Questions tagged [research-process]

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Is Stealing Ideas Common in Academia? Should I be Worried About Potential Theft? [duplicate]

I am attending my first conference this week, and yesterday I attended a poster session and stopped by one that belonged to a lab manager of a lab quite similar to mine. I am also a lab manager, and ...
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How can a new researcher judge the veracity of a paper's methodology and results?

I've been wanting to do some research on some quite controversial topics for a while now to stay educated on the common talking points of today, but every time I want to look at a research paper, I ...
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How "deep" do I need to go with my citations?

For background, I'm working on my master's dissertation for a data science project regarding COVID and want to reference some background information about health disparities. I've done some academic ...
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What should I do if I have found a major error after a year of postdoc work?

After my PhD, I continued with a postdoc in my PhD lab. The topic and the numerical method was quite different than my PhD and I had to read up quite a bit of literature to start the new work. However,...
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Question about research procedure [closed]

It is a well known fact that to be a good researcher, one needs to read a fair amount of technical papers. I am primarily interested in mathematical sciences. My questions are the following: How do ...
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Role of textbook reading for a PhD student

When I start reading a research paper in my research area, I flooded with a lot of new words, techniques etc.. In the majority of cases, I start reading the relevant textbooks for expertise in order ...
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What are certain work ethics and habits I should start developing right from my undergraduate to be an effective researcher?

I am a physics undergrad in India, about to graduate in a month or two. Now, I love my work and the research method, and love to read about things from many different perspectives to give myself a ...
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How to mentor an REU virtually?

I am a postdoc and I am mentoring a research exchange undergraduate (REU) student from another university virtually and I will say it's a bit strange. The student is not responding well to my emails ...
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How to come to terms with the fact that one cannot learn everything in their field?

While I am carrying out research or learning something in my field, I often find some other resources that are relevant to my domain and could help my understanding. Sometimes, while learning, I find ...
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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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How can I proceed towards research in Machine Learning while I am working as a software developer?

I currently work as a software developer and I am curious about machine learning research. Does it work if I can spend some extra time to read papers/collaborate towards ML research, or is a Master's ...
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How can I tell that I have done enough literature research? Is there a specific amount of time one should devote to it? [closed]

Finding and gathering references can be a quite time-consuming task as it demands one to get accustomed with the terminology and concepts of the related topic / area. How much time should one devote ...
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Search techniques for finding references at the start of reviewing the literature for your research?

Whenever we start new research, we need to do a literature review first in order to both get acquainted with the context and the concepts related to our research as well as to situate our research ...
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What's the benefit of pursuing PhD research at a foreign university vs staying in the home country?

If I work on a topic and in a field that is also available in my home country, then why stay in a foreign country? For example, I work in computational materials science. Many researchers in my home ...
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Seeking advice about teaching track vs research

I applied to a university that has overall okay world rankings in UK (though I believe it is R2), and seems like a good place to work at as an assistant prof, however it is teaching track. Currently, ...
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Can I upload unpublished research in github?

I am a PhD student working on Catalysis. During this lockdown, I took some data science courses and did my own data science project in form of a meta-analysis from catalysis papers. However, right now ...
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Where can I find "Correlation and Causation" by Wright 1921? [closed]

I've been looking for where I can read: Wright, S. (1921). "Correlation and causation". Journal of Agriculture Research. 20 (7): 557-585. I've tried the following without success. Going ...
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Asking my supervisor a potentially dumb question [duplicate]

So I recently did my PhD project approval which is the process where I agree my objectives with my supervisor and present a short overview to a review panel. All that went well and my project has been ...
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Is it alright not to do research for an extended period as a PhD student?

I have done about one year and nine months of my PhD (in the UK) and have got a paper published, one waiting to be submitted, and another reasonably-sized project completed. I have written up three ...
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How to shape quality research questions about conspiracy-drenched topics?

This year, I was working closely with many college-bound gifted students, one assignment, a student wanted to research the "Roswell incident". Though I can generally quickly think up ...
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Is co-authoring with friends a good idea?

Not sure if this question is a bit weird... I'm still a young researcher. I was wondering if it is okay to co-author papers with one's friends who are also doing research in a close field to one's ...
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The editor can't find additional reviewers [duplicate]

I received this message form the editor "Thanks for note. We have tried 11 potential reviewers to date and have one review at hand and another that is promised. We will be in touch once the ...
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Why do Reviewers behave like this? [closed]

Why do Reviewers intentionally delay or write negligent reports? I submitted a manuscript to a SCI indexed journal 7 months back. It was under review for 5 months. I received a report which said "...
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How to start doing research in some field I'm new to?

I'm a PhD student in theoretical Physics and there is one particular field in which I'm extremely interested in for a while. This field of research is somewhat new, but seems to be very promising, ...
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"A revised version of this preprint was accepted" Meaning?

I would like to know what does "a revised version of this preprint was accepted for the journal ESD." mean? Does it mean that there is 100 percent chance that the revised version of this ...
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Emailing back at professor after he forwarded my email? [duplicate]

So I emailed a professor regarding graduate research assistantship and he replied by saying if it is ok for him to forward my email to his graduate student. I said yes and its been a week so I'm ...
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Citing books, with unproved facts, in the introduction part of a research paper

Research community accepts a statement as fact in any domain of knowledge if and only if it has a proof. I am asking about domains for which proof is necessary. But the same fact may present in age ...
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PhD admission possible without research experience, but 30 years of corporate experience [closed]

My question is about PhD admission. Is it possible to get admission to a PhD program in organization culture in management without any research experience? I have 30 years of corporate experience.
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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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Mental health issues and success in academia. Is it possible to be successful after multiple blocks in the early academic career? [closed]

So, is it possible to be successful in academia or demanding research fields with Mental health issues? I don't read anecdotes of successful academics with mental health issues. This makes me believe ...
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Rejected short paper accepted as poster [closed]

I am a 1st year computer science PhD student. I recently submitted a paper to a large conference LBW that was rejected (with fair comments), I re submitted with changes to a smaller conference short ...
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What are issues pertaining to an online summer internship?

Background: Due to COVID-19 pandemic I'm doing my summer internship on Mathematics in online mode. I'm not sure whether this will make my resume stronger. Is it possible to get good recommendation ...
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Why isn't it the norm to have research repeated immediately by other academics?

The potential benefit to society of good research, and the potential costs of acting on bad research, seem to be extremely high in both directions. Why is it the norm to simply peer review research, ...
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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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Disclosing peer review results

My paper was recently published and I submitted a report to my institution for a promotion. However, the research administrator asked me to provide a copy of peer review of my paper, which was ...
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Can I include new experiment results in a Camera Ready submission?

I have a paper accepted at a X conference. I have been working on changes for the camera ready version. I have some results from experiments that I ran after the paper's initial submission. Questions: ...
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Undergraduate thesis credit is too expensive. Can I turn my thesis into 1-2 research papers & publish instead? [closed]

I’m a highly competitive (currently undergrad) student with the end goal of getting a position in academia. I’m about to graduate undergrad this summer; afterwards, I will do a Fulbright research ...
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Is this a typical supervising style and what should I do to make research progress?

I am a research master student in STEM field. My supervisor and I have weekly meetings. Each meeting lasts for about 15-20 minutes. Before each meeting, I will summarize the most important work I have ...
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I feel like my mathematical competence is fading

Background: I studied Physics and Mathematics (double major) in my Bachelor, and now I'm working in the field of (theoretical) biophysics (I'm a Master's student). I have had a fair amount of research ...
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How to disclose a major change in scope from orignal F31 submission

I am trying to pull together my first progress report on my F31 fellowship. My concern is due to to COVID19 my ability to work with certain collaborators was diminished and my PI thought it was best ...
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Losing confidence after a series of paper rejections [closed]

I don't think I have a concrete question to ask but I want to hear other researchers' opinions. I am pretty sure that there are many researchers who went through this and others will go through it in ...
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Patent vs Research paper for a top university admission?

I am working as software developer in a company. I had filed one patent and published one research paper. I want to apply for Master's in a top university (like NUS at Singapore or German universities)...
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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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What is the value of a summer project on cv of someone who wants to pursue graduate studies?

I got accepted in a summer research project in the US with a very famous professor in the field, however, it is so expensive for me. I am not a US citizen but planning to pursue graduate studies there....
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What to do with a very long research paper?

Some background first. I recently graduated (a couple years ago) with a Master's in applied mathematics. During grad school I began working on a paper, which I continued to work on in my free time ...
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Is there a particular structure that a research lab should have?

I want to know if a research lab at a university should normally include specific roles in order to be considered a lab ? I explain, for a newly joining Ph.D. student, i expect the lab to include a ...
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What kind of research failures are publishable?

Suppose that a physicist has discovered that the presence of X causes Y in a certain kind of systems. So they go a step ahead and try to work on a similar idea of X being the cause of Y in a little ...
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How can I get involved with applying my expertise in a specific subject?

I have recently obtained my MS in data science, and am interested in applying it in a few specific fields - urogynecology, microbiome research, and others. I'm still connected to my university as a ...
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Difference of difficulties between fields of research

Is it true that research (Ph.D...) in some fields requires more work and are harder than others ? For example to publish an article in computer science is it more difficult than to do in ...
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Inability to develop myself when working with strong co-author

I've been working with a (very good) co-author in the past. He is better than me at some things, and I'm better than him at others, so working together is great and fun. However, because he is good at ...

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