Questions tagged [terminology]

On words that have a meaning, usage, or similar specific to academia.

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Is there a term to describe when students are in one classroom for most of the day?

When I was in elementary school, I was in a single classroom the entire day. I would have different teachers come in and give classes, but we as students wouldn't change our classroom. When I was in ...
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Where to draw the line between preprint and author-submitted paper?

I read on https://conferences.ieeeauthorcenter.ieee.org/get-published/post-your-paper/ (mirror): Preprint: a form of e-print where an author posts a draft paper on the author’s or another ...
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What's the difference between Advisor and Mentor?

In a lot of Curriculum of undergraduate and graduate researchers I see they list their research experiences using Advisor and Mentor too, to describe that people who guide them in the research. So, ...
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What are A and A* conference ranks?

Following this question, what does A and A* mean for conference rank? Is there a site where can I get information for conference rank?
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individual research grants [closed]

I am going to apply for some postdoc positions in Canada. I have some feedback from professor. They are saying about availability of individual research grants in their department. I do not know how ...
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Did Cambridge award LLB?

Please see the titled question. Like Oxford's, Cambridge's undergraduate and first law degree is a BA, not LLB. But SCC Justice Ian Binnie exhibits University of Cambridge (1962) LLB Andrew ...
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What does the term “highest qualification” mean?

For example, if I am a current undergraduate student, does that mean my highest qualification is "undergraduate degree" or should it be my high school (12th grade)?
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Does a full professorship necessarily imply tenure in American Universities?

I'm having some trouble parsing the implications of all the job titles that get thrown around in academia. Does someone whose job title is just "Professor" necessarily have tenure, or are there ...
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Colloquial term for relationship between postdoc and phd with same advisor

Colloquially, two phds from the same advisor are referred to as academic brothers/sisters, i.e. if i am a phd student with advisor X and someone else is a phd student with advisor X then we are ...
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What is a research assistant in the Australian system?

I've noticed postings for positions with the title “research assistant” from Australian universities. They require a PhD and are often (or exclusively) one-year contracts. Are these positions akin to ...
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What is the Latin term “pace” used for when referencing other scholars?

I frequently come across references to other scholars like: In period P, syntactic construct C did not have function F (pace Smith 2000). I understand that pace here signals that Smith (2000) ...
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Do people who work at research institutes consider themselves “academics”?

My long-term goal is to work at a research institute. While discussing my career plans with different mentors, I find that there is some confusion about whether a position at a government-funded ...
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What does formal training in a field mean?

I was curious what people mean when they say you need formal training in a field?
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Difference between proposing a research framework and research approach

I would like to get some concrete examples as to what is the difference between saying that I am presenting a research framework and a research approach. Take the field of robotics or any other ...
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description of papers that have not been submitted to a venue?

I have some published papers and in my CV, I mention them under the heading of "Publications". However, I have some papers that I have not yet submitted to a venue (conference or journal). I think ...
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How do research papers differ from research articles? [duplicate]

What is the difference between a research paper and a research article? Frequently these two terms are considered in the same category. So, what features distinguish these two terms?
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Is “inadequate referencing” a euphemism for plagiarism?

I am aware of a professor, who wrote two published books that had to be corrected. On the publisher's website it states that these two books had been corrected due to "inadequate referencing". Is ...
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What would be a more academically acceptable name for a cluster of four courses?

In higher education, we know what is a major or a minor. What do we call it when there are only a cluster of courses, say 9-12 credit hours in the same discipline that is not part of a major like ...
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What is the etymology of “Assistant Professor”?

In the US, "Assistant Professor" is a junior rank among permanent university faculty. Generally, Assistant Professors are independent researchers with more or less the same job responsibilities as ...
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What is recommendation/reference draft copy?

I am applying for a PhD program and reached out for a recommendation to a professor under who I had done my master’s thesis. He told me to: send a draft copy as per the requirement What does that ...
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Why is a professorship sometimes called a chair?

Why is a professorship sometimes called a chair? Are chairs only the correct term when the professorship has been endowed? (I don't think so, because endowed professorships are rare in the UK, but ...
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What do you call a “practice” class that accompanies a lecture?

In my country it is very common for courses to consist of two types of classes: lectures primarily focus on theoretical aspects of a topic and then after each lecture comes a corresponding “practice” ...
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What is it called when authors trade citations?

Citation is one metric of researchers. That is why some of them lend citation to one another. For example, A writes a paper and cites B's work in it, and then B does the same for A, without the ...
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What to do if you don't know the terms you don't know?

If in a (mathematics) research paper, you cannot seem to find the term to describe something even after much digging and questioning, is it safe to assume that a word for it does not exist? This ...
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What does “communicated” mean in a CV?

I often see in a CV that certain papers are labelled as ‘communicated’. What does that mean? (Not ‘communicated by’.) E.g. this document which is a list of papers including entries like: "On ...
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What is “double blind” reviewing?

I have been visiting some journal websites and I found that some of them state that they use a double blind review process. What does it mean?
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Term for the opposite of salami publishing

Question Salami publishing refers to the practice of splitting scientific work into overly small pieces (least publishable units) and publishing a separate paper about each. I am looking for a term ...
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Difference between running example and motivating example

I have observed two major terms used in academic papers/journals for citing examples : running example and motivating example. Are these interchangeable or they are to be used in a specific manner? In ...
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What is the difference between this “book” and a research paper?

I don't know a lot about the scientific research and its concepts. What is the difference between this book and any research paper? From my understanding of the research world, I know that link....
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Capitalising terms like “machine learning” and “natural language processing”

Currently I’m proofreading my master thesis in computer science. I am not sure about terms machine learning or natural language processing. Is it common to write them capitalized?
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Is this a common honors-designation system?

At my undergraduate university, one could earn three types of honors that are designated on your diploma: Departmental Honors, where the requirements are set by the department, usually involving a ...
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What is a tutor in Australia (UniMelb)? Is it like a TA? What are the responsibilities?

I will be starting my PhD at University of Melbourne this October and I have questions about the tutor position. Is this like a teaching assistant (TA) position in other university systems? What does ...
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How does the college course 101 numbering system work?

I'm not an American, but I know that the number 101, often used postpositively, is used to mean fundamentals/rudiments of a particular scholarly subject. I know (partially as a hunch but I also looked ...
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What does “PI” mean in Australia?

In the United States a "PI" is a principal investigator. This is someone who leads grant applications. What does "PI" mean in Australia?
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(Australia) Conjoint senior lecturer? Do they teach?

In Australia, I see many non-university researchers (e.g. CSIRO postdocs) have a title of "conjoint lecturer" from a reputable university. Do they teach? Do they receive salary from the university? ...
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Difference between postdoc and researcher in Sweden?

At Uppsala universitet there are currently open positions as mathematics postdoc and as researchers. The announcement texts are identical, aside from this part (and clarification on it) that is ...
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In a journal, what's the difference between an “article” and a “monograph”?

This journal issue has contents that are grouped as "article" or "monographic section". What's the difference between these two sections? I checked the dictionary definition of monograph: "a highly ...
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Is there a term for “PhD at a department” vs “PhD at an (independent) research institute”?

All PhD students are getting their PhD from a university (as far as I know). But some PhD students follow a PhD program that is just a standard program at their department (e.g. department of math, ...
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What does “interdisciplinary” mean in the context of Quantum Computing?

How is the word "interdisciplinary" defined and understood in the context of Quantum Computing research? It seems many work groups are claiming ownership without even proper understanding the scope ...
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What is an “invited submission” to a journal?

The website of the journal Philosophy and Phenomenological Research says: This site only accepts invited submissions. In general, what is an invited submission? Is this how special issues of ...
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What does one call a group of similar courses where only one can be taken for credit?

Is there a word to describe the case when a student can only receive credit for one of a group of courses because they are versions of a single course? For example, "Accelerated Elementary Statistics"...
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Alternative title for research assistant [duplicate]

I’m taking a (non-student) job as a full time research assistant in a university engineering department, and am wondering what alternate title I could use for this on my resume that isn’t misleading. ...
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What does “scientific merits” in a job application mean?

In a job application I should add a description of my "tieteellisistä ansioista", which translates to "scientific merits". (The application is only available in Finnish, in which I am fluent.) The ...
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Is there a term for the fact that research is done only with the means available?

It could also be placed on https://english.stackexchange.com/, but I feel it is more suitable here. So: Is there a term for the (trivial) fact that research is done only with the means available? ...
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Term for a document between an article and a monograph?

I'm looking for a term for describing this writeup of mine which is too long and detailed to constitute a paper, but seems to short to merit being called a monograph. Is there such a term?
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course vs module vs lecture vs seminar

My question concerns terminology in computer-science MSc/BSc education in universities. Let us consider the following terms: course module lecture seminar in the US and the UK. Which terms denote ...
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Salami Publication

I recently read two journal papers from the same set of authors published in different journals. In the first paper, the authors proposed an algorithm and tested it on a real-world system and ...
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What does “Experience as a superior” mean?

In the process of applying for a particular faculty position in computer science in Finnland, I got stuck when answering the question Experience as a superior The choices from the dropdown menu ...
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What are the different committees for in a conference?

I would like to take the example of QIP 2018 conference. I've always wondered what the roles of committees are. In this conference, for example, there are three. Organizing committee Program ...
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Publication dates: accepted date, version of record online, issue online – which one to use?

I have seen the other questions regarding which publication date to use, and it seems clear to use what the publisher uses. But what if the publisher provides several dates such as the following? ...