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How should a faculty deal with the problem of Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated texts?

For many years one of the main problems for academic essays and BA/MA/PhD theses was plagiarism. However with the recent advent of artificial intelligence (AI) that can write high quality texts (e.g. ...
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Is there any efficient non-linear note-taking software?

I'd be interested in tools helping to organize thoughts and ideas, especially in a non-linear way (i.e. not as most existing note taking tools, working with lists and bullets, but rather as a post-it ...
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Is it OK to generate parts of a research paper using a large language model such as ChatGPT?

Large language models (LLMs) are complex neural networks that can capture and represent world knowledge present in the human-generated text as their weights. LLMs are trained on a large collection of ...
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Co-author uses ChatGPT for academic writing - is it ethical?

I am writing a paper with a co-author. I spent a considerable amount of time (several months) writing a first draft of the paper. I then sent it to co-author asking them to revise the draft and add ...
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Software for extracting data from a graph without having to click on every single point?

There are many times when I am faced with the task of extracting data from a published graph (usually a bitmap image in an paper). For example, a scatter plot from which I would like to get a list of ...
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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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How to manage theorist's "labbook"?

Question: Are there any guidelines, sources, or examples of good practices for maintaining theorist's research notebook? Motivation and context: Maintaining a lab notebook is a much advised (if not ...
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Are there tools to prevent students from cheating on a programming exam administered on computers?

I'm teaching an Introduction to Computer Science Course, where we mainly do C programming. I've been assigned a lab for teaching the course, but there are more students than available computers. Also, ...
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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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Tool to manage and/or make available a list of my publications on the web?

This some kind of follow up question to How to prevent plagiarism of my papers?, since I've been clearly convinced that it was in my best interest to put my own papers on my webpage. Now, since I ...
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Software/App for electronic research notebooks

I want to keep a research notebook for my computational "experiments". Basically, I should at least be able to write text and attach images like plots. Other nice features to have would be linking to ...
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Is it OK to use GPT-3+ to rewrite your own paper to have better English?

As an example, someone who's not a native speaker of English might come up with the following paragraph (generated using a second-class translation service): Basic principle of gamification is ...
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How to deploy a StackExchange-style question and answer site for a university subject?

Problems with discussion boards: After being involved with StackExchange for a couple of years, I've really grown to despise standard discussion boards. All those meandering threads, no commenting, no ...
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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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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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Archiving papers, simulation and experimental data, etc?

Archiving of papers and projects is very important for most of the people, and everyone has a method of it. I, personally, try to have different folders for different papers. In the folder of each ...
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Academic home page with low maintenance burden [closed]

It's been mentioned before on this site how important it is to have a webpage. Most academics don't have a lot of experience with web development, and do not realistically have time to learn it and ...
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How can I export my Google Scholar Library as a BibTeX format?

In the My Library of Google Scholar, is there a way to export all of the citations, whether to BibTex or something similar?
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Is it acceptable to require a student to use the supervisor's preferred software/tools?

I'm about to supervise my first bachelor student and I'm not quite sure what is acceptable and what is not. The thesis will contain math formulas, illustrations, images, graphs and tables - like any ...
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Is there an open source tool for producing bibtex entries from paper PDFs? [closed]

In the desktop application for Mendeley, it's possible to import a PDF and have the bibliographic data automatically extracted (or perhaps looked up, I'm not sure). This feature is more or less ...
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API, EULA, and scraping for Google Scholar

I love Google Scholar as my go-to place to search for papers. Some features like "forward-citations" and their nice-ish autogenerated bibtex are life savers. However, sometimes I (and ...
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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 to make a presentation that includes math symbols?

For many years, I've used Latex to create my presentations, because I need to include mathematical formulae and symbols. However, it's sometimes quite cumbersome to use, and it's much harder to do "...
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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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OpenOffice Vs. LibreOffice Vs. MSOffice for academic writing

What office package is good for academic writing purpose? These three are the most popular for a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) style rich text editor. PS: Avoid LateX reference please. This ...
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How can I get the DOI of a paper from its title?

Is there a way to get the DOI (Document Object Identifier) of a research paper when its title is available? I am preparing a reference database I could not get the URL of all the references. So, I ...
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Are there opportunities to support cancer research through volunteer IT or software development?

Several friends and acquaintances have recently died from cancer. The chemo treatments are crude and destroy quality of life. Furthermore, chemo treatments depend on the efficacy of antibiotics for ...
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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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Should I preemptively confess after submitting work that was partially generated by ChatGPT?

A month ago I submitted a piece of coursework which still hasn't been marked. When I wrote it for some sections, I made notes with ChatGPT, which I was supposed to rewrite in my own words, but I ...
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What are useful tips and tricks for collaborating remotely?

What techniques have you found to improve collaboration with a remote colleague, in particular to make it feel more like collaboration in person? The majority of my collaborations are with ...
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Are there any tools to automatically search and download literature in a given .bib file?

I'd like to download automatically tons of papers listed on .bib file so I'm trying to find a way to facilitate the process by, e.g. I import or input to a tool a certain .bib file which contains a ...
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Are there any mobile application for conference attendees?

I'm currently attending a conference, and considering that (almost) everybody has a smartphone, but not necessarily an Internet access (because of roaming charges), it could be nice to have an ...
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Web Service to fetch article citations

I am trying to find a way to search for all the citations contained in an article. What I want to do is create a workflow for my research where: I have a pool of articles that I have already read. I ...
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Alternatives to big-name proprietary remote-lecturing tools

As in many other universities, due to the coronavirus outbreak now we are supposed to do our teaching online in videoconference style. Our university suggests using either Microsoft Teams or Google ...
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How to physically handle hundreds and hundreds of papers

I have a bit of a meta-question about academics. I am a graduate student and teaching assistant. I often find myself flipping, organizing, and searching through stacks of hundreds and hundreds of ...
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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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Use of automated assessment of programming assignments

(This is a reworking of Software for submitting and testing programming assignments.) First, a bit of background. Many courses in applied mathematics have a programming component, where students are ...
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What is the best way of keeping track of academic readings and persons?

I have started a brand new research from start of the year. I would like to know what are the easiest way of keeping track of the academic papers, journals and authors. I use sites like Google ...
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Is there a network map of subjects and how they connect with each other?

The problem When doing a literature review at the start of a process of addressing a specific problem, it's easy to miss related material, if I don't know that it is related. The example Let's say ...
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How do you keep track of papers during a brainstorming literature review?

I am often in charge of researching new sub-topics in my discipline for short papers. I find my default technique is: Search Google Scholar for best-guess keywords Open relevant-looking resulting ...
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Will it be a risk for my future research career in machine learning if I avoid learning and using Python?

I started my programming language journey with the C/C++ family of languages (i.e., D, Java, C#, etc.). In the machine learning field, the most popular tools are written in the Python programming ...
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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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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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Is it worth to switch from Bibsonomy to Mendeley?

What are the advantages of Mendeley over Bibsonomy? Is it easy to migrate from Bibsonomy to Mendeley? Does Mendeley offer equally powerful bibliography exportation? In detail, the following ...
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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 efficiently print the image of a whiteboard?

I often brainstorm research ideas on my whiteboard. I then run out of space and want to store and print the contents of the whiteboard. In general I have a system of taking a photo of the whiteboard ...
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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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"Telecommuting" in academia

In business (e.g. IT industry) remote work (aka "telecommuting") can be relatively common (see e.g. a recent StackOverflow blog post). It is exceedingly rare (or even nonexistent) in academia, even ...
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Does using a bibliography software actually save you time aside from when converting citation style?

Does using a bibliography software actually save you time aside from when converting citation style? I have used refworks and endnote for years and from 3 years ago I decided to ditch them both and ...
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