ...
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What is the difference between a thesis and a dissertation?

I have seen some sites that distinguish a dissertation as what is written as the requirements of a doctoral degree. Others that distinguish a thesis as a document written for the fulfillment of any ...
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What is “ companion proceedings” in a conference?

“All Web Science track papers will be published in the companion proceedings of the WWW conference." (http://www.www2015.it/call-for-web-science-track/) What does " companion proceedings" mean? What ...
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What is a soft-money research position?

I have read the term "soft-money research position" a few times. E.g. Path of a postdoc. Another consideration for interviewees is whether to pursue a "soft-money" position. A tenure-track ...
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Is there any difference between an article and a paper? [duplicate]

Are papers and articles really different in academic context or they are same words for the published manuscripts in conferences or journals? The only thing comes to my mind is that may be an article ...
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How should I choose the name of my past degree in application when the options do not not exactly match my degree?

I am applying for PhD for a certain university (Canadian), and in the form there is a question about the academic background. In the options I see things like Bachelor of engineering, bachelor of ...
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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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What is the purpose of “issues” and “volumes” in journal publications in relation to DOIs and citations?

I think I have stumbled once again over the meanings of "issue" and "volume". So I have found this article which declares both fields. Now I used JabRef's DOI to BibTeX to pull the info and it worked ...
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Is there a name for the inverse of the impostor syndrome?

Question: The impostor syndrome seems to be common in academia and there are quite a few questions about it. I wonder if there is something like the inverse impostor syndrome. I'm not referring to ...
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“Electronics and Communications Engineering” equivalent in the U.S.A

I graduated from a European University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Engineering Degree) and I'm about to move in the United States. My specialization/ major would be Telecommunications ...
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Correct term to address the “academic publications”

I am trying to use/find the correct term for the practice of publishing research results in academia, mainly a reference to the practice of publishing research findings in a formal journal or ...
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What is a TA called when he/she is in charge of organization?

I am a non-native speaker and writing my cv. In my subject (mathematics), there are small exercise groups where you have to grade the students' homework and discuss it with them; some are hold by ...
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What is the difference between CS and Informatics degrees?

I am interested in pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Universities I've reviewed have "Major In Computer Science" , but give "Bachelor's in Informatics or Computing". There is no "Bachelors In ...
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Why do some US universities have “Electrical Engineering” and “Computer Engineering” vs. “Electrical Engineering and Computer Science” departments?

When I started searching for a graduate programs that fits my research interests in the United States, I noticed that some universities have separate "Computer Engineering" and "Electrical ...
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What resources are available for clarifying academic and scientific terminology? [closed]

I have found that wikipedia is not a coherent, exhaustive, or detailed reference. I would like to find a similar resource that explains academic/scientific terms and methodologies clearly, briefly, ...
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Difference between transactions and journal

I feel a little bit ashamed, but I have never understood the difference between transactions and journals. This question is quite related. However, I could not find any clear differentiation. For ...
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What are the boundaries between draft, manuscript, preprint, paper, and article?

In the terminology for a peer-reviewed publication to be submitted to a reputable scientific journal, what are the differences and characteristic properties of the following? draft manuscript ...
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Questions about termination

What is the difference between termination and suspension? Are there "neutral" ways for a graduate student leaving his graduate school without completing a degree? Is a student voluntarily leaving ...
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What is my degree if I am a bachelor student yet?

I am registering to submit am article and I am asked to give my current degree, the problem is that I don't have a bachelor degree yet. So, what is the usual term and acronym to use for the current ...
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In the United States, is associate professor a subset of professor, or a distinct category?

In the USA, if someone writes that they are "professor" with no other specification, does this mean full professor, or can it also mean associate professor? In other words, is associated professor a ...