Questions tagged [software]

Queries related to various software used in academia. Questions shall not address highly technical aspects of the software but shall address features/issues highly relevant to academia. For questions concerning computer code written or used in the context of a research project or other academic endeavour (including questions on licensing, ownership, sharing, distribution, and formatting of academic source code), use the `code` tag instead.

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Software for creating hand-written slides that are revealed gradually

I am looking for software to create slides like these. I want everything to be hand-drawn/hand-written. I don't want to draw/write anything at the time of presentation, but I want parts of the slides ...
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Which authors do I use when citing technical documentation which is community-editable and has multiple contributors?

Let's take this sample page from Microsoft Docs. It lists multiple contributors (linked below the heading), some from the community with nicknames, as the pages can be edited by practically everyone ...
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I have developed a tool which I think can benefit others. Can I publish this to a journal? [duplicate]

I'm a physicist and have written a tool which greatly simplifies my job. Instead of needing to worry about implementation details I can now simply input my data and the software will do all necessary ...
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Free and easy-to-use tools/softwares to draw scientific diagrams for physics [closed]

I am typing some physics lecture notes for which I am using TeX. What good options are available to draw freehand diagrams easily and also convert them easily to pdf, png, jpg, etc that I can attach ...
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Speech to text software/dictation program thats worthwhile for researchers? [closed]

I tend to be glacially slow in writing up my publications, and I was wondering if it would be worthwhile to invest in a speech-to-text program to dictate my rough drafts. Has anyone had a positive ...
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Which software is appropriate for drawing complicated block diagrams in academic papers?

What sort of software can I use to make block diagrams, such as those used in machine learning papers? For example, this graph: From the paper: https://aclanthology.org/2020.emnlp-main.676.pdf
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Proper credit when original author left

My company has tasked me with writing a paper to be published on some of our software. The what and why isn't particularly relevant to the story except that it's purely software driven approach. No ...
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interpretation software [closed]

Does anyone know a software that is able to interpret a report. I need help for regularly marking 90 paper, each about 2000 words. This is ver time consuming. I was wondering if anyone is aware an `AI ...
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Software platform for out-of-academia research collaboration

I've been volunteered (sort of) to help a subgroup of an activist group set up some on-line platform for (better) collaboration, and organization/storage of a base information. The subject is ...
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Which software/website is used to make diagrams like these? These look really good and this seems to be the most popular style I see in publications [closed]

I see this style of diagrams in most good IEEE conference papers/journals and wish to know which software is used for these? They seem to be able to lighten parts of diagram, use multiple colours etc.
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Head of the department said statistics exams must be done without software, otherwise it's cheating. What can I do as a lecturer? [closed]

I am a statistics lecturer at a university. For midterms and short exams, I have students use software such as StatCrunch or Excel for computational questions, but not theoretical questions. The head ...
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What is the term for managing programs and their relationship with students within a university? [closed]

I'm developing a web application to help conduct assessments for a college. I have several components in the application: Component Description Content Deals with the management of the content (...
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What is the best way to get my test questions from a Word document into an online assessment tool?

Since the pandemic, my department has been encouraging faculty to shift their assessments online. I've been holding off because I've heard from others how laborious it is to enter my test questions ...
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What good email service alternatives are available for academics in China?

I am based in China and am desperate to find a good email service as a researcher. The university email has suspicious delays and is probably censored. I used to rely on Gmail, but Google is blocked ...
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Software for projecting the PC screen to an android/iphone without intermediate services

I'm giving a class next semester in a room with no preinstalled projector system and next to non-existent wifi accessibility (during the busy hours its not possible to connect to the router; let ...
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How can I know how many papers I have in Mendeley Desktop?

I would like to know how many papers I have in Mendeley Desktop. I found no option or feature for that.
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What online writing software is used in your country for academic papers? [duplicate]

I am looking for ideas to understand what is out there. I am familiar with overleaf, word online and google docs. I understand this is not really scientific but if you are familiar with general habits ...
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Should I include a supervisor as a co-author of an R package?

I am a postdoc in finance and I have just developed an R package on my own as part of a research paper with three co-authors. At the moment, we have a methodological paper in review and I would like ...
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Why do most journals use separate manuscript submission systems?

As you all are familiar, most journals use manuscripts submission systems hosted on some separate domain. Why is that so, are there some other benefits except separation of the presentation layer and ...
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Is there a python wrapper covering multiple scholarly resources API endpoints?

Question: Does anybody know of a Python Wrapper containing a number of the mentioned APIs listed by MIT? Context: I want to execute a systematic literature review, and apply bibliometrics/ citation ...
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Is publishing in a journal considered "commercial use"?

A lot of software offer student or academic licenses that prohibit the use of the software for commercial purposes. A lot of scientific journals are edited by for-profit companies and publish papers ...
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Is there any tool to make checking that referencing is correct easier?

Is there any tool to make checking that referencing is correct easier? I sometimes find that after I've written a lot of text I begin to question, whether it is possible that I've referenced wrong ...
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What tried and tested possibilities are there to create a poster without using LaTeX? [duplicate]

What tried and tested possibilities are there to set up a (nice) poster for a conference without using LaTeX? I find LaTeX always cumbersome for that purpose and I am curious about alternatives.
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Citing a Matlab live script

How do I cite or reference Matlab live script? I want to cite/reference a Matlab live script that is published on my university's homepage. How to do that correctly? The script has a detailed ...
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What software is best for digitally commenting on drafts papers? [closed]

As I am asked more and more to review drafts of articles, I was wondering what software is best for giving comments digitally on draft papers (pdfs)? I know this is opinion-based, but I am curious ...
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Which software is used to write scientific textbooks, especially in engineering?

Which software do learned professionals use - LaTeX or Google Docs or Word or any other software to write their books (especially engineering level scientific textbooks)? Points to consider: Could ...
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Transforming Development and Management Practices

Disclaimer, I already posted this on StackOverflow and got advised to post it on "The Workplace" where I got advised to post it on "Academia". Please don't send me back to ...
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Checking Plagiarism among student's work (PDF documents)

I want to check the plagiarism among the students work. I have student's assignments and looking forward if I can make some settings in Turnitin to test the plagiarism only among student's work. I ...
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START v2 (Softconf): what markup is allowed in reviews? [closed]

Softconf's START Conference Manager v2 is a web-based conference management system that is widely used, at least in the field of computational linguistics. Academics using the site enter plain-text ...
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On choosing a license for software in academia

In my university, professors in Computer Science decide by themselves the licenses for the code of their research group. This happens without consulting the university legal team (or the university, ...
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Students admit illicit behavior in private communication: how should I proceed?

I am an adjunct professor at a University for a course where the students have to use a certain software "X" during the course. The software is distributed under a proprietary license; our ...
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Are software citations indexed?

It is encouraged to cite relevant software in research papers (e.g. MIT guide). The question is, Are these citations indexed at all by any engine? I can hardly find any software on e.g. google scholar ...
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Adding pictures to mathematical academic papers [duplicate]

I was wondering if there is this "universal" program that generates a picture of a graph (you make), then exports it to SVG form. The SVG is because I want to export my whole project to PDF, ...
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Software recommendation for software for scheduling appointments with students

Due to the pandemic I need to make some appointments with students for teleconferencing. Ideally I want to plan 3 students in half an hour intervals. The idea is that I want to : have some group oral ...
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What do you suggest to keep track of new published papers? [duplicate]

I already know of the app Researcher, but lately I found it is quite buggy and was wondering what people do to keep updated. Do you just join mailing list from selected journals or search daily for ...
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How to export search results from Elsevier?

I am doing a systematic review and I am cataloging my searches. I've already exported the search results from IEEE, and from Springer, with one click to an CSV file. So I wonder how to do the same ...
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How to accurately digitize plot data from figures available as vector graphics?

Measurement data in publications is often provided only within figures, while the original data is not available. There are some very useful tools around to digitize such data, such as the web ...
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Publishing a paper in an academic conference being someone who works in the industry

I have been working in the industry of software engineering for 5 years so far. Lately, I am planning to take a PHD, I am interested in software architecture and quality, something that started ...
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What is the status of foreign cloud apps in German universities?

From what I heard, in German universities there is a push against foreign cloud applications such as Microsoft Office 365, Google G Suite, Github, and even Doodle. The DFN offers some alternatives, ...
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Link to ORCID when revising a paper on editorial manager

When I started revising my paper on Editorial Manager, it required me to link to my ORCID (see the attached). I do have an ORCID account, and after I logged in, nothing happened, i.e., the ORCID was ...
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How to make a bachelor thesis out of optimizing /updating an application? [closed]

I work for a company and want to write my bachelor thesis there. This company has a Quality Assurance Application written in Python, that is very unstructured and follows no design pattern. My job ...
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What software do you use to keep up to date on literature, and if Google Scholar, how do you avoid information overload?

I see a lot of people use Google Scholar and ResearchGate alerts, but I find those alert systems too overwhelming to the point I get inundated and treat them like spam. Perhaps I'm not using them ...
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Is there any free alternative to Mendeley desktop app on Windows?

I have been using Mendeley for a very long time now. I use it for organizing and reading articles. I just noticed that it keeps removing files randomly from the folders and groups. I don't know the ...
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Can free plagiarism tools cause plagiarism false positives when students upload content checked with free tools to Turnitin?

As a lecturer, I have advised many students to use a free plagiarism checker tool to verify their work is plagiarism free, when they don't have access to a widely-used paid tool like Turnitin. I ...
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How can I find the altmetrics for a specific paper?

Alternative metrics for a paper, include not just the citations in other academic journals, but also all Twitter mentions, citations in Wikipedia, citations across the Stack Exchange network, etc. The ...
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Timed text editor

Looking for a very specific tool. I want to give my students a link to a text editor. When they open that link, they see a question and instantly a countdown timer starts. Once the timer is over, ...
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Program to manage research

I'm searching for a PC program, that syncs to the cloud (to Dropbox?), that will allow me comfortable management of PhD research, kind of a digital lab book. That includes - Comfortably adding daily/...
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Ethics: donation link on github repository for an academic side project

I'm a grad student in the United States with a strong programming background in a field where most people have very little programming experience. A while ago a faculty member I know requested my help;...
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I am looking for a way to remotely teach a class

So I am a single individual and do not have access to any university schemes related to my issue. I would like to be able to use my wacom device (an pen that allows me to write down on the computer) ...
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How can a present software-engineer (with experience of 5 years at least) turn into a physics professor? [closed]

There are often many people who switch careers midway. Some from software engineering to a product management role which is quite popular given relevance of previous career to current career. Another ...
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