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Licensing under author name? [closed]

What does it means a project being licensed with the name of the author? I mean, one instance is: there is an author X, that writes an open source book on biology with git and at the end of the ...
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What would happen if I am doing my PhD on a topic and I find a very recent paper with the results I was obtaining? [duplicate]

I am doing my Ph.D. in maths and working on something. However, I was wondering what would happen if someone publishes similar results to the ones I am obtaining while I am working on that. I have no ...
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What happens when two papers prove the same result?

A hypothetical situation: two (groups of) authors have independently proven the same result. How do we determine who gets credit? There are some obvious bounds - if Group A posts a paper to the ...
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How to proceed when a mathematical result contradicts existing literature?

An author has proven an interesting mathematical result, but notices that this result contradicts existing literature. Does the author have to find an explicit error or counter-example to the ...
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How often do good journals publish amusing little corollaries?

I've had a little corollary sitting around a while now. It is closely related to a major theorem in my area. Its statement is easy to understand (and rather interesting/amusing on the surface of it) ...
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Strict prohibition on overlapping data. Why?

The journal Immunity says on this webpage "As a matter of publishing ethics, we cannot consider any paper that contains data that have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere." Why ...
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Undergraduate Publishing Options

I am an undergraduate student currently working in a co-op position at a company in my field. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be the lead author on a paper based on the research I ...
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Does an engineering paper have to improve on the state of the art quantitatively in order to be publishable?

In most engineering papers, I see that the authors justify their research by displaying how well it performs against the state-of-the-art methods or algorithms, in a quantitative sense. To put it ...
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Publishing an intuitive idea from outside academia

I've written up an idea about how the web can be better organized that I think is an important one, and which can be grasped at an intuitive level. However, I lack the resources to conclusively prove ...
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Is it plagiarism if I use a text I wrote myself but put on the internet before?

I just rememebered a case when I was still in school: we had to write an essay about a specific topic and one guy put big parts of his essay on Wikipedia before handing it in. When the teacher checked ...
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What constitutes a unique research paper?

I have been working on a particular algorithm. It has many applications and I have found one for which a dataset is available as well as other algorithms used to parse that dataset. But the algorithm ...
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Can you submit to journals after presenting cases as eposter in conferences?

I had a few medical cases that I presented in conferences as an eposter, I sumbitted the case as eposter, It was presented as a slideshow in big screens in the conference My understanding is that ...
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Can I write a paper on software that I published a year ago?

I am a bachelor-level (software engineering) student. I made a GitHub repository more than a year ago, where I use machine learning and deep learning to identify movements in accelerometer signals. ...
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Publishing a result that is aesthetically pleasing, but has no practical value

I am currently writing a paper that I wish to publish in a mathematics journal. During the course of my research, I have discovered a result that is aesthetically pleasing, i.e., contains a form of ...
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Can I publish a paper with new proof but the same result?

I found a better proof for a theorem than a proof from a published paper. Is it possible for me to publish my proof with the same theorem citing that paper?
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How much comparing to another paper is too much?

As a new researcher, I am in the following situation in mathematics research: I read paper X, a short paper published in a low-mid tier journal, and found a way to improve and extend the result. The ...
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Can I do experiments on humans without a degree?

I have several ideas for research that I believe would advance our understanding of psychological priming. It won't involve anything extreme - just reading non-offensive words on a screen. But I ...
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Where can I find someone to proofread my article?

I am a amateur biotech enthusiast not affiliated with any university or institution. I recently wrote a Review article about animals that are (more) resistant to cancer (blind mole rats, naked mole ...
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Can a national annual data report be reworked as an annual journal?

I have some questions regarding developing an academic journal. We produce a comprehensive annual scientific data report once a year. We are looking for a way of making our report data more accessible ...
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Is it in poor form to write a paper on the same two texts that someone has already written about in a published article?

I have a proposal for a comparative literature paper that I hope to publish and/or include in some form in my dissertation. I’m discussing a wide variety of texts in my article, but the primary focus ...
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Publishing similar but much longer article “again” in different journal?

I am about to submit a 3.000 words article. It needs to be submitted soon, and I will have to submit it, but I know that I could flesh this out much more, and arrive at something with around 7.000-10....
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Publish collection of papers into a book?

I have a very general question. Say I have written 10 papers, published them independently in different journals over the years - could I then just take these papers and make a book out of them and ...
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Can novel findings be submitted rather than a novel methodology?

Basically, my research was not into a particularly new methodology, but we have combined several existing methods to prove a result which has not been seen before under certain circumstances (...
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How to publish an original idea which has no citations and has been described as 'possibly notable'?

I am an amateur mathematician, not a member of academia. I've created a small algorithm for a twin prime sieve. It's like a prime number sieve, but for twin primes of the form (6k-1, 6k+1). However,...
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Do publishers care if a book manuscript was freely posted online before submission to the publisher?

Do publishers care if a book manuscript was freely posted online (e.g., made open-access with a CC license) before submission to the publisher?
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Is an improved algorithm for a non-hot problem publishable?

I have been working on a research problem independent of any advisor for the past few months and I think I have a result. The problem I am investigating has n and K as input. The naive approach would ...
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Found better technique just before publishing old, but still good technique – can the old one still be published?

In our lab, we hypothesized that a technique T1 should be able to solve some problem with high performance. As per our hypothesis, we got an excellent result. We started writing a short paper to be ...
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Hiring coder for parts of publication [duplicate]

I'm designing and implementing an algorithm for 3D mesh segmentation. Probably I'll publish the results. However, I'm also interested in using this for commercial means, and to do so I need to hurry ...
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Is it more difficult to publish in a journal when not affiliated with an institution? [duplicate]

Can one generally expect it to be more difficult to publish in a journal when one is not affiliated with an institution? I like the idea of being an independent researcher at some point in the future, ...
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Is it research to just combine other people’s work?

I am currently a second-year undergraduate double-majoring in math and computer science. I am currently doing a joint research paper with one of the faculty in my university. My advisor gave me ...
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Is it acceptable to compare your experimental results with the claimed results from another paper?

Consider a scenario where one (say Mr. X) has implemented a method for solving a problem, experimented it on a dataset D and obtained significant results. The obtained results seem to be better than a ...
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Do I have to be secretive about my research until it's published?

I'm a Master's student studying Computer Graphics and Animation. I've already proposed my thesis and have been deep in prototype development for a while. I've gotten some pretty cool results already (...
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Would it be possible to publish a journal paper about data-visualization website?

I am graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. I want to know whether is that possible to publish a paper about my final-year project? The final-year project was about a website which ...
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Can I post a pre-print of my paper on ArXiv knowing the paper will go through major changes? Alternatives?

I wrote a paper with a new approach and I implemented this approach in both R and SAS. I want to put the software online on Github and ideally on CRAN too. The paper has been reviewed by my ...
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Why are meta-analyses the most quoted type of research paper despite being often flawed?

Meta-analysis represents the statistical pooling of several individual studies focusing on a specific research question, ideally conducted within the context of a systematic review of the scholarly ...
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Ask the author of a paper for suggestions of where to publish replication results

I based my thesis on a published paper and ask its original author if he was interested in seeing the results. After approaching him (with your help provided: How to address an author showing ...
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Easy proof of a big conjecture based on possibly faulty paper – what to do?

I’m a mathematician. I noted that, by combining some results from the literature (all published) and some little effort, one obtains a proof of a big conjecture (at least in the field; it even has a ...
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Is improving a simple algorithm without beating the state of the art still publishable?

In a particular field there are two algorithms being used: Algorithm Simple: you understand it in five minutes, you can implement it in fifteen. Algorithm State of the Art (SOA): requires very ...
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After successfully publishing papers during my Post-Doc, why am I now having trouble publishing as a tenure track academic?

I have had my PhD in mathematics for four and a half years now, completed two postdocs and found a tenure track job at a mostly teaching university. While I provide substantial background information ...
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Which review recommendation should I give to maximize the likelihood that a manuscript is rejected?

DISCLAIMER: As some readers have found the following question and prior title (How to best kill a manuscript as peer reviewer) outrageously unethical, I want to clarify that, by asking this question, ...
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What do I do with a write-up of possibly folklore knowledge?

Some months ago I was trying to wrap my head around some classical constructions in homological algebra. I spent quite a lot of time with this, and decided it was worth it to write it down. I did, it'...
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Is submitting papers based on classwork papers self-plagiarism?

I have just completed a Ph.D. in May and have some papers I wrote for classwork that I would like to use to write articles for submission to publications. Would this be self-plagiarism? How do I ...
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Is there away to know who has published several high quality papers in a specific academic field/area during the last 5 years for example

I am trying to submit a paper for publication. The journal is asking to provide a list of experts who have published several high quality papers in the field of interest. Is there away to find this ...
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Publishing my research after 4 years

I finished my PhD in 2012. In 2013 in presented my work at a research conference (conference paper). Since then I have worked on and off to write up the paper to submit to a journal. My paper in on ...
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High impact journals - Do they always guarantee high quality papers?

In academia is common to hear the phrase 'publish or perish' and also that your articles have to be of high quality. So e.g. 4 articles in low impact journals worth as 1 article in a well ranked ...
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Does a survey require an ethical approval?

We did a student project - which included a questionnaire and anthropometric measurements. Since it was a student project, and the topic was decided in a short time, we did not take an ethical ...
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Can I submit a paper years after finishing my graduate studies?

I completed my Masters of Science in September 2014 after over 2 years of work. My supervisor wasn't particularly helpful or supportive of the project since he seemed close to retiring and also most ...
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When is a new method publishable?

In computer Science, let us assume that we have three different methods, A, B and C, to solve the problem X. All three methods have been proposed by more or less the same group of authors A ...
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Is there a place for publishing ideas (no tangible results)?

While working on my thesis in neutron imaging I got an idea for a new approach to data analysis, involving Machine Learning solutions that are not available at the moment (please note that I am a ...
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Where to publish comments on a scholarly book?

The past year, I've been reading a mathematical manuscript from a well-known university on a particular well-known, graduate curriculum subject. The manuscript language is not English. One can imagine ...