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Sending email to two supervisors

I found an open postdoc position which is a project with two supervisors. I sent an inquiry email to one of supervisors 5 days ago about the position, but I have not received a reply from her yet. Is ...
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What is the proper way to submit a "response" paper without offending the one I am responding to?

I am considering submitting a response to another scholar's paper. While I assume it is always best to first approach the journal in which the original article was published, is there a "best-...
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I reviewed a paper that was rejected, and the authors have posted the paper online without corrections. Do I intervene?

I wrote a thorough review that included many suggestions for improving the methodology, and criticisms of their analysis. Initially, the main problem with the paper was that the authors only reported ...
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Is "ghosting" a reviewer's suggestions common behavior during revision of a manuscript?

This is an issue I have run into multiple times as a reviewer on a paper. During a manuscript review I pointed out several areas of concern. Some of these are methodological issues but in other cases ...
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Asking for a retraction as a non-academic

I am a software developer and recently implemented an algorithm from a paper in an academic journal. I am convinced that the algorithm is fundamentally flawed, having spent several hours working with ...
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When a paper has multiple corresponding authors, how should one respond to interview requests by media?

I've got two stories, one old and one recent. I'll start with the old one. The paper has three authors, all corresponding. The first author was a senior postdoc who came up with the idea and did all ...
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Does it make sense to send fanmail to scientists whose works I enjoyed? How to make it make sense? [duplicate]

While writing my PhD I've come across some writings that were OUTSTANDINGLY well written, handy and helpful. Obviously I cited them, but as I understand, thesis citations aren't counted by various ...
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What steps should I take when contacting another researcher after finding possible errors in their work?

The story starts on April 2, when I found a critical mistake in a semi-famous recent applied math paper with 100 citations. I admire the paper and I find a very simple counterexample that high-...
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Should I answer email from a student who based her project on one of my publications?

I published a paper that received a bit of attention several years ago. A few months ago, I received an email from a student who expressed interest in my work. I don't know her, she is not in the same ...
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Cover letter to article submitted by someone besides the corresponding author

My supervisor has asked me to submit an article that was already worked on before I joined our university. The journal requires that a cover letter be submitted, but since I have contributed minimally ...
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Can I contact the secondary author if I can't reach the corresponding author?

I attempted to reach the corresponding author, for an article I had questions about, but her university e-mail was seemingly disabled because she left academia. Learning that she started to work at a ...
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How do I know the corresponding author of an IEEE conference paper?

I am a Ph.D. student in computer science. I found that the corresponding author is often not marked in conference papers. For example, in the following paper, how do I know who the corresponding ...
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What's the best way to tell the writers of an webpage that they made a mistake?

I was reading this webpage, not sure if webpage is the correct term, and saw that it has a minus sign for the potential 12 describing how the two electrons in a helium atom interact with each other. ...
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Should I reply or reply to all in the case of recieving a job offer?

I have received an offer from a university and I want to accept that. In their email they have sent a cc email to another person who is probably the head of HR. In my response, I want to know whether ...
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Is it wise for a co-author to contact the journal for a correspondence when the corresponding author is not responsive?

I am currently submitting an article to a prestigious journal. However, after about four months, the article still has yet to be assigned to an editor. We contacted the journal two months ago, to ...
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Addressing professors with their first name only [duplicate]

I am going to apply for a postdoc call and I have commenced exchanging emails with a professor. In his first reply to my initial email he addressed me with my first name (Dear (my first name)). In my ...
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First, last, or corresponding authorship for PhD without a PI

My PI left academia 3 years ago, leaving me as an exchange-PhD student behind. I made 1/4 of the work in his lab. when he left I had to make an agreement with the institute to stay here and finish my ...
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Names/salutations for international students of unknown gender

I often receive e-mail (typically inquiring about studying with me as a graduate students) from students, especially foreign students, whose gender/pronouns I can't easily tell (they haven't specified)...
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If I have a suggestion in general or would like to suggest a modification or an alternative use, can I email directly to the correspondent?

With the availability of journal articles and online technology, how can I suggest an alternative use or a modification to the method reported on a webpage or journal article? The obvious route is ...
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Can I ask a professor from another institution about getting involved in their research (undergrad CS)? [duplicate]

I am going to be a senior next year and was hoping to get involved with research for my capstone. The professor I was planning on asking to advise me had been one of my favorite professors and seemed ...
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How to reply to an email from a student who wants a reply instantly?

I have a student who wants me to reply to his emails as soon as he sends them! For example: I already provided you with .... form in our first meeting. Can you fill the necessary boxes and sign .... ...
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I cannot find relevant information to use a tool for collecting data and the author isn't responding. What do I do? [closed]

I am conducting a survey to measure the impact of social distancing on family dynamics, for which I came across a tool that fits my study perfectly. However, I am not able to find information on the ...
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possibility of changing the corresponding author in IEEE transaction

Is it possible to assign one of the other authors as corresponding author in IEEE transactions during the peer review (i.e. changing the corr author) by any reason? If yes, at which stages it is ...
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How to find out the corresponding author of a paper?

I am interested to know how to find out the corresponding author of the following paper (which is just an example for the discussion here): https://epubs.siam.org/doi/abs/10.1137/19M1242859 It may ...
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Potential PhD supervisor replied short but expressed interest, what to do next?

I wrote a relatively long email to a potential supervisor and they answered quite short, saying that they are delighted to hear of my interest in the program and they would be happy to work with me. I ...
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Is it Appropriate to Include Personal Correspondence in the Appendix of a Thesis?

While conducting research for my dissertation, my collaborator and I discovered a mathematical error in published work and this error was confirmed by the author through personal correspondence. On ...
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Asking questions/sending note to the three authors of a paper in economics, three personalized letters?

A famous paper has three coauthors. I wrote a note regarding that paper and want to get some feedback from them. Shall I send the note and my questions in one email to the three authors together (with ...
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Can I ask again about a postdoc position after a year has elapsed?

Last year I sent an email to a professor to ask her about a postdoc position, and she showed her interest in my work but didn't have a grant. She told me that she will inform me in the case of having ...
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Professor expressed interest in collaboration, but remains unresponsive and unreliable. How to proceed?

About 6 months ago, when I was searching for postdoc positions, one of the professors whom I contacted encouraged me to write a joint paper to make a possibility of my invitation to his group. I tried ...
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How much is an average time of waiting to receive a reply from Professional co-author?

I have sent my manuscript to a professor of math about one month ago. This manuscript was written according to his encouragement for a joint research work. He told me that send him what I have done ...
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PhD Application (in Australia): no confirmation email

I have applied (on February 17th 2020, GMT +1) for a PhD position (in Australia) starting the latest in July (so, no application deadline). It has now (March 7th 2020) been nearly three weeks ago ...
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What should a polite reminder email look like?

I was looking for a summer internship at a university as an undergraduate student. A few days ago I received an email from a professor expressing his interest in having me into his group. I replied. ...
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Replying to potential professor about my position

I sent an email to Professor A sometimes ago and he has recently showed his interest in my work and replied my email. He is asking about what is my research plan for my future. At the moment I am a ...
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How to approach Professors from other institutes (without potentially offending the ones at mine)

tl;dr - I want to rely on Tutors from other institutes without offending the ones at mine (for not turning to them instead) I'm studying Undergrad Medicine in South Asia. The curriculum is pretty ...
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Published paper containing well-known results

I recently found a paper published in an high-impact journal containing as a main contribution a result which is rather well-known among the people working in the field. (In fact, this result has been ...
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My professor has told me he will be the corresponding author. Will it hurt my future career?

I recently got acceptance in an SCI journal, and my professor has told me that he will be a corresponding author (CA) even though I have done almost all the work. Does not being the corresponding ...
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How to change corresponing author during review process

I recently graduated my PhD and will take on a new opportunity next month. To follow up two papers that I have submitted a couple of months ago, which are still under review (during a very lengthly ...
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Editor asked me why to change the corresponding author

I have one accepted manuscript waiting to be published. During the proof, I changed the corresponding author from me to my postdoc adivsor. Editor now asked why I made such a change. What happened ...
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Attachment or no attachment?

I am currently applying for a PhD position and have emailed many professors. My emails often include a general introduction and my CV plus a research statement is attached. I try to be brief in the ...
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Do all authors have the right to access LaTeX source code of the PDF manuscript uploaded to a journal's portal by the corresponding author?

I am a PhD student about to graduate (finished defense/Viva, pending final thesis corrections and final upload before conferral of degree). I am a co-author on a manuscript for a journal article. ...
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Can you appeal to the associate editor when given unreasonable requests for revisions?

We submitted a paper and got two rejections (from reviewers 1 & 2) and two acceptances (from reviewers 3 & 4) after the first round of revision. Now we have received a letter from the ...
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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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