Questions tagged [research-process]

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My poster didn't win the "best poster award", is it desperate to ask the committee about an evaluation of my poster quality?

My poster didn't win the "best poster award" at a top conference in mathematics, is it desperate/impolite to ask the committee about an evaluation of my poster's quality? I don't want to ...
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Reviewers Assigned after minor revision- What is it? [duplicate]

I submitted an article to a Springer nature journal in May, 2022. I had to revise the article 3 times based on the comments of the reviewers. The fourth revision was termed as minor by the editor. ...
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How to write a letter for Primary Supervisor? [duplicate]

I need to know well written format for requesting a Primary Supervisor to talk about my research proposal.
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Is it possible to participate in Physics research during a gap year?

I recently finished my Bachelor's in Physics, graduating this past May. I have always had grad school as a goal. Currently, I am looking to do a Master's program and then hopefully move on to a PhD ...
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I'm having trouble coming up with research problems I can solve. What should I do?

I'm in pure math and I'm trying to come up with interesting research projects to work on. How can I find interesting problems? Also, I'm not even a grad student or postdoc or assistant professor. I ...
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Found a mistake in a published paper at IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

I discussed with my supervisors and all of them agreed that there is undoubtedly a mistake in part of the measurements of a recently published paper. The idea and the novelty of this paper is correct. ...
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How to avoid over-reading papers and overthinking?

I'm in the middle of my PhD and I am currently struggling in finding "unexplored" areas of research. Despite having one main research topic and other minor projects, I feel like these are ...
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Word for a part of a book containing introduction and background/state of the art

I am writing a book (a sort of research memoir), and it is structured like this: PART I: Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Background, state of the art, description of research lines... PART II: ...
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Question About ResearchGate Followers [closed]

I've noticed that the order in which my followers are listed on ResearchGate changes. One particular follower move up on the list (he was 3rd from the top, then moved down to 6th from the top, and now ...
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Worried about my progress

I'm a 3rd year PhD student in pure Math in a Canadian university. I feel like in last one year I haven't made much progress. I definitely tried some problems, had regular discussions with my ...
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As a PhD student in theoretical physics, what fraction of my time (if any) should I spend on background material rather than my research problem?

I am a theoretical physics PhD student in the initial years. There is something which has been bothering me ever since I have started my PhD till today i.e whether one should completely focus on ...
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Research motivated by referee assignment

I was recently asked to review a paper. I liked the paper a lot and eventually recommended it for publication after minor revisions. The paper inspired me to do further research on some questions ...
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2nd vs 3rd author position, early in one's career does this matter?

I am collaborating on project where I originally agreed to be 3rd author, because I did not care about it all that much. My interests have changed a bit and I kind of want to lean on it a bit more as ...
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How to effectively revise a forgotten subject while doing research?

I am currently in the fourth year of my Ph.D. and I am fully engrossed in my research work. Sometimes I find it hard to revise some forgotten concept from a related subject. What is the best strategy ...
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Searching Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics by Number

The volumes in the Springer LNM series are usually referred to by number, and there are now thousands of them. However, I have not been able to find any way on the Springer website to go directly from ...
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Finding research assistant online

I work at a teaching-oriented college, where no postgraduate programs exist, and no research assistants hired. I have a research idea, but due to teaching load, I am thinking about hiring a research ...
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Part time research assistant - post bacc?

I would like to know if I can be a research assistant, part time, after college. I'm thinking about getting into academia, but I want to work first and make some money. I'm in STEM, but want some ...
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Which well reputed journal should I publish my CS research that is free to publish? [closed]

I am a current high school student will to pay up to $200 if need be. I just want to ensure I am publishing in a good journal not one that is a scam. I was considering arxiv but I am seeing that it is ...
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How to present research ideas to professor

I am a college freshman interested in doing neuroscientific research. After asking a professor for a collaboration, I've been told to email him my idea for a research project for him to look over. How ...
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Mendeley Reference Manager jumping inside the document [closed]

I am using Mendeley Reference Manager to read research papers and group them into collections. During reading we often jump to references (such as Figures or Tables) or citations (to see the name of ...
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What steps to take when offered an unpaid research fellowship position in a funded research?

I received an offer to do a research fellowship at an EU research institute. The research institute is considered one of the most prominent R&D institute in the field I want to go into. 
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I've graduated, my graduate advisor wants to publish a paper with me. How do I tell my advisor I don't want to do free labor?

So I've recently graduated with a STEM degree, but my advisor still wants us to make a submission to a conference. Right now I am unemployed and I have no source of income. What is the best way going ...
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Do professors get notified when someone in their research group sends in a publication?

I am a new PhD student, and worked on something with a postdoc during my master's degree, and we will send it for publication in the upcoming few months. Even though the work was done during my master'...
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Possibility of doing mathematical/theoretical research with software-development principles

I come from a mathematical physics background, so I have very little experience with other areas of Math, so what I say may not apply to mathematics research in general obviously (and probably much ...
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How to gain research experience at undergraduate level?

I will join a college by the end of Sept/Oct. I will pursue Physics (Hons), and my target is to get prestigious research internships at places like LEAP (Leidan observatory in Netherlands) or CERN, so ...
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Can I publish my paper on arxiv?

Suppose, I introduced a new idea in mathematics, which from my perspective, may be interesting and popular in the next decades. Given that I'm not able to publish my ideas in any prestigious journals, ...
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Data as a research contribution

I have noticed several polisci or economics papers in the past few years such as this or this that address important research questions on political behavior but in political environments where data ...
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First Research Project with Live Insect Specimen and the Ethical Considerations

I have studied different insects for my entire academic career, but I've never had to work with live specimens before. I am considering a project where I will need to capture live dragonflies and look ...
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Listing pending and ongoing studies? [duplicate]

I am applying to a professional post graduate program and they are looking for publications or research experience. I have a research paper, that has been approved for publication, but not yet ...
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How much overlap with my research topic does a potential PhD supervisor need?

As a history student, my research proposal is about a comparative research of xx in country A and B. Does the potential supervisor need to be interested in both A and B? Or either of them is fine?
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What comes first a research question or a hypothesis?

I am thinking how to structure a paper on economics. I have some scatter data from online sources, but nothing I collected on my own, say, via a survey. I am struggling to figure out how to organize ...
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Should tables have variables in columns or rows? [closed]

Should tables in scientific research have each independent and dependent variable be constrained to a column or a row?
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Potential problems with a research advisors with whom you have never taken a course

There is a particular professor who I would like to supervise a summer research project (summer 2023), which is a necessary component of my MA program, since we share similar research interests. I ...
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Determining Specific Contribution of an author in a Research Paper

If a paper is written by multiple authors, say in mathematics, where it is clear who did what, is there a way to find the specific contribution of an author? For example, say a person name Paul Erdős ...
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What happen when a 'new topic' emerge during the analysis of my data?

I am writing my master thesis (sociology of migration) and I've started my data collection process with some research questions in mind, so my interview questions went in that direction. However, at ...
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Advisor uses student's work unethically [duplicate]

Alice's ex-advisor accused Alice of plagiarism. It wasn't plagiarism in any way and Alice tried to reason with her ex-advisor. It seemed at the time that they reached an understanding. Alice's ex-...
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Ex-advisor stopping work

Alice developed a technology and the development of the tech was funded by her ex-advisor. No user study has been done yet and there is no publication in the picture. Only the tech has been developed ...
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What are parameters I can use to compare two researchers' work in Pure Mathematics?

I am a 2nd year master's students in Pure Mathematics. I am interested in knowing how should I compare the research of 2 pure mathematicians working in same field, say topology. I want to work with ...
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I just realized that my published papers are based on a buggy version of my dataset (due to a SQL error). How to proceed? How to tell my advisor?

I am in an advanced stage of my phd, finishing next year. I have 2-first author publications in which I used data from my group. My research group has different datasets stored in MySQL server, in ...
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Shall I collaborate/email with a peer who've been taking contribution from others' working paper without properly citing?

There is a peer researcher working closely to my main topic. I recently got some results built upon his latest papers. However, I knew that he paraphrased a (small) section of someone else's work into ...
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Should I contact the original authors before submission if my paper is heavily built on a series of previous papers (and does not invalid it)?

Here is what I learned from this site: If a researcher learned that somebody found a serious mistake in one of their papers, published a counterexample and a corrected version of the result, and did ...
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To what degree is the research output of abstract topics related to funding for institutions?

I am trying to evaluate how much truth the statement has "Research output is proportional to the amount of funding the institution gets". On the extreme end I see it is absolutely true ...
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How much help should Ph.D. candidate expect from advisor (if at all)?

I'm a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate doing research in STEM. I'm in a US research university. I'm genuinely confused as what to expect from a Ph.D. advisor in general. To start off, should the student ...
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How much is the freedom of research after tenure? [closed]

Is this true? Also, are there any obligations about the minimum amount of research papers you should produce (say every year) after being tenured? What if a tenured professor does not produce a paper ...
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How to convince team members we need IRB approval?

I come from a social science background and have recently moved into more of a public health role. Since I was doing experimental research, pretty much every study needed a review. As far as I can ...
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Is a supervisor a not good one if they don't provide you with a realistic project?

By realistic I mean - has no funding for suggested research, has no equipment for said research and because of all of this your program turns out to be 2x longer than the university advertises it to ...
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Circulation and submission

Are there professional standards which discourage the circulation of a submitted scientific work, in order to get feedback from colleagues?
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How can I enumerate the past research to show my research is noteworthy?

I'm working under a professor as a research assistant. She is preparing a proposal for research she wants to do with unmanned vehicles. A part of this proposal is showing that the past research doesn'...
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Can i submit paper that result's not expected?

my results were not expected which was control was lower than treatment and it's supposed to be lower than control according to other papers. I used the data and finished the paper and was trying to ...
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How to get an idea on what to do or propose in research? [closed]

I'm very new to research. I know that in order for us to get an idea for research, we need to do a literature review to see what people have done so that we can do something that has not been done. ...
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