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Concerning the establishment of repeatable patterns of academic and research related activity.

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How do you archive multiple versions of the same article on computer folders?

I have some articles that were accepted by different journals, translated into different languages. How do you archive your writing in those cases? By publication? So to know exactly what was sent and ...
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Why do most journals use separate manuscript submission systems?

As you all are familiar, most journals use manuscripts submission systems hosted on some separate domain. Why is that so, are there some other benefits except separation of the presentation layer and ...
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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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How can I enable productive online meetings with my supervisor?

I am currently writing my master's thesis. My advisor is very busy, and I reckon he will allocate about 1-3 hours a month to actively supervise me, at least in the near future. Due to the ongoing ...
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Peer review prior to beginning a study?

In scientific research there are a number of problems today: Studies that aren't reproducible. Studies and papers that are criticized for their methods, conclusions, or bias. Industry-funded studies ...
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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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Do academics actually work "full-time"?

My current postdoc position requires that I work 41 hours per week during a 5-day work week. As my first post-graduate position, I decided to take this seriously and actually track my hours. (People ...
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Best practice when summarizing (not reviewing) research literature [closed]

I recently started my PhD program and have already accumulated a vast amount of papers on my to-read-list. I never had troubles reading and remembering content of academic papers, but this pile is ...
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What tools do you use to manage writing co-authored papers? [duplicate]

What tools do you use to manage co-authored papers? This is similar to questions active 4 years ago and 5 years ago. I assume tech has changed since then. Co-authored projects I have been on have ...
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Accessing previous versions of papers in EasyChair

EasyChair allows authors and chairs to "replace" previous versions of a submission. Is it possible to access previous versions? (Context: I'm interested in the extent to which EasyChair supports a ...
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Resources for quantitative social science research workflow [closed]

I'm interested in best practices for research workflows for quantitative social science. The best book I have encountered on the subject is "The Workflow of Data Analysis Using Stata" by J. Scott Long ...
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Sane document filing and multi-project workflow system [closed]

As a research assistant, I need a better document filing and workflow system that can solve my current problems. Preface I mainly encounter these kinds of documents in my day-to-day work: papers I ...
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Handling computer files in simulation-based research with multiple storage drives [closed]

Can somebody give me an advice about how to efficiently handle data files, source codes, documents, and manuscripts of research projects based on numerical simulations? My problem is that I use ...
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When does one / who usually anonymizes data?

I'm coding some transcripts at the moment and the data I am working with is not anonymized yet. I'm a research assistant, I did not collect the data and I am obviously not the PI. What strikes me is ...
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How to organize research notes? [duplicate]

Background: I'll start to write my (cumulative) dissertation in two months. I'm currently struggeling to find a good technical solution to organize research-related thoughts for my dissertation. For ...
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Dealing with low-quality legacy student-work

My task is to summarize an MSc thesis some student finished months ago. The summary will go into a technical report. The report is going to be reviewed: one or two people will read it in a quick-and-...
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Workflow for long-distance collaboration with a dyslexic researcher?

I often work with graduate students at a particular university in Europe (I am in the US), in a kind of supervisory role. In the past, I've used a shared wiki for this kind of collaboration. The ...
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How to ask the superviser to not mangle the manuscript?

I gave a LaTeX manuscript file to the supervisor for revision. The paper is fairly long and complex, with lots of cross-referencing and citations. I use BibTeX for managing the otherwise ...
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What are some useful workflows for keeping track of interesting but not immediatly relevant books/articles?

I read lots of academic literature to stay up on my field (law). The articles fall into one of three categories: immediately relevant; clearly irrelevant or of low quality; or very interesting, and ...
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Choose journal before writing paper?

I want to write three papers from my thesis. But actually I am stuck. What is the first step to do? Do I first choose the journal (more precise scope) and then I move on to write the article ...
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What are the best ways to organize one's research workflow when using multiple Operating Systems?

I have a good memory, but some of the fields I'm working in (NLP, Semantic Web, Information Visualization, Machine Learning) are quickly expanding. While I do have a good method of keeping track of ...
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Are there any tools for organising literature with tags?

So when writing a manuscript I usually go about as follows: When reading papers on my topic I copy/paste or summarise those parts, which may be relevant for me and collect all these bits in a Word ...
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Why do many talented scientists write horrible software?

I am a software engineer and I have been working with people with academic backgrounds for several years. Many times, I've noticed that (even otherwise brilliant scientists) produce code of extremely ...
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How to keep and organize a research journal/log/diary/notebook? [duplicate]

I have read in multiple places that it is a good practice as an academic to keep a research journal. For example, Marie desJardins' paper How to Succeed in Graduate School: A Guide for Students and ...
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What do we know about working times of great living scientists?

I am looking for two kinds of data about the great scientists of today, Their average daily routine of work. Like how many hours and when? Their average length of time of being able to think ...
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Creating an central multi-purpose dictionary / database

I am trying to organize my workflow and make it more effective. As non-native English-speaker studying in a foreign country I often need to look-up domain-specific translations (in 3 languages). As ...
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Should I use reference manager software?

Should I use software for managing my references? What is the benefit of it? I can write down the references by myself, so I'm not sure what the benefit is.
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Issue tracking when writing a paper

When writing papers (and even more - when revising after collaborators', or reviewers', remarks) it's hard to keep track what is done, what needs to be fixed, what cannot be fixed, when opinions of ...
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Keeping track of one's academic record and achievements [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tools make it easy to maintain (or avoid!) the N versions of your CV? When writing a CV (applying for an academic position, workshop or a scholarship), it's important to ...
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What are some good ways to structure material before writing a theoretical paper/thesis/book?

Let's say that you are going to write a theoretical paper/thesis/book (that is, you're not conducting empirical work). More often than not, I find it troublesome to just start writing right away, ...
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Balancing between finishing past projects and working on current ones

Personally, I never feel done with projects, as there are always a few open projects, in which I'm involved in. (And typically 1-2 which "I should have finished year ago or so".) First, what are good ...
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What are some proven methods for keeping track of research and programming in a lab notebook format?

Are there any proven methods for keeping a computer science lab notebook? What sort of stuff goes into a CS lab notebook, and what notation is used? Are there any reliable ELN methods, preferably ...
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How can I encourage my advisor to adopt better work practices?

I'm a second year PhD student. In general I love my advisor, but recently we've run into some small bumps in the road while working on a paper together. He's controlling the "master" copy and I send ...
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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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Good ways to multitask

While multitasking is not a desired trait unique to academia, it's something that seems particularly important for graduate students and new faculty. I've had many students ask me how to multitask ...
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Ways to manage something like a 'work-life balance'?

According to a recent international study on work-life balance within academia "a majority of researchers and scientists had conflicts between their work schedules and personal lives at least two ...
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How do I effectively use tags to organize my bibliography?

I use the online tool citeulike to manage my bibliography. The main tool to organize the library is tags (functionally equivalent to tags here on this site). One problem I seem to be having is I do a ...
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Good practices for organizing notes

As a PhD student I generate a lot of pages with calculations, ideas and lecture notes. Most of them are useful only for a short amount of time, but some may be important for much longer (when writing ...
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