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Questions tagged [research-process]

Questions directly focused on PERFORMING academic research. Do not use this for questions about publishing research. Read the tag wiki before applying this tag.

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How to be fearless as Ph.D student?

I am a computer science Ph.D. student. I have written a couple of research papers and some of them are under review. I have started becoming fearless from some time as my past experience has told me ...
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Is it OK to send another reminder after prospective research leader stops responding to my email?

Long story short. I was look for some undergraduate level research for this July and August, so I contacted a professor like a month ago. Things went very well, and two weeks ago I even had a Skype ...
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Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant

I worked on a project as a graduate student in a research group in order to complete the credit points (20 ECTS Germany) required for my Master's degree. I was not employed on a contract i.e. not paid ...
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Group Project Dynamics— how to present advanced ideas without offending others?

For my research masters, one graded activity is to undertake a piece of research and present findings. We collected data and the analysis part was self-assigned to one member and myself. The analysis ...
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How can I overcome academic “researcher's block”?

I work as a senior academic in an important university in Europe. My name is in several publications in top journals in my field. I have always published papers together with brilliant collaborators ...
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Should I invest more time on old problems or new problems? [on hold]

I am PhD works in theory of computational maths. I am currently after my mid stage. I have written and submitted two papers ( one paper per year) and currently working on one and these days I am full ...
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My current PI is telling me that I am a very shy person and he is really pissed off, what I should do?

Today in the lab we had a birthday, I had participated, but not so much as I feel anxious in crowded areas. I felt very shy and that's true, so I withdrew from the party after 15 minutes and wished ...
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How to deal with my results being stolen?

I have experienced a couple of times the following problem: I have asked another researcher to cooperate and provided mathematical results (as a basis for an algorithm). The cooperation has not ...
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Lose my nerve while doing research

I'm a starting graduate student in math. Without a doubt I'm not a genius or even that smart, and that creates a serious problem: I often lose my nerve while doing research or studying other people's ...
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Why data falsification / fabrication is found after degree is awarded?

I saw on the internet that many degrees are revoked due to data falsification, but the question here is: how come colleges cant identify data falsification or manipulation before the degree is awarded?...
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How to judge a Professors quality while choosing a PhD?

How to judge a Professors quality while choosing a PhD? I have completed my Masters in Pure Mathematics. I want to work in fields which involve Algebra,Functional Analysis,Complex Variables. I also ...
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To what extent is being a quick problem solver (e.g. doing well in brain teasers) predictive of research success?

I hope to begin a PhD in the near future in a technical field. I feel that my strength is in being able to ask interesting questions / come up with a creative high level approach / make new ...
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why are some degrees revoked due to data fabrication/manipulation in specific area of investigation?

I saw in the internet that most degree related to psychology and medicine are the only revoked because of data manipulation/fabrication. The other areas like engineering degrees are only revoked when ...
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Who determines data manipulation, fraud or honest mistake? [duplicate]

I did a study using a company's private data in the mining sector, but I forgot to include some data in the analysis. If someone tries to do my experiment again and find different results. Would that ...
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How to focus only on the problem at hand? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student designing algorithms for mathematical problems. I have the very bad habit of loosing my track on research problems. Suppose I am working on problem X, then, in the next week, I will ...
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When you're collaborating with another group, how do you decide which one is the first author of the paper?

Say, A and B are two PhD students working on the same project, and C is their supervisor. D and E are two students working on a similar project to A and B's, and F is D and E's supervisor. The other ...
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Tips on finding research groups that focus on credit scoring based on alternative data

Despite conducting a thorough Google search implementing all the tips provided in answers to this question, I still haven't managed to find a single active research group (at a university, or a public ...
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Study design for best teaching methods - how to avoid overly specific results?

I would like to do a study with a class in which the students are split into two groups, A and B. They will each receive a tutorial on the same topic, but group A will get a different tutorial than ...
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what does “Reject (revise and resubmit)” mean?

I submitted a paper to an IEEE journal. The editor provided the following review: Based on the enclosed set of reviews this manuscript is not acceptable for publication in its current form, but may ...
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What if I got an idea that has been recently published, should I invest time considering it?

I got an idea for my master's work but when I did some research it turned out that someone published it in 2016. Should I stick to my idea as maybe I can do some improvements or at least I can give ...
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Fellow student seems to be chasing rainbows. Should I step in?

I am currently writing my bachelor's thesis, and share advisors with a fellow student, who is also working in the same office as I am. We exchange daily about our progress. I am under the impression ...
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Why are some graduate schools' students so much more productive?

I'm a math PhD student. I've noticed that graduating students in top 5-10 schools, by the time they apply for postdocs, will regularly have several math research papers and several articles in ...
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Using mendeley and science papers from sci-hub in Germany

I am using mendeley to organize all my science papers and to keep things structured. From time to time capitalism forces me to get the texts from sci-hub which is not totally legit. Now I noticed ...
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how to deal with this prof when he gives you his lowest grade? [closed]

Now our marks came out and the average is 94 and he gave me 2 marks less than the average of the class. (This means that I have got the lowest grade in the class) I am overthinking these days and ...
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Should I try to re-invent the wheel while doing research?

I’m a beginning PhD student in theoretical physics specializing in string theory. Unfortunately, my advisor doesn't have a good understanding of this subject; therefore, he provides me with very ...
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Will a mistake in my data collection for my thesis effect my whole grade? [closed]

I am currently doing my undergraduate thesis for psychology. I noticed in my data collection when asking the participants age i asked it wrong e.g. 18-21,21-25. Age is not one of my variables i am ...
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Accidentally submitted to predatory journal, did not pay fee, already online?

I am a first time researcher and naively submitted to an OA predatory journal (on BEALL'S LIST) which requests a publishing fee. Having read the terms and conditions, there was no comment stating that ...
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Cyclic trend through generations of excellence, Top researchers -> Their PhD students -> Top researchers ->

I was reading about one of the prominent researcher in my field of study. Out of curiosity I read his PhD theses. It was supervised by yet another prominent scientist. I further went on to see his ...
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Can one earn money from a product developed during research?

I have recently shared a video on LinkedIn about a project I was involved in while working as a part-time Research Assistant. Besides this project, I have a number of other robots that might be ...
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My masters project is very unclear, is it realistic to expect me to complete it successfully?

I am doing a masters in electrical engineering which involves a project done in association with a company related to the university. I initially thought this would be a good thing as I expected the ...
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Secondary Research Questions in a Master Thesis, where to answer?

My question concerns the placement of secondary research questions (SRQ) within a Master Thesis for a Software Engineering program. Currently I describe my primary research question in a chapter on ...
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how to have publication from thesis?

I have studied for two semesters so far, I got a research proposal from my supervisor now and I am reviewing it. It is crucial for me to have at least 2-3 papers based on my thesis. I am thinking of ...
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How to decide when it's worth investing the time to learn something new

Background I am 3 months into a 3 year theoretical physics PhD in the UK. Since I am fairly early on in my research career, there are many new ideas and techniques for me to learn, as well as the ...
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What is the proper way to ask for ideas for a research topic to a professor on a different institution that I have no connection with?

I am planning to start a new project on a certain topic, which nobody in my institution is an expert in. I have spent several weeks on literature research on this topic (by superficially reading ...
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Possibility of doing Masters in astronomy with only bachelors in CS

I have a bachelors degree in Computer Science & Engineering and currently employed in s/w industry in Pakistan, but have no degree in physics. For long, I've been interested in doing research in ...
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Is there a research honeymoon phase?

I am an undergraduate in the U.S. and have worked part time (~15-20 hrs/week) for a research group at my institution for about 5 months now. Since beginning the research I have enjoyed every aspect of ...
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Could I change my research direction after graduated master?

For example, if I finished a topic on the computer science field and graduated as a master degree, could I change to a topic within the psychology or any other field. Just because I'm more interested ...
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How should I go about reading mathematics papers and textbooks as a PhD student

It shames me to admit it, but I feel like I still haven’t figured out the right way to efficiently read papers and textbooks. I am a second year PhD student in pure mathematics, and I struggle a lot ...
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Is it common that my work is wasted since a collaborator who is the first author does not submit the manuscript that I have worked on?

I am a postgraduate student at a research-oriented university. I had spent about 2 months to work on a project. I collaborated with another postgraduate student who is the first author. In the ...
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Why would a European-style professor want a Ph.D student instead of a research staff? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Related to my questions: How much knowledge is expected of a PhD applicant as compared to a postdoc or a research assistant? For the average pure math US PhD program, what are essential topics after ...
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Do PhD scholars use Go to implement their research? [closed]

I am interesting in knowing which languages do PhD implement their research in. I believe Python is used in NLP research, R and Matlab are used in ML and Data Analysis field.C/C++ is probably used in ...
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Poor Phd and future [closed]

I had a poor phd work and my boss was also not interested which means I publish in low quality journals. Can I do better research and join better labs after phd? How to do it? I regret my phd period ...
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Finding a research internship with little prior experience

I am a second year physics major student and I know for sure that I want to stay in academia and become a scientist, so I have started to search for research internships(abroad) and do research with ...
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How do I regain my momentum in research after a long period of slacking off?

I'm two and a half years into my PhD program. Recently, I finally worked up the courage to admit it — I've been slacking off for over a year and it's my fault. Now I'm determined to be productive in ...
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Can you jettison a project to work on another in the wake of a big discovery?

Let's say Alice is a PhD student who's well into the research phase of a PhD. She's got a nice exciting project she enjoys, a helpful supervisor, she's making good progress. And then there's a big ...
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Shooting For a Star Supervisor VS Mediocre Supervisor and Consequences For Your Academic Life Career [closed]

I have asked this question before, but it seems easier said than done. I think this question is really important for prospective students for making a sound decision for their career life. Academia, ...
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Unproductive in dissertation research (mathematics/statistics) [closed]

For my dissertation research, I feel like I was unproductive a lot of times because I didn’t have a good intuition about approaches to even try. I felt as if a whole year was wasted trying ideas that ...
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professor pushing me to get result when nothing is right! [duplicate]

Background My professor assigned me a project as part of a course. The project is part of another student's thesis and has several flaws. I explained the problems of the project to my professor. ...
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What is the proper action when peers in your field have/are publishing papers with a crucial flaw?

I am in an uncomfortable position. I am beginning to do research in a particular area within my field. The body of related works are mostly done by students of a single professor. And, nearly all of ...
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Is it legal to publicly share questionnaires from research articles?

I've found articles on the development of diagnostic questionnaires that I only have access to through my university. I'm interested in sharing some of them publicly online so more people can have ...