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What if I made a mistake in a paper and now I got a minor revision?

I have received a minor revision after a major revision for a paper. I discovered that I made a mistake in the calculations. Fixing it will result in changing a lot of the results, but the final ...
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How to handle gift authorship?

I am seeking advice for the following situation: I finished my PhD in microbiology in September 2021, just before I submitted a paper to eLife with me being first author and my PhD advisor as ...
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Coauthors just because advisors, how to deny?

Two advisors of my coauthor for a paper I'm first-authoring were listed few days before final submission. As far as I see, they did not contribute to this paper, nor have even read it. Sparing my ...
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How to improve quality of figures after reviewers have mentioned it? [closed]

The paper we are working on was accepted and we got a comment saying "Quality of Figures could be improved". All the figures that are given have been exported from matplotlib and have all ...
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How do I keep up to date with my field, both academic and non-academic texts?

I'm an early-career academic in economics/social science trying to keep on top of things. In my previous professional life, I have kept an RSS feed, but I have a hard time finding good ways of doing ...
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Is it possible to face future problems performing calculations based on possibly wrong data from the paper of other authors?

I published a paper and measured the environmental impact of some chemicals based on parameters published elsewhere by other authors. They are reputed and reliable but I suspect of some ...
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How to evaluate researchers?

Based on a recent question that seems closed or deleted, where the OP couldn't keep pace with his/her colleagues, I found it important to raise the questions of how researchers are evaluated to get ...
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My research supervisor has asked if he can submit a paper on my work to a journal, should I be named as an author?

My research supervisor has asked me if he can submit a paper on my work to a journal. I just want to know how that works. Do I get authorship if he is the sole writer of the paper, even though it is ...
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How should I write a letter to ask the author of a research paper some questions?

Can I write: Hi Prof. xxx, I am xxx, PhD student from xx University. Recently I am studying your paper titled “xxx” in xxx. Could you please help me understand why xxx? I assume that there may be two ...
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Chance of publication in top combinatorics journals after complicated submission history

(First appeared in Mathoverflow) In May 2020, I submitted a paper to a notable Combinatorics journal where a couple of earlier papers in the topic of my paper had been published. It was one of my ...
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Where can I publish a parody (but not hoax) paper with a serious message?

I have written a short paper (six pages) in which I empirically analyse publicly available data. Both the data and my analysis are genuine and without (intentional) errors. Still, by using statistical ...
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Can I switch disciplines in PhD programs? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student, looking to apply to PhD programs in Computer Science next year. I am interested in quite a lot of things in CS, especially Theoretical Computer Science and Artificial ...
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Wiley journal submission status question - "Pending editor assignment" [duplicate]

I have recently submitted a manuscript to a Wiley journal. I submitted it approximately 11 days ago. From then until now, my manuscript status was as follows: Undergoing initial checking Awaiting ...
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Writing a case report about my own medical problems without treating physician

I am a postdoc in epidemiology. Last year I had a very rare viral infectious disease that got me admitted to the hospital for more than a week, and it is worth a case report because it's a fairly ...
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If the main idea of an article is simple enough to be meaningfully exposed in the abstract, should that be done?

I'm trying to decide between two kinds of abstracts for an article I prepare. One mentions by name, goal and principle the well-studied, often taught, and commonly used theoretical construction I ...
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Should I send a corrigendum to my paper because values in the supporting material are wrong by an amount that doesn't impact the conclusion?

I recently got a paper published and reported a result in the body of the text that is right. However, this value is based on values in the supplementary material that are extremely close to the right ...
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Where to upload research data after article publication?

As the title says, I wish to publicly share a dataset used in one of my articles which has already been published (by MDPI, if that helps). I do not think the data is worthy of an article by itself, ...
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How are social media (such as Twitter) viewed for sharing research progress? [closed]

I am currently a PhD student and I have done some research and got great results. I have a Twitter account in which I have not mentioned anything about my research. My followers are mainly normal ...
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Is it possible to publish a pre-print article on many sites?

Is it permissible to publish a pre-print article on many sites, or is one sufficient? Do intellectual property rights allow this?
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Is there any way to reduce similarity in reference section/bibliography?

I am preparing my article to submit to a journal. The journal requires a maximum of 15% similarity including bibliography. My paper has 6% similarity without bibliography but 18% with bibliography ...
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Where can I find a paper that has been cited multiple times but only ever appears as a citation?

I'm doing an assignment on early warning score (EWS) systems as part of a postgraduate diploma in Medical Technologies. The progenitor of the system is cited in several papers as Morgan et al. Morgan, ...
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Advisor's paper fundamentally flawed, what do I do?

My advisor and another student collaborated on a paper, after reading it carefully myself, I've come to the conclusion that the approach is fundamentally flawed and the main result is plain wrong. As ...
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Research proposal and research project [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student I wrote in my research proposal that is was going to divide the outcome variable into mild, moderate but now when I'm writing my research project I found that I have to ...
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I have developed a tool which I think can benefit others. Can I publish this to a journal? [duplicate]

I'm a physicist and have written a tool which greatly simplifies my job. Instead of needing to worry about implementation details I can now simply input my data and the software will do all necessary ...
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Do short surveys belong in conference papers? Or just survey journals?

I was just wondering if a short survey on the literature belongs on a conference paper (10 pages max). Is it an option to submit the short survey (focuses specifically on an area) to a conference and ...
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Does making the second author an equal contributor affect its supervisory role in a 3-author paper?

I am a PhD graduate and I supervised a Master's student in a research work that lead to a publication. The Master student is the first author, then it is me, and then is the name of our advisor. Since ...
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What exactly is a survey article (review article) in research?

I have seen many articles with the "Survey" tag. What exactly does a (survey article consist of? Does it contain all the history and work done related to the particular topic? My concern: Is ...
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Is it ethical to cite the complete version of a paper in the short version of it?

I've written an article which is 32 pages long, (including 1.5 page of references and 3 pages of appendices). I intend to submit it to a conference which accepts 20-page long articles including ...
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Changing Figure Colors in Final Proof of Accepted Paper

I am currently reviewing the proof of an accepted paper for its publication. I have noticed there is a figure whose colors I have chosen very poorly: one of them is yellow and cannot be seen very ...
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How to acknowledge a research internship in a paper?

In an accepted paper, I have written my acknowledgments to the funding entities and now I want to also acknowledge the fact that this work was mostly carried out in X place thanks to an internship ...
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Does it make sense to provide a 'CRediT statement' when I am the sole author?

CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) offers 14 roles that, when enumerated alongside a mult-authored publication, renders individual contributions visible. Here is a simple example from this paper (...
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Should I review papers according to my conviction about correct methodology or according to the usual methodology applied in published papers?

If you disagree with most of the research community about some methodological questions**, how should you act as a reviewer of a paper? Should you review as most reviewers would? Or should you follow ...
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Can I mention in my CV a legislative bill that I wrote, but which is also not yet approved or deliberated upon by congress?

I'm applying for a doctoral scholarship, and the scholarships office told me to mention in my CV all my academic and professional research publications/authored works. Now, I once worked with a ...
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Is there a time limit to publish PhD research?

In 2019, I graduated with a PhD. (I am no academic so that was a massive achievement for me). I had started writing an article on the research however, due to personal circumstances, this was delayed. ...
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How to react to colleague publishing my idea

Many months ago I informally explained to another PhD student of my chair the main idea I was working on. Today, 6 months after, I discovered that he submitted it to a minor conference, got it ...
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How to structure an academic paper using basic statistical techniques?

I am teaching a class on introduction to academic research. The papers that I've written have mostly been according to a style that I "just picked up" from reading academic papers, and most ...
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Publishing a dataset to which anyone should be able to contribute

(I have seen multiple questions about how to share datasets in general, but none of them seems to involve the criterion of an open contributorship.) I want to share a dataset to which anyone should be ...
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Appeal filed -- what does it mean?

I recently submitted to a journal a manuscript that raises issues about a previous paper published before by the same journal. My submission got rejected but made no mention of our concerns about the ...
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My MSc advisor assigned me an idea that was already done but, I found new insights, should he be included as a co-author?

My MSc advisor gave me an idea that was already done and was not expecting me to add anything new but I found new insights, he was not convinced, he never helped or gave me motivation but, I continued ...
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Are there censored editions of academic journals?

I was taught as an undergraduate to be very careful when using and citing reprints of older books because they were frequently edited, abridged, or even censored. I was specifically warned not to use ...
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Mentioning a scholarship at the end of an article

So I finished my first degree and immediatly hoped onto my next (Master's). The issue was that when my supervisor asked me to write the article that contained my diploma thesis I was not able to ...
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How to get a random selection of papers based on certain criteria?

What would be a good (easy, quick, replicable) way to get a random selection of, say, 1000 papers (DOIs) based on specific criteria, such as that they ought to have been: published in journals of a ...
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What is the difference between Awaiting Reviewer Confirmation and Awaiting Reviewer Invitation? [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript to a journal, and the status changed from Awaiting Reviewer Selection to Awaiting Reviewer Confirmation. It has been 1.5 months with no change in status. I'm curious if we are ...
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Is scientific progress hindered by page limit and page format? [closed]

There is a trend in STEM: things get more and more complicated over time. There seems to be two things that are not matching up with the pace of our time: page limit, and page format. Page limit: for ...
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Incorrect citation in a published paper: can I ask the journal to correct it?

I found an (already published) paper that cites a paper of mine, but without inserting even the arXiv link (the paper is still in press). In this way, I lose one citation. Is it possible for me to ...
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How to add details of accepted paper but not published in the reference list?

I have two accepted papers X and Y. I listed X as a reference for Y. I used "To appear" in front of X in the reference section of Y. But it has not published yet. How can I add volume ...
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What to do after a paper gets accepted in a Springer journal?

I recently got my paper accepted in an SCI indexed journal published by Springer. The acceptance letter reached me 10 days back. However, the acceptance letter does not contain any information on what ...
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Is it accepted that I submit two novel papers at the same time, but one uses the methods in the other one?

I have written two STEM papers (Paper1 and Paper2) and I have already submitted Paper1. Paper2 implements some of the methods presented in Paper1. The conference I submitted for Paper1 and the journal ...
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How can I tell if my research interests are trendy? [duplicate]

It seems that for publishing papers, it's better if the topic is a trendy topic. In pure math, it seems that these topics include moduli stacks, geometric Langlands, and derived algebraic geometry. ...
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How long does it take for a manuscript to be given a reference number? [duplicate]

I have submitted my manuscript to a journal over 37 days and the status remains "Manuscript Submitted". The email says "Your manuscript will be given a reference number once an Editor ...
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