Questions tagged [research-process]

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How does Google Scholar's "Sort by Date" work?

Why does Google Scholar's "Sort by Date" feature give you a completely different number of papers? I'm not speaking about approximation, like here, I'm speaking of real numbers being 1000 ...
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What does the type of funding mean for the type of research?

What are the implications of the type of funding, i.e. hard money vs. soft money (institutional vs specific project support) for the type of research it incentivizes? My hypothesis is that hard money ...
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How to approach "potential benefits to society of proposed research" question on a grant application for a pure math project?

I have been writing a grant proposal, where it is based in the UK. I almost did most of the application, but I have no idea for the following parts: Benefits of Overseas Country: Describe any ...
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My paper has been sitting with the editor without peer review, and the journal is not responding. What should I do?

I'm about to graduate college and this is my first time submitting a manuscript and I need some guidance because my PI has been busy with his grant. I submitted my manuscript to Behavioral sleep ...
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Is Math Overflow representative of how theoretical research works in person?

I'm a prospective PhD student who has had little to non-existent experience in formal/theoretical research. As an engineering student, the workflow I am used to is to test an experiment, then to debug ...
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How can I protect my research project from my ex-boyfriend with whom I had shared it with previously?

I am a new faculty member. My ex-boyfriend is an associate professor in a different research university but in the same field. When we were still together, I shared my research project (which I am ...
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How do academics in the Social Sciences use "mental maps" and why should college-bound students study them?

I teach secondary school Social Studies. As you may know, public school teachers must teach to state standards. My state's standards for Social Studies includes many references to the importance and ...
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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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Does this tool exist: Literature search citation filter?

I'm wondering if a tool/website to do a specific task exists: Suppose I have a set of papers (which we'll say for simplicity are hosted on the arxiv), S. I want to keep track of all the papers that ...
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How to gain global trust from researchers

I am investigating properties of some material. However it seems that all of the research is inconclusive and material modified the same way but by different teams have different properties. Because ...
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Undergraduate Research as an Irregular Student

I am currently a Japanese college student. I am going to do research in artificial intelligence from this April. After completing the first year of research, I am planning to go to the United States ...
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Survive the postdoc stage having ADHD

I made it to a rather high level in Academia (I'm a senior postdoc at the moment) but now I am stuck at this level (doing my 6th postdoc). I was performing quite well when I had more or less clear ...
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Is there a search tool for finding primary sources in US History?

If I search a tool like JSTOR, ProQuest, or Academic Search Complete, I typically just find secondary sources. Occasionally I can find primary sources there, but only when it is part of a translation ...
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What to do if a postdoc I just started has practically no opportunities for self-directed research?

During the interview for a postdoc position, I was given the impression that there will be various opportunities to get involved in research other than the main job description of the postdoc, and ...
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What resources should a PhD student expect their advisor to have?

I am contemplating changing PhD advisors and wanted opinions as to whether I am being too critical and if there is any basis to my concerns. I am a little over a year into the PhD program and am with ...
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Am I wasting my research time?

I am dividing the question in to two parts. I will first tell about my experiences, (in this first part of my question), at different levels of my academics and the reason for selection of a ...
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How to convince co-authors it is unethical to include false research citations in "working paper" being submitted to a conference?

I'm third co-author on a paper that was re-submitted for publication after primary author redid data analyses when I discovered that our original data had been significantly flawed. A month or so ...
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How to find conference papers which do not appear to have been published in any proceeding?

This question specifically arose from the following situation. Recently, I have seen several citations referring to papers presented in conferences of the international network on personal ...
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Tips on finding research groups that focus on credit scoring based on alternative data

Despite conducting a thorough Google search implementing all the tips provided in answers to this question, I still haven't managed to find a single active research group (at a university, or a public ...
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Is apprenticeship/reading the only way to learn experimental design? Are there books/papers about the theory of designing a sound experiment?

I am slogging away at grad school and I have a nagging feeling I can be more efficient. I feel like a person who cannot see more than a foot in front of them so I hit a lot of walls. My planning and ...
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Should I submit different research statement in different advertised postdoc positions

I am a Phd student in applied mathematics. Recently I submitted PhD thesis and started applying for postdoc positions. There I have to submit research statement. My question is that should I submit ...
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Is there a marketplace for research/ideas grants?

Non-academic here. Bachelors in Computer Science. My question is, how does research happen? Is there some sort of directory/marketplace/dating-app where researchers and funders can meet each other ? ...
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What is the definition of a selective survey?

Is it similar to a narrative review? I’m looking at a survey of a sub-field of computer science and it’s defined as a ‘selective survey’ however I can’t find a definition of this anywhere.
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Is graduating a year early and doing research under the guidance of professor a good alternative to spending another semester at my college?

I'm an international student studying math and physics in an American university relatively highly ranked in terms of math. I'm currently a junior, and I'm going to focus on doing research on a ...
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Academic year awards - best thesis, most promising student, significant contributions to the field, etc

What are some typical ways that a department determines these awards? Do thesis committees meet to discuss the year's thesis submissions and use some sort of voting system? What about awards such as ...
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Is this a valid reason to choose a specific sub-field?

My local university has announced the need for local experts in a specific sub-field within Electrical Engineering (EE), which is why they are offering the opportunity to sponsor student(s) in said ...
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Math Research after undergraduate degree and before graduate school

I graduated with a bachelor's in math a few years ago and this year I've applied to several graduate programs and have been rejected. One of the graduate coordinators gave me some very helpful ...
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FOMO in PhD specialization

I recently graduated from my Master's program in theoretical physics. Throughout the program I did most of my coursework in high energy physics and did my thesis in the same. However, I also did ...
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One page PhD research proposal in marine biology - Denmark

I am applying for a marine biology orientated PhD in Denmark and they ask for the following: A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references) ...
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I am good in my topic and field of study, but I am clueless about the rigor expected in other related fields. Is this normal?

My area of research is thermal spray modeling. I have used various places' modeling techniques to simulate the process. I have a decent amount of publications in decent journals. I have collaborated ...
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Why do fundamentals matter?

In certain situations, fundamentals may not matter, but very often, especially for long term learning, they really matter. Since this is a deeply held belief, perhaps moulded by experience, I find it ...
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Was my research topic poorly motivated? And how do I now turn it into a paper?

I finished my master’s program last year. The topic of my thesis was suggested to me by one of the PIs at the faculty, who then supervised my project. The question seemed perfectly reasonable at the ...
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A potential undergraduate research guide seems to have stopped replying

I'm taking this (i.e., officially enrolled in) independent research course which functions like any other class necessarily except that it's, well, independent and you can do the work you're assigned ...
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Professor invited me to do research and I agreed, but now I am not so sure

I was invited by the professor to work with him. His area is outside of my background and I agreed because I was curious and haven't found a research area yet. After beginning to read papers and learn ...
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How to avoid getting lost in referring multiple reference texts at the same time?

I am a 2nd year PhD student working on a project which involves control systems and power systems. For the next stage of my work, I have to learn about a control systems technique which I am not ...
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Do referees and search committee generally value a fully self-written proof over a short proof citing many other theorems?

Suppose that a researcher is trying to solve an important hypothesis within an economic model. He has two options to put his efforts: He can start with the assumptions that he is most comfortable ...
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Changing PhD/ collab PhD with a different department

I've started a phd in fluid dynamics. I always wanted one in general relativity or quantum field theory really, I got interviews for that (many really) but none where successful, I got into fluid ...
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Can there be context rich problems in Biology?

Context-rich problems are short realistic scenarios giving students a plausible motivation for solving the problem. As we search research literature, one can see lots of research in context rich ...
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Do I have to be worried about copyright infringement when digitally copying and collecting excerpts from published literature?

I can't find any information regarding this scenario. Related answers are always about publishing said excerpts in one's own works, and my question is specifically about copied texts that are never ...
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How do I find the ML model referenced in a specific paper when the authors don't provide it?

I'm trying to locate the architecture of an LSTM neural network as described here, but the authors don't provide a repository for other academics. From arXiv, I see more than a dozen other researchers ...
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Difference between a research paper and technical note

What is the difference between "Research Article" and "Technical Note"? What purpose do they serve?
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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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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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Does Google Scholar limit the length of its search terms?

On researchgate, I found the following paper that describes the application of a systematic mapping. I was curious whether the describe search term could be also found using Google Scholar. The ...
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In-house code used in paper methods section but not shared

I am muddling my way through my program an stumbled upon a technique I would really want to employ in my research. The technique is well outside the realm of my PI's expertise and my PI would not run ...
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Lot of time an energy spent on a field and lab based Master's thesis but subsequently ignored

I am (was) a mature student with 20 years previous commercial experience Over the course of two extensive field trips plus lab work during my Masters degree I developed and promoted some interesting ...
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When you're collaborating with another group, how do you decide which one is the first author of the paper?

Say, A and B are two PhD students working on the same project, and C is their supervisor. D and E are two students working on a similar project to A and B's, and F is D and E's supervisor. The other ...
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Finding a research internship with little prior experience

I am a second year physics major student and I know for sure that I want to stay in academia and become a scientist, so I have started to search for research internships(abroad) and do research with ...
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Does two-ninths month NSF rule apply to non-tenure track research assistant professor positions?

I wonder if the NSF two-ninths months rule applies to Research Assistant Professor positions? This is a non-tenure track position, however I may submit a sole-PI grant and I wonder if I can cover 100% ...
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Is there a lot of duplication in research?

I am a software engineer. I've noticed there's a lot of code duplication. To give some examples: Sometimes I notice that people will define the same "function" (reusable component) in multiple ...