Questions tagged [research-process]

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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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Do you need to ask permission to use video from a video game in your research?

For my PhD experiment, I am using a video game for my control condition, do I need permission from the video game developer?
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Pursuing a less exciting PhD research topic at a top-ranked university VS doing more interesting research at a lesser-known university?

I'm currently in the process of applying to different PhD Programs, and I have a very specific topic/theme in mind that I would like to work on and that resonates deeply with my personal mission, ...
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Is it worth typesetting hand written notes? [closed]

So I have about 10-15 hand written notes on various areas of my phd and they cover basically everything I’ve done in the last year or so of my project. is it a good idea to maybe spend some time ...
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I found an error in software implementation in the paper currently under peer review [duplicate]

I found an error in software implementation in the paper currently under peer review. Modifying the software does not change the idea of the paper and does not change the major conclusion and ...
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My undergraduate research is in a different area from what I want to study in graduate school (PhD). Is this bad?

I am looking for CS PhD programs in the US. I am currently an undergraduate and have conducted summer research in Theoretical Computer Science/Coding Theory. However, this is not something I wanna ...
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What exactly constitutes as Novelty in academia? [closed]

In the world of academia what exactly counts as a novelty, when we talk about a novel idea or more specifically when we say Academic Novelty ? I am trying to start writing on a particular topic (...
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Which is important senior (last) author or first author if I have the choice?

I am currently postdoc and I worked on a project of my idea and worked most of it. I do not know should I choose the first author considering that I did most of the work or senior (last )author as it ...
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Interrupting a German research fellowship

I am going to accept a research fellowship in Germany for the duration of 24 months. In the Guideline, it is written that (in English) Interruption to take advantage of another fellowship in Germany ...
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Phd in Computer Science Enrollment after M.tech in Electronics and Communications

I'm looking for some experience who completed or pursuing PhD Computer Science Enrollment and experience after M.tech in Electronics and Communications. Myself: I completed M.Tech in ECE (digital ...
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Postdoc with only 5 publications 3 years after graduation [closed]

I am a polymer chemist doing a postdoc. I would like to pursue my career as a researcher. However, I have only 5 publications (all first author) 3.5 years after my PhD graduation. 2 more should be ...
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How to add research position promotion to academic CV?

I have been having a lot of trouble trying to work out a CV update that seems like it should be pretty simple and straightforward, but I am just not sure on what the correct format should be! I have ...
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Should I inform my previous supervisor of my paper published?

I was taking a PHD research in engineering at a university and used an advanced method to obtain the results. But my supervisor didn’t accept my results and paper manuscripts. I then used another ...
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Side tracks that come up during research

During the development of a research project, often one faces many possibilities - different methods one can employ, different ideas one can try, different problems one can try to focus, etc.. To be ...
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How can I get to research stay?

I want to do a 'research stay', but I have no idea how to arrange it. I don't need to go to another laboratory or country to do my own experiments, because I have already finished most of my studies. ...
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Independent research in statistics [closed]

Is it possible to do independent reserach in statistics? If i do something what is the way to verify my work?
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How is work with students judged?

I imagine it is fairly common for students (at the PhD level) to produce work of lower quality than their advisors. Indeed, even excellent students must start somewhere, and if they were able to ...
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Why do researchers needs computing power outside the university?

A layman wants to help people in science. How useful would it be for him to join for some BOINC project? I somehow think that many researchers gets computing power from their universities so I am ...
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How can a developer of fundamental software components best get the credit they deserve?

Developing useful software products is becoming an increasingly important research activity in many fields. However, it seems the proper credit/incentive system has not been fully worked out. The ...
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Describe "corruption" in higher academia (research for a novel) [closed]

if you were to imagine a dystopian future in which academia was corrupted to a point in which it was no longer fit to fulfill its purpose…could you describe what that would look like? What would be ...
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Do professors read youth research?

Scientific journals for young people publish research for high school students. Does this mean that high school student only reads those researches of young people and not professors?? I have some ...
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Is "stealing idea" rare in mathematics?

I have heard a lot about stealing research ideas in lab sciences but rarely heard of stealing research ideas in mathematics. Is stealing research ideas in mathematics rarely happen? Or never happen? ...
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What indicators might point to a successful research stay? [closed]

I will be going to Norway in January for a 3-month predoc research stay. I would like to hear your opinion on what aspects you would consider successful in a research stay. Making contacts, advancing ...
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How broad/narrow can research interests be on statement of purpose?

I cannot understand how broad is too broad of a research interest. Honestly, I have a lot to learn and it is difficult for me to narrow it down on my statement of purpose. I know that I want to ...
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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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How to name introductory statement for a research paper?

I have written a research paper and was told that I should include a preamble at the start explaining who had the idea for the project, who my supervisor was and the name of the company. My question ...
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Discussing the technical errors with referencing to unofficial experience

I would like to present and discuss the technical issues of used software, which crippled/damaged some of my final data during the data processing (Still I have a sufficient amount of data for the ...
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Is it OK to have side projects during grad school and how can I get on?

I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. I am very happy with my current research topic but I would like to have some side research. Is it OK? And in case it is, how do people get those projects?
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I need to write papers and publish but my supervisor wants me to do lab duties

I am doing my PhD since 2019 in the subject of molecular biology. I am at the end stage of my PhD. Despite the harsh beginning, I put really a lot of effort to become very good in laboratory work and ...
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Is it ethical to start PhD research in one group knowing I am very likely to want to switch to a different group next semester?

I am a PhD student in physics at a US institution. I've worked with a very good and supportive professor last summer in some area of research. The goal was to try a particular research group and see ...
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How often does an advisor suggest a research problem to his PhD student?

I started my second year as PhD student this Fall and I was wondering how often do PhD supervisor suggests research problem to their PhD student? Does it happen only during the initial years of PhD? ...
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Is it necessary to have all skills asked in advertisement to get a post doc?

Is it necessary to have all skills asked in advertisement to get a post doc.? I have very ordinary PhD and due to COVID I spent very little time in lab , although I leant some techniques bit I can’t ...
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How useful is taking courses for your research progress? [closed]

As a grad student (Computer Science), I always feel like I lack the tools needed to make progress with my research. One solution I thought might be helpful would be to take more courses, especially ...
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How to become a researcher?

I would like to follow a line of investigation but I have some doubts. I'm mathematician and currently finishing my master's degree in Latin America. I know that I have a lot to learn to make impact ...
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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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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 in 7 years). I was performing quite well when I had more or ...
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What is the best way to find research groups in my field?

I seek to find research groups in my field, start a dialogue with potential supervisors, and apply for available positions. In other words, I want to check research groups' web pages mainly, not just ...
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How can a professor avoid becoming a manager?

My former postdoc has a new position at an R1 as an Assistant Professor. He is horrified at something I myself once struggled with: he is discovering that his job is a form of management. The ...
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No publication after doing a postdoc

I am currently a postdoc at one of Europe's universities. I have a grant that covers my postdoc position (1.5 years) and it's coming to an end soon. I have been working with one member of the research ...
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What are the rules regarding obtaining consent from subjects when publishing results related to drug testing?

I am wondering what the rules relative to consent of subjects are for publishing results related to drug testing. This recent publication by private lab researchers reports the result of drug testing ...
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Re-citing a math theorem with errors

A follow-up question to this: Citing a math theorem with errors Let's say a paper A has some error in a proof of a theorem and then I publish a paper B citing the theorem and its proof and also ...
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A collaborator has not contacted me besides our initial conversation, is it alright to find another?

I am a non-thesis graduate student working on an independent research project. I contacted a professor at another university for help with using COMSOL, a modeling software. He asked if I was ...
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If the editor-in-chief does not consider plagiarism, is there any possibility of resorting to a new assessment in the scientific community?

The question is a complement for other post not completely answered yet (Plagiarism, intimidation and misuse of doctoral theses results in Brazil): If the editor-in-chief does not consider plagiarism, ...
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References from econometrics and marketing journals in computer science proposals

I am researching machine learning models for predictability, and I am doing a literature survey/review right now. Can I use research papers from non computer-science journals in my proposals? For ...
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Extreme pressure due to constant demands for results is causing health problems

I am facing extreme anxiety and not enough sleep. My group always wants results. Every two weeks, you must have new results. Being sick is not accepted. I feel so drained and tired. There are constant ...
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Balance between spending time on research and preparing for presentations

Recently I noticed that whenever I have presentations to give, I end up spending quite a lot of time preparing for them. I imagine perfecting presentations takes time for everybody. But probably I ...
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Awaiting AE recommendation before "acceptance or rejection"

Is it ok to ask the journal about the status of my manuscript or it will affect their decision about it?
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The status "pending editor assignment" after "undergoing initial checking" [duplicate]

I submitted an article to one of Wiley's journals. One week later, the status was changed from "undergoing initial checking", to "pending editor assignment". For the first status ...
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