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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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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Can I include NIST data in my research software which lies on GitHub?

For some research software I have written, I needed some atomic data from NIST. I wanted to put that software onto GitHub (MIT license) but I am not sure if I am allowed to simply also upload the NIST ...
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State-of-the-art animated handwritten slideshow software

This is a remake/sequel of the 2015 question Handwritten presentation slides?. Surely much has changed in these five years. I have seen lots of presentations combining typed text/equations and ...
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Software for recommending papers — does this exist? [duplicate]

I spend a lot of time on google scholar making sure I haven't missed relevant literature. Usually this means scrolling through the "cited by" list one by one for at least 5-10 major papers ...
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Alternatives to Mendeley or Qiqqa to manage PDF and autoextract meta-data?

Having been a long term user of both Mendeley and Qiqqa, I have to switch to another tool that offers in particular: the ability to bulk upload PDF and autoextract meta-data / bibTex info manage all ...
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Are there universities with policies that default intellectual property decisions to faculty?

For context, at a US-based institute there is a typical business-like policy stating intellectual property developed by faculty is owned by the institute. Likewise, faculty are required to submit ...
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Software tools for orgainising education lab appointments

Due to the Coronavirus situation it is required to adapt teaching activities to reduce risk of infection. Several courses have laboratory assignments that require physical presence. It is therefore ...
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Why did SoftwareX’ impact factor drop from 4.5 SJR to 0.4 last year?

I planned to submit one of my long-developed software pieces to the prestigious journal SoftwareX. I was preparing for this for a while and making my code ready, and was just about to submit and ...
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Software for personal remote monitoring of exams

I suppose many instructors are looking for such a software. I give an exam that requires pencil and paper and computer software. I want to be able to look at computer screens students are using, I ...
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Are there systems to automatically blind a paper?

I am looking for systems to make a research paper blind (i.e., remove all information about authors, affiliations, maybe even anonymize self-references to previous work) and do this automatically, i.e....
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Are there reference managers which can develop/build library of references without importing/downloading PDF files in a personal collection?

In a situation where one has PDFs which one would like to have a library of references for, I notice that reference management providers (specifically Mendeley and Endnote) require that these PDF ...
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Tools for creating and managing a Data Dictionary [closed]

I'm looking for tools to create a data dictionary for my project's data. We have a large database of many variables, and I would like to create a data dictionary that describes what each variable ...
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Keyword tagging across scientific papers making it searchable

One year into the research project I have now a nearly exhaustive list of keywords / themes characterising my topic. There are about 100 words, though some of them are so closely related that probably ...
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Tools for PDF presentations commenting that respect slides

For my problem-solving classes I prepare presentations which include a reminder on the theoretical parts, statements of the problems to be solved, some (partial) solutions, tips and so on. These ...
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CV formatting and writing software? [closed]

Is LaTex everyone's go to for writing a professional CV? Or are there other niche tools/packages that you use to format and write it? i.e. something like a WYSIWG graphical editor with preset ...
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How to publish review of commercial software

I really like software product X and been using it for >6 years. I am unaffiliated and never have been linked to company or anyone involved with X. I would like to publish a paper that explains why ...
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Remote lecturing: best software approach [duplicate]

With the recent outbreak of covid-19 many of us will need to think about remote means of teaching. The option for me that seems ideal would be the capacity to broadcast exactly what is on my screen ...
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In addition to the grammerly software, are there other better tools in English writing?

For non-English speakers, are there other useful tools besides grammerly software in English writing? Mainly check whether the sentence is authentic.
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I used a fork of a GitHub repository whose paper I cited – should I also cite the fork?

I want to cite a GitHub repository in scientific publications. The repository that I used is a fork version of the original GitHub repository which is accompanied by a paper. Both repositories are the ...
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How to work in academic research as an outsider/experienced software engineer?

I would like to have advice on how a software engineer with a decent (>10 years) of industry experience can join a team doing academic research in the areas of physics, chemistry, biology or climate ...
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Are there software libraries or registries like ASCL.net for other fields in the physical sciences, Physics in particular?

The question Roadmap and possible pitfalls for a first-time software author to publish a paper on a Python package? explains the road I've started on. I just noticed that Skyfield, a software package ...
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Potential consequences for a PhD student using a cracked software

A friend of mine, along with ~10 of their colleagues, recently received an email from the IT department saying the department is investigating those students for using two pieces of cracked software. ...
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Can open-source software be peer-reviewed and published?

My colleague and I have developed a software tool and intend to release it open-source. This tool is specifically for tasks in my field but we think it would be helpful for the wider community. Our ...
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Roadmap and possible pitfalls for a first-time software author to publish a paper on a Python package?

I'm not a software developer by trade but I am in the process of writing a Python package which models an experimental apparatus and physical process and generates simulated data. Results can be used ...

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