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Should an engineering master student publish in a conference or try to get into a journal?

I am a master's student in energy engineering and I want to publish my work as I am hoping to get into a Ph.D. after my studies. My supervisor has recommended a conference. On one hand, I trust their ...
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Referring in pre-print some unpublished note or some stuff well-known to the experts

I am a middle-year Ph.D. student, and my problem is related to generalizing some classical results. I got some positive stuff in this direction and am writing it as a paper (if published, this will be ...
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Do any fields have a recognized text type analogous to a “plan”?

I’m interested in if there’s any general answer to the question, “what is worthy of publishing in an academic journal”? Because I once read an interesting post by Terence Tao (“Does one need to be a ...
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After submitting my paper to a journal, a referee suggested a better proof of my theorem. Should I publish my original proof, or the better proof? [duplicate]

Basically a few weeks ago I submitted my paper to a journal. It turns out that the paper is publishable, however a referee found a much better proof of my Theorem, and now I'm at odds on how to ...
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A poor and mistaken paper scooped a well-written paper: can the latter paper still be published in a journal of similar tier?

As a student, I've read a lot of stories and Stack Exchange threads on scooping, and felt uneasy about it. People seem to believe that the first runner gets most of the credit while the group being ...
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What exactly constitutes as Novelty in academia? [closed]

In the world of academia what exactly counts as a novelty, when we talk about a novel idea or more specifically when we say Academic Novelty ? I am trying to start writing on a particular topic (...
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Is publishing research typically allowed if the bulk is open source?

I'm considering going back into school to get my graduate degree. A large part of my decision is the ability to Open Source all of my code. I'm really not familiar how the idea of IP reconciles itself ...
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Can you quote peer-reviews in papers?

I'm writing a commentary-ish paper on what NOT to do on peer-reviews. Like many of you here, I've received numerous reviews ranging from very good and constructive to absolute garbage. Some background:...
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Should I consider an algorithm that is a mixture of multiple algorithms as original?

Many research journals and Ph.D. thesis has the requirement of originality for the content. According to the dictionary, the meaning for the word originality is as follows The ability to think ...
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Is time complexity for training a model not significant in deep learning publications? [closed]

In computer science, in general, the time complexity is one of the important features to be checked before publishing a research paper in a journal. I am confused about this in deep learning. If I am ...
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If I share self-written articles on Academia.edu & then re-use their contents for a book, is it plagiarism?

I'm working on a book but it's far from done, so I'm thinking of uploading much of its content on Academia.edu first, in the form of stand-alone articles. This would be without copyright, I presume, ...
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Publishing papers as a high school student

How to scientifically approach theories and research them as a high school student to get it published? (Given that the theory is not yet proven by anyone and may or may not be true).
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How to search for a suitable journal to publish my paper?

I'm an undergraduate math major, recently I've written a paper about approximation by neural networks in a theoretical settings because I really like the mathematics involved in neural networks. It is ...
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IEEE conference chair asked to take down the arXiv version of the paper within 24 hours

Recently, an article by one of my colleagues had been accepted at an IEEE conference, and about a week ago, he presented it on the main track. He published a preprint of this paper (without final ...
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Can scientific research be accepted with grammatical errors?

I am an Arab, and I am not fluent in English, not even my mother tongue, and I am sure that my scientific research will have many serious linguistic errors. Can the magazine accept the research or ask ...
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Do scientific journals accept non-specialized research? [duplicate]

I have a new idea in physics and I used simple equations that I learned in high school and YouTube. Can journals accept scientific research with clear information and its owner is not a specialist in ...
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May I reuse the same figure in a different paper?

May I reuse a figure from one of my previous paper? Or should I ask for the permission to the journal in which that paper is published? The figure is not a plot but a diagram.
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Publishing research using only high-school mathematics

I performed some research yielding useful information. I only used the mathematics that I learned in high school; I did not use any program or any scientific experiment. Is it possible to have my ...
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A recently published paper seriously impairs the novelty of my dissertation. Which should be the purpose of the next meeting with my supervisor?

I am a second-year PhD student in management, and I've recently started working on my dissertation. The topic I got assigned is a fast-growing one. Nonetheless, I initially managed to ensure the ...
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Publishing a new dataset, based on existing

Is it ethical and academically (or otherwise) acceptable to publish a new dataset, derived from an existing, well cited dataset? The only novelty in this case are: Newly computed features (based on ...
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Solo publication in a low-rank journal or co-authored with a famous professor in a high/medium-rank journal?

Is it better to have a publication in a high/medium-rank journal co-authored with a very famous professor or would it be better to publish the same paper solo, in a lower-ranked journal? I am asking ...
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Is an original refinement of a theorem eligible to be published on some journal?

I am an undergraduate student majoring in math and economics and I managed to prove a theorem (10 page long theorem) that was only stated for functions in the real line with valures in the real line, ...
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My paper was rejected, and some colleagues say this is due to the "reviewer's mindset." What does this mean?

I'm pursuing my PhD (fourth year). My institute has the following rule: At least Two SCI papers is mandatory for awarding doctorate degree. I tried for publishing an SCI paper recently and got ...
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Advice on publishing original theorems with easy proofs

I got a rejection recently on a short paper that gave a fairly short proof that a conjecture of a well-known mathematician was false. The reviewer said that “while the results are new and interesting,...
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How can I improve my paper with mostly original contents and only two references?

I'm collaborating with another person on a public-key cryptosystem that we intend to publish. I could only think of two references (one to the 1976 Diffie-Hellman paper, and one to SHA-3 FIPS-202), ...
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Which academic subjects examine the efficacy of counting systems?

Which academic subjects examine what the advantages and disadvantages of the various number bases are, e.g. besides base ten: base twelve, base sixteen, base eight, base two and the ways that they can ...
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Publishing papers in pure vs applied machine learning research [closed]

As far as I understand, in pure Artificial Intelligence (AI) research one is required to come up with a new/improved algorithm and show that the algorithm has competitive performance across a set of ...
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Significant new developments since rejected paper -- do I still try to publish the original one?

I'm working on a topic in engineering and submit a paper to a journal about 6 months ago (which I also posted on ArXiV). The paper was recently rejected. Since the original submission, I've made ...
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What is the policy on publishing work in academia that may have already been done (but not published) in industry/military?

I am interested in pursuing an area of computer security that is very likely already being studied by security professionals in industry and perhaps the military as well. Some of it is published, but ...
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Publishing a paper in an academic conference being someone who works in the industry

I have been working in the industry of software engineering for 5 years so far. Lately, I am planning to take a PHD, I am interested in software architecture and quality, something that started ...
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When should one recommend rejection of a manuscript versus major revisions? [closed]

Is there any good way to determine when it appropriate to reject a manuscript versus merely recommending major revisions? I.e., at what point do you declare a manuscript a lost cause? I understand ...
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Loss of novelty while under review

Asking this question for a friend (also motivated by this PhD thesis: novelty at the time of proposal but not submission). Field: Neuroscience. Initially, when the paper was written up, there was no ...
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PhD thesis: novelty at the time of proposal but not submission

Location: India Field: Neuroscience Background: A few years ago, at the time of joining my PhD, I submitted a proposal which was eventually approved by the institute and the ethics committee. At the ...
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How to publish the design of a low-cost alternative for an expensive equipment?

I am a physics undergraduate. We were working on a summer research project, while this idea unexpectedly came up. We worked on it for some months and developed a low-cost alternative for one lab ...
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Is my mathematics "folklore" paper worth publishing?

I wrote a math paper a while ago which was initially mainly for my own attempt to understand a topic/theorem in algebraic geometry. The methods and results are kind of folklore (not well-documented in ...
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How to sell my current solution to my advisor?

Long story short, a long time ago (2 years) I had a research project, that for various reasons was not completed. Some months ago I came back to it and started trying new methods, state-of-the-art ...
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Are wordcount limits only for first submission, or also for revised submissions?

Are wordcount limits only for first submission, or also for revised submissions? I know that I could ask every individual journal, but is there any general understanding? My discipline is philosophy.
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How should I cite something that I saw in a famous internet forum (not Stack Exchange)?

Let me tell you the story. I am a researcher in Mathematics and I have been the past months developing an idea that seems simple but potentially fruitful. The idea is so simple and straightforward ...
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Where to publish a laboratory manual?

My Problem Generally, my problem is that I have put a great effort on a laboratory manual and I would like to publish it. Specifically, I am would like to publish a stand-alone laboratory manual for ...
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What is an "un-reproducible result"?

In order to publish a research paper in a journal, one of the requirement may be the reproducibility of results. I'm wondering, in academia, how does an un-reproducible result even exist? Is there any ...
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Is an idea still 'novel' when already published in a blog post?

Can I publish an idea as a paper if somebody else has published this idea in an online forum or a blog? I believe it's useful to publish good ideas academically because posts on forums and blogs are ...
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Publishing Unpublished undergraduate research after a decade

I want to see whether I can publish my undergraduate work after a decade. Context: This is to support my academic career as I am planning to apply for a PhD program (Biophysics/Chemistry/Structural ...
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Developing a framework publication - if I have developed a new method for data extraction, can this be published in a peer-reviewed journal?

I'm new to publications, so I could use some advice. I study in the area of agricultural remote sensing, and for a graduate degree, I have developed a method of extracting data from research plots and ...
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What to do if your research idea has already been published?

I am an amateur researcher (no PhD, Masters, etc...) and just want to put something out there so I can put it on my resume to demonstrate I know how to perform research and hopefully get a job. I did ...
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Could it be possible to answer a new research question with the help of literature review? Could this be published at a symposium? [closed]

I am a master student and my university didn't teach us econometrics, but I am doing self study. So, right now I am not adept at and could handle large time series data. But I sent an abstract to a ...
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Where to get a basic introduction to a science subject published legitimately? [closed]

I have a high school to undergraduate level introduction written for methods and applications of a particular science topic (~5000 words with tables and schematic, like a book chapter). My goal is ...
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What is the most effective way to publish as much of your PhD thesis as you can?

Is it to try to summarize many chapters in one article, or you would try to publish standalone articles for each chapter? I'm in Philosophy in the UK. I have read that one should not try to squeeze an ...
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How to publish analysis work of an approach worse that state-of-the-art?

I am currently working on an engineering problem for which I have developed a new and quite effective solution. My research field is electronics (if that matters). The problem is quite complex as it ...
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How can I ease in to the research arena?

I'm a first year graduate student and my age is 24. I got a degree in statistics, but it was not that interesting. I barely got into a below average grad school program in mathematics. I want to ...
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What is a novelty in a computer science PhD'

I'm now on my final year of my PhD in Computer Science (CS). Unfortunately, I'm still confused with what is considered as a novelty in CS. Some people say I have to develop a new algorithm and not ...
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