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How common is reference/citation padding?

I recently discovered a paper of mine (pure mathematics) has been cited by a paper in a very different field (an area of applied mathematics) that I have nothing to do with. The reference to my paper ...
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Why don't papers cite results within their references more specifically?

For example, An explicit formula for ___ has been derived in [1]. [1]: Alice and Bob, Journal of Academia StackExchange, Vol 1 Iss 1, 2016 Problem is, the paper cited could very well include ...
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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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Should I go back for 2nd PhD in applied field this time?

I finished my PhD in 2017 in a psychology field that is mostly academic (non-clinical), so it is basically impossible to find jobs outside of academia that don't require a huge move. I have a current ...
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1answer
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Is it fine to ask a collaborator to give me a recommendation letter directly or should I ask my adviser to do so?

Recently, I need to take some recommendation letters from our collaborators but I'm not sure is it fine to ask them directly by myself or should I ask my adviser to do so? Any idea or suggestion is ...
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Applied to PhD position but no reply

Recently I saw a professor advertising an open PhD position in his group. He asked students to submit CV and motivation letter. I sent an email but received no reply. Two weeks after that I sent a ...
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1answer
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How to politely remind a Professor to re-review my application?

I recently applied to a Graduate School and also wrote to a Professor, I really want to work with. She scheduled an interview and it went immensely well and she also said that I would be a fit for her ...
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Revocation of Master Degree

I didn't give the dimensions of the machine that I designed in my master thesis. My supervisor said that you don't need to give dimensions and said that they are useless for a thesis: you don't make a ...
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2answers
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Should I apply for a master in the US? [closed]

I am a CS student in Italy, about to get my bachelor degree. In the past few months I've been looking for some masters in my field (Computer Science with orientation towards Data Science) and have ...
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5answers
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My master’s thesis’ results will be published without my consent. What should I do?

Last year I finished my master’s. I spent the whole year working on experiments for my master's thesis. Part of the results I obtained were published in my master’s thesis, which was submited via an ...
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5answers
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How to phrase omissions correctly in a thesis?

This might be a strange question, but I am currently thinking about a good phrase to use if I want to emphasize that the theoretical omissions I am making are not caused by neglect, laziness, or ...
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2answers
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Is it possible for research paper to have a similarity of 2 out of 100 using iThenticate?

I'm involved in TPC (technical program committee) task for some international conference. In one paper I'm reviewing, I noticed that the similarity index is just 2% using iThenticate which seems ...
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Double affiliation: is it understood as simultaneous part-time in each of them?

If I write a double affiliation, would it be understood as I'm in both institutes I was in one institute and I am working for the other.
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2answers
138 views

Does undergraduate school matter for PhD admissions (international student)?

TL;DR: does undergrad school's name recognition matter for an international student aiming for top social sciences PhD programs in the US? Hello. I've been struggling with this decision for quite a ...
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2answers
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Any advice for my first TPC task as a PhD student?

I'm a 4th year PhD student (in 5 years program) and recently I have been invited by a conference organizers to become a member of the conference technical program committee (TPC) for an international ...
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2answers
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Is it a bad idea to go from EE undergrad to CS(ML/AI) PhD?

I know questions regarding whether its possible to go from EE undergrad to CS have been answered previously, so please bear with me as I have a few distinct questions. I'm a Junior at a mid-tier state ...
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If this is my second Visiting Assistant Professor job, who should I ask for letters?

I'm just looking ahead, but I intend to get 1 letter from my current department chair but am not sure beyond that. Should I include a letter from my graduate advisor no matter what? Should I get a ...
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2answers
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Do minors and/or non-major courses affect grad school admissions?

Basically what it says in the heading, lengthy explanation below At my university, just completing your major and general ed courses won't get you enough credits to graduate. This means that we have ...
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Could getting fired from a second job significant affect the likelihood of admission to a master's program?

I am applying to graduate school to work on a Master's of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) in the fall. I've been working for the past few years, and it's time to go back. When I first ...
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3answers
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My masters project is very unclear, is it realistic to expect me to complete it successfully?

I am doing a masters in electrical engineering which involves a project done in association with a company related to the university. I initially thought this would be a good thing as I expected the ...
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Can work documented within a manual be published in a journal?

I work on an actively developed collaborative project. The project is a simulation package. The model has various manuals and guides. These guides are non-peer reviewed collaborative documents self ...
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1answer
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Undergrad research in Computational biology

I am a freshman and been doing Computational data analysis(using R) and map(kallisto,bowtie,.....) the data a grad student gets from sequencing. I feel like my other lab mates who are doing wet lab ...
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2answers
254 views

What should the startup package consist of at US (primarily) undergraduate institutions?

What should one list in the startup funds if you are taking up a tenure-track position at a public undergraduate university in the US, mostly focused on teaching? I'm asking specifically for ...
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1answer
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Request for additional documents for faculty position [closed]

I applied for a faculty position about two months ago through an online system for a university. For some reason, I did not receive any email on a request (apparently from the search committee) to ...
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4answers
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How do I ensure that a search committee won't contact my current colleagues (that are not references) to ask about me?

I once applied to a job (in the US) where the search committee unexpectedly contacted one of my colleagues to ask about my job performance. This individual was not one of my references. I had never ...
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2answers
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Considering dropping Computer Science Master

Background knowledge about me: I'm 26, have done a Bachelors in Mathematics and now I'm in my 3rd year in my masters in Computer Science in Germany. I have found it very difficult in general to ...
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1answer
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Why would a revised manuscript following very minor revisions appear as “under review” in the journal management system?

I have a paper on an Elsevier journal with "accept, minor revision". There were 3-4 little modifications required by referees. Then, I have made all the necessary modifications and resubmitted. The ...
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1answer
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Publishing a preprint while having another related work on review

Preliminaries As coauthor, I sent a work X to a reputable journal. The work X deals with two problems A and B. The reviewers asked for some minor clarifications/corrections. I performed them, and ...
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1answer
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Asking the professor to advocate my application in admission committee?

What should I write in an email to a professor who encouraged me to apply after applying for the Ph.D. program? I want to ask him to advocate my application in the admission committee. But, I am not ...
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3answers
2k views

Competitiveness and Success Caliber in Academia [closed]

Every day, I am figuring out that competitiveness in academia is high. Of course, there are thousands of academics, but only a small number really make an impact with outstanding research. My goal --...
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1answer
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Professor uploaded a recommendation meant for university 'A' to a different university 'B'

There are 2 universities that I was applying to for a PhD program. Lets call them 'A' and 'B'. The professor, who was writing a recommendation for me, uploaded the recommendation, meant for ...
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1answer
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Secondary Research Questions in a Master Thesis, where to answer?

My question concerns the placement of secondary research questions (SRQ) within a Master Thesis for a Software Engineering program. Currently I describe my primary research question in a chapter on ...
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2answers
202 views

How to improve the skill at storytelling and paper writing? [closed]

I have come to see a comment on twitter: "If you define “good ML paper” as “ML paper accepted at NeurIPS/ICML/etc” then writing a good ML paper is probably much more about how skilled you are at ...
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best words to respond to a request for cv after graduation [duplicate]

Last summer I did an internship in an industry for 9 weeks. It was a great experience and my supervisor was a very formal and professional lady. On my last day, she asked about my graduation date and ...
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I'm afraid of chemicals. How do I handle my required uni biology class?

I have a freshman requirement as a science student for at least 3 core science classes, and I picked physics as often as I could. However, I must choose either chem or bio as my third. I chose bio. ...
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1answer
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Mendeley - References in Bibliography that I did not insert (MS Word 2016 plugin)

I have references in my bibliography (that Mendeley automatically generates for me) that are not in my paper. How do I get rid of them? MS Word 2016, Mendeley Plugin, Windows 10. I have tried: ...
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As a co-author, should I add someone who provided access to high-performance computing facilities and engineering technical support as another author?

I have two questions, a general question and a particular case question, regarding the authors of a manuscript. In general, I would like to inquire about who should be added as authors to a ...
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Why do academics seem to view open access as some kind of panacea?

This is a parallel question to Open Access Success Stories? and is something I've been thinking about for a while. If one reads the linked question, Spark makes the following statements about ...
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Open Access Success Stories?

A lot of academics like to complain about the academic publishing industry and its questionable practices (e.g. not paying reviewers for their work, overcharging universities for subscriptions, ...
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1answer
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Drop out of PhD to do MSc

So, a bit of background: I went straight from my bachelor's to a PhD with the supervisor I had for my BSc. However, I have decided I'd like to instead do an MSc at a different university. My ...
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1answer
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How to acknowledge a more general result?

The main result of my paper X (in mathematics) turns out to be a special case of another paper Y. How should I acknowledge their priority without making my paper look worthless? This is the ...
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Wrong information in my thesis

At the beginning im so sorry about what i did. But in literature review of the introduction part of my thesis i realized that i made a mistake :( It is about giving state-of-the-art part of my study ...
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What's the logic behind the European grading system? Why did they make it so confusing? [closed]

The European grading system also follows an ABCDEF system like in the US. However, an A in an European grading system is worth more than an A in an American system. So what is the point of using ...
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Permission for changing the title of a paper

I am revising a paper and want to change the title of the paper and send for editor-in-chief. My Question: Is there an formal sentences to announce to editor-in-chief and reviewers that I want to ...
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1answer
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What is the usual dress code for academic workshops? [duplicate]

I'm attending my first academic/industry workshop next week and was wondering what is the convention with regards to the dress code. It's a three-day affair where each participant is required to ...
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2answers
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Applying for PhD overseas After a Break

I am a Graduate in Life sciences who has been working in a corporate job for the past 2+ years. I am currently researching and aiming to apply for PhD programmes in Europe. In requirements for PhD I ...
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1answer
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Professor asked for details of letters I need

I am applying for summer REUs in physics. A professor I asked agreed to write me a recommendation, but also asked for details of the letters I need. What details should I send?
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Why would a small paper (10 pages) with an important result take over a year to get accepted?

Below is an example that I had in mind, but my question is more general: does the reputation of some authors cause their papers to be prioritized for review sooner than other important papers, e.g. ...
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How to write a PhD thesis in three months? [closed]

I am planning to write a thesis in three months. How to be more organised towards writing and get the first draft ready in three months? Has anyone written the first draft of the thesis in three ...
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Is relevant self-citation an effective way to promote your work?

This question was inspired by the confusing headline (now edited) for How should I respond to a reviewer's complaint about self-citation? Does self-citation actually promote your previous ...

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