Questions tagged [collaboration]

Queries related to establishing and maintaining collaborative academic research endeavors or other activities.

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How to deal with unbalanced collaborations?

As a postdoc in a theoretical STEM field, I have had many wonderful collaborations where all authors contribute non-trivially to the final product. However, there was also many "unbalanced" ...
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Using the h-index to compare researchers from different fields

We are all aware that the h-index of a researcher is the metric for evaluating the cumulative impact of his/her research publications. I am asking the question regarding a doubt that arises when we ...
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Collaborations as a postdoc [closed]

I am a postdoc and would like to collaborate (proposal - yes) with a scientist in another country. He (the foreigner scientist) want to collaborate with me due to my subject expertise. As postdoc, I ...
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How to follow and contribute to a research discussion when less experienced?

I am a second year PhD student working in math. I find that in most discussions with postdocs or even my own supervisor, the pace of the discussion is too fast. The other party invariably seems to ...
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Research between different campuses of the same university

I was recently applying for a tenure track position at a university. I had found people who had adjacent research interests, and thought it would be good to mention them as possible collaborators for ...
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Independent researcher reaching out to academia for help

I am an independent researcher and have spent the past year writing a fairly extensive (60+ pages) research paper on a topic in probability/statistics. The paper is almost complete but there are a ...
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Can I protect a questionnaire that we've developed against unauthorized use by publishing it somewhere under a license?

We're collaborating with another researcher from another institution. Collaborating here means that we do the whole work (study design, questionnaire development and testing etc.) and the other ...
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How to search for journals that accept shared first authorship?

My group member and I have equally contributed on a paper that's ready to submit to a materials science and/or surface engineering journal. However, I don't know how to search for a journal that ...
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Is “flowery language” frowned upon in engineering and STEM related research?

I work in an engineering field (related to AI, machine learning, etc.) and something I found interesting is whenever I use "big words" or even long words like "substantiate" or &...
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I want to be the sole student author on a poster, but my advisor wants to bring on other students

I am in my 2nd year of my Ph.D. program and I want to submit a poster to a conference that will be held this spring. I brought up this idea to my advisor; she agreed, however she wants me to ask a few ...
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Past collaborator submitted paper with my name (and others) without notifying named co-authors

I worked briefly with Person A from a different university on a project in a competition. We were both PhD students. In this competition, our concept was based on combining mainly a system he ...
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How to politely turn down others' request for collaboration?

When I first started my PhD, I would grab every opportunity to collaborate with others because there weren't many and I wanted to learn as much as possible. However, as I become a senior PhD student, ...
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Has the popularisation of online conferencing tools made research positions at smaller universities more attractive? [closed]

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent confinements in various countries, there has been a tremendous development of the use of online collaboration tools (e.g. daily use of video conferencing ...
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Questions about the process of collaboration in Mathematics

How does the process of collaboration in math work ? Do mathematicians like to share their problems ? Can I do this by e-mail ? How to ask mathematicians if they want to collaborate in a math project ?...
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Is there a site where I can look for potential collaborators on an academic project that I'm pursuing all by myself? [closed]

I'm working on an academic project, and after getting a few results by myself, I'm a bit stuck. Currently, I'm not affiliated to any university or company, and also since I switched from my PhD topic ...
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Why use 'advisor' or 'supervisor' instead of just 'collaborator'? [closed]

This bugs me a bit. I understand that technically the advisor or supervisor relationship may be a bit different from the more senior-level collaborations, but I can't help but think when I see people ...
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Should I report two minor mistakes found in an academic paper to the journal editor or authors of the paper?

I found some minor mistakes in a paper published in a top journal. The mistakes do not affect the results of the paper but may confuse some readers as I was confused at first. I think it is better and ...
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Collaboration with other researchers except supervisors

I am wondering if it is ethical and acceptable that a Ph.D. student receiving fund and RA from a university and a Prof collaborates on a topic with other researchers and professors (other universities)...
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Is it common to contractually require that a professor works with other faculty members in their department?

My adjunct contract states that I have to work with other professors and share information with them about the work. While I'd love doing that, I find it bizarre that it is part of my contract. This ...
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Supervisor submitted without consent of co-author postdoc. Postdoc also submitted to another venue with consent of supervisor. Plagiarism problem?

My previous postdoc supervisor submitted our work to a conference venue in December last year. He was the first author in this submission while I was the second author. It got accepted in March 2020. ...
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Advice for a hypersensitive postdoc who has a hard time reading social cues and making small talk [closed]

Sorry to bother everyone, I am currently a postdoc at a research institution. I have trouble in my scientific collaborations/discussions because I am hypersensitive to (get easily offended at) ...
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What do I do about my lab head misattributing my grant proposal?

The head of my lab and I wrote a grant proposal together. Last year we submitted it with me and them as chief investigators. This year I wasn't allowed to submit grants per the rules of my government ...
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Getting proper credit for a paper: author order

I am a PhD student and I submitted a paper formally co-authored with my advisor months ago. The core idea of the paper is mine. During the first (major) revision, among other much needed, yet very ...
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Asking name to be taken off a paper

I am asking about the etiquette for getting my name taken off a paper. In grad school I did a collaboration with a PI and the results were limited but okay and I used a very specific microscope to ...
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File naming conventions when sending file back and forth via email?

I often edit a manuscript draft with co-authors by sending drafts of a document back and forth via email. Depending on who I am working with, cloud-based solutions to working collaboratively are not ...
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If there is academic dishonesty, can I temporarily withdraw from a paper until the dishonesty is removed?

I am a PhD student collaborating with a professor (not my advisor). I did the work while the professor came up with the idea and funded the project. The research project centered on an experiment. ...
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Professor I am working with asked for my code

My postdoctoral adviser has a colleague (another professor) who she collaborated with occasionally. This professor has data that I was interested in. Together with my advisor, the three of us started ...
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Is there a “Facebook” for researchers? (to collaborate on projects)

I'm writing my PhD-thesis in economics at a fairly small university. Accordingly, there are relatively few scientists in my department. I am planning to write a research paper on a specific topic that ...
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I'm very frustrated about what “research collaboration” is [closed]

I cannot blame anyone but myself for this because i created an illusion of what "research" would be. In my case, i am a Computer Science Masters' student of a quite large university. I have met some ...
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How to reach out for research collaboration?

I am an early career researcher (pre-PhD) and planning to work on research articles before applying to PhD studies. May I ask is there any clear cut method to approach well-established scholars to ask ...
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Getting paid for work and research overlap in masters thesis collaboration

I'm a master student in Computer Science and currently writing my master's thesis in collaboration with a company. In our original agreement regarding compensation, the organisation and I agreed that ...
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Overleaf in China

I am working with a visiting scholar from China, and part of my collaborative process is to use a shared document through the cloud based LaTeX service called Overleaf. The scholar I am working with ...
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Should I tell a senior collaborator how disappointed I am?

I was part of a small group preparing an overview paper for a special issue, and we missed a final deadline. All except one of us completed our assigned tasks; the last person had not touched her ...
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How do you decide whether or not to collaborate with an acquaintance?

Some time ago I met someone at a conference who was doing research in an area that I was just beginning to delve into. We've had a few (minimal) e-exchanges since, and recently they suggested we "work ...
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Searching for collaborators in a specific university

My university has signed a cooperation agreement with a different university overseas, and we are encouraged to find potential collaborators in that university. I looked at the university's website, ...
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How should I talk to an unwelcoming future research group colleague so no interpersonal issues raise?

This year, I am going to join a research group in which one of my past classmates who used to study in the same university during my the bachelors degree years is also working. The professor who is ...
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Colleague demanding to add additional participant to funded grant

Recently I had a moderate sized grant funded from a national agency. The grant aim was to obtain data to combat a new disease causing significant issues in corn. As you may guess, the new, high ...
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Someone else's grad student not interested in following up on a project

Some months ago, in the context of a workshop, two graduate students (from other PhD advisors) and myself found a technique to solve a certain problem that could give a nice research publication. I ...
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Removing co-authors after re-running study

2 years ago, as a PhD student in Department X at a European university, I designed and ran a study and then over the next year wrote it up for submission to decent but not top-level journals. I did ...
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Offering Authorship Prospects To Professors For MSc Thesis

I am conducting research for my MSc thesis and there is a paper that I have been putting a lot of work into trying to understand and incorporate into my thesis. Theoretically I understand what's going ...
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Is Manuscripts.io a legit tool? Any experience with it?

A colleague just tipped me about manuscripts.io which advertises itself as a collaborative writing tool, with some really sweet features like importing docx and LaTeX; searching and adding citations ...
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Potential Collaborators insisting on Joining Supervision Panel

TLDR: Researchers wanting to join supervisory team instead of collaborating, why? I have started my PhD for awhile now and I am gearing up for my confirmation presentation (research proposal defence)....
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How to tell my mentor to be careful when discussing my work in progress around people I do not trust?

I had a very bad experience with a colleague and just do not like/trust him. (Eavesdropping, lying, ...) I am working on a project with my mentor, and know they shared information with the colleague I ...
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How to publish in genetics without access to funding or a lab?

I am currently working in quite new university as lecturer for applied medical science undergrad in genetics subjects. I am facing some issues: The university requires every lecturer do some ...
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Giving a talk on a different topic than what we discussed

I'm a postdoc in mathematics. I had a conversation with a professor after he gave a talk at my university, and he seemed interested in my ideas. I sent him an email the next day to elaborate on our ...
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to politely ask if someone is interested in a subject generally and s/he would like to get more details?

I'm contacting a professor for getting possibly a research fund or to start a collaboration. Before sending the whole application and the proposal (which is a long document), I would like to send an ...
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My research was plagiarised and won best paper of a conference. How to proceed?

I am a PhD student in electrical engineering, and I recently found out a published paper from another research group which I am collaborating through a joint project using exactly my idea and the data ...
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How should I confront an under-performing coauthor?

I'm working on a study with a coauthor; the ratio of the work distribution is about 90/10, me. On the one hand, this person was the one to approach me about collaborating on a project, and suggested a ...
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Options for research opportunity [closed]

BACKGROUND I am working as a faculty member in the CS department of engineering university of a South Asian country for the last couple of years. I have done my masters from another  Asian country. ...
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How do I find a collaborator for a social science research project if I'm not in school?

For context: I know exactly the topic and have an idea for the methods. I have done background research and seen what similar research has been done (and how). I have an associate’s degree. I live in ...

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