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Questions tagged [best-practice]

(DO NOT USE: this tag has been applied very inconsistently, and probably should not be used.) Standard or recommended practices in writing, research, or professional academic conduct

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Tips to organize LaTeX presentations for a semester

I am giving my first course this fall and, as a LaTeX enthusiast, plan to prepare my slides in LaTeX for all the usual reasons. For those of you who also do this, I wonder what resources you use to ...
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What are some good practices for a supervisor?

I just started co-supervising a master student and I was wondering how people approach supervision. I tend to follow what worked for me but not everyone is the same, so I'm not sure if what I'm ...
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Racial discrimination at Duke University's Biostatistics department

The director of graduate studies at Duke's Biostatistics department has stepped down after her racially discriminatory emails, targeted at their international Chinese master's students, went viral on ...
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Put a forward reference in the introduction

I'm currently writing a paper and in the introduction I have something in this vein : [...] Algorithms of this type have the following characteristics (we discuss this in Section 6). [...] The ...
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How to handle conflicting instructions when applying for a grant?

I'm applying for a grant renewal. There are subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the solicitation document and the submission instructions document with regards to which materials (e.g. the ...
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Best practices when refering to above section

I'm wondering about how to refer to sections right above or below the piece of text referring. I know that I'm supposed to use section numbers almost all the time, but personally feel that this might ...
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Do citations have to be put in context?

When citing, does it have to be obvious from the sentence or placement of the citation what exactly is being cited or why the citation is there? Sometimes I feel like people cite things such that you ...
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Is it acceptable to use a microscope in the office and not in the laboratory? [closed]

I often see microscopes inside the office rooms of professors as well as other teaching members. They may not use them on daily basis but once in a while, or sometimes heavily used by a few of them. ...
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Project management techniques applied to research

Are there books/writing on project management as applied to scientific research (for PhD students and higher)? I am looking for something synonymous to Scott Berkun's "Making Things Happen", which ...
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Practice for publications in foreign language

I'm an assistant professor in a non-English country. I work in control system and signal processing. I write publications in my native language. But I want to get experience in publications in ...
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Should sources of sample sentences be shown in (computational) linguistics research?

What would be best practice in indicating the source of text samples used to illustrate some concept or analysis result in linguistics or computational linguistics? For example, I might want to use ...
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Where to add citation when having several paragraphs from the same source(s)?

So, if I have three paragraphs, inspired and even having copied sections from the same source, do I add citation at the end of each paragraph or at the end of the third or where else?
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How to conduct an effective regular group meeting?

My research group has regular group meeting but I usually think it is not effective. In particular the research area of the group is very diverse, every time I just listen on something I cannot ...
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Trying other PhD opportunities while accepting an offer from my master supervisor?

I will finish my master study soon, and my master supervisor is happy about my work and would like to give me an offer of PhD. I am also happy on this, but I really want to try other opportunities. ...
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Technique for teaching “unlearning”?

How should one go about trying to teach students to "unlearn" a previous skill/principle they believe is correct but is actually wrong? Hypothetically speaking as a really basic situation, if your ...
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Do I need to search citation sources for a rather generic graphic that I have drawn myself?

I'm about to write up my PhD thesis at the moment and for the theoretical part I have drawn some graphics that are of rather generic type -- crystal structures, crystal lattices and the like, similar ...
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How do you manage to work on multiple research projects?

Things that make multiple research projects different and single project: Inertia that sets in once I have spent a few weeks on single one of them. The 'switching cost' seems too high to me, and it ...
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Is it appropriate as a referee to contact an author after the editor rejected the manuscript?

This is related to this question, but it is more a special case of it. I reviewed a manuscript, which was submitted to a reputable traditional journal. The journal has a single-blind review system. I ...
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Presentation Rules (e.g. 7x7 in Undergrad Communications Courses): are they supported by evidence?

I taught a Business Communications course that brashly asserted that good presentations follow the 7x7 rule (max 7 lines of text per slide, max 7 words per line). I also "learned" this in my ...
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Is including an own paper in the literature review a bad practice?

The title mostly says it all. I am writing an article on a rarely researched topic in my field - 4-5 articles exist, as far as I know. I recently published a related article, still making this ...
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What should be included in a departmental email policy?

I receive about 10k emails per year and send about 2-3k. In my department (the sphere I can influence) there are those who almost never respond and those who respond as soon as I have hit the send ...
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Should I write a recommendation letter for a student at a previous job/institution?

I receive requests for recommendation many times, but I have received one from a student belonging at a previous affiliation of mine, asking for a favourable letter in view of their achievements. I ...