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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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?

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 ...
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PhD candidate vs PhD student

I see researchers working on their PhD calling themselves PhD Candidates, other call themselves PhD students. What's the difference between a PhD Candidate and a PhD Student? According to two ...
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What does “principled approach” mean in papers?

I encounter this term "principled approach" in some papers of computer science. Since I' m not a native speaker, I don' t quite understand what this means. And I didn' t find any results online. I' m ...
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What is the best way (terminology) for a postdoc (PDRA) to refer to their 'boss'/'supervisor'?

A postdoc, postdoctoral research assistant in a university on a contract has a supervisor or a boss. They may not be the PI on the grant which pays the salary as it may contain other universities as ...
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Question on terminology (postgraduate studies)

How does one call postgraduate studies in countries where the appropriate degree is not PHD? It can't be PHD scholarship. Can I use "postgraduate studentship" in this sense in official papers? Maybe ...
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PI coauthorship on previous papers

I independently wrote a number of math articles, and published some of them in refereed journals. I wrote the draft of the thesis, and contacted a Prof., and started a PhD program under his ...
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Is a IEEE student member counted as a member in a submission to a transaction?

I am going to submit a paper to a IEEE transaction. I am a student member of IEEE. In the auther line of the paper, do I append "IEEE, Member", "IEEE, Student Member" or nothing after my name?
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Why do some conference have an “abstract submission” before the “paper submission”?

I noticed that some conference have different deadline for paper submission: an "abstract" submission deadline, before the usual "paper" submission deadline. For example, on the International ...
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Undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate student — is that Bachelor/Master/PhD or Bachelor/Master+PhD/postdoc?

I received an invitation to nominate students for an award that could be for an undergraduate, a graduate or a post-graduate student. I've seen those terms used before, but never been sure what they ...
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Conference vs Congress vs Symposium vs Meeting

What is the distinction between the following scientific events: conference, congress, symposium, meeting? While I have some idea about differences (e.g. congress - large and serious, meeting - by ...