Questions tagged [research-process]

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Is it possible to have a career in academia and not be confident in their field of research? [duplicate]

I thought getting a PhD in my mechanical engineering field would lead in gaining confidence in the field. However, it became other way round. I am far less confident on my skills and knowledge than I ...
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How to manage a colleague in your research group taking your idea?

I have been a newly appointed lecturer (18 months). Within my first 6 months I have advertised a PhD subject in order to recruit a good student. The specific project was advertised a year ago. I ...
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How should I present my work to my advisor? [closed]

I am a master student, working on something on my own. One day I came up a new definition (My field is mathematics) of something. I am not sure if it is publishable or not (Not even sure if it works). ...
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How Best To Put The Fact Jigsaw Together In Research

The title to this question is the best way I can think offhand of phrasing it - but to anyone with a more widely accepted phrasing, please feel free to edit it. Basically it's about a common ...
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Importance of campus for mathematicians [closed]

I am a graduate student in mathematics, currently working from home due to the COVID crisis. Even though , yea, pure mathematicians can work from home, but I really miss the campus and the environment ...
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History MA Thesis: Advisor wants my research sent to her

So, in my planning phase of my MA thesis in history, my advisor says I should have my research to her by X date. What does this mean? What does this look like? I asked her and she answered me with ...
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make sense of index terms in dl.acm.org website

I am a graduate student. I plan to submit my master project this year. While browsing relevant papers in my research field, I wonder how making sense of index terms on the site dl.acm.org For an ...
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How can I promote a published article?

My article was recently published after a long process of peer-review. I don't know how to introduce the new findings in mainstream science. Can you advise me on the best way to promote my study?
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Should a history book written as a narrative be disregarded as a source?

Recently, I found several sources relevant to my research paper, and also written by prominent historians, but the book is written in first person, in some narrative form, with dialogue added. I find ...
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How to refer to someone consistently who has multiple names/spellings?

I am writing a research paper in which I mention Moroccan explorer Estaban quite often. In the books I have, his name is spelled in different ways; the Wikipedia article linked above lists even more ...
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Is it possible to survive as a researcher being a dispassionate person? [closed]

I heard a lot of tips for (upcoming) researchers from top professors and researchers. Almost all of them told that the passion of a candidate is one of the qualities that drive her research life. All ...
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What Is "Blow-Out" In The Research Context For An Academic [closed]

A junior academic in a department I was doing research in once said to me in reference to a senior member of the department that "Prof X no longer does research, just course design and teaching. ...
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How to know if I have done and am doing good research?

My research field is a "hot" one. It is in modeling of additive manufacturing process. Majority of the research being carried out is experimental and some research is theoretical/...
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How to measure outcomes of general education and higher education? [closed]

How do you measure the outcomes of general education (up to 12th grade) and higher education (college and above) in a given country? what are some indicators you would suggest I use? If we were to ...
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How to read and organize academic materials [duplicate]

It's a questions that haunts me for some day. I am a phd in computer science and recently when I need to read materials of different forms and take note, I somehow don't know how to decide. With the ...
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How to convert a PhD Thesis written on published articles into a book? [closed]

Is it a good idea to convert Thesis (computer science field) written on the basis of my own published research articles into a book? Taking care of text recycling and copyright plus wider knowledge ...
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How does one proceed when publishing a research paper to refute the conclusions of another (someone else's) research paper?

I am a computer science undergraduate going into grad school and trying to learn more about research. How does one proceed when publishing a research paper to refute the conclusions (or some of the ...
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Is scooping viewed negatively in the research community?

I graduated my undergrad two years ago, and I have since published 4 papers in top computer science conferences and journals. However, all my papers seem to follow a common "scooping" ...
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Can analyzing data from an existing public online database be considered orginal work?

I wish you all a Merry Christmas. I have a question but found no solution to it using the search function. I would like to ask whether summarizing and analyzing data from an existing online database ...
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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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Writing grant applications as a new academic/faculty member [closed]

I am a new faculty member at a University. In the last 5 months since I started, I have applied (or in process of applying) 4 research grants (2 internal applied, 2 external in the process). What I ...
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Doing research toward a Ph.D. degree versus doing research for commercial purposes

What is the difference between doing research toward a Ph.D. degree and doing research for developing a new product or technology for commercial purposes? Can those two purposes of research proceed ...
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What is the right approach to research when goal is not to publish in top conferences? [closed]

I am theoretical computer scientist. I am currently working in a local university in south asian country. I have tried my best in the past to publish the research in good venue but have been failed. ...
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If a reviewer comments that the overall writing needs to be improved will they reject if some errors remain?

I submitted the major revision and one reviewer's comment was to improve the overall writing. I'm trying to improve the flow and writing, but some grammatical errors and typos are still left. Will ...
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Is it common in all or most scientific research areas to look for metrics or measurable indicators/variables?

I am following an online college/graduate-level class about research methodology and writing. There are things in the class that I have not known before. (If you have any recommendation about ...
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How do I know if my research skills is valuable in industry if majority funding is from government? [closed]

As a postdoc, my research is funded from a grant that's 70% government and 30% aerospace industry. I work in collaboration with experimental groups and these groups have the collaboration with ...
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Do master students stop getting funding after 2 years? [closed]

I have started my master in September 2018, I am still working on my thesis to finish the writing of it so far I have one paper published and one other under review. I am completing an research ...
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Guide for Undergraduate Research (trying to find a PDF document) [closed]

Some time ago, a friend showed to me a 3-4 page guide for undergraduate research, which was really good. However, now I am not able to find it online anymore (and do not know anymore, who showed me ...
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What should be the main concerns while writing the research methodology section of a research proposal? [closed]

According to the research proposal evaluation results I have received, my supervisor advised me to elaborate more on the research methodology I chose. This is a research related to computer science, ...
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How to search google scholar for singular and plural words? [closed]

I want to look up also the plural of my words on Google Scholar. Here is a part of my search: "entrepreneur OR entrepreneurs". Is there a more efficient way, for example using regex-like &...
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How much independency does a postdoctoral researcher have?

I am a postdoctoral with governmental grant, means that it is not a grant from a research supervisor for a specific research project. Of course, when I was applying for this grant I was asked to ...
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Sabbatical in mathematics in the US

I am wondering how a mathematician can find a sabbatical in the US. More specifically is it necessary to have people interested in a collaboration with them in the department they wants to visit? Is ...
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How early should I start asking professors for a summer position?

I am a high school student and have several professors at colleges nearby who are conducting research I find very interesting. I am going to ask them to consider letting me work under them during the ...
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How should a high-school student approach professors in research institutions about research opportunities?

I am a high schooler who lives in the vicinity of many premier research institutions and am very interested in going into STEM. I know that I will have to ask a lot of professors to let me work under ...
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Struggling with Lab Dynamics and Mental Health

I am currently pursuing a master's degree and I am one of two students working on one project. This project takes a team science approach to answering a question, which normally one would find ...
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Changing a mathematical field once one has a tenure

I have heard that, in mathematics, there might be several difficulties in changing one's field once one has a tenured position. I am wondering what those difficulties are. Is it possible at all? Let ...
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How do I orient myself to the literature concerning a research topic and not be overwhelmed?

I'm in my first semester at a Master's level program in mental health counseling, and I have aspirations of perhaps eventually getting my PhD. I'm presently working on a project for a class about PTSD ...
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Confused about masters project

I am an integrated master student doing a rather short project of only 4months in the lab (due to covid). The project is quite a weird one as it either works or it doesn't and if it doesn't I have no ...
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Does ''recommended for publication subject to minor revision'' implies aceptance? [duplicate]

I have submitted my manuscript to one of the peer-reviewed journals of chemistry and the decision was 'recommended for publication subject to minor revision'. I have submitted the revision but two ...
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Lacking motivation [duplicate]

I am a student pursuing a Ph.D. I am just an average student who is hard-working enough to complete the assignments and tasks on time. I have been feeling incompetent for the last so many months. I am ...
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What is the best way to propose one remote collaboration of this kind?

This question is a followup to this previous question of mine. Let me quickly summarize. I'm a Physics PhD student interested in one particular subfield which appears to be very active and promising. ...
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It may not be in my best interest to ask a professor I have done research with for recommendation letters. Can this seem suspicious in my application?

I am not from the US and my field is in the social sciences. A while back, I started collaborating with a foreign professor on a research project which is now under review and another one which is ...
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PhD Thesis: citation for common knowledge and high level summary

Background: Neuroscience, India My thesis is based on the use of machine learning for some neuroscience data. Since I do not expect the readers to be aware of machine learning details, I have written ...
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Could conducting collaborative research with more than one professor BEFORE applying for a PhD lower an applicant's chances of acceptance?

I have been doing teaching work in my field (i.e., language/linguistics) for several years while at the same time conducting and publishing research (I am from a developing country). All of these ...
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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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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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Planning a PhD project in mathematics

I am obliged to hand in an an exposé outlining my PhD project in mathematics, including some kind of working plan. Since it is answered here and since it can be easily found on the internet, I have ...
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How to convince a Doctoral Committee to accept me as a PhD student when I already have a PhD in a similar field? [duplicate]

I have completed my Ph.D dissertation in Pure Mathematics this year from a relatively lesser known University. I have been through these questions like Considering a second PhD, this time in ...

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