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How to prepare academically-minded students and postdocs for the eventuality of not finding secure academic employment?

Graduate students and postdocs are predominantly trained to be -- and driven by the prospect of becoming -- full-time academics. For a majority of them, there comes a point of reckoning when they ...
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How troublesome is it for a professor to replace a document posted on D2L?

On many occasions I've had professors that will post assignment instruction documents on "Desire 2 Learn" or D2L, realize they made a mistake on those instructions, and tell us students either in ...
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Comment of a referee [on hold]

In a decision I have received from a journal about my manuscript, one of the referees has said: "The article reads as a chapter in a subject closely related to its title." It seems that this is a ...
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Multiple references to the same author but without a date

In a thesis using the “(Author, Year)” citation style a problem arises when the date is missing. Then Citavi for Word just writes “(Author)”. Now in case that there are several undated sources from ...
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Time out of Academic Environment (Mathematics) [closed]

Earlier in the year, I applied to some graduate school master's programme in the US and have received a few offers last week. My goal is to obtain a PhD. Ultimately, I have two options. Take the ...
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Citation type for a NIST Publications

In my masters thesis I need to cite from "NIST Special Publication 800-22". We are to use IEEE referencing style and I am using an online LaTeX editor to get this done. Now that this document I need ...
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14answers
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Is above average number of years spent on PhD considered a red flag in future academia or industry positions?

I am currently working on my PhD in a Canadian university. I already had a master's degree before joining the PhD program. In my department (chemical engineering), the normal timeline for getting a ...
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Do I have to write GRE to apply to physics PhD programs in the US?

I'm doing my Masters in GRAPPA at University of Amsterdam now and I want to apply to multiple places for PhD after I'm done. However, the applications in US confuse me. Some say they want GRE scores,...
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Authorship of an article based on semester project

I was teaching a graduate course in previous semester. One of my student implemented an idea I discussed with him during semester project. The results are astonishing and we decided to publish our ...
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I am a tutor. Does anyone have any advice for dealing with difficult parents? [closed]

I am now a tutor, and I am really starting to hate my job. Parents are so difficult to deal with! I am sick of being looked down on and treated like dirt. Additionally, I cannot 'drop' clients as I am ...
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potential questions to be asked at a skype interview for a teaching oriented position [on hold]

What are potential questions to be asked at a 30 min skype interview for a teaching oriented position?
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junior professor's strategy of postdoc recruitment [closed]

If the professor has 15 publications and a postdoc applicant has 10 papers, will the professor think the applicant is too strong to colloborate well as to not obey the professor's ideas all the time?
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How to deal with my PhD supervisors rudely critiquing all my draft papers?

I'm a PhD candidate in biology about three semesters in. I am co-advised by two young married principal investigators (PIs), who are just about to get tenure. Things were going great initially, as I ...
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4answers
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University's motivation for having tenure-track positions

Suppose I used to hold a tenure-track math position at a R1 institution, but then I was denied tenure. Assume I do not care about job security (and never cared) and I would be more than happy to keep ...
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1answer
532 views

What can I do to 'burn' a journal? [closed]

Several months ago, I sent a paper to a journal. Today, I got back a_single_review_, from one reviewer, with comments from the editor that are a sad summary of that reviewers comments. The reviewer ...
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109 views

Further improving PhD thesis vs publishing as a post-doc

I am a PhD student in mechanical engineering in The Netherlands, with four months left on the 4-year contract, writing my thesis. I have sufficient content to be able to submit the thesis by the end ...
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2answers
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Is it fine to post a paper to arxiv and later change the title and add authors?

I have paper with very new contributions but it needs at least one month to finish perfectly. I am afraid that someone eat my launch and publish on the area. My advisor suggests adding the paper to ...
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2answers
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Single author papers against my advisor's will?

I am a third year PhD student in an area of theoretical CS that would like advice for a difficult situation with my advisor. My advisor is not involved in my research projects at all. In particular, ...
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Can I decline a PhD program I have already accepted?

Can I accept a PhD offer and later withdraw from the program before it even starts? Is there an etiquette for that? I really want to do a PhD but they have put a deadline in accepting and I am ...
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3answers
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Should I mention potential collaborative opportunities in my research statement?

Would it be beneficial to mention the names of potential collaborators in my research statement? Over the last year I have been discussing future collaborative work with research groups from other ...
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IEEE Conference Registration Tax Code

I'm about to complete registration for an IEEE conference (see link). It asks for my "Tax Code", but no specific information is given. What kind of number is expected? My tax identification number ...
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1answer
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What should I prepare for a postdoc interview?

I am preparing for a postdoc interview. In the invitation e-mail, they send me a paper to read beforehand. My question is that: What do they expect from me in the interview related to the paper?
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3answers
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Academia and privacy

I am an academic at a large university. I have been asked to produce some videos to be used in an online component of a departmental service course. This is a course I am currently teaching, and the ...
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Academic conference visa for China

Salam. Has anyone ever applied to any conference in China? I am having difficulty in filing visa application here in NZ. The Chinese embassy has returned my application without processing twice and ...
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Rights of academic researchers [closed]

I'm trying to find some documentation on how are the rights of academic workers defined and protected by law in my country. Unsurprisingly, all I found is strictly administrative stuff related to ...
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Mention marking duty for a course in an early academic career CV

I am first year post-doctoral fellow. I have been asked to carry out some marking duties by my PhD supervisor from another university which I am not currently affiliated with, but where I got my PhD ...
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I applied for a scolarship [closed]

I have recently applied to a scolarship at my school and I have to write an essay and take part in an interview. Obviously I dont know what the essay will be about but do any of you have any ...
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What formatting guidelines should I follow for my bachelor's thesis if some of them are not specified by the university?

I am writing my bachelor's thesis at a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. The university has provided me with a document outlining some of the guidelines I should follow (like what ...
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Is it inappropriate for a PI to hire the most suitable available researcher as an RA, just because s/he is his/her family member? [closed]

Below is a part of the guidelines from a grant: "Research assistants (RA) shall not be appointed from amongst members of immediate or extended family of the researcher." I know it's to prevent ...
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2answers
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Author removal from a published paper [duplicate]

I have been one of the co-authors of a published paper 8 years ago. In those years I was an undergrad student. So, I had no significant scientific contribution to this paper. I have just finished my ...
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Why do professors lecture on whiteboards with thick dry erase markers rather than thinner fine point markers? [closed]

My obvious guess was that it's more visible with a thick chisel expo marker but when you're using a new expo marker (chisel point) or fine point, they have the same size. Why do professors lecture ...
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How to politely respond to generic emails requesting a PhD/job in my lab? Without wasting too much time

As I transition to faculty, I have increasingly gotten requests from people who want to do PhD's with me or want postdocs in my lab. Often these emails are extremely generic and don't suggest they ...
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Cold emailing potential search committee members

I recently applied for a tenure-track position with a regional state university. I know of the college but have no contacts there. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a proportionally large number ...
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How to approach bad communication with my department

I am a mathematics student at a top 10 math department in the US. Something I have been struggling to handle is an on-going situation I have been facing with with the administration. When I was ...
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Journal refuses to call near verbatim copies plagiarism

Recently I came across a paper on a topic I'm interested in. I started reading the paper and realized this was a later version of a paper I reviewed roughly 6 months prior. That paper was rejected ...
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How to ask someone to be cited in their paper?

I have published a paper last year (with other colleagues) where, among other things, we demonstrated a certain formula. Recently another paper, independently, demonstrated basically the same formula ...
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What are the standards/expectations from a teaching postdoc contract?

Recently, I talked with a CS Professor regarding working in his lab as a postdoc. He said that he is interested in my CV/profile, but he can only give me a contract as a teaching staff until he gets ...
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Accepted by European university, rejected by all American ones I applied to? Possible reasons?

I've been wondering this for a while. I'm currently doing the first year of my PhD in Frankfurt. Originally from New Zealand. I'm not complaining about my situation but if anyone asks me I'll ...
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Research-assistant classification in C.V

I was a research assistant at a university when I had a master’s degree. Now I got a Ph.D from a different university. I want to apply for a faculty position. In which of the following CV categories ...
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Is it okay to consider publishing in my first year of PhD?

I'm PhD candidate in Applied linguistics, it's been almost 3 months since I've started but I'm seriously allowing for writing and publishing journal articles. I have asked my supervisor about that, ...
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APA style citing of maths formulas [closed]

Can somebody please tell me the correct way to report (in-text) the application of a maths formula and it's results (following standard APA rules)? E.g. If we calculate the effect size (r = Z/√N) ...
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What do I do when my TA workload is more than expected?

Last year I was offered full funding for my PhD program to TA two courses a semester for the duration of my program (education psychology). Key words, Teaching Assistant. I expected this to mean I ...
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Colloquial forms (let's…) in articles

I am writing an article for a peer reviewed journal in the field of literature, and I am wondering about the use of colloquial expressions like: "Let's take a step back", or "Let's look at the data", "...
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Can I get an honest opinion about my PhD research journey? [on hold]

As a 5th year PhD, I am about to submit my thesis in 4-5 months. My PhD is in computational materials science. Following are things I have done: I have published 1 paper and 3 are yet to be submitted....
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Applying to US Phd Programs while doing a UK Master's

I recently received a conditional offer from UCL in MSc Advanced Neuroimaging. I'll be completing this program through distance learning (meaning that I won't have to physically be present in the UK). ...
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Responsibilities of PI to PhD student post PhD submission, but pre-viva

I have recently submitted my PhD. However, my project requires about 5 months more work to be publishable. The standard time between submission and the viva defence in my lab is about 5-6 months. I ...
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Is it ethical to upload an automatically generated paper to a non peer-reviewed site as part of a larger research?

I'm doing some research on my own as a side-project. In fact, I want no one from my research center to be involved in this research as I feel that they will take credit for my idea, like in past times....
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How do you address holders of non-Ph.D. doctorates such as an Ed.D. or Sc.D. etc.?

It is customary to call Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) holders by the prefix "Dr.", but I wonder whether the same holds for other doctorates, such as Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) or Doctor of Education (Ed....
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Do U.S. graduate school admissions use affirmative action? [closed]

Do graduate school admissions use affirmative action? I believe this is common in undergraduate admissions.
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My PhD advisor has unrealistic expectations on my capabilities to research independently

I worked as an undergraduate volunteer researcher, and then worked in an industry laboratory before returning to school. And my program did not have have rotations. I am starting to wonder what I got ...

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