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Standard for figure description in main text and its placement in a report/paper

I heard of this rule/recommendation (or may be its opposite) - Always let the figures come after they are described in the text. What is the correct rule? What's the logic? Is it always followed? ...
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Is it necessary to include and update the status of a paper on arXiv once it has been accepted for publication in a journal?

Let's suppose you write a paper and you post it on arXiv. If a paper is sent to a journal for peer-review, should you always include this information in the paper comments (including the name of the ...
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How important is the publication venue for academic hiring and grant applications?

A comment in this question says: but spending some money to publish in a high rank journal can open more funding opportunities in future, doesn't it?. In another post, JeffE writes in this answer: ...
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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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Acknowledging a reviewer from a journal from which the paper was rejected

My paper was rejected from a journal. However, remarks of one of the reviewers were useful, and I incorporated them into the next version of the paper. Is there a general pattern of acknowledging ...
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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 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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Is one or two years' postdoc experience helpful for a (nonacademic) research career?

I just graduated with a Ph.D. in Asia. And I'm considering to look for a postdoc position in US in the field of computer science (to be specific, machine learning and computer vision). But I don't ...
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Quality of an image for publication reproduced from another source

I have my paper back from a reviewer. The main point is that a quality of the image is not good enough for the publication. I reproduced this image from another paper (with permission) but the only ...
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Are there any acceptable reasons for omitting data in a publication (i.e. “data not shown”)?

I was recently going through an article (which I was told is fundamental in the area of my new project) published in a respectable medical journal. In short, the paper is about the similarities ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How successful are publication agreement addenda?

I work in the field of chemistry, where some of the prominent publishers have very invasive (or restrictive) copyright transfer agreements. Thus, I'm considering the use of amendments (or addenda) to ...
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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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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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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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I would like to build a web scraper for a list of scientific papers libraries, what are the legal limits?

I am a researcher, and I would like to scrape a list of scientific libraries sites such as Springerlink.com, ScienceDirect.com, IEEExplore digital library and so on, to analyse them for some purpose. ...
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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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Importance of Undergraduate Research

How important is it for an undergraduate student majoring in Physics and Mathematics (or any other science) to have experience in research (e.g., have a peer reviewed paper to his name most probably ...
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Practical implications of noting “equally contributing authors”

I was recently reading a paper on which the author list had an interesting twist: both the first and second author had an asterisk next to their name, with the footnote "these authors contributed ...
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How can I get involved in grant proposal reviews as a graduate student?

I need to get some more experience with writing grant proposals, and I know that professors are often invited to review them. How can I get involved in it while still being just a graduate student?
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Present journal paper at conference or the same work at multiple conferences [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Under what circumstances can one republish a conference paper/presentation? I have recently completed a Masters of Science which I pursued to fill a personal goal and to ...
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Why they do not send my work to referees while they are unable to conclude that the work provides the sort of firm advance?

Thank you for submitting your manuscript "Article title" which we are regretfully unable to offer to publish. It is YYY' policy to return a substantial proportion of manuscripts without ...
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How to build research paper based on a unpublished paper?

A few days ago, I read an article that I found through Google. I analyzed it and find that article is correct, and then I prepared a paper of my own built on the basis of that article. But when I ...
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What's Adjunct Proceedings?

I came across a paper today: Plink It: Paper-Based Links for Cross-Media Information Space Jurgen Steimle, Nadir Weibel, Simon Olberding, Max Muhlhauser, and James D. Hollan. Adjunct ...
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Optimal journal publications strategy (academic career)

Suppose that I've written 10 academic papers. Which CV is the best for academic appointments? 5 publications in mid-high ranked journals, 5 in low ranked (but nevertheless peer-reviewed) journals. 5 ...
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Guidelines for changing terminology introduced by self?

The topics that have been in my research focus recently have problems with consistent naming and terminology through time and papers, so I might perceive it as a greater problem than I would normally, ...
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Article grammar and spell check

I'm not a native English speaker. My supervisor and I have read our manuscript at least twice, but after two months the reviewers say the grammar is unsatisfactory. I want to know if there is any ...
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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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Citing non Academic Books

What is the best way to cite non academic books in papers, for example, if we are writing a paper on economics, and want to say that "Charles Dickens presents a good portrayal of the English society ...
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Publishing the same results at multiple conferences

I presented my psychology thesis at an undergraduate conference, an international conference in France, and am now interested in submitting it to be presented at the 2013 APA conference in Hawaii. ...
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Substantial update of an arXiv paper

I put on arXiv several months ago a paper that has been submitted at the same time to a conference. The conference paper was rejected, and using the reviews, we have started improving the paper, and ...
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Extending a result submitted to a conference before acceptance/rejection notification

I recently submitted a paper to a conference whose notification of acceptance/rejection is due to 3 months from now. However I realize that I can extend my results in such a way that it gets much more ...
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Outsourcing your research to Kaggle for co-authorship or other non monetary options

Some parts of our research fall out of our expertise. We thought about creating a Kaggle challenge just for this part. But we lack fund resources for the reward, so we could not offer any money. We ...
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Web application for managing a library of papers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Keeping track of bibliography references for an entire research group Is there a web application which can help the researchers at my group collaboratively manage a collection ...
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Manuscript in pipeline, corresponding author between jobs

What happens to manuscripts needing revision while the corresponding author is between academic jobs? Not every academic will always find a new position seamlessly after the previous one. For example,...