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Affiliation for a student's internship project

Though related to this question on undegrad student affiliation, I am in a somewhat different situation… I am an undergrad student at the Miskatonic University. For completion of their BSc, students ...
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Increasing speed of paper peer-reviewing

When reviewing a paper for peer review, I consistently find that I spend way more time on a paper than if I were just reading it for understanding. How can one increase the speed at which they review ...
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How to search for an open access journal with no publication fee?

I'm having some trouble trying to find a place to publish. Therefore this question is about how to find these places. For this I provide the following example, my particular case. I'm searching for: ...
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Are there any online tools to calculate academic collaboration distance (i.e. a generalisation of the Erdős number)?

The Erdős number is the academic collaboration distance someone has to Paul Erdős. MathSciNet has a tool to calculate the collaboration distance between two mathematicians (where one may or may not ...
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Paper stuck in “ASAP” status: what does it indicate?

I am looking at a paper by some colleagues, that has been in ASAP status for 4 months now. In that particular journal, “ASAP” indicates accepted papers after the authors have corrected the proofs: i.e....
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What are the boundaries between draft, manuscript, preprint, paper, and article?

In the terminology for a peer-reviewed publication to be submitted to a reputable scientific journal, what are the differences and characteristic properties of the following? draft manuscript ...
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What corrections can you make on galley proofs?

When I receive galley proofs of a paper, I look at possible errors introduced by the copy-editing team. But while I proofread the article, there are sometimes small mistakes I'd like to fix, which ...
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Is a paper that takes existing techniques to solve a practical and more specific problem valuable enough to get published?

Let's consider a paper that uses many different techniques to solve a practical problem. The techniques that the paper uses have all already been published by others. This paper only modifies or ...
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Should a Database Update be sent for publication in same journal where previous edition was published?

My lab published a database (db) two years back in Nuclear Acids Research. Now looking at the increasing data and new features we are planning to update the db. but the db admin is leaving now and I ...
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How to effectively address conflicting suggestions from reviewers

A bit of background, I am doing research in atmospheric physics and detection systems Recently, I received a paper submission back with revisions suggested by a couple of reviewers. For the most ...
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How “submitted”, “to appear”, “accepted” papers are evaluated in a CV?

Assume a search committee is reading my CV and in the publication section they notice some of my papers are only submitted or claimed to appear in a journal (or accepted for publication in a journal). ...
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When suggesting referee names, where do you draw the line for conflict of interest?

Journal submission guidelines in my field typically require the submitting author to provide the editor with a list of potential referees. The journal guidelines ask to suggest people with whom we ...
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In Computer Science, does a presentation of findings at a conference constitute a “publication”?

Most of the research I have done so far is in Computational Chemistry, where the major emphasis is on publishing in journals. But I also research aspects of Computer Science,and I have read here that ...
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What should a good theoretical physics PhD progress look like at the beginning of 3rd year? [closed]

Obviously I am asking this because I am worried! I am a theoretical physics grad student at one of the top places in the US. The following is a brief history of my last 2 years and I would like to ...
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Can not having any research papers be a reason for rejection for an MS program?

I am applying to an MS program in CS. I have not published any technical papers, mainly because I had little opportunity to do research and I did not want to write a paper just for the sake of it. ...
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Where can I find statistics on the average number of papers published while working on a PhD?

I'm interested in this, because I want to know if there is something like an average number that we might find. I am looking for statistics on the number of papers published while working on a PhD, ...
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In text listing style - how to use? Any downsides?

I'm currently considering to use a in line (in text) listing style, such as: 'Some things are quite good. (i) Thing A can do this and that, which is awesome because of this and that. (ii) Thing B can ...
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Why are all authors credited equally with authorship regardless of level of contribution?

Normally, the credit of a scientific paper is equally distributed among authors. In the real world, it is almost impossible to write a paper with equal contributions of all authors. Usually, one ...
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Can you cite a workshop or conference in a paper?

Some time ago, I went to a workshop/conference on the specific topic in my field. It was a small event, with not proceedings published. I would like to discuss it in an upcoming paper, in order to ...
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Publishing a comment or contacting the authors privately?

I have just read a recent paper in a well-respected journal. The work is technically sound and the results interesting. However, the authors comment their main results as unexpected and “extraordinary”...
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What stops an assistant/associate professor with a strong publication record from being promoted?

As far as I experienced, research is the most important factor for promotion, as it represents different features of an academician/scholar, which are needed by higher education institutions: teaching ...
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What are the advantages of publishing work in progress as a working paper?

Some fields like Economics and Maths have their work in progress published as "working papers" with notes like "work in progress, do not cite or quote without the author's permission."Sometimes they ...
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Is it better to have no publication than having you as second author?

I am a post graduate engineering student(Computer Science). I have only one conference (not very good) publication in my name as a first author. One of my seniors labmate, worked on a very good ...
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Biological data being used by an unpublished research paper is considered proprietary

This question may be too specialist to be on topic here. If it is off topic, please feel free to transfer it to another SE site, or close it, as appropriate. I am planning to publish an applied ...
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How many co-authors are enough?

I am doing research in an industrial organization. Now, I have written a paper describing my work and outcomes. The idea was completely envisaged by me and the paper was written solely be me. It was ...
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How to show proof of publication?

I have just got my first paper accepted to a reputed IEEE (say X for generality) conference. Now, one of the authors have registered for the conference as a student member of X. I have applied for ...
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Citing ideas but extending information

Imagine the following situation: Mr. Expert writes that it is important to have A,B & C. Dr. Smart writes it is important to have A, Y, Z. As both are using the arguments to lead to different ...
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How extended must my extended paper be?

I have been approached to submit an extended version of a research paper in a journal. The original paper is already published in a conference proceedings by publisher A. What "degree of extension" ...
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Is it unethical to submit for review multiple articles which overlap in some respect?

I am well aware of the ethic guidelines in the academic publishing world regarding submission for publication of the same article to multiple journals: I know this is broadly considered unethical and ...
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How much time does each stage of paper in Elsevier Editorial System (EES) take? [closed]

We have submitted a paper to an Elsevier Journal and now I want to know how much time each stage in article lifecycle take? There is an article in Elsevier site which describes different status of a ...
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Are there available corpora of academic works?

There are many different corpora[1] for the English language: Google Books ngram database is freely accessible and covers publications indexed in Google Books from the 16th century; words are tagged ...
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Not being a first author diminishes the contribution of co-authors?

If a group of students (say, 3 students), produces a work which has been accepted to a reputable conference. All of them contributed equally to the project,from implementation to writing and proof ...
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Who writes Nature’s “News & Views”?

Nature’s “News and Views” articles summarize high-impact research published recently in other journals. The News & Views articles are typically not written by the authors of the research paper, ...
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Citation or inclusion of name in conference paper

I am part of a team working on the second phase of a project. The project hasn't been published in any journals or conferences yet, mainly because not a lot of work has been done completely. Practical ...
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Should student or supervisor be corresponding author for publications based on student research?

Papers published from an academic project (MSc or PhD) usually have two authors; the first author is the student who mainly conducted the research, and the second author is the professor who ...
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Adding a faculty as a co-author

I and two other student, did a course project and it has been accepted for publication in an international conference. I am confused now that whether I should add his name as a co-author or ...
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Active or Passive Voice in International research journal, within the field of microorganism?

I have been composing the International journal for microbiology research. I learn that research journal should consist of active voice not passive, but I find that the previous researchers for ...
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Application of standard techniques to new data: is it publishable?

I have been working at an internship this past summer, and have applied a relatively standard technique (formal analysis of a security protocol) to a new (company internal) protocol. The company are ...
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Elsevier actions following US sanctions on Iran

Elsevier has started circulating this letter as a consequence of the sanctions taken by the US against Iran to the editors of their journals: Subject: US editors and reviewers can no longer handle ...
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Reference for scientific writing for an international journal in the micro-biology/micro-organism field [duplicate]

Could someone do me a favor for any guidance (link) for writing an article that is supposed to be submitted to an international journal in micro-biology/micro-organism field? Could you please lead me ...
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Is there a difference between an “update” to a scientific paper vs. a “new” paper in a scientific journal?

I have been doing research with a professor of mine pertaining to the topic of a well-received paper he wrote several years ago. The original paper discussed a computer program that the professor ...
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Does a student need official permission to publish an independent research article with university affiliation?

When a junior student is doing research independently (for example theoretical), does s/he need official permission to publish a research article? In the article, s/he needs to introduce his/her ...
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US editors and reviewers vs. Iranian authors? [duplicate]

Could you please let me know your opinion about the following? Subject: US editors and reviewers can no longer handle submissions by authors employed by the Government of Iran ...
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How should a student defend his 1st authorship in front of his advisor politely and effectively?

Inspired this good question, I think posting this question will surely benefit the next generations of students, albeit this does not happen to myself. The research students will publish several ...
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Who gets to write book reviews for academic journals?

Some journals publish reviews of newly published books in their field. It's not clear how authors for these reviews are typically chosen. Can you apply for writing a review? Or should you do just like ...
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Using “Smith et al” when another Smith is also referenced

My name is John Smith and I'm writing a paper. In the discussion of the existing literature, I cite quite a few papers from another team, including many whose first author was a David Smith. I usually ...
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Submit a paper to a conference where co-authors are in the committee?

I recently read a paper whose co-authors are found in the conference committee. Although they are not in the executive committee, they are in organizing committee and all the committee people know ...
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When to publish and what to include in a work in progress?

I have often seen conferences which invite papers on "work in progress" or "work with not too mature results" along with the original and exhaustive research. So, when is it apt to present your work ...
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Where to describe the pros and cons of the related work in a paper?

I just start writing a paper. This is also my first time doing so. I have a problem describing the pros and cons of the related literature. I am not sure where I should place them. Some of the ...
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What should I do if I found a citation error in a published paper?

I've found a mistake in a published paper, and am unsure what to do now. I was looking at all cited articles from a paper over 10 years old, and found one that is citing the paper in error. A ...

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