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

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Co-author contributed almost nothing and is blocking publication

Alice and Bob have co-authored a paper together. The contribution (data collection, analysis, writing) was 100% Alice and 0% Bob, except that the original idea was initiated during a conversation ...
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How do I find researchers to collaborate with online?

I am looking for researchers with whom I can collaborate online. Some ideas are hard to implement by one person. So, how can I find and cooperate with other research students from other universities ...
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In my thesis, can I use results for which a collaborator wrote most of the simulation code, or do I have to independently replicate the simulations?

In the course of my PhD I have written a few papers that I am planning on incorporating into my dissertation. I was first author on these papers and legitimately wrote and developed the high majority ...
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How to propose collaboration, when I have an idea for analyzing another group's data?

My field is data analysis in which i try to invent/improve algorithms to better analyze existing datasets. During my search i noticed a good medical institute is trying to solve their problem from ...
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Approach expert in field - afraid of losing idea if expert doesn't need me

I have an idea that I have developed after extensive literature review, I am quite sure I have formed an interesting hypothesis, although I am not completely sure this hypothesis is testable. I would ...
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In an international collaboration, what can be used for a shared meetings log or electronic labbook?

I started to have more and more international collaborations recently resulting in more and more (video conference) meetings. While in some meetings, there is one guys summing up the result of the ...
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Is there any reason not to crowdsource a subset of exam questions?

We're considering incentivising students to submit questions for the final exam in a large grad class (> 200 students) as we feel like the process of designing a problem and a grading rubric ...
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Starting collaboration through first e-mail. Can it work?

I was an undergrad student with Professor X a few years back. Prof. X used to be a co-author in all the publications with Prof. Y. Prof. Y is very popular in the field. Now, I am working in a ...
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Who should I tell about switching a group-based course to pass/no credit?

First, some background: I'm currently involved in a course which is based around a major group project. However, the end of the semester is coming up, and I honestly can't see this project becoming ...
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Collaboration with a private company involving a confidential technology

Our group has been invited to participate in a bid for a European funding. The project will be about bringing a particular technology to the next level. The project coordinator is a private company, ...
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What is a "splinter meeting"? [closed]

Like this one link. It seems nobody describes it in detail.
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How to Establish a Community-Scope Means of Sharing Code/Knowledge Across Labs?

In my field there has been a growing interest in establishing a means of sharing resources (i.e. software and technical knowledge) across labs. Currently, these resources are shared ad hoc, and as ...
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Including additional authors to reduce time [closed]

I tried to find the same question and failed, so here it goes. Imagine the following scenario: you have invested time (say 8 months) ona research project. You would probably get a publication in 4 ...
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How to address strange author order of a collaborative paper within "equal distribution" section?

I am PhD student in mathematics and am writing a joint paper with a computer science PhD student. As we will submit the paper to a computer science journal we discussed the author ordering and agreed ...
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How to act when a researcher doesn't respond to an e-mail? [duplicate]

When asking an unknown researcher about their work (and, most specifically, the data they used and the availability of it) via e-mail, what timeframe could one expect as a "normal" one in which an ...
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Writing PhD thesis as part of consortium project

I am a PhD student currently writing up my thesis which was performing data analysis as part of a consortium project. For a number of reasons the project has stalled due to poor planning, lack of ...
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Project is going nowhere, can I nix it and try a new approach without my co-author?

I work in an environment that's somewhere between academia and the professional world. I'm an analyst within this environment, in addition to my professional responsibilities dictated by the workplace'...
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My lab achieves better results than another lab on the same problem – should we collaborate?

Recently, in my research lab we were able to achieve a performance of X % for some problem. This X is far better than the performance Y which was achieved by some other research group for the exact ...
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How can someone with a large and unique data set, but limited time to write articles, find experienced researchers to co-author papers with?

I have a very significant number of publishable projects and have a very large data set that can be used to publish dozens of articles. I have published a number of top peer reviewed journal papers ...
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How to work on a joint math paper effectively? [closed]

Now, I am working on a joint paper with some collaborators. The research is about mathematics. This is my first experience of working in collaboration. Another author has sent a manuscript about our ...
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Creating contacts during a PhD

Who should create contacts with other universities/departments/researchers during a PhD study? The supervisor or the student? How these contacts may affect the continuing of the academic carrer of ...
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Does master thesis mentorship contributes toward Erdos Number

The question is pretty basic. My Erdos Number is number of edges that seperates me from Mr. Erdos. Two people are connected with an edge if they contributed a paper together. I had written a master ...
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Distributing published papers if I am the first author

In some interviews for industry positions, I have been asked about my prior (applied math) research experience and to go into detail about the models I have constructed. After I gave him a high-level ...
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How do I tell my adviser that group meetings may be too time-consuming in my last year of my PhD?

I am finishing up my PhD this year and my adviser has recently recruited two new PhDs to our research group. I am the adviser's first student. Up until this year, we have had consistent individual ...
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Life sciences publishers that support/encourage collaborative manuscript review?

Full disclosure: I'm asking this as a displacement activity while I should be reviewing a paper. Given how well journal clubs etc work, it has occurred to me a few times that reviewing a manuscript ...
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Ok to independently investigate questions of interest to previous advisor?

I am a Ph.D student in Mathematics, and during my undergraduate career, I worked with a professor on a certain topic (topic X, if you will) that strongly interests me. I have now moved to a different ...
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Does mathematical modeling expert need to know subject of interdisciplinary field

I'm working in chemical engineering field and being mathematician and programmer I'm conducting simulations and mathematical modeling problem solving. Basically the battery processes simulations. ...
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Dealing with a coauthor whose contribution was not used in the paper

I recently completed a course project with some other students in my department. In this project, we discovered a few novel results that might be of interest to others in the field. I would like to ...
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Whether to avoid collaborating with an academic because it would prevent them from being a reviewer on your post-doctoral research fellow application

I'm applying for a post-doctoral research fellowship in the UK, and a key part of the application is finding academic collaborators for the research. I already have two strong international ...
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How to deal with a team colleague submiting a bad article? [closed]

My friend and I have been researching on a topic since when we were doing our master degrees. We were preparing to submit the next chapter of the research to a publication (we already have an article ...
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On excluding ex-supervisor from project team in a funding proposal

I am preparing a project proposal on a topic in line with what I was working on at my previous university (University A). My ex-supervisor has recently submitted a proposal to another funding body. ...
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sharing ideas for collaboration or working on them individually?

I'm in the middle of my PhD and published 2 conference papers only with my supervisor, But i always want to have collaborations with other academic people in the field. Unfortunately i am a bit ...
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Research related questions from industrial researchers to academic researchers

If an academic researcher wants to ask research related question or to start a collaboration etc. with another academic researcher, it is usually a matter of a polite and specific email. I have seem ...
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How to find people who do similar research?

I am 28 years old and did my PhD last year at an applied math institute and left. However, I am still in good contact with my old working group and my PhD adviser told me I should come back. At the ...
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Can a Ph.D. student visit another lab for a week to learn a specific skill/topic? (inside EU)

I am wondering if (and how) a Ph.D. student could learn a skill that is the area of expertise of another lab inside the European Union, but in a different country than the university on which the Ph.D ...
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Can a postdoc conduct collaborative research with people that are not their PI?

I am a junior faculty member at a research university. I am working with postdoc A on a project. Postdoc A's PI, Dr. B, works in the same university, but is affiliated with another department. Prior ...
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Should you include your collaborations in your CV?

Should you create a section listing your research collaborations in your CV? If yes, should you name of collaborators (who might not be known to the audience) or list the institutions and their ...
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Reviving a Rejected Proposal -- Question on Ethical Considerations

A friend of mine wrote a research proposal a few years ago. When he had 80% of it done, he pitched the idea to a colleague who joined and wrote the extra 20%. The proposal got rejected. A few years ...
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Collaborating (online) with researchers from other institutes/countries [duplicate]

I am a first year graduate student in a completely theoretical field. How does one go about collaborating online or otherwise with researchers from other institutes/universities? In particular, if I ...
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Will not collaborating hurt the career of a math postdoc?

I am a math postdoc, and about to start applying for tenure-track (research oriented) jobs soon. Besides writing 2 papers with my Phd advisor while I was in graduate school, all the papers I wrote ...
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When should I tell a collaborator about a mistake in their work?

In a few days' time, a collaborator is going to be giving a talk to our research group. He has sent me the slides in advance (just to check that it all runs OK on our system). Having looked over the ...
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What are your policies regarding ownership of computer code in your lab? [closed]

I work in a large US-based university, in biomedical sciences and am PI of my own research lab. One of my current interests is to develop a research line that uses machine/deep learning (ML) to solve ...
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Collaborations during Mental Health Duress

Throwaway account for obvious reasons. I'm in the middle of a research fellowship/postdoc working with a bunch of people on various projects (in mathematics). Over the last 8 months, I have had a ...
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How to best ask CS professor to collaborate ? [at a good english university]

I have been accepted to a university (in England) to do a masters degree in Computer Science with a focus on machine learning. My background is mathematics. During my time at the university, I plan ...
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Standard practice when merging papers on arxiv

I and another author have decided to merge our manuscripts into one paper. Both of us have already put preprints on arxiv. How should we handle the merging on arxiv? Is there a standard practice? I ...
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How to find collaborators for a research project(paper or a series of papers)?

Recently, I have read new papers and seen new different approaches and the very interesting physical effects in alternatives to general relativity, and I think I see a bit of ideas for future papers, ...
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Who "owns" a project idea after a grant application is rejected or declined?

This past year I put in an application to a federal agency (US) for a post-doctoral fellowship and collaborated on it with a three profs/research scientists on the proposal. If funded, one of them ...
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Early career advice for Jr. Researcher on selectivity of authorship credit for collaboration in areas outside one's specialization

I have a problem...Once folks learn my academic specialty within the medical sciences and of my strong background in statistics, they often want to form a collaborating - mostly they want me to ...
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How to confront new office mate regarding personal hygiene? [closed]

I am a senior graduate student and share an office with 3 other post-docs and graduate students. We recently had a first year graduate student join our lab for a rotation and he has been placed in ...
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Is it proper to propose a thesis collaboration to a professor you don't know?

I am a master student at one of the best universities in Europe. As I am studying finance, I would like to have an experience in the US or London. I will have to start working on my master thesis ...

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