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Questions tagged [correspondence]

Questions in relation to correspondence which is normally communication by way exchange of letters/emails etc.

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As a student, how can I negotiate comfortable and appropriate sleeping arrangements with a stranger for a conference?

I'm an undergraduate student that was offered a role researching for a grant. I was able to get authorship status on a paper and will be attending a conference for it later this year. The professor I ...
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Is it appropriate to email a professor saying you enjoyed their class, after doing well in it?

I recently finished taking an undergraduate class and I enjoyed it. I was thinking of emailing the prof and saying this, but I don't know if it's appropriate or not, for a few reasons: I would have ...
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How can corresponding authors protect themselves from academic spam?

Almost immediately after becoming a corresponding author, my academic email account quickly become inundated with unsolicited communications from predatory open access journals and “conferences.” My ...
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How to address professors in emails? [duplicate]

I have been greeting all my professors as "Professor (last name)" in emails I send to them. I think this is normal, but at my university all the professors/lecturers use their first name when ending ...
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Journal won't allow PhD student to be corresponding author

I've submitted a publication to an ACS Journal where I performed all the experiments myself, most of the editorial work, and all the coordination. Other authors agreed to let me be the corresponding ...
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How to change corresponding author of my published papers?

I have few publications in which my previous supervisor (X) is the corresponding author and I am the first/lead author. However, he passed away few months before. Recently I got to know that a ...
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Should I ask a journal for provided peer review when a corresponding author will not share communications?

This question stems from a broader question at: How to deal with corresponding authors not sharing submission steps? (E.g. Peer reviews & Decisions) I often run into the uncomfortable situation ...
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How to deal with corresponding authors not sharing submission steps? (E.g. Peer reviews & Decisions)

I am a 3rd-timer postdoc, and I often run into this issue. Over my career I have greatly benefitted personally of responsible peer review and participating in the elaboration of 'Response to Reviews'. ...
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When is it expected to write someone's name correctly?

It is generally expected that European names be spelled correctly in academic correspondence and citations. This is expected, even when they use symbols not in the English language, when publishing in ...
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Found error in published article where to submit a correspondence?

I have found an error in a published article. The error lies within the method section. I would like then to write a correspondence to let people know about this issue and to explain what could have ...
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What email to use for corresponding author on publications when institution is not permanent?

What is the best email to use as corresponding author when publishing academic papers as a graduate student, postdoc, pre-tenured faculty or other potentially non-permanent position where your email ...
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How to correspond with academics as a young researcher in high school?

I just started my freshman year of high school, and one of the electives I'm taking is a year long research project where we can choose any topic, do an experiment, and write a paper about it. I chose ...
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Seeking Feedback on Research Topic Outside Department/University

I am about to start my third year in an economics PhD program and I'm starting my dissertation. Part of the dissertation involves subject matter that none of the faculty in the department know enough ...
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Etiquette for contacting a corresponding author?

I'm a 2nd year graduate student (biological sciences). I've been developing a new research tool, which builds upon a system developed by a different lab. However, I've had issues replicating the ...
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Is it okay to list a PhD student as corresponding author?

A colleague and I are both PhD students. We have conducted a project together that is unrelated to our respective theses. The project involved a bioinformatics analysis of public datasets, so we are ...
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How to acknowledge unhelpful conversations

In an acknowledgments section to a mathematical paper, one conventionally says the paper has benefited from "helpful conversations" with so-and-so that clarified matters in some way, started one's ...
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Corresponding author published article without sending final proof to all authors, corrigendum

My professor was the corresponding author of an article written by me as first author and one second co-author. Having the correspondence with the editor, the professor didn't give much information ...
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What to do if the corresponding author is presumably dead?

I need further information on a botany paper I found on jstor which is from the 1920s. So I am assuming the workers wouldn't still be alive. Sadly, there has no work been done in recent times on the ...
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How strange is it (as an undergrad) to email a professor from another institution about possibly working in their lab?

I'm at a relatively small Liberal Arts College (top 25, so not "bad", just relatively small) and there are limited opportunities for research in the field I am interested in: behavioral science of ...
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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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Should I write a comment paper regarding the following issue? [closed]

I have read a recent paper (actually not published yet but is accepted for publication). In this paper the authors consider two scenarios and discuss performance of the considered scenarios. I am 100% ...
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What correspondance for corresponding author?

I was wondering what kind of correspondance should one have with persons denominated as corresponding authors ? Let's assume one was reading through a paper and did not understand a specific point. ...
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When to use professional e-mail address during PhD application

When corresponding with administrators and/or academics regarding graduate school/PhD applications, are there any guidelines about which e-mail address to use (personal vs. professional)? In the non-...
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Relationship with potential Phd dissertation supervisor [duplicate]

If there's a particular scholar I'd like to study under how should I carry out my initial correspondence with them? I haven't yet sent out my applications but am wondering what kind of correspondence ...
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Masters by Distance Learning accepted for PhD?

I have done by B.Tech in Biotechnology couple of years ago. Since then I am working with a company on bioinformatics research. I also did 1 year PG Diploma in Bioinformatics from classroom program. ...
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What to do when the claims in a paper are proven to be wrong?

What can be done to correct an error that might be hiding a certain author's sole purpose of publishing a paper, no matter the soundness of their method? In a nutshell, the particular case that ...
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Publishing a non-invalidating comment to a recent paper- should I contact the original authors if I know them?

This question is similar to this one: Publishing a comment or contacting the authors privately? but has a few differences. A colleague of mine has recently published a letter responding to another ...
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Should you always use appropriate letter conventions when emailing a teacher?

Usually, when I send an email to a teacher/lecturer, I always start "Dear Mr. Atwood" and end with "Regards/Best wishes (etc.) Leo". If I have to send a followup email after they have replied, I omit ...
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Can corresponding authors include their personal website to be contacted?

I wonder if corresponding authors in peer-reviewed publications can include their personal websites to be contacted besides their address, telephone and email. In the case that the corresponding ...
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Sending a *digitally signed* email to prospective employer/supervisor

I have been digitally signing (and encrypting, whenever possible) my official emails for sometime. While I am not extremely paranoid (but serious, certainly) about cryptographic security, I also think ...
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In Chinese academia, what is the significance of the corresponding author, beyond 'public relation'?

I am a PhD candidate currently preparing a manuscript for journal submission in the environmental modelling and engineering field. One of my authors is from China, and contributed some data and ideas ...
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How to address a person in a letter?

For example, if a person holds not just "Dr." but "Priv.-Doz. Dr." or "Prof. Dr." should we include the full title after "Dear ..."? Thank you. P.S. July 20, 2014 UPDATE: as some repliers ...
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Asking for data as a student - ease the pain

I'm a bioinformatics bachelor graduate. The group I'm currently working for does not produce its own data. So I often have to search the literature for available data sets. Luckily, tons of ...
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How to address a knighted academic?

How should I address a knighted academic in a letter or in an email? The person in question is a chancellor of a university, so the odds are that he has at least a PhD. He is a CEO of a multinational ...
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Correspondence articles, do you put them in the CV?

Some journals have correspondence articles that vary in size and format. More importantly, they can be peer-reviewed or not (even in the same journal, like Nature Genetics for instance). Do you write ...
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Contacting an academic researcher by an outsider

If a person is working in the industry and wants to ask a few questions to an academic researcher (based on a paper published by them), what is the correct protocol to follow? Should they disclose ...
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After initial contact, how long should I address a professor as “Dr. Smith” or “Professor Smith”?

Let's assume that I've contacted professors in the United States and referred to them appropriately as "Dr. Smith" or "Professor Smith" based on their having attained a Ph.D. If they respond to me ...
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How to address an Oxford/Cambridge full-time lecurer who is not a Ph.D.?

I am currently writing an e-mail to a member of Oxbridge staff. He is a "lecturer," full-time staff, who co-ordinates a well-known program, but does not hold a PhD, only an MA. I can't call him "Dr. ...
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How should I proceed if the author of a paper doesn't reply to my query?

During my literature survey for a project, I came across papers that have very interesting results and have decent number of citations. Unfortunately, the sub-area I am exploring doesn’t have any ...
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More than one corresponding author for a paper?

Is it possible to have more than one corresponding author for a conference or journal paper? Useful question about corresponding authors: who should be the corresponding author corresponding author ...
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Can student be the corresponding author?

I am working in a research project (not PhD and after Master's degree). I have completed a work which my adviser thinks is publishable. But he has such a heavy schedule that he hardly has time to ...
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E-mail address to use in publications

It is customary to use one's academic e-mail address as contact address in publications; I have seen once or twice an @gmail.com address being used instead, but it simply looked unprofessional. ...
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Changing mailing and e-mail addresses as corresponding author--which to include?

I finished my undergrad last year and have since been working in the private sector. I'm about to submit a paper with my senior thesis results. Two questions about corresponding author information: ...