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How much can you share unpublished forum articles?

There are some journals, such as Behavioral and Brain Sciences, that publish a single target article per issue, followed by 20 to 30 commentaries on that article, and then a rebuttal/synthesis from ...
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Are law review publications helpful for gaining acceptance into a PhD program?

I'm currently finishing up my J.D., and I plan on practicing law for at least a few years. However, I'm also considering returning to school to study CS. In the meantime, I plan on researching and ...
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Should academic papers necessarily carry a sober tone?

I was reading this paper titled "Optimal Symmetric Rendezvous Search on Three Locations." While talking about the history of search problems, the author mentions the following anecdote in passing. ...
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Is it a bad idea to submit a paper merely to elicit reviewers' comments?

Some days ago I was talking with a friend of mine, who is currently a post-doc at the illustrious Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) working on humanoid robotics. He was quite disgruntled because ...
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Is a researcher with the same name in a different field likely to cause confusion?

I would like to get some advice on what may or may not be a problem, namely the lack of unique identifiers for scientific authors. So there is a researcher with the same first and last name as myself,...
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How can I determine whether a conference is reputable?

I recently received an invitation to a conference and I'm trying to determine how reputable it is. Is there a good way to go about this?
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Are contributions to conference proceedings considered to be "archival" publications?

While technical papers are generally considered to be "non-archival" and journal papers "archival", I couldn't find a clear statement about papers that appear in conference proceedings. Does it matter ...
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Should you provide citation for an professional organization or learned society?

I am writing a paper in which I refer to a database maintained by a learned society. Something like: We performed this analysis on 7,195 structures taken at random from the Poisonous Substances ...
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What is the difference between Abstract, conclusion and summary?

The above question is self explanatory, still I would like to break it into two parts. Q1. What is the difference between abstract and summary/conclusion? Q2. What is the difference between summary ...
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Are book reviews peer-reviewed? Are news articles peer-reviewed?

A couple of simple questions: Books are not peer reviewed in general. Are book reviews that appear in academic journals peer-reviewed? Since they represent personal opinions, I would think they ...
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Can I publish a critique of an experiment in a field in which I am not an expert?

I found a major flaw in reasoning in a psychological experiment, but I am not even related to psychology, I just attended to that course at my university in my spare time. The flaw I found is strictly ...
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Author Ambiguity in PubMed Search

Given a (rather large) list of authors, what is the best way to find the number of publications by each author? The big problem here is author ambiguity (which John Smith, etc.) - the author list we ...
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How to present data in a paper in terms of style

I have previously been involved in a course, where we (the students) were supposed to use a specific style, when presenting our graphical data. By style I mean the size/color of legends, thickness of ...
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How to quote a passage with a punctuation error?

I want to quote the following passage (actually, the original passage as somewhat longer but let's consider this a minimal working example) Awareness of others, can address affective needs. but ...
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For undergraduates, is publishing "weak" research better than not publishing?

As an undergraduate student, I have worked on some projects for my own interest, and recently a professor said that one of these works can be published (in a Elsevier journal with impact factor of ...
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What does "Publish or perish" really mean?

In this site, I quite often see answers containing this "Publish or perish" sentence. What does it really mean? Is it limited to a particular academic system (i.e. U.S.) or it is the general case ...
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Request for high res figures: what should I be mindful of?

A researcher in my field has written to ask me high resolution files for 5 figures from 3 different papers of mine. He states: Currently I am revising one review article where I have used several ...
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Can dissertation be included in publication part in CV

In my CV, I include my dissertation topic within my education part like this: From start-time to end-time Master of something, University at somewhere Dissertation title: something However, I also ...
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Why aren't all research articles on PubMed?

I was recently doing some research on PubMed and I noticed that, in my field of research (plant science), some articles are referenced and others are not, even for two articles in the same journal... ...
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Where can I get presentation slides of research papers [closed]

When I go through the Abstract section of a research paper and find a subject that I'm interested in, then I go through the whole paper. But going through the whole of it, takes lots of extra time ...
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Indicating a name change after publication

My wife has publications under both her maiden name and her married name. How should she indicate that this is the case on her CV, if she wants to mention publications from both time periods?
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Is it better for a mathematical paper to have a citation or a nice theorem + another coauthor?

I'm publishing my first paper soon with three collaborators. We made a conjecture towards the end of the paper and intended to publish with the question still open. Another mathematician heard of ...
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How do I sign my papers?

My name is Jorge Fernández de Cossío Díaz. In my country, we have two last names: the first (Fernández de Cossío) comes from the father side, and the second (Díaz) comes from the mother side. I have ...
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Legal or duplicate to publish results in both dissertation and journal [duplicate]

Suppose one has published his results in a journal, then uses them in his dissertation, is it legal or duplicate? Conversely, if one tend to publish some important results in his dissertation to a ...
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What can/should be done about journals that spam potential contributors?

I'm a very early stage researcher and my first two conference papers could have been better, but that doesn't stop new journals spamming me with offers to publish my work. This morning I received two ...
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On the use of grant funds for extracurricular research

While reading the PUBLICATIONS PRODUCED AS A RESULT OF THIS RESEARCH section of some completed NSF award abstracts, I expected to find papers only within the limited scope of the goals of the proposal....
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Article-based PhD and advisor's (new) role?

My engineering university offers a relatively new option to do an article-based dissertation, where the primary research is submitted (and hopefully published) in several scientific journals (at my ...
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What versions of a paper do I still hold rights to?

I just had my first paper accepted for publication (hooray!), but I'm wondering how copyright works for the paper. I know that for this publication, the publishing house owns the copyright of the ...
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Should the distinction between bibliography and reference be maintained when writing a paper?

There is a small difference between a bibliography and a reference: the former includes all works consulted and the latter only those that are cited in the paper. Should we maintain this technical ...
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Is a IEEE student member counted as a member in a submission to a transaction?

I am going to submit a paper to a IEEE transaction. I am a student member of IEEE. In the auther line of the paper, do I append "IEEE, Member", "IEEE, Student Member" or nothing after my name?
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What proportion of papers submitted to Nature are actually sent for review?

From Nature's "Getting Published with Nature" guidelines: Nature has space to publish only 8% or so of the 200 papers submitted each week, hence its selection criteria are rigorous. Many ...
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Has it ever happened that one paper's findings were contradicted by another?

Since reviewers don't check the experimental results by trying to reproduce the experiment, is it possible for someone to submit a paper which basically says "Method X was proposed in paper Y and ...
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How is a new academic journal born?

We have witnessed (heard or read) about the birth of new academic journals many times. I have a vague idea how that happens: A scientist or a group of scientists recognize the need for an academic ...
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Can we earn money through a research publication?

Is there a way we can get money for our research paper? Do research journals pay us for a research paper? Or can we sell the research paper?
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Is asking an author I'm reviewing to cite me a conflict of interest?

I'm reviewing a paper whose work is quite related to some of my early PhD work, that was about 2 years ago. I have a paper published in a Journal that proved that method A had good solutions for the ...
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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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If I publish under a pseudonym, can I still take credit for my work?

Is it possible to publish under a nom de plume (pen name, pseudonym)? ... and still take credit for the work? I may have a chance to publish with the professor I am working with soon and if I am on ...
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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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Shrink the paper or pay for extra page charges?

A PhD student has started his research about two year ago by research scholarship from university. His supervisor won a huge grant on a topic very close to his research project couple of months ...
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How to negotiate with referees of your paper

I have submitted a paper several years ago and its referee process took about three years and I had to revise the paper six times to get the final approval. The paper had two helpful and knowledgable ...
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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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How to anonymize a business in a paper?

I am assisting with a research paper about a single business. The business owners agreed to participate in the study on condition that their name remain anonymous. What is the proper or common way to ...
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Has anyone ever written a paper and put your name on it?

I am a professor and researcher in mathematics and my research is kind of on the theoretical side. Online, I discovered a mathematician who had written some papers with ideas similar to mine, and we ...
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Can the publication conference choice affect one's admission to a new academic job?

Sometimes, I have been noticing some postdoc open position announcements that, besides the usual prerequisites (PhD, an excellent CV, programming skills, etc.), asked the candidates to have ...
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Archiving papers, simulation and experimental data, etc?

Archiving of papers and projects is very important for most of the people, and everyone has a method of it. I, personally, try to have different folders for different papers. In the folder of each ...
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Who am I? A "Copy Editor"?

I help with typesetting of one scientific journal: I recieve the articles in the form in which they were finally accepted, and I re-format them etc. to make them ready for publication. Currently, my ...
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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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Worry about stealing of research ideas

I have gotten an idea in the field of Computer Science that it can result in a research paper. The problem is that I lack the adequate background in one part needed for this research, mostly ...
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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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