Questions tagged [research-process]

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In engineering research, how do academics who are stuck in the lab all day know that their model is actually correct or meaningful?

The title of this question is evocative, not meant to be condescending (I am one of those people), just an accurate reflection of reality. Sometimes I find that engineering researchers will come up ...
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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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Can researchers cite their own papers? [duplicate]

If a researcher cites their own paper, does that count towards their h-index? I am referring to meaningful citations not just citing for the sake of it. For example, research that takes up a large ...
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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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Paper study of the field of nano catalyst [closed]

I have joined as a project assistant in the field of nano catalysts. How should I study the papers related to this work?
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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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What is the best way to improve English vocabulary for academic writing?

As a non-native English speaker, I struggle sometimes during my academic writing because of lack of some academic vocabulary. I have bought many books for academic vocabulary, but I found them to be ...
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Another company patented my research project during my master studies, what should I do?

I started working as a part time researcher in a company during my master degree as part of my graduate studies. I published a paper 2.5-3 years ago based on the data and my work at school. Last month,...
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About quality of research in Pure mathematics in Chinese universities and conditions for Foreign students to thrive there

I am a resident of Asia and I have done my master's in mathematics last year(2021) from a university ranked 400 in mathematics in the world. and I am applying for PhD positions in Europe. I didn't ...
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How do researchers keep up in the area if they're in a hot area like machine learning?

I'm wondering how researchers would keep up with all the new works if they're in a fast moving area like machine learning. There's significantly more research being published, so it would seem to be a ...
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Second author here. First author doesn’t work on the revision and doesn’t respond

I need advice. I started working on this project as a phd student, my advisor was the first author. It took a really long time for the project to get ready, and now I’m at another institution. While ...
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How do you write a good reaserch paper title?

I'm doing a paper on the medicinal properties of everyday plants but my prof. says that its too broad and I need to narrow it down. I want to start by figuring out a better title that is more ...
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Can I use a researchgate article on my websites resource page?

I am involved with Vinpro's Gen-Z viticulture project and we are busy establishing a website to document our demo results and findings. I am just wondering if it is possible to use a researchgate ...
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When going through research papers statistical studies of political science phenomena, how do I know which sources I can trust?

So far, I've learned mostly from textbooks but I'd like to read actual research papers and gather information from the sources themselves. My question is: how can I assess, as a stranger to the field, ...
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Handling unrealistic expectations of progress

I started a postdoc recently. My advisor has unrealistic expectations of progress. I was hired to implement feature X in their software (among other tasks; this is just the first). I have implemented ...
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Can I collect published images of biological specimens in a database for scientific purposes?

I'd like to create a database with published photographs of some biological species to use them for scientific research, but I have questions according copyright law. Can I use published images in a ...
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Working on original calculations versus reading papers

I am a beginning phD student in theoretical physics trying to understand how the research process works. I have been wondering how top physicists/scientists actually do research. I would like to work ...
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How broad is your research field after a PhD?

I'm in my last year of my BSc, and I have a couple of things that I am really interested in, and I am hoping to do a MSc and then a PhD. My adviser explained that a PhD is very focused, and it's ...
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My PhD supervisor is starting a formal procedure to remove himself as my supervisor [closed]

Does anyone have any experience with this? The coordinator of my program told me that he will schedule a meeting with my supervisor, the coordinator, and myself and that during that meeting they will ...
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How to structure a Research Project [duplicate]

I am starting with an independent research MSc thesis in Computer Science for six months. I already have a research question, a goal to accomplish, and the dataset. What tools can help structure, plan,...
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How to ask my supervisor to "take the wheel" following a nervous breakdown?

I am in the third year of a STEM PhD at a top university. My supervisors have all been very happy with my progress since my project started in Oct 2019, and thanks in part to antidepressants and other ...
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Is there a single example of an outsider considered a "crank" publishing a ground-breaking result that was found to be correct (in the last 30 years)?

I'm interested mainly in mathematical and related fields, in which several important and famous open questions exist (e.g., Riemann Hypothesis). Almost every day a new "amateur" scholar (...
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How could I share my concern about university ranking with a potential supervisor?

I have a master's degree from a university outside of Canada. I recently decided to apply for Ph.D. in Canada and I found a potential supervisor, I like his research area, he has more industrial ...
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Am I allowed to directly fix a typo about experiment results during camera-ready?

I have recently received acceptance notification from a top-tier AI conference. When I prepare my camera-ready version I realised that I wrongly pasted the variance for the cell before to the current ...
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