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Questions tagged [reference-request]

Questions requesting an answer supported by reliable evidence and including citations to said evidence. This is in contrast to questions requesting answers based mainly on personal experience.

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How to ask for reference from a non-academic acquaintance?

I have a non-academic acquaintance who is at a senior position in the telecom industry. He might have good links in academia. I am thinking to ask him for suggesting or referring me to his contacts in ...
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Listing a professor as a reference who hasn't responded to my request

This is the age-old reference-letter-no-response problem, but with a small twist. I'm applying to a programme where the applications close very soon. I have been trying to reach a professor over the ...
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Still haven't received a reference letter from a professor even though I've reminded them twice about it already [duplicate]

I'm applying for a PhD program and I need to submit some reference letters. In December before the holidays I asked a professor I used to work with during my BSc to write one for me and she agreed to ...
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Are INRIA working reports publicly available?

Any suggestions on how to find these two papers? They were cited in 1993: [11] Morazavian, H. and M. Boutiller, On a theorem of Kuratoski, Working Report, INRIA, Rocquencourt, France (1981). [...
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How should I list someone as reference?

I am writing an application where I should indicate my relationship with those that provide references for me. How should I describe the following: the person has never been my supervisor, however as ...
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What is known about the evaluation behavior of students?

Much information can be found about what influences student evaluations of teaching. The evaluation results of an instructor depend on gender, race, attractiveness, personality traits, bringing ...
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How to determine the merit of an encyclopedia?

Scholarly articles and books have citation counts (in for example Google Scholar), as do specific people in citation metrics such as the Arts and Humanities Citation Index. Even universities have ...
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Find a specific paper on information retrieval method supporting literature research searching not by keywords but by documents

About 2012, I did a literature research on the following topic but unfortunately lost my results. Specifically one paper comes repeatedly to my mind, therefore maybe someone knows about this or ...
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Reason for less or almost no research papers from PhD students in India [closed]

It is evident from stats of some reputed journals and conferences that PhD students from India are getting hard to publish at-least some research papers while other countries are publishing many ...
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Do single-author papers actually further scientific progress?

I have just submitted revisions for my first single-author paper, and it was awful (pronounced with all the exaggerated fervor of a whiny millenial). Nothing triggers feelings of inadequacy and self-...
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Awards in which gender identity is a requirement

A friend of mine is considered a minority in her research field, for being female. Recently, her advisor wanted to nominate her paper for an award sponsored by a kind of Women's Engineering Society. ...
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The French school of mathematics “has entered a demographical dip”

In an interview made for the 25th anniversary of the Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive Gauche, its head Professor Loïc Merel says at 1:25: Les doctorants que nous formons aurons une ...
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Have there been any recent studies on the effect of age on PhD success rates in the US?

I think the title is fairly self-explanatory. I am wondering if any recent studies (past 20 years or so) have been published that look at possible correlations between age and the 'success rate' of ...
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Research on active learning in mathematics tutorial/practice classes

In the country where I live, university students studying mathematics usually attend lectures, consultation with their lecturers (if they have questions relating to material taught) and tutorial/...
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Final Exam: Proficiency Needed for Guaranteed Pass

Is it common to guarantee students a passing course grade if they demonstrate proficiency in some subset of topics/skills on a final exam? Note that this is in contrast to setting an upper bound on a ...
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When to acknowledge funding

I got a funding from the DFG called "Eigene Stelle". My question is whether I have to acknowledge funding in every article I write or just in the articles that are related to the projects in my ...
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When an academic researcher receives a gift funding from an industry partner, does the academic researcher's university take a cut?

When an academic researcher receives a gift funding from an industry partner, does the academic researcher's university take a cut, or does the academic researcher receives the entire gift funding? ...
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Allowing preprints boosts the impact factor – was this argument ever (prominently) made?

Background The impact factor is a journal metric that rewards citations in the first two years after publication (or five in some flavours). For better or worse, this metric has some importance and ...
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How to reference and cite the osgeo package from Python

i am a bit confused about osgeo, osgeo.gdal, osgeo.ogr and osgeo.osr. I want to cite and reference all my used Python libraries which i used for my masterthesis. I am not sure if it is enough to cite ...
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Do industry-sponsored papers contain more incorrect results than papers that aren't industry-sponsored?

Are there any research/study/survey that tried to analyze whether industry-sponsored papers contain more incorrect results than papers that aren't industry-sponsored, and if so, to what extent? For ...
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Is there a canonical paper to cite the benefits of active learning in post secondary education?

I would like to reference the benefits of active learning in my teaching philosophy. I have been to a variety of talks discussing the researched benefits (eg. increased class averages) of active ...
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Global number of publications over time

We always hear about the increasing number of publications published every year and the resulting information overload in science. I wanted to show this trend to students to highlight why they should ...
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Is it reasonable to ask update on recommendations letter twice?

It is important to know that I have requested about 7/8 letters per professors ( 3 total ). I have told them that I was conscious that it was a lot of letters to write so I was content with a general ...
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How to use over 40 book references in one single thesis?

It is a problem of methodology, I don't know how to contain all these books in my draft. Am I supposed to summarize them, critic them or to analyze them? Am I supposed to refer to every writer of ...
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Standards of making slides in a presentation [closed]

I have heard many things about making a good set of slides for a presentation. For example, one of my professors at the university told us that the background for all the slides should be black or ...
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Why can't applicants ask for letters of recommendation on potential employers/bosses? [closed]

Employers/bosses need reference letters from previous employers to assess applicants. Why can this not happen the other way round? It should've been a 2 way peer review stream. Applicants should have ...
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Is there any evidence that graphical abstracts are beneficial?

I've seen some journals now require (or at least suggest) including a graphical abstract for publication. In particular, Elsevier/Cell seems to advocate strongly for graphical abstracts as they can ...
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What would be the proper way to ask for reference letters

So, during my bachelor years I was a bit of a hermit. I studied on my own, made little contact with my professors outside of the necessary academic/ social situations, and mostly passed on as that ...
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Is it weird to contact a professor in foreign university for research internship opportunity if I am not a student?

I got a Bachelor degree few years ago and I have worked (non-research job) for few years since then. Recently, I would like to pursue a master degree in a foreign university but I cannot obtain ...
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How common is reference/citation padding?

I recently discovered a paper of mine (pure mathematics) has been cited by a paper in a very different field (an area of applied mathematics) that I have nothing to do with. The reference to my paper ...
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How common is mandatory attendance-taking in college courses in US?

A recent SE Academia question asked about how best to implement a university's requirement that the instructor must keep attendance records for all students. The top-voted answer there was to simply ...
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How much time do academics in fact spend refereeing the research of others, on average?

This and similar questions ask how much time a researcher should devote to reviewing a paper, or to reviewing papers in general. But how much time do scientists spend refereeing papers as a matter of ...
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how to ask supervisor for a recommendation letter for scholarship?

I've just started my master in Canada and I just passed one course so far and it was with my supervisor. could I ask my supervisor to fill out a strong reference letter for me for a scholarship? or ...
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How to reference the official oracle documentation?

I would like to reference some material from the official Oracle documentation for my bachelor thesis. The piece of documentation I want to include is giving information about data types. The problem ...
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To what extent are reviewers influenced by other reviews?

Is there any research/study/survey/... that looked at to what extent reviewers are influenced by other reviews? For example, ICLR 2019 published reviews publicly before all reviewers had written the ...
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Does completing research ethics / compliance training courses reduce the incidence of ethics or compliance breaches?

Prior to initiating some research projects, researchers may be asked (e.g., by an Institutional Review Board) to complete research ethics / compliance training courses, such as CITI Program's Research ...
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Examples of harmless mistakes (on purpose) in submitted papers [closed]

Some paper reviewers feel the pressure to criticize something in order to appear competent. Sometimes they feel this pressure due to huge blank form fields for criticism in the reviewing system. As a ...
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How often do US graduate programs reevaluate their requirements?

The spark for this question was a remark (you'll know which one when you see it!) made in this answer. My other reason for asking is that I recently learnt that one physics PhD program went ~25 years ...
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How to reference a technical document (like an RFC) in APA style?

Like, this document, for instance: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc791 It's an official Internet Engineering Taskforce document that defines things like network protocols, etc. Often times there's ...
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Does ethnic diversity of the academic staff affect the productivity of the faculty?

Are there any studies where the effect of ethnic diversity on the productivity studied? If so, what are the criteria? Do universities with more diversity tend to prepare better publications, or the ...
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Best practices for sample size in disaggregation of data on educational outcomes

The California community college where I teach has a prescribed system for collecting and analyzing data on students' success and then disaggregating the data by race. As a department, we are required ...
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Applying to my first reference and using him as referee

The question may be ill structured, because I do not know how to put it more concisely. I am applying for a research position (officially, using the application portal) to my best reference. Is it ...
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What are the main studies showing how well people learn some complex problem? [closed]

I'm wondering how well the general population can solve a problem after being taught. What are the main studies around this? The basic experiment would be to take a math problem that people usually ...
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Asking for a reference years in advance?

I am currently an undergrad and while I am attracted by research and a career in academia, I am on scholarship with a government body in my country and am contractually obligated to complete a 6 year ...
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Recommender used an online template for my recommendation

I've contacted a professor who I have taken 2 courses from and who has known me for over a year. I asked him for a recommendation letter and he agreed to write one. The moment I got his letter, I knew ...
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Are there any good statistics on students who are second generation in higher education? [closed]

We do a lot of statistical analysis on students who are first-generation HE; the first generation in their family to attend University. But are there any similar studies on students who are second-...
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Reply to a professor's response to my email or not?

So I sent a thank you email to a professor who wrote me a reference letter. I updated her on the results of my applications. She replied back in a really nice email congratulating me and giving me ...
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Where to start with grant proposal writing [closed]

I finished my Ph.D. in Robotics in a French institution and I am moving to Switzerland for my PostDoc. For my new position, I am supposed to write a lot of grant proposals. I participated in writing ...
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Is there any scientific reference about position of the LGBTQ community in STEM academia?

According to the Nature article "LGBTQ scientists are still left out" there are some "heteronormative assumptions" in the STEM field which artificially suppress the number of LGBTQ people in the field....
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Data/analyses on distribution on academic research income across research active staff

Does anyone know of any analyses of the level of ‘research income inequality’ in research grant income across research active staff? Ideally by field, country, and time? I.e if you had a list of all ...

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