Questions tagged [research-process]

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Research supervisor gives me no freedom— controls all aspects of my research. Feel like a research secretary. Is this normal in academia?

I'm currently working in a computational research lab where my supervisor just hands tasks to me to do that will help him with his papers but I don't get any input in the creative process whatsoever. ...
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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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Social norms about hiring freelance assistants

Is it considered ethical or appropriate for a researcher to hire a freelance contractor to perform or assist in some secondary tasks related to the preparation of a research papers? To make some ...
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Can't find research area in my master thesis topic [closed]

I'm master computer science student. I would like to do my master thesis in a company. I got a topic from a company but the problem is when I show my topic to my professor he said he didn't find ...
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Which research group should i choose for PhD? [closed]

I saw some offers for Ph.D. positions from an institute where there are several positions. On the web page, several groups have written a project summary on which the applicant has to write a research ...
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Professor doesn't reply email even after I talked to him?

So basically a professor pitched his project that needs research assistants at an event in my department on Monday. I talked to him after the event about 5 five mins, telling him my background and ...
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Lack of motivation to carry out research or search for positions post PhD. How to address this feeling?

Tl;dr: Defended my PhD two weeks ago. However, right from the time of the defense and up until the present moment, I am experiencing a huge lack of motivation and sense of purpose to do anything ...
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Can an academic paper be published about vulnerabilities found in a bug bounty? [closed]

Most papers I have read have some theoretical aspect to it, involving some sort of a pseudocode. I'm into vulnerability analysis and penetration testing and I actively indulge in bug bounty programs. ...
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Is it possible to get research experience between undergrad and grad school?

I will be graduating from my undergraduate with a B.S. in Computer Science & Applied Mathematics with a ~3.25-3.30 in less than 2 weeks from now. I'm taking at least gap year and a half after I ...
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What career option is the most viable if one has very wide research interests?

I'm in mathematics, and have recently gotten an opportunity to do applied/industrial research for a strong research institute in my country. As of now I have two MSc degrees in math and engineering ...
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What should be done when the theory behind a PhD thesis turns out to be wrong?

I have a friend who has been working on a PhD dissertation for over 3 years and he is supposed to be wrapping it up. Unfortunately, his thesis involves a complex model and populating the model with ...
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Is there any dedicated, academic channel i could use to establish contact with other universities on an international scale? [closed]

I'm a doctoral student at the fine arts faculty of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain (European Union), in the Art and Technology department, and i have a question about the ...
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How can a software developer best volunteer to help childhood cancer research? [closed]

I have 30 years of professional experience as a software engineer and I'm at the point in my career where I can volunteer lots of time. I have helped with several childhood cancer organizations over ...
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How to respond to “what you can bring to our department” in reply of a sabbatical request?

I am a faculty member at a university in a developing country. I love my field of research very much and want to improve my knowledge and level of expertise. I did worked always by myself and without ...
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Work with a professor from non-PhD-granting university in the US to earn PhD?

I'm new on this website and am not sure how much of higher academia works. Suppose I wanted to work with a professor in a particular field of mathematics at a research university (not necessarily a ...
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At which point in your PhD should you feel like you're in the edge of human knowledge/ know exactly what is your contribution?

I am a first semester PhD student. The standard time for finishing a PhD is 3 to 5 years in the part of the world I'm in. I have to defend a thesis proposal or project by the end of the second year. I ...
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How to share responsibility for part of my advisor's project, which I did not create and I am insecure about?

I am a first semester PhD student, working in the planning of an experiment that is on a funded project from my advisor. I am not paid by this project, the professor has not spent grant money on me. I ...
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Best way to position yourself to contribute greatly to a very new field? [closed]

I'm in my undergrad and am interested in brain-computer interfacing, but the field is still very new and undetermined. My hope is to be at the forefront of the field of BCI and be in a position ...
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How to overcome the feeling that I don't know many things about my research tool?

I am a 6th year PhD in computational chemical engineering. I have extensively used Lammps for my Molecular dynamics simulations. However there are many aspects of the modeling tools that I have no ...
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Do I even like doing research?

Currently, I am a part-time research assistant in the field of physics. My supervisor is brilliant and very nice. He always encourages me and says that I have done a great job so far. I don't know why ...
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How do you discover new papers as a mid-career academic?

As a Professor, how do you identify new papers to expose yourself to new ideas? Most of what I read now is derivative of old favorites or my own work. Journals in my area don't do a good job of ...
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How to self study effectively post graduation?

I would like to know details about how one self studies entire courses or new areas of research post graduation? For example, I am an experimentalist with little exposure to numerical analysis (finite ...
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presenting evidence of research to grad school committees

I am filling in a form for a Masters application. At the top is a question asking to describe research experience (if any) and interests. It's in an engineering field, if that matters. I have worked ...
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Ethics: Is it ethical for a professor to conduct research using a student's ideas without giving them credit?

I pointed a professor (my major advisor) to a resource (a data set), in an email exchange during the beginning of the semester, he published a paper based on this data set several months later, ...
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MA Supervisor who arrogant and unhelpful

I need to start with the fact that the MA I'm enrolled in is overseas, so i have a very restricted visa and moved my family here to get this degree. I have a previous MA in a different subject and am ...
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Where can I find research papers to read? (not currently in academia)

I have graduated from university and am no longer enrolled. Even while there, I didn't really have any experience finding and reading research papers written by others. Is there an online database ...
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State-of-the-art writing in machine learning [closed]

According to Wikipedia, State-of-the-art is as follows State-of-the-art (sometimes cutting edge or leading edge) refers to the highest level of general development, as of a device, technique, ...
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How to find who cited a researcher the most

I'm doing some history of science research. I want to build networks of researchers that cite each other (or otherwise do similar research). I'd like to search: For a researcher X, find which ...
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Is it normal to feel a bit unmotivated at the start of PhD programme for not getting the exact topic of interest for my PhD?

I am a second year PhD student in Canada. My first year was spent pursuing courses and getting a hang on the PhD topic that I am supposed to work for the next 4-5 years. I always wanted to work in ...
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PhD Application in Mechanical Engineering Research in Computer Graphics

I want to apply for PhD program in mechanical engineering at Stanford. Furthermore, I want to conduct research in the area of computer vision and computer graphics with application to robotics, ...
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When a work on machine learning has enough material to be publishable?

I am addressing the research especially the community on machine learning or deep learning. For someone who is interested on applying machine learning or deep learning on another field. What do you ...
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A professor commented that my research is too simple as compared to my colleagues. What does that mean about my future prospects?

I gave a departmental seminar yesterday. It was a short 20 minutes presentation of my PhD thesis. I had presented two of my published works during the seminar. My research topic was to model an ...
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How can I help to participate in data collection or research work as a field researcher? [closed]

To clarify my question, due to length limitations in question part. For PHD, Researcher allowed to take part as research subject for data collection/analysis? How to include personal accounts of/...
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Research exposition configuration of multiple topics/profiles [closed]

My friend has discovered many groundbreaking results on a specific topic in mathematics, which he finds really hard to configure them up at a single place, that is his first research paper, and also ...
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How many articles should a PhD candidate in applied linguistics /humanities optimally publish during their PhD? [closed]

I'm just wondering of how many publications /articles a phd student in applied linguistics /humanities should optimally publish during the course of their studies? I'm talking about what would ...
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How can I make the most of this opportunity? Any suggestions for a 2nd/3rd year student interested in research? [closed]

I am currently a student about to come towards the end of my 2nd year at University. I had a great professor at the start of the year, and I was interested in trying something outside of traditional ...
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Economic Reviews/Journals for High School students [closed]

I am a 10th grader and I am looking for a journal/review to publish my paper in the subject of macroeconomics. Is anyone aware of any journal/review that would allow me as a highschooler to publish ...
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Neglected many aspects of knowledge during my PhD research. What's the best strategy to learn and be comfortable in it?

My question is very vague. I just realized that there are many aspects of my research field that I have very limited knowledge in but would like to explore as a future research direction. Is it too ...
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Is it acceptable practice to make the source code of a re-implemented paper available online

It is the usual practice that researchers re-implement others' work for the purpose of comparison or result verification. If for instance researcher A re-implements researcher B's paper and improves ...
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Research dependent on future discovery?

I work in a field of data-driven modeling of physical systems (think simulating weather patterns, particle interations, solid structures, etc.). As the name implies, producing a good model depends on ...
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Question about Data analysis [closed]

My thesis title is : Important of user-generated contact in tourism decision making. I am worried about my methodology. I am not sure what kind of data analysis that can I use. I will use survey ...
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First author added random co-authors to our paper without informing me (second author)

Our paper in the computer science area has been accepted to a well-known conference and we are getting ready to submit our final draft. This is our first publication and I'm an undergraduate student. ...
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Is a good PhD student/researcher expected to spend some part of thier day/week regularly reading new research papers/pre-prints?

Or alternatively do good PhD students/researchers spend some part of thier day, regularly, reading new research papers/pre-prints? Please give some reasoning of why and why not, if possible. ...
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What are some lifestyles that you have adopted in order to excel in academia? [closed]

So the basic idea is that I want to become a theoretical physicist in the future( in 12th now)and with those conditions, I understand that a person requires originality creativity intuition and good ...
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After trying hard, I feel that I am in a wrong research field. How can I get over the nagging feeling that I have chosen a wrong field of research?

Research is hard, and I am aware of that. As an experimentalist turned into a modeling person, I am having second thoughts about the decision I made 5 years ago. Currently, my research is focused on ...
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Is success due to hard work sustainable in academic research?

I am a physics master's student hoping to pursue physics research by doing PhD, post-doc, etc., following the standard path. To put it straight, how far can sheer hard work take one in academia until ...
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How to start doing significant research?

I'm a graduate student in applied math (applied probability, asymptotic etc.). I have written several articles on either solving "small" problems, or developing particular methodology/techniques ...
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How to tackle interviews trying to leave a recent lab

Both me and my current PI agree that I am not a good fit for the lab I joined 1 month ago. I have good recommendations from my previous PI from grad school, How do I tackle interviews and job ...
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Phd Student here: Where is the line between free labor abuse vs…whatever the “good” version of free labor is?

I have an advisor who is very supportive. She responds quickly, offers advice and helpful edits (often on a short turnaround from my own delays), and seems invested in my doing well in the program (...
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Is it a red flag if the justification for my research (why it is likely to matter) is popularly sourced?

I want to write a paper on a certain specific topic (it's not terribly important what it is, this is intended to be a generic question). I can find sufficient peer-reviewed sources to provide a ...