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The perception of the quality of a journal, conference, university, or other academic entity by a specific community or the general public. Also: how reputation develops and factors influencing reputation. The tag is also used for personal reputation of professors and students and the various things that affect it.

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Impact of PhD University Reputation on Professor Applications in India?

How important is the reputation of the university where I obtain my PhD when applying for postdoctoral positions and professorships in India? Specifically, how does the ranking and prestige of my PhD ...
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Potential overlap in manuscript revision with later submission

My group submitted a paper with journal A and it spend a really long time in review, the editor seemingly had a lot of trouble finding suitable reviewers. There was a revision about half a year ago. ...
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Sure way of checking if an article is reliable

I have recently started working on a thesis, and my supervisor told me to make sure I didn't include papers from predatory or unreliable sources. Typically, i perform my searches on Web of science or ...
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Professional ethics involved with a neurodivergent club as a visiting instructor?

I'm currently a 4th year visiting full time instructor at a small liberal arts college (SLAC). I recently thought about something that I hadn't considered up until this point, which are the ...
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What could happen if my university loses its R2 status?

This post is a bit of a follow up to my prior post on the Clinical Psychology Ph.D program losing funding and (eventually) getting cut sometime in the future. From what I'm reading about public or ...
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Why are Irish universities ranked so low and are relatively unknown internationally?

The United States and the United Kingdom have world famous universities with very good reputations in various fields, such as Oxford, Harvard, MIT or Princeton. On the other hand, Ireland, which is an ...
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Completed a Master's at a program with a bad reputation and no tuition waiver. Will that be judged post Ph.D? [duplicate]

I am a soon to be fourth year doctoral candidate this coming academic year. I previously completed a Master's in Experimental Psychology (now called Psychological Sciences. No Ph.D program there) that ...
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Submit a paper even if you know it will be rejected

Your student is writing a paper and you think it will be rejected with a probability of 99%. Your student would like to submit it anyway. Would you submit it? Why? More specifically: Is it ok to ...
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How can I evaluate whether a school has developed a poor reputation?

I'm a father trying to help my son understand his college options. My son is looking at a liberal arts school in the United States that used to be quite competitive. From the college statistics web ...
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Do I need to sign ex-advisor's PhD dissertation?

This post is an extension of this previous situation that I discussed a few years ago here: Supervisor has said some very disgusting things online, should I pull my name from our paper? That advisor ...
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Is MDPI a reputable publisher? [duplicate]

I have received an invite from MDPI to guest edit a special issue journal. I was wondering if anybody had any thoughts on how reputable they are? This question has been asked on this forum before but ...
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Masters' advisor uses my work without citing it - Journal decided to intervene

About a month ago, I read a new article published by my previous advisor and three other researchers in a top journal. I noticed that part of it uses part of my master's thesis, only written as if ...
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Exploring dissimilar research topics

I'm currently a graduate student, but I plan on my future career being in research and academia. I like many different related topics and I like being interdisciplinary in my topics, and I see myself ...
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Is it possible to leave a research position in the middle of a project gracefully and without burning bridges?

I have been seeking a full time research position in psychological research since I graduated and moved to a new city. Breaking into it without any connections was hard, so I took a part-time ...
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Is "Pure and Applied Mathematics Journal" reputable? [duplicate]

I ask this question because there are at least several journals with similar titles, but I thought about submitting to this one in particular http://www.pamath.org/index. Is this a reputable math ...
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Number of registrants for a virtual talk I organized turned out to be small, should I notify the speaker beforehand?

I'm a graduate student and I organised a series of online lectures spread over many days. The total number of registrants was 50 but those who actually came were around 10 to 11. Now, today one of the ...
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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 are the most efficient ways of establishing a track record in a different field of research?

I am interested in expanding my areas of research to a somewhat unrelated field, where less than half of my current competences would be directly applicable. To start collaborating with other ...
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How to cite statements in book based on unverifiable sources

While reading books on Indian politics (not aware if this happens outside as well), frequently the citations for a particular claim is some interview with a person being talked about. In this case, ...
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If your field is so isolated that nobody cites your work, does that make you irrelevant?

A group of researchers work in a problem that no one else works on, hence these researchers are cited only by themselves. They cite other papers, too. How does the academia consider these cases? ...
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If I ask a question that turns out to be something basic I'm missing can it damage my reputation?

I'm a PhD student and I'm getting started in the field I want to work on after I finish my PhD. There were some very important works done by a very experienced researcher and collaborators that I've ...
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How is it possible that [insert known crackpot] has articles published in Peer-Reviewed Journals?

Note: This question is intended to be a generic version of something that gets asked occasionally on this site. I apologize for making it overly-contrived, but it's intended to be a generic template ...
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How to check if a conference is "indexed" or "fake"? [duplicate]

I submitted my paper to a conference. Based on a previous accepted submission, the conference response seems suspicious, not to mention that gmail marked their email as "suspicious mail". ...
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Will I be held responsible for working with a supervisor accused of sexual misconduct?

I am a first-year Ph.D. student. In the last year of my undergrad I began a research project with my then-advisor, who planned to hand me off to his former postdoc (let's call him John) who is tenured ...
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Msc in popular field in less reputed university or not so popular field but in well recognized school [closed]

Suppose someone can decide between: doing a Master in a university that has low rank but has one very active Prof in Machine Learning for example where there are good number of PhD positions to apply ...
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Can one without a single paper on a topic write a review paper about it?

I am faculty in a technical field, and I started exploring a new research direction that I could work on in the coming years. I have not worked yet on this particular topic I am exploring, but after ...
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How important is institution prestige at the postdoc level?

I once heard a piece of advice from an established researcher in my field: even if you don't want to stay there permanently, choose your first tenure-track institution wisely, since you won't be able ...
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Reviewer questioned credibility of paper and results after first revision, which led to us finding a major error. Should we revise or withdraw?

I and my team members worked on a machine learning paper to predict pass and fail on a standard academic test. The paper was submitted to a reputable journal. The first review came-back with a lot of ...
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Publish few papers on good or many papers in worse conferences - reputation-wise?

A similar question was asked in Having a lot of papers published in unimportant conferences VS very few in good ones?, but my question is only about reputation, so the answers there do not fit my ...
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Is it better having a bad PhD done or having no PhD?

I'm close to the end of a troubled PhD experience. However this closeness might be extended to the infinite if I would get to the point of having something that is good enough. I might be too self-...
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Can lewd pictures and videos that non-consensually ended up on porn sites hurt my career in academia/industry? [duplicate]

I was involved in some not-safe-for-work (NSFW) photoshoots and amateur videos with a photographer in my undergrad (in the US) when I was going through a rough time. The media include my face in them (...
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How to keep team morale and efficiency when dealing with poor communication in a mentorship-like relation

I am currently mentoring/supervising a person within an academia-related field. This is not my first time in this role. I am easygoing, dislike unnecessary conflicts, and I like people to feel good ...
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How do journals gain and lose reputation?

This is something I've been curious about for a while, and there's little public or explicit information about it. It's obvious that some journals are considered very prestigious and other journals ...
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Do npj and Nature-branded journals have the same reputation such that I can say I published "in a Nature journal" after publishing in npj?

In 2014, Nature collaborated with parters and launched npj, and they state "Nature Partner Journals adopt a modified set of Nature editorial standards". In fact, relatively high impact factors are ...
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Should I refuse to be named as co-author of a low quality paper?

During my bachelor I did a research internship in another country for a few months and contributed to a research project which is now, a few years later, going to be published. The research is in a ...
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How to tactfully "decommit" from projects?

As a young academic recently flown from the nest, I am starting to figure out my own research interests. I now feel like I have too many, though. During a postdoc where I struggled to fit in and ...
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What is the difference between doing a PhD in a small university versus a big reputed university in Germany? [closed]

Take for example Brandenberg University of Technology versus Technical University of Darmstadt. Does the size of a university play any role in someone's PhD research experience in Germany? What ...
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Forced to work as a postdoc without pay [closed]

I got an externally funded research grant as a lead researcher to carry out a project at a UK University, together with other senior co-PIs. The grant would pay my salary for the duration of the ...
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What should I do during my PhD program to get a faculty position right after PhD, and how can I accomplish them? (Field: Statistics)

I am starting my PhD next year (2019), and I have some concerns. I recall one of my Professors from my undergrad years was telling me that in my field (statistics), excellent Statistics PhD graduates ...
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How to deal with a famous speaker that gives a terrible, factually incorrect talk? [closed]

I often attend talks given by famous presenters in which I’m pretty sure that the presenter has no idea about the topic. By have no idea I mean if you are an attendee that just attracted to this talk ...
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Can I get into a top school C.S. Ph.D. program with a Master's from a lower ranking university?

Is it possible, and what are the chances of doing so, to get into a Computer Science Ph.D. program at a top school like e.g. the U of Toronto with a Master's degree (say, with excellent academic ...
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How can a prospective PhD student know beforehand which universities have the most reputable teams/supervisors?

I am interested in astronomy/astrophysics and cosmology. It is my understanding that choosing the best supervisor/team to work with for the PHD is more crucial than choosing the best (and most ...
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How to quantify potential supervisor's reputation at a non-top university?

I ended up in a decent but below 50 ranked PhD program for math, and I'm going to try my best to get an academic job after my PhD. I want to work with someone who is well-respected and well-known, and ...
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Avoiding publishing in a particular journal without bringing up politics

As part of the PhD programme I am enrolled in, we're encouraged to publish a review paper within our first two years. After talking to my advisors, a suitable topic related to the area was agreed and ...
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How can a paper accepted for a poster session be credible?

If a paper is accepted in poster session of a conference or workshop such that only one page of the article will be published in proceedings, how this paper can be credible? (in particular in computer ...
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What should I start doing to improve my prospects since deciding on an academic career? [closed]

So, I have had a year out to work and am now going to do my Master's degree in Computing. I have decided to fully embark on a career in academia. What can I start doing NOW that will help improve my ...
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How does the testing method and possibility of cheating in an entirely online degree affect the value of the degree?

Although my question can't be answered absolutely, I'll try to state it in a way that's as close as possible. I'm considering earning an entirely online Software Engineering bachelors degree from a ...
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For PhD, prestigious fellowship at university with poor infrastructure, or prestigious university? [closed]

Two PhD positions were offered to me: EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland) In Italy, through a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship. I know that Marie Curie are quite prestigious, but also EPFL is ...
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What is the non-European perception of Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellowships?

I recently posted the above question along with another in the same post and was asked to post this one separately. I have received a Marie-Curie individual fellowship from the European Commission. ...
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Reputation of university versus quality of work for research assistantship

I have a couple of offers for my bachelors thesis in computer science (machine learning, to be precise). The options are such that one is interesting work at a not-so-well-known institute (in my home ...
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