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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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Studying the arguments and objections of materialism - does matter only exist in the universe? [closed]

Studying the arguments and objections of materialism about nature of reality. I'm currently working on some philosophical papers exploring the nature of reality and the debates around materialism. ...
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How to learn math independently as a biologist/bioinformatician

I am in the same boat as many bioinformaticians, where I got my degrees in biology and taught myself computer science, and that's gotten me pretty far. But unlike those lovely physicists-turned-...
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What is the name of this exam format with different levels of questions?

Here is a format for an exam style. I would like to know if this has a name in EDU circles and if there's a reference. I've asked a few people in the field and they aren't familiar with it exactly. ...
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Should I exclude my supervisor as a reference when applying for academic jobs outside my PhD area?

I completed my PhD earlier this year and I will be applying for postdocs and faculty positions. My thesis is quite different to the field I'm applying to. Additionally, my relationship with my advisor ...
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Seeking a Reference from an Instructor [duplicate]

I took a course with Professor X some semesters ago and enjoyed their teaching. I interacted with them outside of class but after that did not reach out to them. I am applying for a scholarship that ...
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Research profiles descriptors used by the European Commission

The European Commission has drafted so-called Research profiles descriptors. I understand that this is an attempt to uniformly describe researchers' career stages in a way agnostic to particular ...
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Interactive papers

I have been working on a mathematics paper for some time now, and I had the idea that instead of publishing just a regular paper, I could create something that is "interactive" to encourage ...
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Translation of some paper? [duplicate]

I am painfully trying to read this paper by H. Poincaré: Sur les Equations Linéaires aux Différentielles Ordinaires et aux Différences Finies Link Unfortunately this is in French, which I studied ...
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Unable to find well-known fluid dynamics paper [duplicate]

I am writing my MSc thesis on a certain topic in fluid dynamics. Of particular relevance to my MSc is the Stuart-Landau equation. In the linked Wikipedia article, they reference a paper written by ...
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Influence of Letter Submission Methods on Postdoc Hiring Outcomes

Is it common for labs with postdoc positions to ask candidates to request recommendation letters to be sent rather than directly asking from the references? I've noticed a pattern where labs that ask ...
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Who said that one should change one’s direction of research every seven years?

A piece of wisdom I have heard several times is that an academic should change their direction of research roughly every seven years. This change needs not be radical but clearly more than what you ...
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A better name for a reading list around a mathematician

I would like to create a reading list around the life and works of a mathematician. But I need to choose the name to use as the title. Take as an example the Bibliography of N. Bourbaki by L. Beaulieu ...
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How to find a refernce for BigO complexity [closed]

I have a list of labels A B C ... ... Y Z I want to find the relation between every 2 letters A-B A-C A-D ... ... A-Z B-C B-D B-E ... ... B-Z C-D C-E C-F ... ... C-Z ... ... Y-Z I did the ...
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How can I convince the universities that I am applying to for Ph.D. program for accepting the reference letters given to me by my referees?

I am in the process of applying to overseas institutions for the phd programme. For this purpose, my referees have already provided me with the reference letters as I am applying to the multiple ...
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Are there studies of malpractices in Academia resulting from "publish or perish" policies?

Are there studies of "bad academic practices" in general, and documenting in particular whether or not the prevalence of such practices increases in institutions or communities with an ...
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Research on number of exam attempts vs. learning outcome

Is there research on how allowing retakes or multiple attempts affects the learning outcome of students? For instance, if one allows students 3 attempts to take the exam rather than 1, with tests ...
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Does anyone have any concrete evidence for the time distribution of student assignment submissions relative to a deadline

My question is about submission deadlines. When do students submit their work relative to a given deadline? I see a lot of second guessing and anecdotal evidence and "in my class I have seen this ...
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How do I reference APA style of screenshot of my data on an app? [closed]

How do I reference APA style of screenshot of my data on an app? Ex: data location points on Avenza mapping.
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How to teach students to ask good questions in seminars?

My university has a course called "Technical Communication" that aims to teach undergraduate math and computer science students (usually sophomores and juniors) how to give good talks. We ...
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Can I use an MSc lecturer as an academic reference for another MSc degree?

I have a BSc and MSc in Architecture (2011). I am close to completing a second MSc and would like to go for a third MSc in Canada. Can a lecturer from the second MSc be a reference in the 3rd MSc ...
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Are there any international standards, laws, or governing bodies that deal with allegations of plagiarism?

Consider a case of plagiarism like this one. The allegation in this case led to formal investigations, articles being retracted, and researchers being sanctioned. Who is the responsible body for ...
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Academic Programme of Work for the next 3-5 years

I have an interview for an academic position, and I have been asked to prepare a programme of work for the next 3-5 years. I have googled but I am not certain what sections should this report include. ...
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Is there any research showing a correlation between wealth and academic performance?

It is well known that wealth is not distributed equally; even within a country, the wealthiest families are sometimes significantly wealthier than average or poor families. My question is: does owning ...
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Can editor be reference in hiring

I think it is clearly true that an editor of a journal can be a reference for the author of the paper he is managing since he could know the quality of the paper very well. So this question may seem ...
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Can hiring committee directly contact editors of journals

Normally, a hiring committee gets references from those an applicant provides to them. However, in some cases, I wonder if a hiring committee can directly contact the editor of a journal who is in ...
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Is it a good idea to respond at all if a person I never heard of is asking for a reference letter?

I received an email from a person that is completely unknown to me, who claims that they were in an online master's program provided by my university department. They are asking for a recommendation ...
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Reference request: Student-selected grading schemes?

I am interested in student learning. However, because I work in a university system, I generally need to assign a grade (A through F) to the students' work. So I need to assess student learning. I ...
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Can I use citation of used machine learning methods from O'reilly?

I would like to describe my used machine learning methods in the methodology of my thesis and my source is Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn, Keras & TensorFlow from O´Reilly. I ...
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What if a referee doesn't respond on time? [duplicate]

Imagine the scenario where someone applies for an academic position, for a postdoc or later career stage. Three letters of reference are needed by the closing date on the application; two letters ...
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Seeking evidence based answers: does day of the week have an effect on exams?

This question is related to, but (I think) distinct from, the recently asked Best day of the week to hold an exam?. In that question, the author asks for the opinions of other instructors and ...
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How best to phrase short feedback to students?

I'm a CS professor who regularly gives feedback on 1st-semester student programming assignments around code styling issues (i.e., grammar, punctuation, spacing, etc.; following the format of our ...
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Queen bee syndrome in academia

The queen bee syndrome was first defined by social psychologists in the 70s, describing a behaviour of women in advanced positions in traditionally male-dominated areas that in part means that they ...
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Research on gender and academic misconduct

In professor David Shanks' talk "Does social science tell the truth? (2016)" at 15:14 he claims that there is an apparent gender bias among his examples of people that have committed ...
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Is it okay to ask references for their opinions on other faculty candidates?

I'm head of a search committee and will be checking references for finalists for a fixed-term position. Two finalists worked with the same non-profit and gave the names of different people who work ...
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Book suggestions for teaching science at advanced level [closed]

I teach in a university to Masters students in Science. I have taught courses from Physics, Statistics, Mathematics and Computation, and every time I finish teaching a course, I find myself ...
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"Open exam" exams?

Many of the students I teach do not have English as their first language. Also, my English tends to fall on the British (Australian) side of the divide, and I'm teaching in US institutions. Sometimes, ...
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Reviewer asks to add more references to already many references

For a submitted review paper, I got a response from one of the reviewers: "More related references should be added". The thing is, I already have around 70 references, and as the topic is ...
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Is it worth publishing a paper rephrasing what past papers did with a different mathematical framework?

I work industry (I'm an engineer with a decent background in math) and for work I often read through papers and I attend conferences to keep up with the state of the art. I've noticed there're few ...
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Postdoctoral references asked to provide recommendation letters - does it indicate the candidate passed a screening? [closed]

I recently applied for a postdoctoral position at a university, and provided a list of three references. Today the university asked them to write a recommendation letter for me. Would this typically ...
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Is the curse of knowledge a real effect?

This post is inspired by this question discussing what is known as the curse of knowledge - the ostensible effect where having knowledge about something makes it hard to put yourself in the mental ...
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How to design a translation test [closed]

I teach a language course on 1st year BA level. The students should be able to translate basic sentences, and this is to be tested in a written exam. I'm looking for resources on how to design the ...
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Where can I find resources on how to be a good supervisor?

I am a relatively new tenured professor. My responsibilities increase gradually, and this year I have started supervising students' thesis: a bachelor thesis and a master thesis. (This is in Europe, ...
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Can I cite a thesis in a paper?

I wonder if I can cite an unpublished thesis (Ph.D or Master) in a research paper. If so, how do I do it? Should I also include a link to the thesis?
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How do I write a reference in my reference list which has various places of publication with different editorials?

I am writing my reference list for my final paper and there is a book, which has different places of publication with different editorials in each one
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Reusing reference letters

I am a first-year PhD student applying for STEM fellowships this fall (NSF GRFP, NDSEG, Hertz), which I applied for last fall as a senior undergraduate. Although I was not awarded any of them, the ...
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What does the type of funding mean for the type of research?

What are the implications of the type of funding, i.e. hard money vs. soft money (institutional vs specific project support) for the type of research it incentivizes? My hypothesis is that hard money ...
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Academic Dishonesty: Do cheating students learn from punishment? [closed]

Scenario: You catch a student cheating on a graded assessment. While you are required to report them to a student-affairs administrator, it is up to you, the instructor, how to grade the student on ...
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Any easy STEM research articles/papers that high school students can understand? [closed]

I'm helping to hold a workshop sort of thing to help students learn how to read/write research papers, but as I am a sophomore and haven't read too many papers myself, I can't find anything that is ...
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Should Textbook chapters Contain a "Summary" Section

I am far enough along with an introductory textbook in the computing field that it looks like I might finish. For each chapter so far, I've written a final "Summary" section that ...
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Should I reject a specific historic fact and not include it in my work? Advice needed on reliability of source

I'm working on a chemistry paper about the Belousov-Zhabotinsky-reaction (a chemical oscillator). I included some information about the history of that oscillation reaction, in particular about ...
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