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The customary code of polite behavior amongst the academic world.

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Faculty member brought sick (feverish) child to class - is this unethical? [closed]

A faculty member recently brought their young child to a graduate seminar. The child had a fever -- and therefore was deemed not healthy enough to be at school. The faculty member did not ask the ...
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Can I accept a new PhD position just after having enrolled in one? [duplicate]

Consider my current situation, in which I see myself waiting for the results of two different PhD applications, in different countries. I am concerned with the following: I really want to get ...
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How to ask a professor for a Late Online Class Admission Request?

Hi I am a first year college student athlete in need of a online intersession class but i have to ask professors to admit me to the class. None has answered so far. Any tips on how to ask for a late ...
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In a new job; is it OK to recommend a partner for a job search?

I just started a new job teaching at a university last September; because of that, I’m also in a long-distance relationship. (We’re not married or even engaged at this point.) My partner is also in my ...
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Will taking a vacation hurt your academic career/recommendation letter?

I’ve been curious about this question for pretty long. I’m not in academia, but I heard from my friends who are in PhD programs talk about not wanting to take a vacation or ask for vacation approval, ...
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Social norms about hiring freelance assistants

Is it considered ethical or appropriate for a researcher to hire a freelance contractor to perform or assist in some secondary tasks related to the preparation of a research papers? To make some ...
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At a conference, should I visit other people's posters during my poster session?

Usually, conferences give you between 1-2 hours to present your poster. My dilemma is that sometimes I am interested in learning about other posters during that time period. But I also have to keep ...
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As a post-doc applicant, should I address a professor by their first name in email after they addressed me that way?

Regarding a post-doc position, I recently wrote to a professor in the US by starting my mail "Dear Professor X" where X is the surname and she replied to me "Hello Y" where Y is my first name. I am ...
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What language should my poster for a national convention be?

I will present work of mine in form of a poster on a national convention/congress/conference in my broader (STEM-related) field. A manuscript has already been submitted by me, in english. Manuscripts ...
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Referees ask for more content but this lengthens the paper dramatically

So, my situation is as follows: I submitted a paper to a journal and continued to work on that line of research, specifically on the open problems I mentioned in the submitted paper. Now, in the ...
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Is there any benefit of being treated as “professor” by students and admin?

I just joined a faculty as assistant professor, at a university in South America. The admin team and students treat me as "professor". Moreover, because the official language is Spanish, people refer ...
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How to share responsibility for part of my advisor's project, which I did not create and I am insecure about?

I am a first semester PhD student, working in the planning of an experiment that is on a funded project from my advisor. I am not paid by this project, the professor has not spent grant money on me. I ...
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Acknowledging a funder for related contribution and using fund to travel to a conference

Two related projects A and B. Project B will be using some of the methods and results from project A. If project A has no funds and project B has some approved funds in 2019 but will be used in 2020. ...
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How should I refer to PIs in a statement of purpose (US)?

I am applying for PhD programs at graduate schools in the US and I am wondering how I should refer to researchers that I name in my statement of purpose? In particular, I am wondering whether to refer ...
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On how/if I should ask my supervisor about lead authorship?

Some time last year, I was casually talking to my professor when he asked me to look at this paper that he and his previous student had worked on but couldn't finish. I was hesitant but I took a look ...
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What is the name for “academic fights”?

There are several kinds of academic fights: Two researchers may have different interpretations or modelling approaches to the same dataset. They claim that the other party is wrong in their ...
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How to describe the relationship with writer of recommendation letter?

I am applying for tenure track /postdoc and I asked two professor to write me a research letter. In some job applications I am asked to describe the relationship with them, and I am not so sure what ...
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What is the best way to express my condolence to a professor? [duplicate]

I am a Ph.D student at the university. Every student has a favourite professor same as mine. I really care about and our student-teacher relationship growing stronger day by day. My professor really ...
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Is it bizarre that a professor asks every student for a 3 inch by 5 inch photograph? [closed]

The professor asks this of every student. It's 2 points on an introductory assignment worth 10. Does anyone think this is bizarre? I'm against it to the point that I think it should not be allowed by ...
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What are some lifestyles that you have adopted in order to excel in academia? [closed]

So the basic idea is that I want to become a theoretical physicist in the future( in 12th now)and with those conditions, I understand that a person requires originality creativity intuition and good ...
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Should I withdraw a submission?

I worked on a paper in computer science (CS) from half a year approximately, so I decided to send it to the JUCS journal. They kindly informed me that they were not able to find enough reviewers for ...
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Etiquette for undergraduate research and job search

I am an undergraduate currently conducting research in a physics research group at my university. I really enjoy the group and am planning to stay with them during my next few years here. However, as ...
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How to quit an RA ship I just started as gracefully as possible

I am currently working full time and was not being given intelectually stimulating work at my job, so I approached a professor to ask to do an RA ship and he agreed. It seems we had some miss ...
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Is it fine to ask this kind of question to the corresponding author of a paper?

First some context: I'm a Ph.D. student in Physics. I have been discussing with my supervisor the objectives for the Ph.D. project and we have been looking at some papers from the field. In that case,...
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How do I find a collaborator for a social science research project if I'm not in school?

For context: I know exactly the topic and have an idea for the methods. I have done background research and seen what similar research has been done (and how). I have an associate’s degree. I live in ...
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Should I answer a revise decision saying that I will?

Should I answer an EiC email that communicates a revise decision and sends me the reviews, saying that I will? Or just revise an upload the revised manuscript when it is ready?
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Should I address an EiC by his given name after he undersigned an email with it?

An EiC very politely answered an enquire of mine via e-mail. He signed with his given name. In case I write to him again, should I keep greeting him as "Prof. [His surname]"? That strikes me as ...
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Prospective PhD-How to keep in touch with potential PhD supervisor

I'm applying for several Ph.D. Programs in Human-computer Interaction. I contacted a potential supervisor and asked him a bunch of questions about the program. The professor wrote a very detailed ...
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With regards to replying to emails, are my expectations too high from Group leaders?

I am currently looking for Post-doctoral positions after finishing my PhD. I have recently visited a potential lab for a lab visit. It has already been two weeks since I came back from there. Since ...
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What does my colleagues' question really mean? [closed]

I have been a tenured faculty member at a math department in the US for a few years. Recently two colleagues of mine asked (apparently independently) why I do not have PhD students. I honestly ...
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Should I send an email to the author of a book/paper asking for clarification?

I am currently reading a book on a research-level science topic. But there are some concepts that aren't properly explained in the book and are stopping me from proceeding. I have tried the following: ...
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Informal Meeting with Prospective Mentors at a Conference - How to Prepare?

I am currently applying to doctoral programs in experimental/cognitive psychology and have recently made arrangements with a few prospective mentors to meet at an upcoming conference. I apologize if ...
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Is a Bachelor's sufficient to claim being an “engineer” in countries with Engineer's degrees? [closed]

Here in Peru, a Bachelor's degree recipient can do an additional thesis to earn an Engineer's degree to be recognized as an engineer. Some Bachelor's degree holders have been calling themselves ...
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Contacting prospective advisors before graduate school applications - courtesy or annoyance?

Last year, rather late during the MSc application cycle (after one round of funding was allocated - tardiness due to an abrupt change in my life situation), I emailed two professors from two schools ...
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Should a TA point out a professor's mistake while attending their lecture?

I faced the following situation a few days back. I am doing my teaching assistance work under a professor. I attended one of his classes as a TA during which he was teaching some technically wrong ...
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How to find balance between overconfidence and lacking confidence?

Main Question: I am a current undergraduate student who just attended my first conference and gave a podium talk on my research from last summer. I tried talking with a researcher who is well-known ...
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Email to two academics of differing familiarity

I am sending an email to two people: Prof FirstName1 LastName1 and Dr FirstName2 LastName2. The former has a PhD and is officially a professor (with tenure, if that matters) with whom I am not ...
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Well-acquainted professor does not respond when I share my work?

I'm a master student in statistics. I took this professor's class, in which I've done very well. I have discussed with him about my research project a few times while taking the class, although he is ...
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Email address etiquette - Which address should I use to contact professors?

I am currently a master's student outside the U.S., and I plan to contact professors in U.S. universities for PhD applications. I have a bunch of email addresses available, and I don't know which one ...
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Am I pursuing a “degree in” or “of computer science”? [closed]

On my profile, I described my career status as: Currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science at Temple College. Is using in or of the correct preposition used in an academic setting?
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Should I ask for permission to write an expository post about someone else's research?

I am a math PhD student in North America about to enter my second year. Last week I attended a conference and was interested in a research presentation by a professor at another school. The ...
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How should an administrative assistant reply to student addressing them as “Professor” or “Doctor”?

As an administrative assistant at a major university, I regularly field questions from prospective applicants and students. Occasionally, in response to my reply the author will address me as "...
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Should I highlight one of my old papers in my last 5 years research achievements, if the old paper got printed recently?

It is general that most of the journals now a days publish article in online first and later give the volume and year name when they print it. I have many papers in such case. However, I am confused ...
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Why not notify faculty candidates of the position being filled?

There is a certain faculty position (Associate Prof) that has been offered to someone, and got accepted. Is there some reason for which other candidates have not been notified of this? I find this ...
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I have found a mistake on someone's code published online: what is the protocol?

I have been using an econometrics toolbox for around 2 years and it is great, very useful. It is available from someone's personal website. I have found a mistake in one piece of code which has set ...
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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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How to seek advice/collaboration from other profs in the dept

I am a postdoc who changed the topic quite drastically entering the postdoc phase. The big issue is that my advisor does not provide any guidance or advice at all regarding my project. It has been ...
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As a supervisor, what feedback would you expect from a PhD who quits?

I’m quitting my PhD. The decision has been made. The reasons boil down to diminished interest in the research subject and disappointment with the university’s managerial practices (nothing is done on ...
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How can I remove myself from a project I'm unable to complete?

I'm in my first lab and while working on my main project the opportunity came up to help another senior researcher with theirs. It seemed like simple tasks at first, but I'm now convinced that this ...
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Is it appropriate for an undergrad to friend grad students / postdocs on social media?

I'm guessing that if the grad student / postdoc is directly supervising the undergrad, friending would not be very appropriate. However, would it be ok for an undergrad to friend other grad students / ...