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Can I use tools in beta version in my research?

In my actual research work, I need some functionality that is not supported natively by any existing solid tools. So I have two choices: rather I implement this functionality my self, or I use an ...
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Is it possible to measure/evaluate one's progress or development in quantitative terms?

I often end up frustrated over the pace of my work, or rather the lack of "worthy" results. During my feedback talks with my colleagues and superiors I usually get good feedback but I find it ...
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Chance Of Getting A Research Internship In US/Canada For Non-US Residents?

I completed my undergraduate study in computer science outside of the US. I hope to obtain a PhD degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in the US, but I don't feel that I am qualified enough (in ...
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PubMed RSS Feeds

I would like to be up to date with published articles on my research topic. I saw that pubmed allow to subscribe to a research (there is an RSS link just below the research box), so I added the RSS to ...
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What to do when your research interest changes to a new topic half way into your PHD?

I had started my PHD last year on a topic that has several interesting problem to solve in the area, however I don't find the problem interesting enough to spend 4 to 5 years. As time went by and I ...
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Is creating fully functional software considered to be a quasi experiment?

I'm sorry if this is a bit subjective, but I really don't know where to find the truth. In my hometown, lecturers usually will only approve research in computer science & information system where ...
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What to do with negative research outcomes (results) of PhD research experiment?

It is an expectation that the PhD would make an original contribution and/or advance knowledge in a given field. I understand this is a universal assumption for this level of study across all ...
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Valuing one field more than another

As my field, Computer Science (CS), has many sub-areas and specializations. I found myself having a not-so-good impression about different areas within CS. For example, I see working on Software ...
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Is there such a thing like "18-months/half-time syndrome"?

I am about 1, 5-2 years in my Ph.D. studies in the no-man's-land between bioinformatics, systems biology and proteomics. (If you are not sure what those terms are, read: "biomedical research") Coming ...
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Can I use abbreviations in the title of a research paper?

Is it a good practice to include an abbreviation in a title of a research paper. for example : PC , IDE , RAM
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How to collect data for dissertation if the work wasn't published

I'm starting my dissertation in which I'm creating a mobile application for public use. My problem is I need evidences to support my hypothesis and I was informed that I will only be allowed to ...
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Familiarizing oneself with state-of-the-art at the beginning of a PhD

From my research internship experiences (my previous University didn't really focus on research much) and what my current advisers told me, a general flow of a PhD is like any other long(er)-time ...
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What are the main differences between undergraduate, master's, and doctoral theses?

When I did my undergraduate thesis, my adviser was expected big on students expecting them working really hard, so it ended up as a reduced master's thesis (most of the reviewers said that it was an ...
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Saving handwritten notes for future reference

I have more than one hundred pages of handwritten notes. I made these notes while writing different chapters of my PhD dissertation. The notes include summaries of journal articles, my thoughts, ...
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Discipline clarification or field of study

The boundaries between academic fields have blurred to such an extend that many studies today are interdisciplinary in nature. My PhD is in the social sciences. It was located in the Faculty of Arts ...
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Is it ethical to use a data-set made as a research assistant?

Two years ago I was a research assistant during my undergraduate and my sole duty was the aggregation of many economic surveys, a very tedious task. This data-set, to my knowledge is one of a kind. ...
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Related work in an article

(This is a junior researcher's question.) Scientific publications contain a part discussing related work and the context of the paper. However, it is not clear where to put the section discussing ...
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Academic pipeline: How many papers should you have under review?

Often I've come across rules of thumb about maintaining active publication record. The advice I've most often been given is that one should have at least two papers under review at all times? What's ...
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What is the best way of keeping track of academic readings and persons?

I have started a brand new research from start of the year. I would like to know what are the easiest way of keeping track of the academic papers, journals and authors. I use sites like Google ...
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What should I do if I find two suspiciously similar conference publications by different authors?

In my research, I've found two articles that are completely identical, except the abstract and authors names. They are published on different conferences, with one year between. What should (must) I ...
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When is a research question "closed"?

I am in Computer Science. I read a survey today. The author gave such a good result by the end of the article that I think the research question can be called "closed": the result performance is ideal ...
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Master student pursuing PHD: how to spend summer break?

So I'm a master student pursuing a PHD. I'm currently following a research master program of which the natural path is a PHD program, in which I am seriously interested. I already hold a regular ...
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Applying for PhD admission at more than one department in the same university

I was wondering if it is legal, and also advisable to apply for a PhD position at more than one department in the same university. For e.g. I am interested in representation theory and string theory. ...
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Research publications in string theory/QFT by undergrads [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Importance of Undergraduate Research I am a physics undergrad interested in pursuing research in string theory/ Quantum field theory for my PhD. I am feeling pressurized by ...
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Where and how to search for research problems?

Where and how can an independent researcher search for research problems in a paticular field, assuming that a person doesn't have direct contacts with anyone knowleageable about that field? And once ...
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Are studies centered around one's own students regarded as publish-worthy scholarship within educational research?

I have read a number of papers within the field of educational research where researchers simply used their own classes for testing. For example, they test one of their classes with a certain type of ...
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How much info should I put in my CV under education

In an academic CV, how much information do you put in the education field for each degree (assume the person is a post-grad/early career)? Option 1: Degree, Specialization, Department, University, ...
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Research approach for PhD thesis in Taoism: top down vs. bottom up

Originally I conceived of posting a "Roadmap for researching x" but I assume that would be too localized for this site. Background: After much dilly-dallying, I have finally zoned in to pursue ...
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Any suggestions to create and maintain a good research atmosphere

I am starting my PhD in Computer Science next semester in a relatively small department (around 20 faculty members). I have been to the university a few times and I noted the collaboration among ...
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MD-Phd (MSTP): What are the benefits?

I have BS in Biotech, an MS in Neuroscience and applying MD-Phd next June. I have always wanted to go into academia and eventually establish my own lab. However, I have been receiving a lot of ...
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When does a paid research assistant become a co-author?

What amount of work should a well compensated research assistant put into a paper before they're included as a co-author? Is there any norm? Suppose this is a field where 1 to 3 authors on any given ...
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Value Vs. Uniqueness of Research

I am a PhD student and I am often faced with several ideas to explore. Two criteria often I consider in making a choice between approaches are based on the value proposition/ addition and the ...
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Present journal paper at conference or the same work at multiple conferences [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Under what circumstances can one republish a conference paper/presentation? I have recently completed a Masters of Science which I pursued to fill a personal goal and to ...
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How to avoid procrastination during the research phase of my PhD?

I just finished all of my coursework for my PhD program, and am entering the research phase of my degree with a topic already in mind. I've already started the research, but I'm already finding that ...
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Optimal journal publications strategy (academic career)

Suppose that I've written 10 academic papers. Which CV is the best for academic appointments? 5 publications in mid-high ranked journals, 5 in low ranked (but nevertheless peer-reviewed) journals. 5 ...
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Asking for official e-mail address from ex-employer University for publication?

I am no longer affiliated with a University. In the instance that I publish a paper (co-author or otherwise), is it appropriate for me to e-mail my old University and ask them for a staff e-mail? This ...
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what is RARE organisation in the context of hypertext systems?

I am digging "dead bodies" meaning that i analyse alternatives to the web system which were popular in early 90s and seems to be found the relevant report. The problem is author is ...
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How does one keep oneself updated with new research without forgetting older results?

The title is fairly generic in nature, so I'm trying to elaborate in the body. I'm interested in answers pertaining to Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), but I'm certain the question would be equally ...
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Choosing research area

I am considering pursuing a PhD in computer science one day. I guess specializing in (is that the way to put it)? What I want to focus my research efforts on. I am interested in: Manned/unmanned ...
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How to find / understand research in other languages when you don't know that language?

I'm starting to do some research in Asia, however, I don't know the local language. I do have some contacts, all of whom speak English, but I'm worried about finding earlier research which was ...
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Is it viable to pay for MS if your future goal is a Ph.D

I am currently working as a software developer. I have a degree in computer science. However, my country, Turkey, is not a technology favoring country, and research in the fields I am interested in is ...
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Scholarships for Ph.D

I am currently doing my M.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering in India and I want to do a Ph.D. in the US. Are any scholarships available for Ph.D. in the US that take care of all the expenses ...
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Article grammar and spell check

I'm not a native English speaker. My supervisor and I have read our manuscript at least twice, but after two months the reviewers say the grammar is unsatisfactory. I want to know if there is any ...
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What is a good research experience

What kind of research experience is a good or satisfactory research experience for grad school admissions ? There are tons of venues even IEEE has some easy to get conferences which has its name ...
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Transferring knowledge from one field to another

A professor once said to me: publication is about intelligent copy paste from one field to another. His claims were right in a sense that he knew what results already exist in one field and apply it ...
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How to choose participants for a study?

I want to know how can I get some participants for an empirical research study I would be conducting. Does universities have systems in place to call/recruit participants or do I have to find them ...
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Doubts about writing research paper?

I am writing my first research paper in field of computer applications and artificial intelligence. I have following doubts, please answer them to help me out.. a) When explaining my research, do I ...
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Methods for finding graduate programs for specific areas of research

What types of methods are available to students today who want to find a University for a Master, PhD, or postdoc program that supports the student's obscure/specific area of research? For example, I ...
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Mathematicians publishing philosophy papers and essays

I have a very brief question: Can a professional mathematician publish philosophy papers, essays, etc.? For example, would a leading philosophy journal, nowadays, consider publishing a paper or an ...
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Is it ethical to use another university's journal subscription if yours doesn't have access?

As a graduate student, sometimes I really could use access to journals or databases of tables that for some reason my university doesn't subscribe to. I have friends at other Universities that do ...
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