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 Engineering Roadmap

I am a first year student and has just started my 2 semester. The problem is my teachers are not teaching properly. Many students in my class are learning other things like web development and basics ...
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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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How to work authorship of software developed with another University

I am supervising a PhD student, enrolled at another University, where the co-supervisor is employed. We developed some useful software in her thesis and published 3 papers. In this development another ...
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Can I use open-source code for a simulation for my research?

I am working on a paper and I found open-source code that I could use for running a simulation. Should I write my own code for that simulation? Will it be enough if I refer to the code in my citations/...
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What will be the research methodology if you are developing a generic software [closed]

I'm developing a generic software for the unorganised retail sector. The design is completely based on the literature review that has been conducted. The only problem is that since I'm not doing any ...
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Is it possible to work full time and do a part time PhD in software engineering in England?

Is it possible to work full time and do a part time phd in the area of software engineering in England saying that I want to use my job earnings to pay my tuition fees? And if I start a part time PhD ...
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What are the main practical complications/challenges to using Linux as your full time OS, particularly as faculty in Biology/Ecology?

I am an ecology post-doc and considering switching from Windows to Linux for my main work computer (I am not a mathematical modeller). I have used Linux before and I am aware that, with effort, one ...
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How can a software developer best volunteer to help childhood cancer research? [closed]

I have 30 years of professional experience as a software engineer and I'm at the point in my career where I can volunteer lots of time. I have helped with several childhood cancer organizations over ...
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How to do a literature review on practical research (thesis)?

Some background, for my bachelor of science degree I have to do a practical research (thesis) for a company that develops software. At the end of my Introduction chapter I arived at the following ...
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What are good methods for clarifying student uncertainty? [closed]

A primary task of professors is communication with their students. Communicating typically involves lecturing, clarifying uncertainties, and receiving feedback. Lecturing happens at fixed times, but ...
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Which authors to cite for open source software

While I have worked on open source software myself I'm, strangely, uncertain about how to cite it in a paper. I do know how to cite software itself, I'm just uncertain which author(s) to attribute it ...
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Best tool for digitally marking assignments? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good piece of software for marking digital (PDF) assignments. Specifically, I am marking a first-year mathematics course, and need to do the following for ...
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Listing (peer reviewed) software article on CV

I am a contributor to an R package, and we are preparing a submission to the Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS). Submissions are peer reviewed (guidelines available here), and articles are ...
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Citing contributors to open source project when publishing to Zenodo

appleseed, our open source (MIT) physically-based rendering software, is used in various circles, one of them being academia. We have been asked to obtain a DOI so that our software could be cited. ...
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Managing lab funds

I am very fortunate to have several sources of research fundings to run my lab. Like many other skills needed for running a lab, I have no background in accounting (?). Different funds come through ...
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what is the best software for drawing mechanical mechanism? [closed]

I want a software which I can use to draw mechanisms like this picture: Update: the author told me that : "the figure was made in Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator by tracing the hand-drawn kinematic ...
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Git repo in shared folder or multiple cloned repos in each researcher individual folder for collaborative data analysis? [closed]

We are four social scientists working on a dataset that is in a secure server accessible via remote desktop. We have a shared folder where we put our code and datasets: root -functions -data -...
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Have there been attempts to get around “DeWitt clause”-like license restrictions?

(This is a complementary question to: Has the DeWitt Clause, which prevents publication of named DBMS benchmarks, ever been successfully defended in court?) Several commercial database vendors ...
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Work for college affecting assignment

For an assignment, I was paired up with a professor who also has an administrative role within my college. The assignment was unique to me, with a competitive process to be chosen for the assignment (...
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Can I develop software that solves a problem as a Master's thesis?

I have designed and developed software that solves a problem (In healthcare if it matters) for my master's degree, and I'm having some doubts about whether it could be considered an actual research to ...
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How to make a software documentation “officially” citable?

We are currently finishing the implementation of a scientific software library. It's the first project of this type for me and I'm curious, how to make the software citable in a similar way to Molpro ...
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Cheaper alternative citation managers for Mendeley [duplicate]

I am using Mendeley for paper and citation manager. Mendeley have 2 thing I need: index, searchable in all paper (title, author, content, ...) auto-lookup all information (title, author, conf, ...). ...
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Experience with paid English grammar and style software for writing papers?

I'm looking to suggest to our institute to invest in a paid software for helping writing, along the lines of Grammarly Premium, Antidote 10 or something similar. Does anyone have any experience with ...
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A team member of a coursework software development project didn't contribute in any way. Can I remove his name from the project?

I am the project manager of a small team of five undergraduate developers who have been working for months on a large system for our Senior Capstone project. Four members of the team, including myself,...
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When is a not updated software considered deprecated in the academic world?

Currently I'm writing a thesis in Computer Science for which I need to introduce and compare several open source tools that are available for performing a certain type of testing (mutation testing) on ...

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