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Can i use the same Method Section for two different papers?

I did a survey on the demand for complementary medicine among patients of the gynaecologcial department here in Munich. We collected a couple of hundred questionnaires and I am currently writing two ...
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Low gpa, but plenty of experience: Neuroscience grad school chances? How can I improve? [duplicate]

I am a Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior (NPB) undergrad student at UC Davis. I am taking my last year and a half (with 5th year) of classes. I transferred to UC Davis from UC Santa Cruz for my ...
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Is Science Publishing group (http://www.sciencepg.net) a genuine publisher related to the Science journal?

I received an email requesting me to apply for a reviewer/editor position at Science Publishing group (http://www.sciencepg.net). But I found that Science Publications have a different website (http://...
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My supervisor accidentally forwarded some private e-mail communication to me. What to do? [closed]

My supervisor has wrote to another cooperating professor regarding our project and had put me in the loop (CC). But I believe he has made a mistake and had also forwarded some of their previous ...
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Removing an author then adding him in a revised manuscript

I submit a revision of a manuscript to a reputable journal and removing one author and changing the order of another author, then the editor sent it back to me to clarify the reasons for changes and ...
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What are the impacts of implementing a hot-desking model for grad student workspace?

The Dean of my faculty recently made the suggestion that we change the graduate student office spaces to a "hot-desking" or "hoteling" model. This is only being suggested for office space, not lab ...
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How to get SCI impact factor from other than Journal site

I could see the IF of journal I am looking for in their site. My problem is Thomsor Reuters report lists the journal as indexed in both SCI and SSCI, but kournal home page says its indexed in SSCI ...
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Can I apply for masters program on Polymer Science after having completed my masters of Pharmacy..

I completed my master in 2012 with a specialization in Pharmacognosy. After completing my graduation, I joined a company as a Pharmacist due to unavailability of job related to my area. Currently I am ...
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Can I use a section of my thesis to “soap-box” about a meta-issue regarding research?

I'm a big believer in FOSS (Free Open Source Software), and a physics graduate student. I believe a lot of current researchers are not aware of free solutions to problems that are usually encountered ...
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When did it become customary to eschew gender pronouns in scientific essays?

Anyone who's written a scientific essay knows that the use of he/she/him/her, etc are frowned-upon (except where necessary) But where does this come from? When did it achieve (near) consensus? When ...
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How often is PhD work linked to life after the PhD? [closed]

So I am currently a Master's Student in an earth sciences field, looking to get into the PhD program at my university, provided that there is funding. My current adviser likely won't have funding for ...
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Computer Science - final year project being too focused on the engineering [closed]

Recently, I had 3 proposals for my final year project rejected as they were too focused on the engineering aspect of my course and less on terms of being academic? What could possibly they (the final ...
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How to introduce a “general” area into discussion section

I am presently writing up a PhD with a very imminent deadline (next week!), so please go fairly easy. My thesis is of a technical nature. In each chapter I have a results subsection which is divided ...
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Do scientists generally use their name in their discoveries themselves or does someone else do them the honors? [duplicate]

For example, was the term Newtonian physics coined by Newton himself or by someone else? What about Hamiltonian or Langrangian physics?
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What is the difference between an explanation and an interpretation?

Can someone please clarify for me if there is a difference between an explanation and an interpretation in scientific discourse? Whenever I am writing up results, I am careful to distinguish ...
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Can I use examples of others' research in my presentation on scientific conference?

I'm giving a talk on scientific conference in a couple of days and I have prepared my concept and my presentation. Because what I'm going to talk about is not done in practise in my country, I have ...
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Why are degrees in Business Administration (and similar) considered Science?

Why do people studying e.g. Business Administration (or similar) receive BSc or MSc degrees? Those guys don't rely on the scientific method even if they may use some mathematical or scientific tools ...
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Thesis contributions: where/how to specify them?

I am a physics student and I am presently writing my Master thesis. My work has been a theoretical/numerical analysis of data produced by a simulation written by my advisor. I would like to write ...
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What is the best way to cite NCBI data for my paper?

I'm currently writing my paper, and I have to compare some DNA sequences. But I found some samples have already been analyzed. So I used analyzed data from NCBI and my own new data (different species)...
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Peer review in Computer Science Journals

I work on both in the area of pure Computer Science and in the area of Computational Chemistry/Biology. Till now I have submitted papers to well known venues(journals) of both these fields. I don't ...
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How can an undergrad absolutely impress Research Professor during a research internship? [closed]

I have been accepted for a research position in a very renowned Medical Professor's research group over the summer. The internship starts after 5 months so I have enough time to prepare to perform ...
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Hypotheses that cannot be sufficiently tested

My understanding is that a hypothesis is not scientific unless there is a way to sufficiently test it. Is it ever acceptable to present a hypothesis that cannot be sufficiently tested? I can ...
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Why do big funders not act as publishers?

Scientific publishing absorbs a lot of money from the budgets of scientific organisations, either by publication fees or subscription fees, and many feel that the value added by the publisher is ...
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Preprint services for environmental and earth sciences? [closed]

Is there a good, reputable preprint service that is used in the environmental and earth sciences, and considered acceptable by the major publishers? Many journals specifically state that it is okay to ...
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How to express appreciation for an offer of science research funding

What is an acceptable way to state that you are very happy to have been offered funding for a research proposal? "I am honored to have this offer of funding for my research" "I am grateful for this ...
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Can you do a PhD solely on repeating experiments of others?

In here, they say there is a problem with results not being replicated. I know a PhD is supposed to be "original" research. But could you do a PhD solely on replicating the results of others? ...
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Proper citation of equations in scientific papers - terminology

Most scientific papers refer to almost any formula that contains the "=" sign by the word "equation". Consider this case: Let value = function(input) (1) where input is a known input value and value ...
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I am an English Grad presenting at a NASA conference; what's the best way to prepare?

While answers might be too heavily opinion based, I'm just looking for a little reassurance as to what to expect. I've done undergrad conferences for English before and that's no sweat, but I sent off ...
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Is a joint science PhD/JD a bad idea if I end up pursuing academic science?

Question. I'm going into my third year as a PhD student in oceanography, and due to my interest in law, I'm considering applying to the concurrent PhD/JD program at my university. I’m wondering ...
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I proved a theorem I heard from another researcher. Can I publish my results?

Some time ago I heard a talk in which the speaker mentioned some theorem. I needed this theorem for another paper I wrote. I looked for this theorem in the relevant literature (which I know quite well)...
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Does “Science” encompass Mathematics?

Inspired by the question Does the term “science” encompass humanities and the social sciences?, I would like to ask a question that has been in my mind for decades. Does "Science" include Mathematics?...
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Does the term “science” encompass humanities and the social sciences?

I’m not a native English speaker and want to get a better grip on the nuances of the term science. In my native tongue, the word I’d use for science also refers to humanities and the social sciences. ...
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Doing a thesis as an RA/ Lab Coordinator? (Cognitive Neuroscience)

I'm in a neuro masters program where you can do your thesis at any lab (in the world), as long as you can demonstrate that it is related to biological neuroscience. I was in a lab for a year and due ...
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Psychology Science degree

My brother did a Bachelor of Science degree, Psychology Major, at the University of Manitoba. I am curious if it is common for Psychology to be offered through Science and Arts faculties as opposed ...
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Who “owns” a project idea after a grant application is rejected or declined?

This past year I put in an application to a federal agency (US) for a post-doctoral fellowship and collaborated on it with a three profs/research scientists on the proposal. If funded, one of them ...
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How to come up with an effective undergraduate research topic - for scholarship?

Winter semesters ends on April 13th. Summer research/classes - May 15th I am a second-year civil engineering student. Juggling between options, I planned on cold emailing many people for job ...
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How to pursue a DSc degree?

I read that a "Doctor of Science" is awarded for research well beyond a usual PhD degree awarded for a dissertation work and includes a portfolio of high quality papers in interdisciplinary fields. ...
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Major Career Change --> Grad School Help? [closed]

I received a B.A degree in political science with a minor in natural resource conservation & management last year but after an internship in Washington D.C. and looking through job postings I have ...
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Correct identification of scientific journal?

I'm new to academic writing. From what I read on other posts, would the "133" be the volume number? And the 46-54 be the page in the journal? J Surg Res. 2006 Jun 1;133(1):46-54. Epub 2006 Apr 21. ...
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Can I write my PhD thesis based on another student's paper if I'm a co-author?

My supervisor asked me to write my thesis based upon one paper which I'm co-author on. I was told to take results which were not published and extend the figures. I was also told to include some ...
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Why aren't scientists richer? [closed]

I am an undergrad right now and I want to go into research. My question is not about whether I will be able to become rich (I am okay with a small life), but more from a civilization perspective. ...
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How important is it, exactly, to use a rubric for grading undergraduate lab reports?

I'm a first year grad student, and I'm TAing for a freshman/sophomore level general science course. The professor who is in charge left it up to me whether I want to use a rubric to grade the students'...
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Is it common for universities to have scientific development plans?

Many times, research teams and departments just perform research on topics that the Department Chair or Research Head initiate -- but do some universities structure their research, postdocs, and ...
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Strategies, approaches, methods for motivating innovation adoption in academia [closed]

I'm curious about what strategies, approaches and/or methods people (successfully) use in academia for motivating colleagues to adopt innovative research collaboration mechanisms, workflows and/or ...
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Why scientists don't share their research ideas? [closed]

A lot of scientist that I've talked to are worried about sharing their ideas with too many people. They get very protective of those ideas. Here are some reasons why: Ideas are harder to define on ...
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Should previous supervisors be mentioned in a personal statement for a PhD application?

I'm applying for a physics PhD programme in the UK which requires a personal statement to be submitted. Since I have done several research internships in the field, I would like to mention the ...
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Why do most science classrooms use similar black-covered desks?

Why is it that most science classroom desks seem to be built out of wood, but have the desk area covered in some black material? I'm talking about desks like this: http://st.hzcdn.com/simgs/...
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How to establish collaborations with academics who you do not know where you contribute to their research projects?

Lately it feels like I haven't been doing enough both personally and professionally. I am very productive at both my place of employment and my graduate studies (i.e. PhD in Soil and Water Science) ...
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Reasonablity of evaluation methods in developed countries for Maths and Sci students

Globally considering, in many (or maybe all) developing countries professors/lecturers in universities only take mid-term and final few-hour-exams to evaluate students' learning. In some (or maybe all)...
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How to set up lab rotation when commencing a PhD?

I'll be starting a science PhD program in the fall, and I'm required to do at least three lab rotations. I haven't received any instructions from the program as to when and how I should secure a spot ...