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Questions tagged [tools]

Utilities, software or otherwise, used for a better academic life

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How to keep the resolution of vector graph when submitting to the editors? [on hold]

I use Word to draw my manuscript, add the relevant figures into the corresponding positions, and then send to the publishing institution. The figures in the converted PDF format manuscript (done in my ...
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Do you have any paper academic calendars or planners to recommend? [closed]

I wanted to ask if you have any specific paper calendars or planners which cover an academic year (October - September) and which you can recommend for PhD students? Thanks a lot!
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How do non-LaTeX users handle citations?

There are plenty of questions asking about how exactly to cite certain things in certain citation styles. I tend to find these puzzling, as for me this is not something the author needs to care of, ...
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Documentation control to prevent plagarism

I am current working on a research paper with a few other members. Are there good online documentation control tools where work contribution of different members can be tracked?
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How to change the title of a paper without harming the citation counts

Sometimes, after I publish a working paper in arXiv or a refereed paper in a conference, I change the title of the paper. This can be due to several reasons: A reviewer in a journal I submitted to ...
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Is there any way of good quality to follow up the update papers from many subcategories in arXiv.org? [closed]

Could any one recommend any approach to keep up with the recent papers in arXiv.org? Papers from many subcategories are considered. PS: of course, a better way than just read the sites of each ...
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How to effectively write a paper of N>2 co-authors? [duplicate]

We are writing a manuscript with 7 people. I am not sure what is a good tool to write a paper collaboratively. Other than overleaf or sharelatex which cost money. What do you do if you have ...
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“Web of science” as search provider in chrome?

Is it possible to use Web of Science from the Chrome Omni-Bar (aka address-bar)? Chrome supports adding custom searches by mapping a string to a search expression, e.g. i https://www.google.at/...
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Information technology requirements and issues for academic research

I am on a committee tasked with advising my university's Information Technology office on institutional needs and issues regarding IT. They are pretty knowledgeable about how to support the ...
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How acceptable are the outputs of automatic LaTeX converters for journals with LaTeX requirement?

Is there anybody there, who uses this combination as the pipeline of document production in his/her work? IF so what are the common bugs/imperfection that one should expect. From a latex-noob point ...
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How often do academic researchers use inferior tools for their research, when clearly better tools exist but are too difficult to use? [closed]

One example that I recently learned of is the use of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) vs. delay equations in mathematical modeling. ODEs are apparently "memoryless" - like how Markov chains are ...
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How do universities deal with the length of assignment submissions (e.g. word count) in pdf?

My university requires all written work (essays, reports and dissertations) to be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. At my previous university, PDF was also acceptable (in fact, ...
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Is there a way to follow particular authors on arxiv?

I have googled and it is possible to create rss feeds for categories; nothing about rss feeds for authors. Is there a way to automatically follow a large number of authors on arxiv?
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In an international collaboration, what can be used for a shared meetings log or electronic labbook?

I started to have more and more international collaborations recently resulting in more and more (video conference) meetings. While in some meetings, there is one guys summing up the result of the ...
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How to find tools that are presented in the papers? [closed]

I just searched a couple of papers related to the subject that I'm trying to work on. And the thing is that they all presented a tool that helped them do the job. Here some of them: mapo, mica, any ...
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Highlighting PDFs in e-readers

I am considering buying an e-reader and my friend lent me a Kobo to have a go (and buy if I liked it), but I found I could not highlight PDFs. Clearly that is useless to me. I see Mendeley has a ...
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Identifying the common online source of mathematical work

Students A and B in my physics class turned in identical solutions to certain homework problems on two problem sets in a row. My policy is not to give credit in situations like this. The similarities ...
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Which tools should be used to produce charts in computer science research papers? [duplicate]

What are good choices to produce charts in computer science research papers? For example, I think Figure 8 from Staring into the Abyss: An Evaluation of Concurrency Control with One Thousand Cores (...
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How to mention analysis tools/functions developed during a thesis

I am just about to finish my Master thesis. During the analysis, I wrote two functions which simplify certain tasks and put them into a R package. Furthermore, I extended an existing R package by ...
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What are the uses of an iPad for an academic staff? [closed]

As a new academic staff, I received an iPad from my department. I have never owned nor used an iPad before, so it is still in the box for the past week or so. I am a bit reluctant to open it, as I am ...
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Submit my R-package to CRAN or Bioconductor?

I have a new academics R-package for bioinformatics and I would like to submit my package online. Where I should submit? If I submit to Bioconductor, they have a 6 months release cycle. What about ...
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Bulk Download PDFs from Google Scholar [closed]

I would like to download ~100 scholarly articles from Google Scholar. I have institutional access, so Google Scholar presents the available PDF. Is there a way to automate the downloading of the PDF ...
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Is it acceptable to use personal equipment for research?

I'm a new graduate student in a computational lab, and the workstations provided by the lab I'm in right now are...slightly subpar. Long story short, a lot of it is nearing a decade old, and there ...
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Is it acceptable to use Mathematica to derive results in your research?

While doing research in statistics, sometimes I came across complex integration that I can't or don't want to solve analytically. Is it okay to use Mathematica to solve the integration and use the ...
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What tool or process can I use to see revisions on papers I am grading?

Like many professors, I ask for drafts of papers of more than a few pages (1500+ words). I provide comments focused on content. (I might make occasional corrections to grammar or word choice--...
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How to search private annotations in Mendeley?

I have dozens of papers in Mendeley. Most are filled with post-it notes, what Mendeley calls "private annotations". Unfortunately, these are not searchable. Mendeley users have been asking this ...
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Alternative ( and programmable) referencing tools for word on mac [closed]

I am using microsoft office word, the newest version (2016) for mac. I have previously used Endnote as a referencing tool, but now I switched to Mendeley because It is conveniently good at organizing ...
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open source programs for plotting? [closed]

Short version: Any suggestion on an Open-Source Software alternative to Grapher/Surfer/Origin/SigmaPlot? Details: This is not a shopping question. As a scientist I explore and plot data all the time. ...
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What tools do you use in academia to jointly review a thesis?

I am giving a thesis for review by several supervisors, who will comment and request changes. It's written in LaTeX, but I don't want to bother the people involved with having to compile that ...
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How can I keep up with all the important advances in fields related to mine?

Being updated with new ideas in many research fields is impossible, seen the diversity of research topics and the strong relations that exists between them. Most of the researchers in the world, are ...
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Chemical Engineering subject classification

Our department is working on revamping our curriculum and I thought it would be a good time to align ourselves with any internationally available subject classification schemes for Chemical ...
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Is there a tool for showing trend in a technical research field?

Does anyone know if there exists a tool to generate the trend of interest in a particular research field over time? I am particularly interested in wearable computing. I know this field has been hot ...
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Perennial link to a research article

For convenience, I often want to give a link to a research article in addition to the citation. I am mostly look for the following two properties: the link should be valid as long as possible the ...
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Receiving comments on one's article

After publishing an article, assuming that the publisher doesn't prevent you from sharing an article online in a public place, the authors might want to receive additional feedback. Are there good ...
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Is it ethical/legal to use the University's resources for a personal project?

I am currently pursuing a PhD at Technion (Israel). My area of study lies in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), which involves high performance computing. My research requires me to develop/use ...
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What features does Adobe Illustrator lack compared to Microsoft PowerPoint for making posters?

I have used Microsoft PowerPoint to make posters so far, and I am considering giving Adobe Illustrator a shot for my next poster. What features does Adobe Illustrator lack compared to Microsoft ...
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Is there a powerful exam template that doesn't require an engineering degree to use?

Microsoft Word is the standard product for documents in my department as far as the administration is concerned. Final exams go through a work-flow that involves department secretaries creating a ...
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How to mention an implementation tool in thesis?

In my MSc thesis implementation section, I have used two tools: Matlab and Python scripting. How should I introduce and mention them in my implementation chapter? Thank you,
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Search for a WYSIWYG, non-latex Online collaborative paper writing Tool

Is there a tool that is WYSIWYG and not latex (in fact any coding) base online (for ease of collaboration) Can write math equation Does line numbering Does equation numbering Google Doc is perfect ...
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How to receive email notifications of newly accepted papers in a specified set of journals?

Is there some way of arranging that I receive emails whenever selected academic economics journals of interest to me, perhaps published by different publishers, post online a newly accepted paper?
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Is there any system that enables online office hours?

Can anyone comment on their own implementation of online office hours, ideally with the following characteristics: Free. (I'm happy to install software on my own server if needed) Allows for live ...
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Where can I search for researchers in a specific field by location

Where can I search for some authors of publications or researchers in a specific filed (e.g. Computer science) and in a specific country (USA, China, ...) For example I would like to find all people ...
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Alternatives to Word/LaTeX [closed]

I wrote my undergrad thesis using Word. Overall I managed to get the job done, but as with all WYSIWYG editors, by the end I feel like I had created a bit of a mess. It didn't show, but I know it's ...
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Collaboration tool for students and teachers

I'm looking for a tool (web application) similar to Atlassian Confluence but for academic purposes. The main purpose of that is to allow selected teachers and students from different schools ...
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Source code plagiarism detection tool that checks against online content

I asked this question on Stackoverflow and was directed to ask it here. The question is: I wanted to ask about plagiarism detection tools for source code written in C++. When I searched Google the ...
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Tool for obtaining a BibTeX entry from a key, without creating it manually [closed]

I am looking for a tool, where I only need to write something like alessandroni2015bibtex (this very question) to obtain the BibTeX entry, without needing to rewrite it. I am aware that Google ...
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Booking websites for student consults [duplicate]

Apologies if this has been asked. I've been searching the website to find a comment on a post I read about online scheduling systems. I'm looking for a free online system that will enable students to ...
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Encouraging students to be more social with each other via course wall exchanges

I find that students do not always use the course walls to talk to each other. I want to help them be more social, but don't necessarily want to tie this to class participation grades. I want them ...
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Do automatic tools to check thesis exist?

I am currently writing my bachelor's thesis in Computer Science with LaTeX. The thesis is written in English. I use aspell for spell checking, but I think there is more that could automatically be ...
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Is there any online tool where students can register for tasks/assignments?

I'm teaching architecture and I want my students to select a building that they will work with from a list. When a building is selected by one student, it should no longer be an option for the others (...