Questions tagged [research-process]

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Should my advisor be an author in this context?

My advisor gave me a published approach (algorithm) used to solve some type of numerical optimization problems (however, it is old and ditched compared to better algorithms that came out after it). ...
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Conducting an academic research in computer engineering msc [closed]

I'm finding it difficult to know the exact methods, algorithms to use for my academic research. I've seen a lot of researchers use a lot of methods. But at this point I don't really know the exact one ...
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How does research in academic science differ from that in academic engineering

Personally I come from science (theoretical physics) and know numerous people in Engineering. Speaking to them I see that the kinds of things I tend to be interested in and what they are interested in ...
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What are the different mathematical cultures out there? That is, what universities focus on what fields and subfields in mathematics?

I am a soon-to-be undergraduate: a double-major in mathematics and computer science (but I have plenty of graduate-level mathematics courses I was advised to take by several professors). However, ...
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Post-doc vs Research Fellow on CV after Phd thesis submission

I submitted my PhD thesis in February, and now I'm a research fellow for 1 year at an Italian university. I will defend my PhD thesis in summer. In the meantime, I'd like to apply for some jobs so I'm ...
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Changing Subfields after PhD in psychology

I am trying to understand the degree of difficulty that a psychologist might experience changing subdisciplines (excluding clinical/school/industrial-organizational). For example, could someone who is ...
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Is this citation for reference correct? (APA 7th edition)

Is the citation in APA 7th edition format correct for this technical report? Citation: Servan-Schreiber, D., Cleeremans, A., & McClelland, J. L. (1988). Encoding sequential structure in simple ...
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What does count as "something new" in the field for PhD?

I am doing PhD in AI field mainly in natural language processing (NLP). My supervisor has told that I have to contribute something new to the field. I started doing some trials in improving one case ...
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Senior Research Associate in Germany

I came across a Senior Research Associate position at a German university. This role is permanent and is classified within the E14 TV-L salary scale. It is situated within the department head’s group, ...
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Tenure Track at a Small Liberal Arts College, but bad at research, how do I improve?

A lot of posts like this are from graduate students or undergraduates. I'm tenure track at a Small Liberal Arts College (SLAC) and been through a couple of postdocs, so I know what Math research is. I ...
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How do I determine the direction of my research?

I'm a first year PhD student in Microelectronics. I started my PhD because I was interested in the idea of Neuromorphic engineering, but I've been so confused lately. The problem is that neither my ...
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Applying for a PhD - Can't Decide on the Topic [closed]

I'm applying to a PhD programme in the UK, but feeling kind of lost. I have two ideas for potential research topics (in the humanities - literature to be specific) but don't know which to go with? I ...
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How to read papers without falling into a rabbit hole?

Often while reading a paper, I will see a citation that that seems more relevant than my current one. I'll switch to the new paper, only to experience a similar feeling. Or maybe I need to look ...
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PhD Suggestion in 3 rd year without any progress

I am a Mathematics PhD student currently in 3 rd year. I have a funding of 5 years. But being in 3 rd year also I haven't started working on a problem yet. Whenever I ask my supervisor he always says ...
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How to efficiently get a scoping for a research topic?

Imagine you're attending a conference and your team has a novel research idea that combines concepts X and Y. While you're an expert in X, you lack knowledge about Y. However, a strong understanding ...
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Do you reveal purpose of questionnaire to respondents?

I recently received an invitation to answer a questionnaire from a student in the social sciences. The results will be used as part of the research for a Master's thesis. The invitation describes the ...
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Is Utilizing AI Tools for Conducting Literature Reviews in Academic Research Advisable?

Recently, I've come across various AI tools that claim to assist in conducting literature reviews by quickly summarizing research papers, identifying key themes, and even suggesting relevant ...
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Applied Mathematics to Neuroscience Transition?

I am currently studying Applied Mathematics in a university in Bangladesh. I have always been deeply interested in psychology and neuroscience. I want to complete my degree in Applied Mathematics and ...
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What should you do when your professor disagrees with your research direction?

I am a graduate student working to get my master's degree, but my professor and I have differences in research directions. While his personality is very strong, I don't think he is capable enough in ...
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What to do when professor doesn't want to work with you anymore, but you want to submit past work done with him?

During the penultimate semester of my undergrad studies, I had approached a professor with a research idea, which he approved and both of us started working on it. We made substantial progress, but ...
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How to be an independent student?

I started my MSc 6 months ago. I was supposed to work on an idea given to me by my supervisor to publish it in a conference. The problem is that I have been way too slow, I don't understand a lot of ...
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My work was published and my name was nowhere to be found: how should I handle this?

I worked as a contract researcher with a university-affiliated institute. I ended up doing qualitative analysis and extensive writing for an academic paper. My former supervisor has basically edited ...
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Is it possible that my previous "milestone projects" (Master's thesis, quals project, doctoral dissertation) will be audited? [closed]

This post is also a bit of a follow up to this one: Found an error in one of the questions that appeared on screen for my dissertation study. Could this be an issue for my dissertation defense? Due to ...
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What is the ethical way to request Professor X to invite Professor Y as a contributor to our work-in-progress research?

I have been working as a research engineer with Professor X, who specializes in data mining, for almost past ten months. During this time, we have produced an AI publication. However, my contract with ...
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How to deal with failing ideas?

I graduated from my PhD last November and as I get along super well with my PhD supervisors, I decided to pursue research with them on my free time alongside my postdoctoral position. We all have ...
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When do you know its Imposter's Syndrome vs. truly being out of your depth/not being cut out for it? [closed]

After my recent inactivity, I finally gave everything some thought and I think I have something that may be contribution worthy to this site as I am likely not the only one. I am aware of this ...
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Publishing two papers at the same time

I wrote two political science papers with a similar premise but with different case studies conducted in countries A and B. I sent the 'A' one out to a journal last summer, and it took a while to get ...
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What is important when creating a set of research notes

In the process of trying to improve my efficiency I came across this question (which recently appeared in the active section): What are the efficient ways of keeping track of research literature? ...
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What was your eureka moment, and how can I create one for myself? [closed]

As a first-year graduate research student in science passing through several alternate "Peaks of Mount Stupid" and "valleys of despair", it would be great if some of you could ...
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What experiences count in the application for a MS Clinical Psychology Program? [closed]

I'm a third-year undergraduate student (from South Asia) of BS Psychology and plan to do a master's in Clinical Psychology after I graduate. What are the type of experiences needed to strengthen my ...
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Is it plagiarism to use the same research method for similar papers?

I have to submit an original research paper for my Capstone. I was pretty excited about the topic and the method. However, I was gutted after finding a pretty similar paper which employed the same ...
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How can I attract good postdocs?

I work as a research group leader at a top-100 university in Europe and supply of good PhD students is good, both from within the university and from other places in Europe. However, attracting good ...
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"Major Sub-projects" and "Publication Strategy" on Job Application

I am applying for a faculty position. The position is not intended for one particular project but rather part of a research group in political science. In addition to overall ambitions for this ...
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How to do short research projects with professors?

I am a physics student looking to apply for PhD positions. To increase my chances of getting selected and to increase my exposure to research, I want to publish research papers. The only research I ...
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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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Do you need permission from the gov't of a town to conduct a questionnaire survey there?

I'm conducting a study in which people from a particular town will fill out an opinion questionnaire (Likert scale stuff, questions about road signs). I was going to do this in front of a grocery ...
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Is paraphrasing my own texts using online tools is okay?

I am currently writing my master's thesis. I came across paraphrasing tools quite recently too. I saw that sometimes my texts are not very clear and repetitive (although I can explain an idea in an ...
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Should I continue my work on my paper if I found similar kind of paper but with different findings from already published articl?

So recently I just came across a similar study that has published on a same topic on which I have been working from past couple of months. The only difference is that I also include content analysis (...
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Can a husband be a corresponding author in a wife's research publication during her Ph.D.?

I recently observed that a faculty (husband) was a corresponding author in all the publications of his wife (first author) while she was doing her Ph.D. in the same department. Although the wife had a ...
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How to word request to undertake a project as a research intern rather than as a thesis, without offending potential supervisor? [duplicate]

Competitive STEM program and for our final thesis many of the potential advisors have multiple applicants per project. After being rejected for one project (initially seemed to be the top choice but ...
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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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Suggestions for learning new techniques during postdoc training

I am about to finish my PhD. My PhD work mainly have computational biology focus(60%) and rest of them are experimental biology. Due to lack of experimental biology goal I am thinking of learning new ...
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Is it possible to publish an applied paper using a new method followed by a methodology paper explaining it?

I am presently working on some applied research as part of a research practicum and have come up with with some new (potentially) publication-worthy methods. Is it possible to publish the results ...
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do professors care how much a prospective student read about their research while applying for a research position? [closed]

How much do a student's interest and enthusiasm matter when selecting or getting interested in a student? In research position cover letters do professors care if a student has read details about ...
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Status still “Pending decision” but date has changed [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to a Taylor & Francis journal. It was peer reviewed and the status has been “Pending decision” since January 30. On January 31, the status stayed the same but the date had ...
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What indicates instructors' experience in online technology? [closed]

My research is qualitative; it aims to explore the experience of EFL instructors about online teaching. What potential semi-structured interview questions about experience towards online technology ...
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Do university staff (in the US) usually have access to the university resources needed to do research?

Naturally, no one expects university staff (administrative or otherwise) to carry out research, but it was recently suggested to me that having such a job gives you access to the university resources ...
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How can I prevent scope creep in my PhD project?

I am a senior software engineer with experience in product management (which makes me addicted to proposing new features!). Now, I am an early-career researcher, and I am still looking at my PhD ...
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May have embellished to get into my Master's and Ph.D programs. Worried about degree revocation. Are my concerns warranted at all? [closed]

I am a doctoral candidate in a Ph.D program right now who previously posted this on a throwaway account but I feel I should come clean now and state that it was this account all along. I reviewed my ...
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How can I include an invitation to an Isaac Newton Institute program to my CV?

I would like to know how to include invitations to highly-regarded research programmes in a CV such as the ones being held in the Isaac Newton Institute. These invitations are commonly paid. That is, ...

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