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Questions tagged [etiquette]

The customary code of polite behavior amongst the academic world.

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Is it rude to call a professor by their last name with no prefix in a non-academic setting?

I always address my professors as "Professor [Last Name]" in an academic setting. However, in an non-academic setting such as running into them out and about, would it be considered rude to say "Hi [...
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Grad school hasn't responded to me two months after the results are supposed to be out

I applied to a few grad schools and my top choice school hasn't responded to me. They confirmed they received my application and all my documents. I even got in touch with a professor who said she ...
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How to respond to an e-mail asking me to suggest a doctoral research topic?

With networks like ResearchGate and Academia.edu, it's easy to connect with and follow researchers from a variety of different nations and backgrounds. I personally think this is great, and I hope ...
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Asking for reversing my decision after declining a PhD offer

I received a great PhD offer from University A (in the US) and after a very hard time making decision, I ended up not accepting it for family reasons and instead I accepted an offer from University B (...
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Request to move-up interview

This may be the wrong place for this question, but the format here is better. Please advise of a better website if I'm totally off base for this site. My situation: I hold a Masters of Accountancy ...
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Do people who work at research institutes consider themselves “academics”?

My long-term goal is to work at a research institute. While discussing my career plans with different mentors, I find that there is some confusion about whether a position at a government-funded ...
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High Latency Communication with Potential Thesis Supervisor

I'm currently pursuing my Masters in Switzerland and got in touch with a Professor at a major UK university a month ago via E-Mail for a potential thesis project. I immediately got a positive reply ...
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How to deal with inappropriate comments during interviews for academic positions?

My friend told me this story that happened to him a few month ago during an interview for an assistant professor position in a north-american university: I was on a campus tour as a part of a full-...
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How to address a professor in an office setting

I will be working at a private company as an engineer (but in a heavily research oriented team), and I just learned the contact information of my manager. I will be sending an email to introduce ...
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Two researchers want to work on the same extension to my paper. Who to help?

I recently presented a paper in a top-tier conference in a computer engineering field. I did that work as a research assistant under a Professor but now I am working in the industry. Two different ...
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Should I quit a project where I can't see how to contribute?

I am part of a collaboration (i.e., researchers from different universities, not formally tied to a grant or deadline). We all met for a few days to develop an idea, and it seems quite promising. ...
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What is the correct etiquette when one would like to include the alternative proofs supplied by the reviewer

Sometimes when one receives referee's reports, the referee supplies alternative proofs for the results of the paper. Sometimes the supplied proof is much shorter and more elegant than the original ...
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My advisor talks about me to his colleagues in their native language [closed]

I am in a country where English is not the native language. I have some proficiency in that language but none of the team members know this since I have always communicated with them in English. ...
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Should I get informal with a professor if they didn't explicitly invite me to do so but the situation seems to suggest it's appropriate?

Some years ago I completed my B.Sc. in a university. I was very young and the default behaviour for all the students (especially the young ones) was to formally address the professors. PhD students ...
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Do I have to make someone coauthor if he/she solves a problem in StackExchange, asked by myself, which is later used in my paper? [duplicate]

Suppose, in my research (mathematical) I have a critical step that I need to solve, and, due to various reasons I cannot find decent answer to that step by myself or by contacting friends or ...
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Can I email a professor from a different university about a proposed course project?

I am currently taking a math class and saw that a professor from a different university had some ideas/open questions for final course research projects on his page. I began working on one of these ...
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Trouble handling simultaneous PhD application in two different teams of the same institute

So, there are team A and team B of the same institute and I have been interested in both since I started looking for a PhD, especially in team B. I have been writing an application for team B but had ...
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Is contacting this expert in the field something acceptable or would it be discourteous?

I have a major in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics and a masters in Theoretical Physics. I have enrolled the PhD course and must pick an advisor/theme until june. I have three main big fields of ...
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Can I ask an author to send me his ebook?

I'm working on my research paper. My subject is quite original and I even had difficulties to find a supervisor. In short, I found a fairly recent book on the Internet (2017), which is exactly what I ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor for publication opportunities?

I am an undergraduate engineering student. Last summer I was working on a project in a lab that was not particularly novel - it had already been published by another group, and it mainly involved ...
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Etiquette to recontact the editor when he says the he will give the news as soon as he has some [duplicate]

Assume that the last time that one has contacted the editor of a journal (about 10 months ago) to obtain the progress of submitted manuscript, the editor has said that he will give news as soon as he ...
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How to ask rejected full-time candidates to apply to teach individual courses?

My department has a number of courses we need covered by adjuncts in the next academic year. We were given permission to hire one (and only one) salaried adjunct and to cover the rest of the courses ...
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Using et al. for a last / senior author rather than for a first author

Suppose a paper has authors A, B, C, and D. The first author, A, isn't in academia anymore, and much of my work is inspired by the senior author, D. I've also only communicated with author D. Can I ...
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Is there a professional etiquette regarding jackets in academia? [closed]

So, I’m sure we all know about the stereotype of the professor in the tweed jacket. Based on a cursory web search, it looks like the stereotype started because tweed was a relatively cheap but warm ...
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How to deal with my PhD supervisors rudely critiquing all my draft papers?

I'm a PhD candidate in biology about three semesters in. I am co-advised by two young married principal investigators (PIs), who are just about to get tenure. Things were going great initially, as I ...
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What can I do to 'burn' a journal? [closed]

Several months ago, I sent a paper to a journal. Today, I got back a_single_review_, from one reviewer, with comments from the editor that are a sad summary of that reviewers comments. The reviewer ...
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Can I decline a PhD program I have already accepted?

Can I accept a PhD offer and later withdraw from the program before it even starts? Is there an etiquette for that? I really want to do a PhD but they have put a deadline in accepting and I am ...
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How to ask someone to be cited in their paper?

I have published a paper last year (with other colleagues) where, among other things, we demonstrated a certain formula. Recently another paper, independently, demonstrated basically the same formula ...
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How do you address holders of non-Ph.D. doctorates such as an Ed.D. or Sc.D. etc.?

It is customary to call Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) holders by the prefix "Dr.", but I wonder whether the same holds for other doctorates, such as Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) or Doctor of Education (Ed....
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Third violation of Academic Integrity Policy [closed]

Not sure if this happend to anyone, but it is my first I ever recieved this notice. I have this professor and like to be called Dr., who hasn't been very understanding. I've been turning my work in on ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a prospective PhD advisor whether working for them would be good for my career?

Summary Between my Ph.D. offers, I narrowed down my choices to two. Right now, my decision is mostly dependent on a few factors I didn't discuss with either advisor. I want to ask about these issues ...
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Is it reasonable to ask other researchers to send me their previous grant applications?

My university administration pushes all lecturers to apply to competitive grants from a national science fund. I am new to this and do not know how to start. So I thought to ask my previous advisors, ...
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Would a question that requires an amount of text to explain be good to send?

From Is it appropriate (as a PhD student) to email other researchers asking about some details in their papers?, I get that generally you will get answer if you ask question on their work. But what if ...
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How can I most respectfully leave my current PhD position for a new one?

My professor is a bully and the university will not challenge his behaviour despite numerous complaints from both staff and students. I am 9 months into the first year of my PhD. I love my work and ...
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The IT department bottlenecks progress. How should I handle this?

I'm currently working as a PhD student. I am not working on a tech-oriented PhD. However, my project requires a lot of programming. This involves both working on a computation cluster, servers, and ...
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Combining a conference with a personal vacation

I received a funding offer from a conference overseas (as a PhD student), which includes accommodation and travel. I was wondering whether it is ethical to combine this business trip with a personal ...
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How do researchers send unsolicited emails asking for feedback on their works? [duplicate]

I wonder how a researcher send an unsolicited email to another one asking for feedback to their work. I guess it will be something like this? Hello Dr. X To introduce myself, I am Y, in ...
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Why shouldn't an unsolicited email asking for opinion include the links to the articles? [duplicate]

I have a precursory research – that is, an article posted in my website to know what I want to pursue – and want to send to a professor to have his opinion. However, I was advised to ask him if he has ...
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Professor being mistaken for a grad student

This question is the flip side of Mistook new faculty member to be a student, how big a faux pas is it? I'm an associate professor, and apparently I look young for my age. When I meet new people at ...
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Thanking multiple professors in an email thread

I emailed one professor (with a few others CCed) to inform them that I will be following up with X commitment. Each professor on the thread replied (all) to state their well wishes and excitement. ...
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Changing proposed project post-acceptance

I recently applied for a research based degree and I have indeed been offered admission (with funding), scheduled to start this fall. Prior to my acceptance, I had an interview with my prospective ...
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Who deserves to be first and second author? PhD student who collected data, research associate who wrote the paper or supervisor? [closed]

I am composing a manuscript using data collected by a PhD student over two years. She doesn't have enough statistical or analytical skill to publish her work. On top of that, language is also a huge ...
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How long before asking for a formal offer letter?

I have recently been offered a position by a university I had applied to. After I accepted the offer (through email), they said they would send me a formal offer letter along with other paperwork "...
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How to accept admission to graduate school

I have made my decision on where I want to attend grad school (for a Master's program) and I am ready to accept. My admission letter was attached in an email, and there were no instructions on how to ...
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How can I ask why this European university booked me a 15-day trip for a 2-day exam?

I am going to visit a European university to take a PhD course entrance exam. The university prepared a 15 day trip for me, but the written exam and the oral exam will require only one day each. ...
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Is it rude to ask a professor you do not know and in a different department to borrow equipment?

I am a grad student in new lab and my PI like to pinch pennies a bit. I want to purchase an accessory for use with an already purchased piece of equipment. I have emailed a few vendors about getting ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a former professor to order a book for me through an inter-library loan?

I am not a member of an academic institution right now, but am working on a paper for publication, partly to improve my prospects for admission to PhD programs after a long gap in my education. Two ...
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What is the proper way to reach out to a university with an academic question as a layman?

I am a layman with a series of questions regarding chemical engineering. I'd prefer to contact my alma mater and contact someone there - is there a protocol for doing that? Is this an unusual thing?
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Thanking people in a journal article

I am soon submitting my first paper to a journal (in the humanities) and am unsure of the proper etiquette/practices of doing this. Some questions I have are: Do I include the acknowledgements in the ...
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Post-doc wants to break his promise of including me on author list

I am a master student, working for X lab of Y university as a research assistant. 3 months ago, a post-doc(my direct supervisor) recruited me into a project when he wanted to submit his paper within ...