Questions tagged [death]

Concerning the death of an academician and how to deal with it.

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Is it ok to include an epilogue dedicated to colleagues who passed away in the end of the manuscript?

We are writing a dedication in the form of an epilogue to honour our colleagues who recently passed away. Both colleagues have substantially changed our field and we believe they deserve to be ...
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Dead author ethical guidelines

One of my close collaborators passed away last year and since then I have become curious about the question of attributing work to deceased authors. Each journal has its rules but there doesn't seem ...
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What happens if the speaker dies on the way to the conference? [closed]

Suppose that two collaborators sent a paper to a conference which was very far away (say, from US to Australia). After the paper was accepted, one of the authors took the flight to the venue, and died ...
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After the passing of my supervisor, the department forces me to start again from zero. How to respond?

I have had a very rocky PhD candidacy. My first supervisor left academia half way through my candidacy; the replacing supervisor passed away a year after that. So two and a half years through a three-...
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Dealing with professor's death on my thesis

My professer, regrettably and very suddenly, passed away yesterday. He was my mentor for my graduation thesis. His teaching capabilities were not great, but he was a great man. Always helping out with ...
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Letter of recommendation from a deceased advisor [duplicate]

A PhD advisor usually sent all his letters of recommendation for his students through his secretary. He wrote a letter for his PhD student who is currently applying for academic positions, and ...
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What if the author I am seeking his permission to use part of his work has passed away?

What should I do if I need to use part of a previous researcher's work (e.g. an instrument or a questionnaire) who passed away?
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I am preparing for my PhD applications, and my referee passed away unexpectedly. What should I do?

I am now preparing for my PhD applications to be submitted soon later this year. I recently was informed that one of my academic referees passed away quite unexpectedly. The late professor was a ...
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Is it ethical to use a recommendation letter from a deceased professor?

She was a really nice professor and she wrote me a good recommendation letter that resulted in a lot of good results with applications. Recently, this professor died from brain cancer, which was a ...
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An academic who died over 50 years ago still has Google Scholar profile with verified email. How can this be?

I'm surprised to see that an academic who died over 50 years ago has a Google Scholar profile with a verified email (https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=5qvdHjQAAAAJ): How is that ...
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How do I go about publishing my late father’s legacy papers?

My father wrote some papers on cosmology that remained unpublished at the time of his death. I have been looking for a publisher for them. I contacted IOP publishing but they said that, while Dad’s ...
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How do you verify facts claimed by a deceased author?

The question is not a arising in my capacity as an academic. I was recently reading a book, and I came across a claim that seemed dubious; so I wanted to find out whether it was accurate. I thought ...
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What happens to a research group when a principal investigator (P.I.) dies? Is it common to have existing contingency plans?

Principal investigators (P.I.s) are not immune to things like traffic accidents, fatal diseases, or acts of terrorism. Is it common to have contingency plans as to what will happen with funding, ...
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I graduated last year and my advisor passed away unexpectedly soon after. What should I do now for subsequent academic job searches?

I received a PhD in mathematics last May. Last December, my advisor passed away quite unexpectedly. My advisor was an extraordinary person; in addition to being a fantastic advisor mathematically, ...
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Impact of student suicide on PhD advisor’s tenure prospects

If a PhD student kills himself, how does that affect the advisor? Does it count against him for tenure purposes?
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How hard is it to succeed in research after an adviser's death midway through PhD?

TL;DR: How hard would it be to finish out a Ph.D. and have an effective early career (as a pure mathematician) after my adviser has unexpectedly passed away? My department does not have any tenure-...
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Is it crass to acknowledge a colleague that passed away in my thesis?

A PhD student in our school recently passed away unexpectedly, to the shock and grief of a large number of research students and academics, including me. I had little to do with him on a daily ...
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Advisor dies suddenly, advice needed for research students

This has not happened to me, but to a friend in the final stages of her PhD, she and the rest of the research group are understandably devastated, as the advisor was not only (in my friend's words), ...
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Can I put into Acknowledgments someone who is no longer living?

I am finishing a paper which was created thanks to my inspiration of Erik Erikson's work on psychological developement. The paper is, however, in the field of thermodynamics and complexity-science. I, ...
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How to acknowledge a deceased advisor’s contributions to a paper?

One of my advisors suddenly passed away while I was in graduate school. We had some discussions and ideas about future publications, but he passed away before any of the work was completed. When the ...