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Questions related to academic publications including online and traditional journals, books, and conference proceedings.

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Will self-citation be viewed as self-promotion in academia?

As we know, citation counts are important to judge one's research activity. Is it good to cite one's previous works? Will it be viewed as an act of advertisement or self-promotion?
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At what stage of research career one can write a 'review article'?

At what stage of research career one can write a 'review article'? Obviously a graduate student in the beginning stages cannot/may not write one. But how experienced does one need to be before ...
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In what tense (present/past) should papers be written?

That is, should it be present tense or past tense? Should there be a difference between the abstract, main body and the conclusion? Does the field of publication have any impact?
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Are abstracts confidential during the review process?

In an answer to a question about the confidentiality of reviews, I basically said you cannot reveal information about the review until the paper is publicly available. This question about revealing ...
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How to prepare a Journal Club (or Methods) presentation?

I recently gave a presentation that was poorly received by my PI. I presented a technique that I have been trying to master (Patch Clamp). My PI thought I was not adequately prepared but gave no ...
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Do high-profile journals edit authors’ figures?

I have a paper published in a Angewandte Chemie, “one of the most renowned chemistry journals”, and realized that the figures have been edited from the version I had submitted. They did not tell us ...
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What does a “major revision” mean?

I recently received the reviews/comments for an article submitted few months back to a journal. All the reviewers overall appreciated the content and the usefulness, but also suggested corrections (...
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Is a thesis a publication?

If I publish a Master's thesis, does that count as a "publication" (ie protect me from other people publishing my work as their own?) If I think I can get a paper out of my thesis, am I forfeiting ...
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What's the point in “the paper is structured as follows”?

Inspired by the recent question on list of figures: what is the point of ending your introduction with a paragraph saying "The paper is structured as follows: in Section 1 we do BLAH, then in Section ...
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What's the point in a “list of figures”?

What is the point in a "list of figures" in the following cases? Masters thesis Ph.D. thesis Academic (text)books
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How does one try to make a journal cover?

Though fewer and fewer scientists actually read dead-tree editions of journals, being featured on a journal cover is still a nice way to highlight your paper to a large community, and is usually ...
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When is it okay to publish when doing enterprise?

I completed my PhD last year and now work in industry. Nevertheless I've continued to work privately on my MSc and PhD thesis' work and lately I've been getting stellar results on the work I did for ...
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Advertising one's publication

After posting a preprint on arXiv, or after an accepted paper appears online, how to bring other's attention to it? (Unless one is already a big name in one's field, or one proves a long-standing and ...
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How to review a paper for originality?

Originality with timeliness is among the most important criteria for a paper to get published. Many a times when we are reviewing a paper, we are faced with dilemma as to how much of it is original, ...
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What is the criterion to include an institution as “affiliation” in an author list?

While looking at this Science paper, I noticed that a few of the authors have a lot of affiliations: the first author has five affiliations, including four different departments or programs at Harvard ...
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What should/can I do on finding an error in a published article?

Recently I found a paper that has a number of typographical errors, esp in equations. Should one notify the authors or the publishers on such issues? How do the approach change if the article is ...
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Easy way to see historical trend in keywords in publications?

Is there an easy way or existing tool to generate a historical chart with the occurrence of one or more user-specified keyword(s) (combinations) in academic publications, based on the words in the ...
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Should honorifics be included in acknowledgments?

In the “acknowledgments” section at the end of a paper, I currently have a sentence saying: The authors thank Bob Johnson for discussions and insightful comments However, I wonder: Bob’s full name ...
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What are the reasons for not using title and designation in publications?

In primary publications, such as journals or conference proceedings, it is a common practise not to use the title or designation of authors in the front-matter. What are the most compelling reasons ...
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Why is the date left out of some academic papers?

Being somewhat familiar with referencing of academic papers as a source, it has struck me as odd why authors would leave out some date on their paper. The date could be the day the author completed ...
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How to revise/resubmit a rejected article taking an unorthodox view

This question is similar to Overcoming Fear of Rejection, but not the same. My experience in academia was teaching Computer Science for four years at a mostly liberal arts college, and that was 30 ...
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How appropriate is to make multiple submissions of research findings to same venue/conference?

Assuming the following scenario: Person A is a recognized senior researcher, and Person B is an enthusiastic junior researcher. Both of them have been working more or less equally on a research ...
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What are the strategies for getting feedback on articles?

As an academic, one has to publish. Often, an article is drafted, and you need feedback of a colleague. I see that quite often some perspective articles are often written by long-term collaborating ...
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Who all are considered authors of papers written on behalf of a research group?

In epidemiology it is not uncommon to see papers written by a bunch of authors on behalf of a research group (say "the X research group"). See, for example, this paper (randomly chosen from pubmed): ...
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How do I overcome fear of rejection when writing academic papers?

I don't know how to put it. I have never published before. Previously my one paper was rejected, that was because the experiments were not ready and my advisor asked me to still submit it just to have ...
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What are the pros and cons in sending a research paper to well-known author, before publishing?

Currently I am reading a research paper of a well-known author published in 2011. I did a slight modification in his method and the new method is very efficient. Is it reasonable to send that paper ...
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Creating a book based on an article (copyright issues)

I've asked this question at math.stackexchange.com, but a comment proposed me to ask this question at academia.stackexchange.com instead. Here is my question: Elsevier explicitly permits me to make ...
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How do I find similar research problems in other fields?

I have published a paper about the combinatorics of adding a mixture of chemicals to a compound and observing a number of spectral peaks for this, which allows the user to gain information about the ...
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How do I go about publishing a paper without a university affiliation?

I graduated with a B.S. degree and I have been working in industry for a few years as a software engineer. I am very interested in reinforcement learning, a sub-field of machine learning, and I am ...
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Is it a faux pas to ask for a colleague's figure in a separate but related publication?

I'm an undergraduate with virtually no experience with the expectations of academia (so I apologize in advance for the silly question). I'm finishing up a paper describing my research and would like ...
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What to do if a referee plagiarises the result after rejecting a paper?

I find myself in an awkward situation. Nearly two years ago I submitted a paper to a reputable mathematics journal. After 15 months it was rejected with the rationale that there had been papers ...
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Is copying an image from a previous paper of mine and citing its source considered self-plagiarism or unprofessional?

Last year, I wrote a paper and it got accepted and was presented at a conference. This year, I am writing a more in-depth paper about a similar subject; but since one of the figures in my first paper ...
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How big of an advantage are publications for Applied Mathematics grad school applications?

How much of an advantage does an Applied Mathematics PhD applicant have if he/she has a publication under his/her belt? Of course, this depends on the "prestige" of the journal that he/she published ...
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Is it ethical for a journal to request substantial payment for publishing a paper?

A while ago, I spoke with a colleague of mine who advised me to beware of journals that require you to pay to publish your work, as they may be predatory. Today, I spoke with my advisor who informed ...
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I'd like to use a figure from a paper; what's the best way to do this?

So, I've seen a really nice figure in a paper; what's the best way to 'get a copy'? Will it be on the publisher's website? Do I need to draw my own version? Email the author? And, finally, how does ...
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Publishing DOIs instead of traditional references?

Today's world is electronic, there is vision of semantic web and yet we still submit references in numerous versions of various journals. In medicine, many journals have special rules about after how ...
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Should one update a manuscript to current state-of-art when re-submitting?

Publishing in a journal is a long process that might take a lot of time (> 1 year), and is possibly involved of several phases (submit, re-submit, re-re-submit...) As the time passes, things change. ...
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OpenOffice Vs. LibreOffice Vs. MSOffice for academic writing

What office package is good for academic writing purpose? These three are the most popular for a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) style rich text editor. PS: Avoid LateX reference please. This ...
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Can I use my blog posts for an academic publication?

It is not very clear in the publication guidelines of journals or conferences whether one can post some preliminary data or results online (blog, twitter, facebook, etc.), gather feedback, and then ...
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Is it ok to have paragraphs that have only one sentence in a formal paper?

Or, is it a good practice? I found most papers that I read are "block by block": they have paragraphs that are not so long, and not so short. Is it a convention? Should I mimic that?
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What skills are needed to sustain a research group?

As a young academic, I am struggling to set up a research group that produces papers or proposals on a regular and sustainable basis. I had my share of PhD students, but nothing structured in a proper ...
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Does one need to be affiliated with a university to publish papers?

Assume you have already completed your undergrad and have been working for a number of years. Does one need to be part of a university or a learning institution to publish papers?
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Is an emphasis on “novelty” necessary in academic papers?

I often come across papers which have a 'Novel' in their titles. In the content the authors go out of their way to explain how their work is the first to the best of their knowledge to come up with ...
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Is there a journal that publishes slides together with the text?

I mainly refer to applied mathematics when describing my experience Often I find that it is easier to grasp a concept from the author's slides than from the description in a paper. When one has to ...
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What to check when examining paper proofs?

When you receive a paper proof and review it prior to publication, what exactly should you be looking for? The things that come to mind are any changes in the annotation of author list and the ...
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Choice of personal pronoun in single-author papers

Which personal pronoun is appropriate in single-author papers - 'I' or 'we'? Could the use of 'I' be considered egotistical? Or will the use of 'we' be considered to be grammatically incorrect?
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Can I publish parts of the Ph.D thesis as a paper in a journal?

I recently finished my PhD thesis which will be published as a book soon. Now I'm wondering if it's possible or allowed to submit parts to a journal? Normally the process would be the other way round ...
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Experiences with Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP) journals

Recently I've been receiving an increasing number of invitations to submit papers to several new Open-Access journals published by Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP). Has anybody here had any ...
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Is reuse of “internal” results considered self-plagiarism if used in a later publication?

This is a little bit different from the case of reusing boilerplate text. Say one has done a series of experiments (either real or "virtual") to produce a set of results. Because the results are ...
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Does ScholarOne really force you to have multiple logins?

Why can't I have a single ScholarOne login for every journal I submit or review for? Is there some way to copy over the address, keywords & password for all my accounts so I don't have to waste ...