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Attitudes towards self-plagiarism

I am planning to write several papers exploring various aspects of the same scientific question. Each of these papers must have an introduction which motivates it and explains the relationship between ...
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E-mail address to use in publications

It is customary to use one's academic e-mail address as contact address in publications; I have seen once or twice an @gmail.com address being used instead, but it simply looked unprofessional. ...
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How does one issue a call for papers on military history?

A non-academic group to which I belong holds military history conferences a few times a year. We've discussed seeking presentations from graduate students, but we're unsure of the process. So, I have ...
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When someone says a paper is published “in Nature”, does that mean it's published in *Nature*?

Oftentimes, researchers talk about a paper that's been published "in Nature" (typically to establish its notoriety). However, I would like to clarify exactly what this means. Along with Nature, the ...
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How do you cite an internal report?

In the field of numerical modeling, Researchers often times find conference papers or journal articles which cites an internal report as the core of the paper. The main authors may have access to the ...
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PhD thesis layouts from around the world

About to do this PhD thesis here - but am not really satisfied with my layout. Could somebody point me to some interesting layouts, templates or whatever?
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In writing a paper, how far can criticism of previous works go?

What are the appropriate limits when criticizing the previously published work of others that you're citing in a paper? Are there limits with respect to maintaining decorum and decency?
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When should an author retract their paper as a result of misinterpreted results?

I'm curious when should an author make a call on retracting their paper vs. sending an errata or a correction. Many say it is when an error is involved that influences the interpretation of the paper. ...
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Factors determining a feasible research field

It was discussed in prospect of PhD research proposal previously, but this question is for all ages of researchers. What factors should one take into consideration before selecting a research field?
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How to ensure proper peer-review for a self-published book?

In this day and age, with more and more people going the self-publishing route, I'd be interested in experiences from/opinions about how to go about having your self-published book properly peer-...
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Is it acceptable to extend results from an arXiv paper that has not appeared in a journal?

In general, building on unpublished work of another author, which he may have told you in confidence, or you may encountered as a reviewer or by word of mouth or other informal means, is not an ...
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What to do when principal investigator publishes your work without putting you down as a coauthor?

Say I am post-doc in the USA, and my PI (principal investigator) just published a review I wrote, with pictures I took of my experiments without putting my name as the author. What tools do I have at ...
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How should a PhD student approach a collaboration?

I'm a PhD student at a top-ten university in the UK. I'm just starting the second year of my social science doctorate. I'm way 'ahead' of where I should be at the moment in terms of words written, ...
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Having preferred and non-preferred reviewers in journal submissions

IEEE asks journal authors to submit the names of their (non-)preferred reviewers. Given it may not be appropriate to list an acquaintance as a reviewer, how does one judge if an anonymous person will ...
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Acknowledging funding

I often read in research articles acknowledgments such as The first author is (partially) supported by a grant of the National Science Foundation of Sikinia no. 1234567890. What are the guidelines ...
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How to let a journal know that its submission process is very painful?

I have recently decided to no longer publish, or at least publish less, with a well respected journal in my field. How do I let the journal know in a meaningful way that the submission process is very ...
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Under what circumstances can one republish a conference paper/presentation?

For conferences that "peer review" and "publish" full papers, when, if ever, can you resubmit essentially unchanged versions for publication in a peer reviewed journal? In my field, when conference ...
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What is research, specifically in Computer Science? [closed]

I have a Bachelor's in Computer Engg from India but the education system here is pathetic and I have no idea about research. I'm about to join an Ivy league university in the US for the Master's ...
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Towards a Stackexchange-like comment/reputation system for research papers

We have had quite a few discussions on how to gauge the quality of research papers and academic journals. The consensus is that it is tough to identify a single metric which could reveal this quality ...
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Electronic journals with 'print on demand'

We're thinking of starting a journal for undergraduate research. I'm vaguely aware that some electronic journals have a 'print on demand' capability, so that someone who wants a printed bound copy ...
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Common file-formats for writing research papers

This is a rewrite of a question that was perhaps-naively posed. I rephrase... What file formats are ok/good/ideal/common/long-term-viable/archivable/useful for research papers? And, also, there's ...
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Writing papers in language X and translating to English vs. writing papers in English to begin with?

I'm working with a group in China, and we were discussing the following question, which I would like to ask here too: Question: Is it better to write a paper in Chinese, then translate it into ...
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What will happen to non open-access publications in the UK after 2014?

The UK recently decided that from 2014, all research papers supported by public funds must be published in open-access journals. For instance, the Research Councils UK announced a new policy stating ...
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Is Lambert Academic Publishing a reputable company?

I was contacted by the Acquisition editor of Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP) to publish my bachelor's thesis as a printed book. Is LAP any good? I have no idea about it; I have just heard that it's ...
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What does first authorship really mean?

In my field (theoretical computer science), authors of any paper are always listed alphabetically; our papers don't have "first authors". (Well... hardly ever.) In most other disciplines, at least ...
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Where to publish Ph.D. related articles in the IT field

I am currently working on my Ph.D. with topic “Research of the current methods and technologies for web sites and web application development“. I have some articles that I would like to share(and also ...
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How much tweaking of figure design (not content) can I postpone until the final figures are requested?

I have finished all of my manuscript revisions except for some minor details in the figure. As I understand it, once the manuscript is accepted, a final draft of high resolution figures will be ...
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What are examples of appropriate journals to publish new mathematical conjectures?

The paper I want to publish is just a conjecture.
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Why doesn't citation of a book give specific pages?

In papers or books, citation to another book usually doesn't contain the specific page, section, chapter of where a result is borrowed. If the book is really thick, and the readers may have different ...
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Should I worry about a referee who recommended rejection being offended if my paper is accepted?

After submitting a paper for review, I received a letter from the editors containing a negative report and informing me that their (editors') decision was to reject the paper. Although the paper was ...
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Research publications for Masters by Research

I do have little research experience on "Web Security" and I made some inventions in that. I have patented my inventions and now when I was trying to apply for Masters by Research in Information ...
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How to efficiently get multiple outputs for a given set of inputs?

Background: I was reading about Google's Hybrid approach to research. This prompted me to think about how in academia I try to get multiple output from the one set of inputs. For example, I might try ...
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What are the minimal screen parameters for tablet bought for reading papers

Kind of related to my last question: Is typical ebook reader with pdf support enough to read scientific papers (but I guess that this is distict enough). What are minimal sreeen parameters for ...
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What is an “author's novelty file” in journals?

Recently I submitted a paper in a journal then after a few days I got following comments: Your submission of the manuscript has been unsubmitted. This is because your "Author's Novelty File" was not ...
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Is typical ebook reader with pdf support enough to read scientific papers

I am considering buying either an e-book reader or a full tablet. My main motivation is to read books and scientific papers and I really don't need all the extra stuff tablets can give me. My only ...
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What category does a collection of mathematics tricks come under?

I am currently researching on Recreational Mathematics - Mathematical Tricks and I have come across this article: Ten Amazing Mathematical Tricks . This article is of free style and does not follows ...
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Separate books from papers in bibliography of a paper

Is there some automatic way to single out the books in bibliography of a paper in IEEE format? For example, write some program or use some functionality of some editors to find out the books ...
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What are refereed and non-refereed journals?

What does it mean by publication in refereed and non-refereed journals? Are these terms applicable to conference papers too? Is there any relationship with peer-review?
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Publishing paper using an open-source software

Can someone publish a paper on the mathematical model of the open source software i.e. parameter analysis of the model (i.e relevant to specific area) which is the backbone of the software. Is it ...
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Site with statistics of publications/citations per country?

I'm looking for a site (other than Scimago) that presents statistics of published papers and/or citations per country. However, I need more detail than that presented in Scimago. Ideally, I would like ...
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Why is Paper Publishing and getting a patent completely unrelated?

I know that not all, but many papers (that are accepted and published) are based on ideas that can be patented as well. So, why is that there is no system in which a person can apply for a Publishing ...
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On citing books as references in papers

I am an undergraduate student with no experience and no guidance from any teacher whatsoever. I have done research on Recreational Mathematics (Maths tricks). I have a lot of new tricks to introduce, ...
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When does one go for an invited paper?

I have little understanding about invited papers, but as far as I know, I think these are non-peer-reviewed papers presented at a conference. Now why and when does one go for an invited paper? Is it ...
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Is there any reason to get paper reprints of your articles?

Is there any reason to get paper reprints of your articles? Some journals charge for reprints others give them for free. Should I save the trees and not ask for the free ones? Are reprints so ...
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What references must be acknowledged in a paper?

This question came up from a discussion on meta.MSE. My question is: Do we need to search MSE (or blogs, math forums, ...) to make sure someone hasn't already proven a result when writing a paper?...
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Should I respond to emails (resembling spams) asking for my papers?

I started to get emails like this: From: Firstname Middlename Lastname <someotherfirstname0000@hotmail>~ Title of paper. I need the article to study. thank you! Firstname ...
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Does Impact Factor reflect the quality of a journal?

Is the impact factor really useful for judging the quality of a journal article?
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Can I use the work in my journal/conference publications as chapters in my dissertation?

At my institution, I am required to publish four papers in addition to my PhD thesis. Of course my planned papers are related to my dissertation project, but I'm not sure if it could be considered ...
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Can I show my co-author the final version of an accepted publication I reviewed?

I was reviewing a journal paper recently that is closely related to work a colleague and I are doing. We are currently in the process of writing up our paper, and I plan to cite the paper I reviewed ...
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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 ...