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submitting article with currently no access to data used

Say one works on a scholarly article with data that were available at her institution. Then, she leaves the institution (data is no more accessible), but wants to submit her article to a scientific ...
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Evasive and non-communicative co-authors on a scientific paper [closed]

Apologies for the length, but all this context might matter. In 2019, I collaborated with an MD at a local hospital to write my thesis for a postgraduate degree. In my field, there is an expectation ...
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Handling Research Data from Iran: Ethical Considerations in the Absence of an IRB

Ethical oversight is crucial in academic research, especially when dealing with human subjects. In many countries, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) provide this oversight. However, in some regions ...
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Altering the data (gaussian filtering) when writing a paper

I have some results that I unfortunately had to gaussian filter due to noise. This is to simplify post-processing later on, like first derivative. I have asked around and I've been told that if it is ...
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Problem with organizing tables on a television series

I hope to ask for advice regarding how to best present my data for my thesis. Currently I am working on a thesis that requires me to catalog instances of wicked women in a series, which includes ...
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Publishing a plot based on numbers in another physics paper's supplemental material; do we need permission from the publisher or authors?

Our simple calculation reproduces and explains the behavior shown by a much more elaborate calculation that's been published in a physics journal. The supplementary information published with the ...
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Limitations on naming a framework in an academic setting

I am designing a framework in an AI related field of study which has a particularly difficult name properly abbreviate. I was wondering if it is appropriate if I were to name it something that doesn't ...
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Thesis Data Collection Mistake

I am currently undergoing my psychology thesis (4th year) in Australia, and have just finished data collection. I have just realised that between myself and my group, 2/3 of the questionnaires used ...
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What kind of hypothesis should I state in an application requesting public health data?

I work in a quantitative social science where it is not common to formally state hypotheses in papers or presentations. I am applying for access to public health data, and the applications ask for ...
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Is it ethical to present the performance of an implementation that uses undisclosed optimizations?

Our research group sometimes does the following: There is some problem P, and we are writing a paper about a novel technique T. In one of the sections of the paper, we try to empirically show that T ...
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Graduated and work as a data analyst. How should I tell coworkers who use my analyses to cite my work?

I completed my PhD in Biomedical Informatics a year ago and now work as a data analyst at an academic research institution. I am the only analyst in my particular department. I've noticed that when ...
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Should I upload all my R code in figshare before submitting my manuscript?

To conduct my study, I had to use thousands of lines of R code to generate random data and to do analysis. Now, when I am going to submit my manuscript to my targeted journal, do they ask to provide ...
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Using a publicly available dataset in my paper

I would like to publish a journal paper and an ArXiV preprint, where I validate my results using the dataset available here (scroll down to the Files section). I would like to submit my paper to IEEE ...
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Is it problematic to control for ethnoracial identity in analyses?

I am writing a paper and have been asked by all co-authors to control for race and ethnicity in the analyses. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this once staple practice in the field. Does anyone have ...
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Do you need permission from the gov't of a town to conduct a questionnaire survey there?

I'm conducting a study in which people from a particular town will fill out an opinion questionnaire (Likert scale stuff, questions about road signs). I was going to do this in front of a grocery ...
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What do you call a paper without solid analysis and discussion?

I find in my reviewing activities that the last few years I've encountered more and more papers that are "data dumps". They tend to be papers with lots of data but very little analysis, ...
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Disadvantages/risks of publishing new raw data as one of a group of instructive examples while planning to publish a full analysis of the data later?

We have a few 2D low energy electron diffraction LEED images (field is Physics/Surface Science) that are currently not yet published, the analysis is not complete nor their implications fully explored....
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Which set of results to cite when there are contradicting numerical results between articles

I am working on a literature review of various machine learning models doing the same general tasks, both to learn the theory and challenges involved and also to find the current state-of-the-art and ...
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Who owns a research question and data if a research partnership splits up?

Two people form a research partnership to investigate a specific research question. Person A comes up with the question draws up a plan. Person B joins and advises on the approach and assists in ...
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Authorship decisions after data collection and analysis

I am a graduate student in a STEM field. I collected and analyzed data for another graduate student (different PI) and they are now refusing to include me as an author on a research paper. I optimized ...
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Can I request access to a database from another university if it is not available at my university?

For my PhD (finance) I need access to a scientific database. The problem is that my university unfortunately does not offer this database in its library. Another university (in the same city even) ...
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Plots in a paper using different software

Can I provide two plots made using two different softwares in a scientific paper? For example, one is plotted using Origin and another is plotted using Python?
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How to reference your own dataset in a figure or table caption?

I made several plots and figures. About 20% of data I used to make a plot came from papers of other people, which I'm surely going to cite in a common manner. But the other 80% percent of data I ...
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Re-analysis of raw data that was previously published in a thesis [duplicate]

I am in the middle of an authorship dispute and need some help. Raw data was shared with me by a Master's student, and we re-analyzed the data for the publication. I was going under the assumption ...
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How to structure a data analysis paper [closed]

There's a large, publicly available data-set that, in my opinion, has been horribly under-analysed. I can only find one paper that seems to use the data from it and I think there's some significant ...
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Using typically censored data

Suppose there is some (public) data set that censors (in the common parlance) any data satisfying a certain criterion. By a rather obvious workaround, these censored data can be exactly recreated, ...
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How do I acknowledge an equipment malfunction in a manuscript I'm submitting to a journal?

After a four year break, I'm finally getting around to submitting my MSc. research to a journal. My research involved time series data - analyzing a food sample over a series of days using a number of ...
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If an image is included in an abstract which is published at a conference, does that mean the conference must give permission if it's used in a paper?

I'm advising some students preparing abstracts proposing posters at an international conference. I was just asked about putting images in the abstract that represent data. It's a photograph of a ...
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Who owns unpublished research data?

For example: a thesis is proposed by a student at a university and it requires funding for research. They secure private funding. Then for whatever reason, the research project is cancelled and shut ...
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Is there a rule to rather use points and not commas as decimal separators in academic writing?

I am from Europe and always use a comma as a decimal separator. Thus, in all previous publications I have used a comma as a separator, noone ever objected. We recently submitted a new manuscript and ...
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Is it suitable to store online public datasets in more than one depository?

If one has a publicly available dataset depositored in an online depository such as Zenodo or Figshare, is it suitable for the same data be stored in a separate location such as ResearchGate that can ...
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Are data that can be obtained from the text of a report considered to be in the public domain?

I have been working with some data from a technical report that is freely available online as a PDF document from the website of the institution that published the report. I've cut and pasted the ...
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What to write in 'Related Work' in an application oriented thesis? (data science / computer science)

I am writing my masters thesis at a company. The thesis is about customer segmentation. One research contribution of the thesis was to propose a way to validate the found clusters in an unsupervised ...
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A paper is claiming to calculate something for which data probably does not exist

I am working on a project where the objective is to test if X causes Y. In the field, there are two methods for calculating X. One is considered more accurate, but require data often not available for ...
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What's my responsibility if I suspect an IRB violation? Could I be personally responsible if I don't report my concerns?

I'm a part of the University staff supporting research. I recently became aware of a faculty research project being conducted with a commercially purchased dataset that contains PII. I do not believe ...
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Citing data taken from a data compilation

The authors of a review paper have compiled about 50 measurements of the same quantity, each of them produced by a different experiment. They have included a table with all those measurements in a ...
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I just realized that my published papers are based on a buggy version of my dataset (due to a SQL error). How to proceed? How to tell my advisor?

I am in an advanced stage of my phd, finishing next year. I have 2-first author publications in which I used data from my group. My research group has different datasets stored in MySQL server, in ...
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Is losing raw data regarded as data fabrication? (Unpublished undergraduate thesis)

The worst thing I am worried about is losing my legitimate data and then maybe being accused of falsifying it. how does the university differentiate the data fabrication and honest error? (I have lost ...
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What recourse do I have if an author refuses to share data despite their data availability statement?

According to a recent paper: Of 3556 analyzed articles, 3416 contained DAS. The most frequent DAS category (42%) indicated that the datasets are available on reasonable request. Among 1792 ...
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Scientific paper with 3D scatterplot in supplementary information; I can add a video but how to let readers rotate/zoom interactively?

When publishing in the physical sciences the main paper is usually something 2D, you can read it online or print it. Many journals support supplementary data in the form of pdf files and videos. It is ...
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What are appropriate measures to keep use of reference managers within the GDPR?

The GDPR (or national legislation implementing it) places requirements on anyone who processes personally identifiable data concerning residents of the EU and the UK. As per this question the GDPR ...
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Where to upload research data after article publication?

As the title says, I wish to publicly share a dataset used in one of my articles which has already been published (by MDPI, if that helps). I do not think the data is worthy of an article by itself, ...
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Research proposal and research project [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student I wrote in my research proposal that is was going to divide the outcome variable into mild, moderate but now when I'm writing my research project I found that I have to ...
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Publishing a dataset to which anyone should be able to contribute

(I have seen multiple questions about how to share datasets in general, but none of them seems to involve the criterion of an open contributorship.) I want to share a dataset to which anyone should be ...
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How to get a random selection of papers based on certain criteria?

What would be a good (easy, quick, replicable) way to get a random selection of, say, 1000 papers (DOIs) based on specific criteria, such as that they ought to have been: published in journals of a ...
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How do I cite this 3D teapot model in my BibTeX file? [duplicate]

I am working on some data transformations that work in finite dimensions. To help motivate the reader I would like a simple, but not too simple, example to show how the transformations work. A 3D ...
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Is it ethical to reconstruct a dataset without permission?

I have reached out to a researcher about using their dataset from a paper published 20+ years ago, but they have not responded to my email. There are a variety of reasons why they might have not ...
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How hard it is to switch for a new Master's degree from different Undergraduate background?

For Non-STEM backgrounds like Media/Film Studies, is it possible to get a master's degree in Data Analytics/ Data science to go for the desired field? I feel extremely need for a transition into a ...
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Is there any possibility to change Undergrad track from Film and Media Studies to Communication department that is focused on more computational? [closed]

I want to pursue my master's in Communication that is more analytical and research-oriented and based on computational methods. Film and media recognize the area of the internet, social media, ...
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What is a healthy DFW rate? [closed]

DFW rate stands for the proportion of students in a class or group of classes who earn a D, an F, or Withdraw. This has become a trendy metric in recent years due, in part, to its negative correlation ...
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