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How do I ask a professor to contact another professor he knows to accept me as a Masters student *via email*?

I did research with a professor during my senior year (2017/2018) and we published a paper together. He wrote me a letter of reference for my grad school applications. One of the professors I'm ...
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How to quickly assess the legitimacy of a conference?

Academics commonly get invitations to conferences. Some of these are legitimate, but many are simply scams or bogus. How can you tell at a glance which is which?
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How can I force a journal to withdraw a paper?

I submitted a research paper to a reputed journal (open access). Later, after getting the first reviews, most of the authors are refusing to pay the publication fees even though we all previously ...
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Should I reply to Editor of a journal after acceptance?

One of my papers got accepted yesterday. We had received conflicting opinions from the reviewers even after three rounds of revisions. We also had written a rebuttal directly to the Editor in response ...
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Is it acceptable to include a paper in the reference list but not cite it in text?

A paper (quite) related to some work my coauthors and I have recently appeared as a preprint. This paper cites ours; however, it does not do so in the body of the paper (intro, proofs, etc.), but only ...
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Understanding UK PhD requirements [duplicate]

I'm looking at a few "fully" funded PhD's in the UK. Now I understand it is a terrible timing with the whole Brexit travesty. But disregarding that, I'm failing to understand a few things and I hope ...
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Sexually harassed by postdoc supervisor and forced to quit [on hold]

I was forced to resign from a postdoctoral position in a major research institute in the US because of sexual harassment. It's been 4 months since I resigned, but I'm still struggling to move on from ...
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Mobile security and data mining journal [on hold]

I would like to submit my journal on mobile security. It actually focuses more on machine learning and data mining. Could anyone suggest some good journals to submit to? Do let me know if this is an ...
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MSCA-IF outcome 2019 [on hold]

We just received our MSCA result. Our proposal is in reserve list having score 92.4%. Is there any chance to get fund in the future?
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contact of the editor

I sent an article it's been almost 4 months, but still my article is in the same status "submissions being processed", that I have to do is what I contact the editor or I wait for their response, ...
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Using Mendeley to cite discussion papers [on hold]

I am slightly confused what to select in the drop down menu of mendeley for Discussion papers? Do I select working paper as an option? Thank you for any advice!
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Would a journal paying money for reviews, with open access and ad-based revenue, work?

I am considering developing a new journal, with an innovative publishing method, and would love to hear some insights. The main concept is to change the review process. I would like to have a extra ...
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How can I overcome academic “researcher's block”?

I work as a senior academic in an important university in Europe. My name is in several publications in top journals in my field. I have always published papers together with brilliant collaborators ...
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Should proceedings titles and conference names be capitalized in APA?

Recently, a publisher sent back a paper because of capitalization issues in my references. Now I am trying to following APA closely and fixing everything. I just now found out that only journal titles ...
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Chicago Citation - Notes between Sources in Footnotes

Would this be the correct usage in Chicago note style? [1] Smith, My New Book, chap. 2, especially pages 32–36, 41; Rogers, Really Important Text, 117. The reason I ask is the usage of 'pages' in ...
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Undergraduate changing research field with a deadline

I have a friend who is working in the wrong field of physics at the moment (not enjoying it.) They are still undergraduate however and have time to change this. They are currently working on a ...
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MS from top university or PhD from less ranked university? (public health) [on hold]

So I've been accepted into a 1-year MS in Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia School of Public Health, but I'm pursuing a couple of doctoral programs as well. Specifically, there is a promising ...
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Role of a Senior Editor

I have submitted a paper to one of the IEEE journals. I had to choose a Senior Editor. What is the exact role of the Senior Editor? As far as I know, the Editor-in-Chief assigns an Associate Editor ...
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Can/should one put a copyright notice on one's CV or resume? Why/why not? [on hold]

I have not yet seen anyone in academia put a copyright notice on their CV or resume. Why is this? One might expect that even if the content is implicitly copyrighted, the layout/format/style of the ...
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“Last updated…” on a CV?

Should one include a "Last updated on [DATE]" footer at the end of an academic CV? Why or why not? (I would imagine that context matters. For example, perhaps it wouldn't be advised for a CV that I ...
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Has a journal ever switched between being a predatory journal and a reputable one?

There are a lot of questions here on what predatory journals are, and how to tell if a journal is one or not. Are there known cases where a journal has "switched" camps, or where substantial evidence ...
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Etiquette question: is there such a thing as accepting an offer 'too early'?

TLDR: Got a PhD offer at top choice, all details checked out, and I want to accept now (much earlier than the April 15th deadline). A colleague (at the professor level) I mentioned this to said I ...
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Is it possible to know about the research quality of a professor from the number of citations of his/her papers in Google Scholar?

I am in the process of advisor searching for a PhD in mathematics. I came across this site called Google Scholar which lists nearly all the publications of a professor. I found that many professors ...
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Should a senior Program Committee attend the conference?

I would like to know whether a senior Program Committee should attend the conference or not. I mean that physically being there. Thanks in advance.
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Do professors tailor recommendations to universities? [duplicate]

Preferably from a professor's candid viewpoint. When writing graduate recommendations for an undergraduate, do professors write general recommendations describing why #insert name# is a great fit for ...
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How to ask student for more information in order to grant makeup final

A student of mine has asked to take his final early because he is "going out of town." He has only just mentioned this to me and we are already halfway through the quarter. I have spoken with some ...
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How to add self-study workload in the ECTS credits?

I'm applying to a Master's program in "Mechatronics", in Germany. One of the program requirements is a ECTS credits form for some specific fields. According to the university I'm applying (Tuhh) the ...
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Resubmitting a Paper to a Mathematics Journal After Questionable Rejection

Summary I have recently submitted a paper to a fairly prestigious journal in my subfield of mathematics, along with a co-author. I am a junior author, but my co-author is well-established. It's not ...
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Limitations of method and evaluation

A (master) thesis about the development and assessment of an algorithm has some limitations. The method chapter is organized as follows: Algorithm Description Simulated Scenarios Evaluation method ...
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How do I prepare for final round of International Biology Olympiad [on hold]

I am preparing for final round of International Biology Olympiad, and I have already read Campbell biology, many times. However, for the final round, I can't find books which are designed in the ...
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How does academia handle bookbinding in the US?

To explain further, I have loved books for a very long time. I've always been interested in how they're made, and the possible "illnesses" that can befall books and how one goes about to "cure" them. ...
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Graduate course taken during undergrad: counting them for the course load in Phd [on hold]

I'm an undergraduate student in Turkey, and am planning to do my Phd in US/Canada/Europe. I've taken various graduate courses from my departments - Physics and Mathematics - in following status: I ...
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What is the difference between the Copyright Office and the Library of Congress? [on hold]

My friend's mom works for the Library of Congress out in DC, and from what I understand, that government office manages all intellectual property that has been copyrighted and license for personal ...
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How do I prepare for a postdoc position with requirements in working with the theoretical basis of the software, which I have never worked with?

I am 5th year PhD, about to submit my thesis in few months and defend in around September this year. My computational materials science PhD thesis involved using a commercial software (ABAQUS) to ...
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Should I invest more time on old problems or new problems? [on hold]

I am PhD works in theory of computational maths. I am currently after my mid stage. I have written and submitted two papers ( one paper per year) and currently working on one and these days I am full ...
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ABD information and assistance with statistical information [on hold]

I am presently in a PhD program and was an ABD student. I am curious as to the following information, which will also assist me in formulating my dissertation topic: 1. How many students are ABD on ...
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I want to pursue studying in Social Science. What to do in summers? [on hold]

I am currently a second-year computer-science student. However, I am interested in pursuing social science after I am done with my bachelor's degree. To be more specific, I am interested in the fields ...
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Waitlisted - Got Paper Accepted - Email Committee?

I have been waitlisted to a top program in CS. During the time I applied to the program and now, I received the rebuttal results of a paper I had submitted and worked on over the last year. I got two ...
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An undergraduate said they may hire a freelancer to do their work for them. What should I do?

I, a graduate student, have started tutoring undergraduates in computer science at my university to help make ends meet. One student who inquired about my services turned me down upon hearing my rates ...
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What are the major ethical concerns with private tutoring?

I'm currently a computer science graduate student on a low stipend, and have started spending a few hours per week tutoring undergraduates to help make ends meet. I love teaching and want to be a help ...
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How do I specify my affiliation/contact information when I changed institutions and fields?

I am in a situation similar to that of this question where I did some work with a former employer, I changed fields, and now something related to that work is in the process of being published. ...
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How to go about picking a course that leads to work? [closed]

I'm not sure if this an appropriate question for this forum, but thought I'd chance it. I have been working in administration immediately after high school, choosing not to apply for university. ...
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Is it normal for an instructor to refuse to tell students their current grade? [on hold]

I want to know what my current grade in a particular class is. The professor says she refuses to tell us our grades. The syllabus mentions the same policy. Is this normal? What should I do?
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Why won't good journals retract papers that were proven wrong?

I saw some research papers still present in good and reputed journals even though they were proven wrong by other papers. The subject is cryptography. If a paper is proven wrong, it does not ...
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Thesis or published papers for PhD application?

There are two types of programs (maths - Turkey) that I can apply for MSc : With and without thesis. I agree that writing a thesis is a writing task to learn and important but I can also learn how to ...
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Flow of the Discussion section

Some journals expect the Discussion to have the following structure and order (with some flexibility): summary of results strengths and weaknesses interpretation/context/comparison with previous ...
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Can one really 'lose' old bad grades and get a fresh start?

15 years ago I was young and dumb, now I'm not as young. No way around it, I did poor in college. My grades were abysmal and were part of a period of my life that has long since passed. I'm now at a ...
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What's the point of PhD theses if nobody reads them?

At best, the PhD thesis is read by: The author The examiners The supervisor The author's parents The author's roommate / spouse / fellow students in research group Or less than 10 people in total. ...
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Wanting to do a summer research internship in machine learning but something to do with geology? [closed]

I am currently in my 3rd year of my 5 year Geology program here at IIT Roorkee , India. I have a decent GPA of 8.0/10 and have also developed an interest in Machine Learning(and Deep Learning). So ,...

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