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Questions concerning acquisition, handling, presentation, publication, and other practices related to use of data in academic research.

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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 (Unpublished undergraduate thesis)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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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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What should I do if I want to change my track for Master's degree that is completely different from Bachelor's?

What should I do if I want to change my track for Master's degree that is completely different from Bachelor's subject in USA (non-US resident)? Currently, I am pursuing bachelor's degree in Film and ...
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Data used for analysis is not free. What should I do as a reviewer?

I'm doing a review of a paper (very well written, I think) for a journal with a fairly good reputation. This is my first review, and I have a question regarding data availability which is, according ...
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Meta-analysis of previous published dataset - who to include as coauthor?

I recently published a paper, which includes a link to a data repository in which that data is available. Now, with other researchers, we are combining our datasets in a meta-analysis. I was wondering ...
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I was asked to present a potential course outline for an associate prof. Position. Any advice?

I applied for an associate professor position in data science and new technologies. It was a real surprise when the committee chose me out of 16 persons to be the first among many. After 2 weeks of ...
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Is data falsification in undergraduate courses bad?

I remember that I had a course in college called "Integration Project" and we had to do surveys, I went to the local mall to do surveys to people, everything fine. Then I discovered that my ...
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Is it appropriate to re-use data from previous publication for a new study?

Data from a published study was deposited on the Harvard Dataverse abiding by the replication policy of a scientific journal. I have no connections with the scholars who collected the data and ...
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Data vs Metadata

I am having a discussion with a colleague to define the metadata for data management protocol. The problem is that I cannot define the difference between data and metadata. For example, if I take the ...
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One-sided vs two-sided hypothesis testing - Should the hypothesis reflect this? [closed]

I had written a hypothesis that we expect x outcome variable to increase when y treatment is applied. A reviewer commented that based off of the hypothesis, we should be doing a one-sided test. ...
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Author of public dataset requesting co-authorship: usual?

I have come across a published dataset which comes with a note saying that: (1) the authors of the dataset would like to be informed of any papers that use it (2) they might request co-authorship ...
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Do missed patterns warrant correction to a published paper?

hoping some scientist academics out there can provide insight into a question I've been ruminating on for a while. I spent multiple years working on a large computational data set, and it was ...
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How should data be cited and referenced?

I'm doing research in macroeconomics, using time series from a national statistics department, nevertheless I'm not sure how should I properly reference my data sources, I have seen that in most ...
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What are typical data sharing policies in research consortia?

Since I am very new into academia I am really unaware of typical regulations in research consortia. Right now I am working in a research consortium in which many different research teams will do ...
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Publishing a new dataset, based on existing

Is it ethical and academically (or otherwise) acceptable to publish a new dataset, derived from an existing, well cited dataset? The only novelty in this case are: Newly computed features (based on ...
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Best practices in sharing qualitative data such as interview transcripts alongside a paper publication?

In the past I have shared quantitative datasets by uploading them to data repositories (like Zenodo) as CSV-files or similar formats. But I lack experience with regards to qualitative data such as ...
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duplicate published data figure

I read two papers just published online (paper no.1 accepted about 1 month before paper no.2) in the same journal by the same authors. Two papers have the same topic, using the same numerical method, ...
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Can we include a class or mathematical representation of a class coded in Python on a research paper/case study in field of energy [closed]

I'm writing a paper based on energy optimisation by creating discharge profile based on demand. So i wrote an algo which (not the most efficient) but works great. The problem is the algorithm is based ...
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How can I properly attribute unpublished data gathered by someone else when using it in my masters thesis?

I am currently writing my master's thesis. The project is a cooperation of the lab of my university supervisor, where I am writing the thesis, and a research institute, where I am employed part-time ...
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Authorship for design and data analysis

I’m a Postdoc. Last year I was given some data from a former postdoc. My PI told me that the data had never been published and. I worked on that project night and day, designed the analysis plan, did ...
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Non-Disclosure Agreement & Data Publication

I am an Industrial Ph.D. and the company involved in my Ph.D. provides data for my research. I signed an NDA with the company since the data comes from proprietary source I cannot disclose. The main ...
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Sharing research-related codes and datasets: Split them, or share them together on a single platform?

I want to share both (1) programming codes and (2) datasets related to a research project. While I know some suitable platforms superficially, I cannot gauge their pros and cons in too much depth ...
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How to accurately digitize plot data from figures available as vector graphics?

Measurement data in publications is often provided only within figures, while the original data is not available. There are some very useful tools around to digitize such data, such as the web ...
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Am I allowed to share Stack Overflow data along with a paper that uses it?

I plan on submitting a paper that uses Stack Overflow data (contents of Stack Overflow questions, fetched using the Stack Exchange API) to a conference, and the conference is welcoming authors to ...
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Should I put the raw data in the appendix of an investigation if it is available in the GitHub repository?

I am currently doing an investigation (IB Extended Essay if it is helpful) of how different architectural approaches affect website performance. To do so, I have written a program that repeatedly runs ...
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Limitations of paper size when presenting comprehensive visualisations of results

When writing a PhD thesis or an academic paper, you tend to be limited in how you can present results by the physical paper size, e.g. A4 for a thesis and often much tighter when targeting journals or ...
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Original data vs reference data?

A journal asks to upload/link the data and code used in your article. I have a Github repository with data and code. One of the questions in the form is: Are you linking to original data reported in ...
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How to determine the number of citations an author had on a given date using Google Scholar?

Is there a way to learn the number of citations by author on a particular date in the past? For example, how many citations did Author X have on 1/10/18?
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What is the best way to add the results of the Master thesis in the Latex report

I am writing my Master thesis report. My thesis was research and development of a test data generator for a particular domain in an organization. The developed application will generate test data in ...
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What if I found some machine learning datasets are not trustable? [closed]

I'm doing research on object detection for aerial images (drone capture from above). And many datasets I think their ground truth is not perfect (but also buggy), some object obviously but be ignored ...
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I've collected years of data using a defective piece of equipment. How to salvage my thesis and graduate?

I'm writing my thesis for an Engineering PhD. Our department has a tool for measuring trace metals (an ICP-OES) that I was supposed to use to collect my data. Unfortunately this equipment proved to be ...
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How to cite a github repository that I used for data collection (research paper) [duplicate]

I am working on a research paper where I work with large amounts of data. The data was collected using a python code that I found on someone's Github repository. I was wondering how I would go about ...
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What is a suitable job title for someone responsible for creating large data sets? [closed]

I write and record hundreds of sentences and format them in a way so they're ready to be fed into an AI model used in a chat bot. What job title would you consider this to be?
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Do medical journals require the authors to upload their raw data in addition to the manuscript?

A clinical trial paper published in one of the most prestigious medical journals (The Lancet) was found by the readers to be using fabricated data. This paper had a huge effect in the world like ...
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Who owns the copyright of the acquisition of an object or sample owned by a third party?

Our lab performed 3D scans of materials (e.g. metals, rocks etc.) produced by other institutions and universities. But I am also interested in other analyses. I was wondering who has the copyright on ...
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Refering to the data of another study as a source of data for you work?

I was wondering if it's OK to use the data presented in the form of Tables in other publications and cite them as the source of data? Like doing new analyses on these data? Should we ask for ...
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Developing a framework publication - if I have developed a new method for data extraction, can this be published in a peer-reviewed journal?

I'm new to publications, so I could use some advice. I study in the area of agricultural remote sensing, and for a graduate degree, I have developed a method of extracting data from research plots and ...
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Is it ok (ethically speaking) to rename features of a dataset for publishing?

I work in the machine learning field where I deal with datasets provided by an industrial partner, and one concern of the project is the confidentiality of the data. My team is working on a fault ...
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What should I do if my former advisor wants to use my research project data (including dissertation) for the current PhD student's dissertation?

I finished my dissertation about 2 years ago and currently continue for a clinical program in the same department. I collected the data from many subjects for my research project including ...
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How can the reader verify the validity of the claims in a published clinical trial paper?

I am from the field of Mathematics. If you find some published articles in a mathematical journal, you can check the validity of the claimed results just by reading the proof or provide a ...
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