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Why are some sources cited twice in a bibliography, once with DOI and once with arXiv?

Just to clarify what I mean, I have seen some review articles that have bibliography items like this: Bloggs, J., "The Paper that has Been Written", The Journal Title, Series Number, page number(...
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Is it ok to have paragraphs that have only one sentence in a formal paper?

Or, is it a good practice? I found most papers that I read are "block by block": they have paragraphs that are not so long, and not so short. Is it a convention? Should I mimic that?
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What factors affect how long it would take to get a phd, either going via, or without, a masters?

My speciality is statistics. I'm contemplating a PhD. If I do a Masters first, that might take a different amount of time to reach the completion of my PhD from now, than if I just got a bachelors ...
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How to formulate good problem statements in CS research

Short background: I started my PhD last November and now I am helping a master student writing his MSc thesis. I still have problems when I need to formulate a concise research question and even, at ...
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What skills are needed to sustain a research group?

As a young academic, I am struggling to set up a research group that produces papers or proposals on a regular and sustainable basis. I had my share of PhD students, but nothing structured in a proper ...
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What is a committee looking for in a dissertation proposal?

I've started narrowing down the scope of my dissertation, and I have one year before I need to defend my proposal. I'm curious to know what is expected from a dissertation proposal. What are the key ...
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In conference review process, what do “author response” and “author notification” mean?

I just visited a conference website where organizers, for the submitted paper review process, listed a date for paper submission, a date for "author response", and another date for "author ...
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Are there any particular grants or fellowships in the sciences specifically for non-traditional students?

After obtaining my masters degree, I spent four years doing other things before returning to pursue my PhD. My advisor has a Dept. of Energy grant which has funded me, but the grant will not be able ...
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What year to use when citing second editions of books

This seems like a silly question, but I can't find a clear answer online. If Dr. Brainiac's Big Book of Science was first published in 1974, but I have the second edition, published in 1996, should I ...
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Does one need to be affiliated with a university to publish papers?

Assume you have already completed your undergrad and have been working for a number of years. Does one need to be part of a university or a learning institution to publish papers?
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Is an emphasis on “novelty” necessary in academic papers?

I often come across papers which have a 'Novel' in their titles. In the content the authors go out of their way to explain how their work is the first to the best of their knowledge to come up with ...
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NSF sponsoring scientist already having postdocs under their supervision

This question seems reasonably focused and of interest, but is perhaps unanswerable. I'm a mathematics student graduating and would like to apply for the NSF postdoctoral fellowship. I wanted to know ...
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What should a progress report contain?

What are the key components of a progress report? There are no official guidelines from the funding agency; all I have is a set of project objectives listed in the original proposal and a target ...
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What factors does an admissions commitee use when considering a non-degree candidate in grad school?

I have an interest in taking some very specific engineering classes at my local (very competitive) university. I already have an MSEE. As it is not close enough to my current career path, I am trying ...
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Coordination of a class taught by different professors: how to be fair to the students?

A typical freshman course on calculus has about 100 students every semester. If the course is divided into 4 sections, each has 25 students and a different instructor. Because the instructors are ...
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How to sort search results from SCOPUS or Web of Knowledge by number of citation in a specific field?

I use SCOPUS or Web of Knowledge to search papers. What I need to do is to sort the result in a descending order of number of citations. SCOPUS and W_of_K both provide this feature. But I further ...
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How to introduce myself briefly in a get together for new faculty members?

For the new faculty orientation, there is a get together where they will ask every new faculty member of all departments to say a few words about him/her self. What are the best practices regarding ...
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Is there any non-commercial alternative to ResearcherID?

Identifying uniquely a researcher as author of a publication is important. There is a commercial effort to create researcher ID for every researcher. It is not likely to succeed if it is not multiple ...
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Pursuing a Second Master's Degree(Part Time) : pros and cons

I am currently working in a manufacturing company as a software developer and have just completed my masters in control and automation in 2011 with my bachelors in "Electrical and Electronics". My ...
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How can I protect my loose leaf textbooks?

One book I ordered this semester is a loose leaf book (3-hole punched) that I'm currently keeping in a binder. Problem is, the pages are quite thin, and tear very easily near the hole punches. What ...
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Is there a journal that publishes slides together with the text?

I mainly refer to applied mathematics when describing my experience Often I find that it is easier to grasp a concept from the author's slides than from the description in a paper. When one has to ...
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What information should I include in a letter of support for a grant?

What are the key information that should be included in a letter of support on a grant application? What information should I avoid? I'm a theorist and I am planning to list my expertise and ...
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How does shifting of jobs affect designation and tenure in academia?

I would like to know how job transfer of faculty members affects their designation. Will they retain their designation (Prof/Assoc/Asst.) in the new institution? Similarly if a faculty member faces ...
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What to check when examining paper proofs?

When you receive a paper proof and review it prior to publication, what exactly should you be looking for? The things that come to mind are any changes in the annotation of author list and the ...
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Is it possible to attend graduate school in pure math after undergrad in CSE?

I am a Bangladeshi student studying CSE in the best university of my country. At the beginning of my second year in my university, an interest towards pure math grew in my mind. But my university does ...
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Choice of personal pronoun in single-author papers

Which personal pronoun is appropriate in single-author papers - 'I' or 'we'? Could the use of 'I' be considered egotistical? Or will the use of 'we' be considered to be grammatically incorrect?
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Should one include irrelevant background on CV after career change?

If one changes careers/subjects dramatically, would it be necessary in the interest of full disclosure to include irrelevant aspects of the educational background and work-experience etc. ? For ...
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Can I publish parts of the Ph.D thesis as a paper in a journal?

I recently finished my PhD thesis which will be published as a book soon. Now I'm wondering if it's possible or allowed to submit parts to a journal? Normally the process would be the other way round ...
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CS PhD application with low GPA but extensive research experience

I have recently graduated from a non EEA university—though arguably one of the better/best schools in its field in my country—with a CGPA of 2.90, majoring in Computer science. I used to study ...
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Are there specific organizational processes or tools (not necessarily software) that can help in developing and structuring research ideas?

I am doing research in computer Science as a PhD student. I have some research ideas and for months I've been continuously thinking about them, developing them and make them more specific. I mean, ...
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What are the benefits of getting a PhD in statistics over a MS in statistics?

What are the benefits of getting a PhD in statistics over a MS in statistics (other than being a professor)? Do people with PhDs in statistics earn significantly more than people with MS degrees in ...
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How do multiple PhD scholarships combine?

I'm currently in the process of applying for various scholarships to fund my PhD. Since I'm writing to many different organizations/institutions/etc., I started wondering whether these different ...
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Ethics of a journal requiring that submissions cite existing articles in the journal

Recently, I became aware by own experiences and friend's stories that some international statistical journals (whose names I prefer to omit) are rejecting papers because they do not include a ...
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Is it fair to organize conferences in beautiful tourist places?

Sometimes I receive some emails to attend scientific conferences organized in beautiful tourist places. For example, recently I got a message for a conference in the wonderful Italian Cinque Terre, ...
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Experiences with Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP) journals

Recently I've been receiving an increasing number of invitations to submit papers to several new Open-Access journals published by Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP). Has anybody here had any ...
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What do I have to do in preparation for applying for a PhD?

I'm just about to go into my final year of my computing degree, and I want to continue to a PhD after completion. What preparations do I need to do prior to applying for grants/scholarships/funding?
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Are PhD scholarships and assistantships taxable?

I'm currently in the process of applying for various scholarships to fund my PhD. Many scholarships mention explicitly the approximate amount per year of the scholarship. This is usually the amount ...
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Do Physics grad schools accept non-physics students with good Physics GRE score?

These two questions https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/110303/is-a-good-gre-score-enough-for-a-non-math-graduate-to-be-accepted-in-a-decent-pu?rq=1&fb_source=message and https://math....
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Is reuse of “internal” results considered self-plagiarism if used in a later publication?

This is a little bit different from the case of reusing boilerplate text. Say one has done a series of experiments (either real or "virtual") to produce a set of results. Because the results are ...
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Does ScholarOne really force you to have multiple logins?

Why can't I have a single ScholarOne login for every journal I submit or review for? Is there some way to copy over the address, keywords & password for all my accounts so I don't have to waste ...
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Does disability impact on prospects of employment in academia?

The impression I get in my field of research (theoretical chemistry) is that candidates for postdoc and more permanent research positions are judged partly upon their publication record. I suspect ...
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Will a good GRE Computer Science subject test score overcome a “weak” academic record?

Disclaimer: The GRE Program discontinued the Computer Science Test I'm from an unknown school in Georgia. I want to apply for grad school in U.S, but I don't have a good GPA although I am at the top %...
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Attitudes towards self-plagiarism

I am planning to write several papers exploring various aspects of the same scientific question. Each of these papers must have an introduction which motivates it and explains the relationship between ...
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Giving up good position because of studies

I earned my Bachelor Degree in Computer Science 5 years ago. From the moment when I have a diploma in my hands, I thought, enough I never return to academia, no matter what happens. I was very keen to ...
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Submission procedure for letters of recommendation

I intend to study for a Master Program in the US. I'm from foreign country, so I don't know what's the procedure to submit letters of recommendation. My initial guess is, the ones who write the ...
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Is it safe to post my CV online?

Is it safe to post my CV online (with my physical address included)? Should I be worried about identity theft in doing so?
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E-mail address to use in publications

It is customary to use one's academic e-mail address as contact address in publications; I have seen once or twice an @gmail.com address being used instead, but it simply looked unprofessional. ...
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How successful would one be in switching fields from PhD in computational biology/neuroscience to postdoc in computer science?

How successful would someone be who completed his PhD in something such as computational biology or neuroscience but wanted to pursue post-doctoral training and beyond in computer science? I say ...
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How to create HTML Slides with audio for online lectures?

This follows on from a recent question about embedding audio in PDF slides. I don't like the thought of users needing to use a particular PDF viewer in order to hear the audio and I don't like the ...
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How to create PDF of slides with audio?

When creating online learning materials, I like the idea of sharing slideshows with audio commentary for each slide. I know it is possible to do this with PowerPoint (e.g., see this MS Office ...

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