Concerning the establishment of repeatable patterns of academic and research related activity.

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What are the best ways to organize one's research workflow when using multiple Operating Systems?

I have a good memory, but some of the fields I'm working in (NLP, Semantic Web, Information Visualization, Machine Learning) are quickly expanding. While I do have a good method of keeping track of ...
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Are there any tools for organising literature with tags?

So when writing a manuscript I usually go about as follows: When reading papers on my topic I copy/paste or summarise those parts, which may be relevant for me and collect all these bits in a Word ...
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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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How to keep and organize a research journal/log/diary/notebook? [duplicate]

I have read in multiple places that it is a good practice as an academic to keep a research journal. For example, Marie desJardins' paper How to Succeed in Graduate School: A Guide for Students and ...
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What do we know about working times of great living scientists?

I am looking for two kinds of data about the great scientists of today, Their average daily routine of work. Like how many hours and when? Their average length of time of being able to think ...
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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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Should I use reference manager software?

Should I use software for managing my references? What is the benefit of it? I can write down the references by myself, so I'm not sure what the benefit is.
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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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Keeping track of one's academic record and achievements [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tools make it easy to maintain (or avoid!) the N versions of your CV? When writing a CV (applying for an academic position, workshop or a scholarship), it's ...
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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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What are some good ways to structure material before writing a theoretical paper/thesis/book?

Let's say that you are going to write a theoretical paper/thesis/book (that is, you're not conducting empirical work). More often than not, I find it troublesome to just start writing right away, ...
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Balancing between finishing past projects and working on current ones

Personally, I never feel done with projects, as there are always a few open projects, in which I'm involved in. (And typically 1-2 which "I should have finished year ago or so".) First, what are good ...
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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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How can I encourage my advisor to adopt better work practices?

I'm a second year PhD student. In general I love my advisor, but recently we've run into some small bumps in the road while working on a paper together. He's controlling the "master" copy and I send ...
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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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Good ways to multitask

While multitasking is not a desired trait unique to academia, it's something that seems particularly important for graduate students and new faculty. I've had many students ask me how to multitask ...
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Ways to manage something like a 'work-life balance'?

According to a recent international study on work-life balance within academia "a majority of researchers and scientists had conflicts between their work schedules and personal lives at least two ...
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How do I effectively use tags to organize my bibliography?

I use the online tool citeulike to manage my bibliography. The main tool to organize the library is tags (functionally equivalent to tags here on this site). One problem I seem to be having is I do a ...
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Good practices for organizing notes

As a PhD student I generate a lot of pages with calculations, ideas and lecture notes. Most of them are useful only for a short amount of time, but some may be important for much longer (when writing ...