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Is it acceptable to email the authors of a paper for the slides they used while presenting it in the conference?

I've noticed that while there's no alternative to going through the actual paper in detail, it often helps if I've gone through the presentation based on the paper, which the authors had used while ...
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Conference sponsored by a top conference?

How related two conferences are if B is sponsored by A? If A is a top conference, does this make B a worth-trusting conference also? For example, SIGCOMM is a top conference in computer networks & ...
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What to do with a paper with references but no citations?

I just received a paper for review that does not have a single citation (in the text) of its references. I wonder if this is common in other areas non-CS related. Since it is a conference, I don't ...
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How to quickly get complete list of citations to all my papers?

I need to get citations (with complete info including authors, journal, date) to all my papers. What's the best way (hopefully without too much manual copy & paste) to do this? What i so far ...
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Can a reviewer suggest literature for improving the language?

I am working on my PhD now for 1.5 years and was recently asked by my supervisor to assist him with a review. The reviewed paper was also written by a non-native speaker. For my first publication I ...
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How to gain research experience after master program?

I just finished an MBA in the UK. It included a research dissertation (about 18,000 words) and a research methods module and adviser to go with it. However, my adviser made it clear during my research ...
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Why do some reviewers mention their decision explicitly?

Recently, some of the reviews I received mentioned their decision at the end of the review (i.e. 'I recommend acceptance of the paper'), while others do not have such statements. What is the point ...
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Why are all these papers exactly 10 pages long?

I've been reading papers authored by professor A's PhD students. I have read about a dozen of papers by now, and realized that all of them are exactly 10 pages long. These papers were written by ...
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Status and selectivity of open access journals

I am wondering about the following (after reading this question that discusses open access journals): Is it easier to publish in one of the open access journals (when compared to the traditional ...
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Why do many recent open access “mega-journals” only cover biological sciences?

In recent years, there has been a number of quality peer-reviewed open access journals launched. Some of them are what I would call “mega-journals”, such as PLOS|One and the newly-launched PeerJ. ...
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Issues with publishing dissertation on an interest/advocacy group's website

I am wondering if it would hurt me (professional creditability etc.) if I publish my dissertation on an interest / advocacy group's website. My dissertation is in one of the areas that this group has ...
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Value of light-to-none peer reviewed pay-to-publish articles

I have been approached by an international student about doing a PhD with me. As an MSc student in his home country he has published 3 articles in pay-to-publish venues, that are known to have little ...
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What should you do if you cannot reproduce published results?

I am trying to reproduce published results in a paper. Those results come from numerical simulations. The original authors and I do not use the same software, and theirs is proprietary (I don't have ...
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How to acknowledge funding

This question expands a bit on my previous one Acknowledging funding. I am unsure how to write proper acknowledgments at the end of a research paper. The wording that I read most often is Author XY ...
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How do I get published in Nature or Science?

I'm a fairly new chemical engineering graduate student. I've been doing research for one semester so far (in molecular dynamics) and in the process have learned about journals and "impact factor" (a ...
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Why do some conference have an “abstract submission” before the “paper submission”?

I noticed that some conference have different deadline for paper submission: an "abstract" submission deadline, before the usual "paper" submission deadline. For example, on the International ...
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What are some guidelines and best practices for releasing PR statements and project summary to the general public?

What are some guidelines and best practices for PR statements and releasing a project summary to the general public? My first tendency is to always shorten the project summary, reduce the length of ...
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Statistics on readership and posting habits for academic blogs

Although this stackexchange seems to be a little hostile towards metrics (especially when they are about research productivity), it is still sometimes fun to indulge in a little bit of arbitrary ...
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What do you do when you find yourselves with an unreadable/inaccessible paper?

Since I started my life in Academia, I sometimes found that there are some seminal papers to which I cannot get any access. Either they are very old, and the journal that published them charges for ...
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What tense should paper titles use?

I have recently noticed that the tense of paper titles can be somewhat odd. This previous question, In what tense (present/past) should papers be written?, has some great information but it doesn't ...
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What is a “publishable” thesis?

What is a "publishable" thesis? I have often heard this term thrown about in conferences and even as advice to new grad. students. From what I know, it is indeed rare for a thesis to be published ...
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Festschrift articles: is the peer-review as strict as for other papers?

Many journals sometimes publish Festschriften, i.e. special issues in honor of a distinguished (but still alive) researcher in their field. Articles for such issues are typically invited articles by ...
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Author title for ex-student in research paper

I have graduated from a Masters program recently. After graduating, my Masters thesis supervisor and myself decided to write a paper based on my dissertation. I have a question about the format in ...
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Verifying that cited results are still current before publishing

Assume you are knee-deep in a project, going through a series of papers that are seemingly relevant to your project. You found this ~10 year old paper, which looks very promising indeed. A lot of ...
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Paying for page charges after a grant ends

Often publications resulting from funded research are published after the grant ends. It seems nowadays more and more publishers are requiring fees (submission fees, page charges, and open access fees)...
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Article “communicated by”

What does it mean when it says under a journal article that it has been communicated by "XYZ" where XYZ is not the author but some other scholar with a very strong reputation? What is the relationship ...
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How should I deal with a professor whose weak language proficiency is disturbing our paper's writing quality?

I am a first year PhD Student, writing a conference paper with an Italian Professor, very senior and renowned in our field. Every commit he makes to the SVN is riddled with spelling and grammar errors....
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What should raise red flags to detect fabricated data

In academia, there has been recently some cases that came to light of very well known scientists that have fabricated their data out of thin air. In some instances these papers have been cited many ...
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Will a paper in A help PhD application in B?

I understand that as an undergraduate student, when you apply for a PhD degree in the US, you have to demonstrate adequate research capabilities, such as publications. But will areas matter? Let's ...
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Should I post publications in preparation (or just submitted) on my CV?

If I have works that are almost submitted to journals, or are in journal review, is it appropriate to include these on my CV?
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Which Internship should I take?

I'm a Chemical Engineering major in undergrad, and I currently have two internship offers this summer. The first one is a 10 week summer research internship at a top-10 program in petroleum and ...
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Doubt regarding authorship

One of the master's student is working on a research problem. I am a PhD student. I have an idea which I proposed to my advisor on the same problem. Now he wants me and the masters student to work on ...
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Does using a bibliography software actually save you time aside from when converting citation style?

Does using a bibliography software actually save you time aside from when converting citation style? I have used refworks and endnote for years and from 3 years ago I decided to ditch them both and ...
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What will happen to my paper if the status of the accepted paper is “AAR” in a IEEE conference

I have been notified by IEEE organizing committee that my paper has been accepted by for their conference and requested to register. and the status of the paper is AAR . Please see below quotation. I ...
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How common is it to inadvertently “reinvent the wheel” in academia?

When engaging in research, I know its a good idea to read lots of papers and talk to others about what has been done before and what is currently being researched to avoid "reinventing the wheel". ...
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How to choose to which conference submit a scientific paper?

Nowadays, in almost every scientific field, there are hundreds of conferences. Many call for papers emails fill our mail boxes. Freedom of choice is great, but, how to choose to which conference send ...
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Changing the title of a research paper before the submission of the camera-ready version

My research paper has been accepted for the IEEE ICCSE conference. I am planning to change the title of the research paper before the submission of the camera-ready version. This would be a slight ...
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Publishing Same Research Paper on a National Conference as well as International IEEE conference

I submitted my final year research paper for a national level conference as well as international level IEEE conference. I was notified that my research paper has been accepted for the national level ...
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Is it a good practice to indicate the desired handling editor when submitting a paper?

In submission forms of academic journals, I often see the possibility to give names of desired / non-desired reviewers for the submitted papers. But very rarely I see fields for choosing an editor who ...
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Academic journals aimed at publishing work by high school students

I'm a sixth form student, and one day I would like to call myself an academic. Do you know of any academic journals that are specifically for students, or would accept work from a student? I would be ...
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Related work in an article

(This is a junior researcher's question.) Scientific publications contain a part discussing related work and the context of the paper. However, it is not clear where to put the section discussing ...
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Academic pipeline: How many papers should you have under review?

Often I've come across rules of thumb about maintaining active publication record. The advice I've most often been given is that one should have at least two papers under review at all times? What's ...
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How does a book chapter in an edited volume compare to a peer reviewed paper?

I have been invited to write a book chapter in an edited volume, relating to my field of work. I have a paper ready that I have not published and was planning to submit it soon. So, I am wondering is ...
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Co-authorship for not very involved supervisor

I have now completed my PhD by research. I received support from my supervisor in the form of advice on my chapters (for which I am indebted to him; we have a very good working relationship). The ...
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How to get started with submitting first peer reviewed paper based on PhD?

I am not based in academia so unsure what the protocols (and the underlying and unwritten conventions are) in regard to getting my first paper published in a peer reviewed journal. The paper will ...
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Value of Print on Demand Publishing of PhD Dissertation

Following on from my question here, I understand there are many non-traditional methods of publishing a PhD dissertation as a book. One of it is Print of Demand (POD) method. A contributor to the ...
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Why should the scientific community avoid double submissions?

Every journal has strict rules about duplicate submissions, and I do not mean publishing the paper in 2 venues. My approach is mostly from an economics point of view: Given the fact that most reviews ...
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What should I do if I find two suspiciously similar conference publications by different authors?

In my research, I've found two articles that are completely identical, except the abstract and authors names. They are published on different conferences, with one year between. What should (must) I ...
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How do I convert my PhD dissertation so that it can be published as a book?

I have just completed a PhD by research, which I think has some merits in being available as a book (This is, of course, my personal opinion). The research cuts across several fields (e.g. sociology, ...
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What are potential downsides of (universal) author IDs pushed for by publishers etc.?

In recent years, several organizations (publishers, arXiv, universities) started pushing for systems of a reliable author identification, gaining considerable traction with the recent launch of ORCID. ...