Questions tagged [research-process]

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How to address an Editor if I have new proof techniques of old results?

I read an article published in a High Impact Factor journal and on reading I find that almost all of the proofs could have been done in an easy way. I devised easy techniques myself and I find that ...
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Postdoc in good environment, but haven't accomplished anything on my own: How long is it reasonable to stick around?

I'm about 5 months into my postdoc now, and I am seriously questioning the choice. Most posts I read about this mention bad advisors, situations with the lab, etc. but in my case actually everything ...
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'Expert' interviews of academics - Consent and Ethics

I am conducting a research trip to another country where i will meet with academics (individually and as groups), industry professionals and other experts to explore different aspects of a particular ...
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phd literature review [closed]

I am at my 1st year of P.h.D in Hotel and Tourism Management.I have never done an analysis before my master thesis was a business plan.I have read many PhD to see the steps you should follow,right now ...
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Are there journals with the same “great big debate” format at Behavioral and Brain Sciences?

I've found that articles from Cambridge University Presses long-running journal of Brain and Behavioral Science (BBS) are a great way to enter a literature: they introduce the names, reveal the ...
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Is there a dedicated academic principle that focuses on designing systems for human organizations so that corruption is minimized? [closed]

I always had an interest in learning about what other people have discovered about designing a system where people do what they should do or at least never certain things, as in they should have ...
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How to effectively read thesis and research articles in molecular genetics/ systems biology?

I am new to research. My thesis supervisor gave me a few articles and a thesis to read. I started reading the thesis from the beginning to the end and I feel like I am going nowhere. My research topic ...
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Determining a suitable research design for a pedagogical project [closed]

I am the academic lead for peer assisted learnng (PAL) at my university. I have been given an allowance to evaluate our PAL scheme for law students. This is only a pilot level study and nothing too ...
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Peer review prior to beginning a study?

In scientific research there are a number of problems today: Studies that aren't reproducible. Studies and papers that are criticized for their methods, conclusions, or bias. Industry-funded studies ...
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Does a research paper automatically get published online publicly if accepted?

Does a research paper automatically get published for the public to read on the journal website if accepted?
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PhD student, quit or not? [closed]

I'm half-way through the second year of my PhD in computer engineering in a top tier university in the US and I recently moved to a big city away from the main campus of the institution to the ...
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Dealing with 'less than optimal' data or study designs [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in a quantitative social science field. For the first study of my dissertation, I was given the opportunity to ask some questions that could be applied to an ongoing survey. ...
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How to learn technique from papers (technical fields)?

I'm an incoming PhD student. I did some research during my undergrad and master. One of the things my advisors told me was to read papers but not too focused on "technical details". This did help me ...
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Is it right for a supervisor to try to prevent his students from pursuing other research directions by simultaneously working with other professors?

I have faced a problem recently with my academic advisor and I seek some advice. I have been working with my advisor for one and a half year now. No publication resulted so far. One of the problems ...
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Will it be a good idea to write professor who has just interviewed me for a PhD position?

I had been interviewed by a professor recently for a Ph.D. position(US). During the interview, he asked me if I had gone through his homepage. Actually I went through superficially as the interview ...
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Is a Research paper possible for proposing of a Methodology?

So I have been carrying out this research project related to Machine Learning and computer networks and have been writing research paper along side my work. Now that I have reached Results and ...
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How important is being in a good institute for a theoretical physicist? [closed]

Will being in a underfunded institute and with mediocre colleagues hinder the performance of a theoretical physicist to a great degree?
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Finishing up with the PhD or quitting without any backup? What should I do?

I am a 3rd year PhD student (started in fall 2017) in Canada in Materials Engineering. I have completed my qualifying exam and proposal last year. I am soon to publish my first publication in a decent ...
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What is the best way to see if my students understood? [closed]

What are the methods you use to check if your students really understood the material you presented them with?
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How to handle a lecture course remotely?

I am a grad student in Canada. I moved to another city due to my internship and research, I had one course left which graduate advisor required me to take it this semester. Due to the internship, I ...
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How to publish a book chapter?

I have done some research in a topic. And now i think that i have enough understanding and material that can be used to write a chapter. However, I don't have any idea about How can i get it(my ...
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Do active researchers in mathematics read a paper in detail?

Context: As a researcher you need to read many research papers by others. In the case of mathematics, a paper consists of: Results (theorems, lemma, propositions) Proofs that consist of the technique ...
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Is simulation a necessary part of writing a research paper? [closed]

In fields like machine learning, where the validity of your solution is measured on the basis of the accuracy of your model, it is important to have a simulation i.e. write and run code to implement ...
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F in a P/F class hurt my chances for grad school?

I'm an undergraduate studying computer science at a top-10 US university and have a decent GPA of around 3.7. A few semesters ago, I took a one hour/credit programming class just for the sake of ...
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Feeling like stuck in a wrong field of study due to inept technical background. Seeking advice on how to sustain in academia and research? [closed]

I completed my PhD from North America recently in a particular subfield in mechanical engineering. Though, I have published 3 decent publications and got a postdoctoral position afterwards, I am ...
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Stuck without progress working on thesis - worried about failure

I am a student of Indian origin. I am Studying Mechanical Engineering in a local university in north of Germany. I am writing my thesis in a company. My task is to optimize the throughput of the ...
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Can I use open-source code for a simulation for my research?

I am working on a paper and I found open-source code that I could use for running a simulation. Should I write my own code for that simulation? Will it be enough if I refer to the code in my citations/...
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What will be the research methodology if you are developing a generic software [closed]

I'm developing a generic software for the unorganised retail sector. The design is completely based on the literature review that has been conducted. The only problem is that since I'm not doing any ...
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Are there any great researchers who are terrible teachers? [closed]

I'm curious if there's been anyone who's really good at research but also really bad at teaching - for example traditionally, Nobel Prize winners are required to give a public lecture related to the ...
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How to self-advocate after rotation rejection?

I am a first year PhD student. I just finished my first rotation lab and absolutely loved it. I met with my PI every week, and I never felt like she had a problem with me. Though I never had a frank ...
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What matters the most when choosing a post-doc — the reputation of a research institution or the reputation of a mentor? [closed]

I would like to ask SE community here about where one should pursue his/her postdoctoral research. At a wold's top three university with an early-career assistant professor or at a top 50 university ...
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Can too many submitted manuscript hamper your candidacy for getting a position?

I've been working in a lab for more than 3 years and during this time I have worked on several projects. I have collaboration works too. Most of my projects have been submitted recently. For example, ...
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What should I do if a professor is not writing the recommendation letter whom I already suggested?

I have applied for a Ph.D. position and I had to suggest two referees who will write a letter for me. Previously one of my professors had written one for me so I write her name again. The system is ...
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Who owns the research data at US research institutions?

When a graduate student, or PI does government funded (NSF/NIH/etc) research at a US R1 institution who owns the data? What portion of the copyright for the research data does the graduate student ...
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Is a hypothesis necessary for empirical research?

Suppose I would like to do an experiment that compares two existing methods for solving a certain problem, and decides which method is better (in some predefined metric). I can start with a ...
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Succes in research, awful in solving in basic things [duplicate]

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in pure mathematics. I am studying abroad. I need some advice. Before getting through to my question, let me say something about myself. I am studying at a good ...
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What is the difference in using terms like a model, a framework, an approach, a method, a scheme in scientific research?

in scientific research, I get confused in using terms like a model, a framework, an approach, a Method and a scheme so what is the difference between them? when I should use each of them to express my ...
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Is it possible to work on my thesis on my home country? [closed]

I was wondering if it's possible (and how frequent it is) to work my (math) PhD thesis in my home country if I am an international student?
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How to Ask for a Shift in Graduate Assistantship from Research to Teaching?

I am a graduate student in NYC and would like to learn how to ask my advisor and my professor to shift from research assistantship to teaching? I have been working on a research project for one ...
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How to write a research proposal for a PhD position?

I want to apply for a Ph.D. position in a group where there is only their research summary written on the homepage. An applicant should write a research proposal and if the PI likes it then they will ...
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Quitting research halfway — how unprofessional/irresponsible?

for background: I am a second year Master's student in computer science. I had gone to the same university for undergrad. For my undergrad honors thesis (during last two semesters), I worked with a ...
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Can research publications or paper acquire University credit? Or a degree?

I've seen and been with people with a master's degree that haven't gone to any Universities. They acquired a degree by submitting a papers correspondingly to their field of interest. How is this ...
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How to do research after Ph.D when you have less time?

I have joined an institute as an assistant professor from some time. I have done my PhD in computational mathematics. I am very much interested in research and spend lot of time and I really enjoy it. ...
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Is time spent in data collection considered “contribution” in Academia? [closed]

I've been educated that the correct scientific theory and analysis are far more important than the data collection. Let's compare the two papers. The first group of authors collected their data for ...
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Looking for advice when academic referees are scarce

I want to apply for a Research Masters but will have trouble finding two academic referees. I have worked in education, had research published, even won a best paper prize. However, things ended very ...
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Where would you publish a serious research proposal/idea that you don't have time to work on yourself, but would still like to get credit for?

I am an ex-academic (Ph.D + a couple of postdocs) who has been in industry for more than a decade. I work in enterprise analytics and data science. My current work is fulfilling, but takes up most ...
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Why haven't we hosted research publications as repositories yet?

This just makes so much sense for several reasons: Let's say I find errors in a very long research publication - A code repository like issue system would allow me to highlight this and notify the ...
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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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