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Should writers give credit to reference librarians?

The reference librarians at my school are often very helpful. If I tell them my topic, they will help me find many resources which I might not have otherwise found and generally tend to save me a lot ...
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Requesting raw data from previously published research

I am working on a mathematical model to help explain some experimental results and generate new hypotheses. Unfortunately, I have neither the resources nor interest to gather experimental data, but in ...
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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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How long should I register a domain name that will be referenced in scientific publications?

I have a website (with data and modeling interface) that will be referenced in a series of scientific publications that are beginning to be published. Currently the website is along the lines of ...
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What figure formatting can, should, or will be done by a publisher?

Background When preparing a final version of a figure, it appears that some changes could be more easily made in a graphics software (gimp, inkscape, scribus, adobe) as opposed to R. Such changes ...
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Should we reply to the editor after a paper has been rejected and we don't plan to revise/resubmit?

After receiving a rejection (not revise and resubmit) decision from the editor/associate editor of a journal, should we write an email to thank him/her for the time, or just do nothing? I imagine one ...
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Can co-authoring a paper as a new grad harm my reputation/career?

To be specific, I just graduated with a Bachelor's degree, and my final project supervisor has asked me to co-author a paper with him about the subject of the project I did with his supervision. I'd ...
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arXiv preprint and final paper differing by sections and appendices

Because of the style of a journal, and the space limit, I was asked to remove a section and all appendices. While I have no problem with that, I want to preserve it in the arXiv preprint. So: Is ...
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How does one submit an article “informally”?

Although I have read a lot in my area of interest (plant taxonomy and botanical nomenclature), in am no academic of it, having only a Bachelor of Translation degree. It has taken me two years of ...
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Why do Math journals provide you with LaTeX class files and instructions and they also advise you not to spend time typesetting the paper?

This is what I don't understand. Journals provide you with LaTeX class files and instructions and they also advise not to spend time typesetting the paper into the exact format of the journal. What ...
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Professors and Liberal Arts Colleges

In general, do professors work at liberal arts colleges because they do not want to have to face the pressure of writing a lot of research papers? Instead they want their evaluations to be skewed ...
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How active should professors be in writing papers with their students?

In recent months, I have found myself getting involved in varying degrees with the papers being written with members of my group. Some of the papers—by the more senior and experienced members of the ...
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How to salvage a rejected paper when you don't have time to correct it?

I just submitted a paper to a conference. The reviewers gave me their responses only two days before the deadline to resubmit the paper. They seemed to indicate that my paper was on topic, and had ...
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Releasing one version of a Scientific Paper under an Open License

I am going to release a Technical Report that will be archived and made available online by the university's library. An abridged version of the work was accepted by a peer-reviewed conference and ...
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How to publish an academic book but make the PDF freely available online?

Background I like the idea of writing an academic book. It currently looks better on a CV when applying for jobs, grants, promotions, etc. than a blog post, or a website. Libraries and people ...
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How to evaluate an open access journal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you judge the quality of a journal? How to evaluate the genuineness/authenticity, impact, significance & reputation of an open access journal? The prestigious ...
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Is there any disadvantage to having open-access publications?

Is there any compulsory rule for researchers to have publications in restricted access publication platforms? What if one has majority of his publications in open access journals?
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What metrics are used to judge a mathematical journal's quality?

The metric I see most on the internet and on journals' home pages is the 'Impact Factor'. Are there any other metrics that are considered as important as (or more important than) the Impact Factor?
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Etiquette and guidelines for sending pre-published work to other people?

So I've just written up a report that could eventually turn into a publishable manuscript, but since I'm new and this would be the first paper that I've ever written, I'm definitely going to need ...
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What are the factors one needs to take into account in order to choose an appropriate mathematical journal?

Several months ago I submitted a paper to a journal. The area covered by the journal is the same as the one covered in the paper. However, I waited several months and finally the paper was rejected by ...
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Sample Research Grant White Paper

I am working on a research grant proposal and the funding agency requires us to turn in a white paper before the actual proposal. I have no clue how a research grant white paper should look like. I ...
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Attributing contributions to academic work that occur in Stack Exchange

Sometimes we may ask questions on stack exchange or online forums wherein the response is helpful or even essential to a piece of work that gets published in an academic journal. If this occurs, how ...
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What is the best repository for Engineering research work in pre-print format?

I'm a civil engineer myself and found no options for depositing engineering related pre-print papers in any online repositories. Is there any easy solution to this? For example, academia.edu lets one ...
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How should I interpret a journal rejection of “not of sufficient interest” or “does not meet journal standards” without mention of any errors?

How should I interpret a journal rejection of "not of sufficient interest" or "does not meet journal standards"? This is what happened to me particularly. Papers were rejected for those reasons and ...
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Being quoted for an incorrect statement

Once I expressed an opinion on a question in a discussion with a person working on the problem. My opinion didn't work in its original form but could be modified a little to make it correct, i.e., ...
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Citing (or not) a flawed or incomprehensible paper or preprint

Is there a good practice of citing (or not) a paper or preprint that you consider flawed (or at best - totally incomprehensible)? Once I had a problem of that sort. I wrote a paper on a topic, which ...
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I want to submit a paper to arXiv.org, but I'm not affiliated to an Institute. What can I do?

I have a paper which I'm interested in submitting to arXiv.org. However, the submission guidelines say an institutional affiliation is required for submission. I've graduated in physics from Unicamp ...
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How to withdraw your paper from an open access journal where it has been accepted?

My paper got accepted in a mediocre open access journal. However later I found out that its publishing fees was too high. What would be the correct way of asking a withdrawal of your article from ...
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Why is the city of publication important in most bibliography format?

Most bibliography formats require the city of publication for books. Why? In this digital era, ISBN would be way more important. But even before the digitalization of everything, why was the city of ...
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Additional data for anonymous submission

I've recently submitted a paper to a conference requiring anonymous submission, meaning that the name of the authors should not be included, and no obvious self-reference should be made. The problem ...
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Is printed the same as published?

Many teachers at my university have produced custom course books for their students. These books contain all original content, written by the teacher, and tailored specifically for the course and ...
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Why do some arXiv preprints have increased line spacing?

Some preprints on arXiv have 1.5- or double-spaced lines, making it less pleasant to read and more wasteful to print. Is there a reason for it, except for the laziness/sloppiness? (If drafts were >1-...
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What to do if my paper is incorrectly cited in a journal?

Recently I got a cite in a research paper where the author cited my work as [first name] et al, where it should have been [last name] et al. Is there any problem for indexing purpose? should I contact ...
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Beginners' guide to publications in mathematics

I solved an interesting problem in probability, and I think it's worth publishing as an interesting application. However, I am not a mathematician and don't know anything about existing journals or ...
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Do many academic institutions let students deposit their publications in the institutional repository?

I'm a doctoral student and I've published several academic papers. My institution maintains a digital institutional repository, but it doesn't look like I can put copies of my work in it. When I ...
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What is an extended abstract?

Some conferences ask for an extended abstract. What are the differences among "abstracts," "extended abstracts," and "full papers?"
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For publications, what do I do when my first name is abbreviated?

I'm Muslim, I use Md. as for Muhammad. So when submiting to journals, should I stick to the 2nd & 3rd names? I'm currently facing problems in submitting to arxiv.org which asks for only first and ...
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Abbreviations in journal papers

Do I expand abbreviations at their first use per section or per paper? This is an IEEE publication, but I haven't come across any specific instructions.
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Why do universities have to spend money on journals?

Obviously this is a question in the light of the recent Elsevier boycott. Currently we do have an arXiv, maintained by academia and where researchers regularly upload parts of their work. In such a ...
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Affiliation for a retiree

This question is similar to Rules for affiliation for student doing unpaid research in his/her free time? and Is it acceptable to publish a paper using an affiliation with a former employer? except ...
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Are cover letters sent to referees and should you highlight the contribution of your paper in the cover letter?

How to write a cover letter to journal when submitting a manuscript? In the letter, it is expected that I propose 5 referees. Is this the only reason to write a cover letter? Will the cover letter be ...
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At what point in the writing process should one contact an academic book publisher?

Is it better to contact a publisher early in the writing process so that the editor can be involved in shaping the project, or is it better to submit a full academic book manuscript? In my case, this ...
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When should conferences precirculate papers?

I have been to a few conferences that worked based on precirculated papers. That is, everyone submits their papers in advance and the assumption is that conference goers who come to a given talk have ...
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When and why a scientific technical report is written?

While making some paper search in my scientific field, sometimes I find articles that are not published in journals or conference proceedings, but as technical reports. In my experience, I've never ...
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Simplest way to jointly write a manuscript?

As with many papers in the sciences, there are multiple authors who aren't physically close to each other. I was curious about the most efficient and simplest way to technically share the writing. On ...
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Four papers accepted for publication however not published due to some monetary issues?

I have successfully got my papers accepted in different journals. However, due to some money issues, I couldn't get them published. Now I have my final project presentations. Will it hold value for ...
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Should I include publications where I am a “team member” in my CV

Related to but different from Should I include a publication where I'm only acknowledged (and not one of the authors) in my CV? I'm a part of some publications which officially are written by ...
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Can I put into Acknowledgments someone who is no longer living?

I am finishing a paper which was created thanks to my inspiration of Erik Erikson's work on psychological developement. The paper is, however, in the field of thermodynamics and complexity-science. I, ...
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Updating a preprint when it is under review

I know that preprints deposited into a preprint server should be in a polished state. However, what should happen once it starts the review process? Should those copy-edits be updated on the preprint? ...
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Should I include a publication where I'm only acknowledged (and not one of the authors) in my CV?

Suppose that I've helped other researchers with the statistical analyses for an epidemiological study and therefore I am acknowledged for that in the "Acknowledgments" section of the paper (something ...