Questions tagged [etiquette]

The customary code of polite behavior amongst the academic world.

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When meeting a professor for the first time, is it always a good idea to ask about their research interests?

I'd imagine that a good fraction would actually start to tire (a bit) of the repetitiveness of describing their research hundreds of times over, and would probably want to talk about something else.. ...
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The etiquette of leaving a faculty position

If a tenure track professor wants to leave their university for another job, how much in advance should they inform their department chair? The standard two weeks notice probably doesn't apply. And ...
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Etiquette to take external help

Assume that the student (during his PhD) is faced with a problem which he and his advisor are both completely new to. The advisor is trying to help the student but owing to his lack of experience/...
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What's the etiquette for a short visit to a US university department by a faculty member from another university?

In May, I'll be visiting a department at Columbia University in the US for a few days. What's the etiquette on visiting (answers relevant to US in general are welcome, to prevent this question getting ...
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When / how should I ask about a manuscript's status in review?

I have a manuscript that has been in review for 60 days. The journal asks for reviews within four weeks. At what point is it acceptable (and not detrimental) to contact the editor for an update? How ...
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When addressing academic departmental assistants via email, should I use their first name or just Mr./Ms. X?

It seems very common for them to normally prefer being addressed by their first names (since Mr./Ms. seems to be very rarely used in Academia).
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When is it appropriate to decline a review request?

There are some clear reasons to decline a review request, such as conflict-of-interests or not enough free time (e.g., going on a vacation..). But what if you are just not interested in the paper you ...
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Alphabetical author list in non-alphabetical journal

(A followup for this question) Say your field's convention is to have alphabetical-ordered author list. What should you do when your work is accepted to a (multidisciplinary) journal in which the ...
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When asking research-based questions, what are some good practices to maximize the rates at which people reply to emails?

Matthew Might has an excellent article on his website. But what are some other good suggestions? One important thing is identification (some professors are simply happier to reply to emails than ...

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