Utilities, software or otherwise, used for a better academic life

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Are datasets really random for Bioinformatics tools

For my masters thesis, I needed a to run a tool to filter out RNA sequences and then research on the filtered data. I researched online reading papers to find an appropriate tool and I found one that ...
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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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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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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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How to efficiently print the image of a whiteboard?

I often brainstorm research ideas on my whiteboard. I then run out of space and want to store and print the contents of the whiteboard. In general I have a system of taking a photo of the whiteboard ...
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How to physically handle hundreds and hundreds of papers

I have a bit of a meta-question about academics. I am a graduate student and teaching assistant. I often find myself flipping, organizing, and searching through stacks of hundreds and hundreds of ...
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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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“Telecommuting” in academia

In business (e.g. IT industry) remote work (aka "telecommuting") can be relatively common (see e.g. a recent StackOverflow blog post). It is exceedingly rare (or even nonexistent) in academia, even ...
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Does using a bibliography software actually save you time aside from when converting citation style?

Does using a bibliography software actually save you time aside from when converting citation style? I have used refworks and endnote for years and from 3 years ago I decided to ditch them both and ...
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Is there a network map of subjects and how they connect with each other?

The problem When doing a literature review at the start of a process of addressing a specific problem, it's easy to miss related material, if I don't know that it is related. The example Let's say ...
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Are there any mobile application for conference attendees?

I'm currently attending a conference, and considering that (almost) everybody has a smartphone, but not necessarily an Internet access (because of roaming charges), it could be nice to have an ...
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Web Service to fetch article citations

I am trying to find a way to search for all the citations contained in an article. What I want to do is create a workflow for my research where: I have a pool of articles that I have already read. I ...
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OpenOffice Vs. LibreOffice Vs. MSOffice for academic writing

What office package is good for academic writing purpose? These three are the most popular for a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) style rich text editor. PS: Avoid LateX reference please. This ...
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API, EULA, and scraping for Google Scholar

I love Google Scholar as my go-to place to search for papers. Some features like "forward-citations" and their nice-ish autogenerated bibtex are life savers. However, sometimes I (and others) wish we ...
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What are some proven methods for keeping track of research and programming in a lab notebook format?

Are there any proven methods for keeping a computer science lab notebook? What sort of stuff goes into a CS lab notebook, and what notation is used? Are there any reliable ELN methods, preferably ...
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Getting DOI from title

Is there a way to get the DOI(Document Object Identifier) of a research paper when its title is available? I am preparing a reference database I could not get the url of all the references. So, I ...
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What are useful tips and tricks for collaborating remotely?

What techniques have you found to improve collaboration with a remote colleague, in particular to make it feel more like collaboration in person? The majority of my collaborations are with ...
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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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Tool to manage and/or make available a list of my publications on the web?

This some kind of follow up question to How to prevent plagiarism of my papers?, since I've been clearly convinced that it was in my best interest to put my own papers on my webpage. Now, since I ...
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Is there a generally accepted format for submitting papers to journals?

I believe in Mathematics and Computer Science journals usually accept LaTeX documents. In fact, the AMS has a number of packages and document classes for just this purpose. What about other ...
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Is it worth to switch from Bibsonomy to Mendeley?

What are the advantages of Mendeley over Bibsonomy? Is it easy to migrate from Bibsonomy to Mendeley? Does Mendeley offer equally powerful bibliography exportation? In detail, the following ...
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How to make a presentation that includes math symbols?

For many years, I've used Latex to create my presentations, because I need to include mathematical formulae and symbols. However, it's sometimes quite cumbersome to use, and it's much harder to do ...
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Non-linear note-taking software

I'd be interested in tools helping to organize thoughts and ideas, especially in a non-linear way (i.e. not as most existing note taking tools, working with lists and bullets, but rather as a post-it ...
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Is there a good site for holding online discussions of scientific papers?

Many of my computational scientist colleagues used to use Google Reader to share and discuss new journal articles. The loss of Reader's social features killed that, and we have subsequently tried ...