Questions tagged [research-process]

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What kind of research is this? And is it scientific enough? [closed]

I am currently developing (improving) some software for my bachelors degree. In short, it's about writing some new code that makes a process more efficient. As a methodology, I use Design Science ...
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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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write a review paper and automatically citation

I want to write an academic review paper from some pdf articles and looking for a way or program that when I copy a paragraph or sentences from the pdf article, it automatically recognizes the ...
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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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Being a research intern in a research institute

It's been almost a year now that I've been working as an intern in a research institution. I've worked on several research projects in the institution now and some of them are already published. ...
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My first article got major revision

It is my first article ever in this field. I submited it to a high impact journal last year and just got the decision today -- acceptance with major revision. I have no idea whether this bad or not. ...
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Do professors in pure mathematics hire non-PhD research assistant?

I believe in some fields like physics or other experimental science, hiring a student without PhD degree as a research assistant is common. In pure mathematics, do professors have the need to hire non-...
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How do I participate in a major scientific research as a data engineer?

How do I fulfill the following requirements if I have no connection to academic researchers: Evidence of original scientific or academic contributions of major significance in your field Evidence of ...
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Are there a specific form when a co-author withdraws from a study?

There are 3 authors in a research paper. One of the co-authors wishes to withdraw from the study. Are there any forms that need to filled up? A form stating that the co-author has no say or hold or ...
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Where to find papers when Google Scholar and libraries fail? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the following paper: R.M. Wilson, “Decomposition of a complete graph into subgraphs isomorphic to a given graph.“ Congressus Numerantium XV (1975), 647-659. MR0396347 (53:214) Also ...
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Career Planning to optimize for Biomedical Research [closed]

I completed my A-levels with good grades (4.0) and want to work as a biomedical researcher (I am not so certain about the specific field but for now I really like Neuroscience especially Brain-Machine-...
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How to ask my co-author to put our paper on arXiv?

I am a math postdoc who defended his Ph.D. two years ago. I have been working on a project with some senior mathematician for 1.5 years. I also invited him to the university where I am affiliated for ...
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Do German universities allow work as a Research Assistant in an another foreign country? [closed]

Let say I am enrolled as a master student at X university in Germany. At the same time I am working as an RA at Y university in Japan. Is it allowed by German law?
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When to start drafting a paper? [duplicate]

I am a second year Molecular Engineering PhD student and I am a ways away from having enough data to publish, but I know where I want my research to go and I have a good idea of the data I'll need to ...
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What level of audience should one aim for in the introduction of a STEM thesis?

I am writing my STEM thesis, 90% percent of which is about mathematical modeling. However, I am unsure at what level I should write for the introduction. Should I write it so it is accessible for ...
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Advice regarding advisor-student relationship

I'm a first semester student in a PhD programme on a bioinformatics related topic. Before being accepted, I spent around 7 months in learning about the topic of my project. I have a BC degree in ...
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Same sample have two different data in a conference and journal paper (experimental research)

I published two papers one is the conference and other is journal paper. The problem is that For same same sample I have to measure same characteristics at two different times. Time gap between ...
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Is it necessary to describe co-authorship in research proposal?

I am writing a research proposal for a possible university visit. I intend to also mention my recent publication where I am the first author. This led me to the question: Suppose I am writing a ...
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What if I made a mistake in a paper and now I got a minor revision?

I have received a minor revision after a major revision for a paper. I discovered that I made a mistake in the calculations. Fixing it will result in changing a lot of the results, but the final ...
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Masters student took part of my research work in his Masters thesis, what to do? [duplicate]

I asked this question before, but need a little bit more answer. One of the masters students in our chemistry lab added part of my phd research work (which was done abroad) in his masters thesis. He ...
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Where to find industry funded PhDs?

In the fields of Mathematics and computer sciences, what are possible options to do a well funded PhD? In Canada or the US. Is it better than doing a PhD as a part time student, while taking a job ? I ...
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How to improve quality of figures after reviewers have mentioned it? [closed]

The paper we are working on was accepted and we got a comment saying "Quality of Figures could be improved". All the figures that are given have been exported from matplotlib and have all ...
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How do I keep up to date with my field, both academic and non-academic texts?

I'm an early-career academic in economics/social science trying to keep on top of things. In my previous professional life, I have kept an RSS feed, but I have a hard time finding good ways of doing ...
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Team member has done the work but won't write it up - what to do?

One of the people in my group does very good work and is very productive. This person generates publishable results but, instead of writing them up, jumps to the next problem. I have been encouraging ...
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Guide not signing the thesis but institute insisting on getting it signed

My M.Sc. Thesis which serves a partial requirement for my honors degree has a page where the guide has to sign to approve that the work I did under him is original and it is with his permission that I ...
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How can I focus my research without being overwhelmed? [duplicate]

I'm a first-year statistics PhD student. I have a general problem that I'm trying to solve and as part of that I read a lot of papers on various ideas/approaches. I often find a very nice approach ...
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Research proposal and research project [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student I wrote in my research proposal that is was going to divide the outcome variable into mild, moderate but now when I'm writing my research project I found that I have to ...
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What is the difference between a method, an approach, a technique, and a strategy in the case of STEM research?

What is the difference between a method, an approach, a technique, and a strategy in the case of STEM research? For example: These algorithms can be grouped into three broad categories: (i) methods ...
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How can someone build their early-stage career without help from their advisor?

A PhD student I know is having trouble with their academic advisor. Their advisor is very hands-off (to the level of being neglectful) and has a very sink-or-swim mentoring style. To be clear, the ...
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I'm an undergraduate seeking to recruit academics for a research project: where and how can I recruit?

I am currently searching for participants to take part in my research exploring the work-life balance of academics who are fathers. However, so far recruitment has been unsuccessful. Does anyone have ...
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Is the using same techniques considered plagiarisim?

A geologist used some techniques to investigate certain oil field for his PhD thesis. If another geologist useS the same techniques but for a different oil field can it be considered plagiarism?
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Should I offer my unpublished independent research when applying for PhD position?

I've finished masters and I've worked on my independent research for few years but never published anything nor I haven't posted any of my research work in public. The reason I did not publish is that ...
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Is scientific progress hindered by page limit and page format? [closed]

There is a trend in STEM: things get more and more complicated over time. There seems to be two things that are not matching up with the pace of our time: page limit, and page format. Page limit: for ...
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How do I transition out of the stuff I worked on in my PhD thesis? [closed]

One piece of advice I've gotten is to try to work in a different area from the thesis. "Don't keep squeezing and milking out one paper." I started reading papers in a different field but I ...
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Do successful researchers have some "trick" in common that leads to their success? [closed]

Is there some sort of secret trait or skill I can develop to become a more successful researcher?
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Do research professors earn additional money from externally funded projects?

Do research professors generally earn additional money from externally funded projects apart from their university salary? I ask because I'm wondering whether this explains why many professors -- who ...
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Cannot travel for second interview for post-doctorate position due to visa issues, will it reflect badly on me?

I am a PhD student from India. I have been called for a personal second round interview for a post-doc position in the Netherlands just a few days ago. The call for the second interview is due this ...
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Ethics of staying at my a pre-doctoral research fellowship

I accepted a pre-doctoral fellowship at University A with the expectation I will pursue a PhD there. After 3 months into the fellowship, I realized that the program doesn't exactly spark my interest ...
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Is it ethical to get some help from Stack Exchange for my research as a PhD student?

As a PhD student, I am expected to do research on my own, possibly assisted by my supervisor or colleagues. Like any researcher, I sometimes spend days looking for a small piece of information, ...
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Baseline result is much better than state-of-the-art model [closed]

I am researching about Deep Learning based Intrusion Detection System. I found a paper on a well-known journal, which is considered as a state-of-the-art method in this research area, because it got ...
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How much theoretical development is usually expected from a PhD student?

My question is geared towards areas where there can be mathematical proofs. Most papers I have seen consists of some theoretical insight/proof, then some experiments validating it. One example is this ...
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