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

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Colleague stops replying emails about project, and later publishes the project with other colleagues?

I met a Chinese colleague in a conference, where we identified a research topic of common interest. So, we agreed on collaborating on a project and started exchanging some emails about the project, ...
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Ghosted by my research collaborator: how to get them off the project?

We have been a few postdocs in a reading group on a specific research topic, sporadically meeting up (via Zoom) for over a year now. This started out of scientific curiosity and none of us is terrible ...
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How do I deal with a collaborator who stopped working at the final stage of a research project?

I am a graduate student who started to collaborate with a postdoc last year on a research project which we both came up with. During the past year we had several discussions about this project. I ...
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Conflict in writing collaborative paper

I'm writing a paper in collaboration with another author. However this author is writing too much of the paper, including parts that I said I was going to write, and the way he wrote it is not good in ...
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How should I ask for professional help over a problem at which I am stuck?

So here is the issue. In my masters project, I have worked on a problem and am hopelessly stuck on a mathematical equation that I cannot solve. I am a non-math student who uses math as a tool. I have ...
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Is this a correct way to look for one online collaboration in this situation?

I'm a PhD student working in theoretical and mathematical Physics. I'm particularly interested in one subject and would like to do research on it. By now I have studied some relevant papers on the ...
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How to work with teammate who cannot handle stress well?

I am a leader of my undergraduate thesis team and we have 3 members. My team performance is lower than every others team in my class (i.e, they will need more time to complete a task than anyone). ...
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Is co-authoring with friends a good idea?

Not sure if this question is a bit weird... I'm still a young researcher. I was wondering if it is okay to co-author papers with one's friends who are also doing research in a close field to one's ...
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How can regular group/lab meetings promote a culture of learning?

We are a small group of researchers and we meet 6 times a year as a whole group. During these meetings, lab members talk about the current status of their projects. However, from my point of view, ...
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Solo publication in a low-rank journal or co-authored with a famous professor in a high/medium-rank journal?

Is it better to have a publication in a high/medium-rank journal co-authored with a very famous professor or would it be better to publish the same paper solo, in a lower-ranked journal? I am asking ...
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Handling collaboration requests from the authors of double-blind reviewed papers (after submitting the review)

(I apologize if this is a duplicate, but I was not able to find any similar case on AcademiaSE) I am finding myself in a very odd and unpleasant situation. The subject is "ethical" peer ...
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Promised authorship was not given; am I supposed to get an automatic acknowledgement?

TLDR: I spent a long time helping with a paper from a group at another university. The first author, who was at the same institute as me, promised multiple times I would be one of the coauthors. But, ...
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Collaborating with professors after graduation

As I mentioned in the title, I was wondering if it's possible to collaborate with professors on any research paper if I have graduated and now working in the industry? Here are a bit more details on ...
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Is writing a research paper on Overleaf risky for plagiarism?

Is it safe to write research paper on Overleaf? Some of my friends say that it is not safe to write research papers on it as it is connected it internet. Please suggest. I am afraid of plagiarism.
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Presenting collaborative work in progress

I am collaborating with multiple people on a project. I just found out that one of my collaborators is presenting the work (which is still in progress) on a major conference in my field. I feel like ...
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Is it impolite to not reply back during the weekend?

When someone writes to me while I am online during the weekend (a student or a colleague), is it impolite to not reply back, especially when they can see that I am online (on Mattermost for example or ...
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The role of a good collaborator

I'm midway through a PhD in Physics in the United States. In my short time in academia so far, I've had several distinct kinds of collaborations. I've collaborated with peers who are working on ...
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My PhD supervisor is against external collaboration. What should I do?

My PhD supervisor discourages me from initiating a collaboration with people outside of our group. He never explicitly told me that I could not do it, but I can realize it from his reactions (e.g., ...
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Including a famous person as coauthor? [duplicate]

Let's say a famous researcher contributed only a bit to a research project by a student, and the student could reasonably choose either to include or not include them as a coauthor. Is it beneficial ...
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Industry and academia collaboration

I'm currently a PhD candidate on leave, working in industry (full-time) tangentially related to research topics (deep learning) I had been working on. I'm planning on submitting a somewhat theoretical ...
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How to deal with a setting where some students come to synchronous class unprepared?

With Online Learning, I have prepared recorded videos that are equivalent to lectures. Therefore, I was planning to make the module more interactive. However, it is often the case that only 15% of ...
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Spot a possible improvement when reviewing a paper

In reviewing a paper I notice that the result presented there can be improved. However, the improvement may not be significant enough to appear in a good journal. Therefore, to me the best situation ...
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How to tactfully refuse to be listed as a co-author

I was involved with a research project with a group of people. Eventually, a paper was written and was accepted by a journal. I did not agree with the content of the paper and I didn't want to be ...
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Navigating collaborations as a postdoc

I am a new postdoc (finished my PhD a few months ago) who started with a new group during COVID-19. In my field collaboration is the norm and solo-author papers are rare. I need to start approaching ...
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How do I know if my research skills is valuable in industry if majority funding is from government? [closed]

As a postdoc, my research is funded from a grant that's 70% government and 30% aerospace industry. I work in collaboration with experimental groups and these groups have the collaboration with ...
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How to deal with incommunicable co-author

The background: In the grand area of Mathematics in which I do research, there is a famous Professor, let us call him 'A', who started a joint project with another younger colleague, let us call him '...
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I am a PhD student seeking to collarborate with PhD student/professors from other department. How can I make this happen?

I am a PhD student seeking to collaborate with PhD student/professors from other department. I have never made such an initiative before, and I lack the general idea on how to start. In particular: ...
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Co-authoring a paper with a persona non grata

Suppose Researcher A did some joint work with Researcher B. While the work was still in progress, or the manuscript was in preparation, researcher B became persona non grata in Academia, due to ...
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What is the best way to propose one remote collaboration of this kind?

This question is a followup to this previous question of mine. Let me quickly summarize. I'm a Physics PhD student interested in one particular subfield which appears to be very active and promising. ...
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Working with two different set of colleagues on the same problem

I am a Ph.D. student working on Computer Science. This is the situation. I thought of an interesting problem, and had a discussion about it with someone (call this person A) I wanted to establish a ...
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It may not be in my best interest to ask a professor I have done research with for recommendation letters. Can this seem suspicious in my application?

I am not from the US and my field is in the social sciences. A while back, I started collaborating with a foreign professor on a research project which is now under review and another one which is ...
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Could conducting collaborative research with more than one professor BEFORE applying for a PhD lower an applicant's chances of acceptance?

I have been doing teaching work in my field (i.e., language/linguistics) for several years while at the same time conducting and publishing research (I am from a developing country). All of these ...
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Does it make sense to let a colleague know about his repeated misspelling?

I have been working on a project with a collaborator for several years. I have never met my collaborator in person but we've been a part of weekly calls and sent hundreds of emails together so I feel ...
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Ethical factors to consider in case of a non-contributing co-author

I am a Ph.D. student. Currently, we are writing a paper. We can group the participants in the following way: Me and my collaborators who have done the majority of the work. My principal supervisor ...
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Should I ask to be moved up in the authorship list?

This past summer, I started my undergraduate thesis project under two advisors. One of my advisors had done research on a similar topic to what my thesis project is covering and she had the data ...
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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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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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