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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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Is it normal for an instructor to refuse to tell students their current grade? [closed]

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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How acceptable is it to ask a professor a question such as “so you think it's justifiable to take points off my proof for this?”? [closed]

TLDR: Professor apparently only takes at most one look at a student's answer to determine correctness, doesn't award full marks kind of unfairly (clarifications below), is offended by hearing the ...
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Is there anywhere to complain about the behaviors of editors of journals except themselves? [closed]

Two months ago, I submitted a paper to a journal. Within two weeks, editor in chief gave me: "Invitation to Revise". He himself read the manuscript and provides some comments. I worked on his ...
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Is it possible to fund a part III course in Cambridge? [closed]

I'm a final year MPhys student(not at Cambridge but in the UK) and I'd like to attend the MASt part III course in Cambridge for theoretical physics(I want to do a PhD in theoretical physics). I ...
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Is is appropriate to specify what a general studies degree was in?

I graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering back in May. However, due to some extra credits I also have a general studies degree, the diploma for which simply states "Bachelor of Science" and ...
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What exactly is an “academic plan”?

I am looking to one job opening for a Lecturer position in a university (mostly dedicated to teaching but expanding its research capabilities), which asks me to submit a "proposal of academic plan". ...
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1answer
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What to do if a paper by respected authors has obvious problems, and I have told them so already?

I have recently found a paper of a very respected research group in my field. In this paper, they have some theoretical calculations, and they are obviously completely wrong. Not in the sense that the ...
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8answers
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How to by-pass bioethics for a trivial bio-experiment?

I am from Computer Science (CS) doing microscopy imaging applications, mainly in software side. Recently we submitted a paper to Scientific Reports on a new algorithm. My own human blood cells (a ...
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Supervisor with no expertise in the field [duplicate]

How feasible it is to be supervisored by a professor who doesn’t know the area? She told me it’s my research and she will only provide general research guidance.
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Issues with a patent overlapping my work [closed]

I am a PhD student and recently found that a patent exists with significant overlap to my work. I.e. my situation is roughly similar to that described in Proving that the PhD work was done prior to ...
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It seems every postdoc position needs representative papers. What should I do if I don't have any publications?

I have spent 4.5 years on my PhD, writing my thesis, with just one average publication. I am 30yo with no work experience and don't want to go to industry. I have been looking at several postdoctoral ...
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Is it wise to upload all the publshed research works to the Standard Paper Repository of Turnitin?

My organization is using Turnitin software and I am the Administrator. Will it be a wise decision to upload all our published research works to the Standard Paper Repository of the software in order ...
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2answers
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How to grade assignments efficiently? [duplicate]

What are common techniques to grade/mark assignments efficiently? Is it better to focus on one question and go through the pile or do them assignment after assignment? Or are there other techniques ...
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1answer
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Avoiding plagiarism without citing every sentence

To truly avoid any allegation of plagiarism, one would separately cite every sentence whose idea has been taken from elsewhere. In my field though, many journal editors will not accept this amount of ...
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1answer
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How to effectively locate older studies and papers?

Finding studies referenced in books can be nearly impossible. I was struggling very much to find the original paper by Liebmann (1927) on the, well, Liebmann effect. Is there a better method to look ...
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How much do teaching responsibilities hinder a researcher at a small university? [closed]

I would like to consider physics (theory) or math. I have two questions, but in general I would like to understand more about the following. If a researcher joins the faculty of a small (not top-...
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Remove co-author for ethical violation?

My co-authors and I are preparing to submit a major project manuscript. Unfortunately, we have just learned that one of the persons involved in the project has committed major scientific ethical ...
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1answer
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Is it OK to update code on repository after publication?

Journals consider that is good practice to release script and codes to repeat the published results, and many of us I think agree with this practice. Code are typically deposited in software version ...
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0answers
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my supervisors put me as a last author [closed]

my supervisors put me as last author in an article submitted to a journal. I had written the majority of the paper and even if it's not my idea, but it's my thesis subject. My supervisor who proposed ...
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2answers
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How common is it to get an academic position in a different country after getting a PhD in the US?

For someone who is doing his PhD in a US institute (STEM filed), how likely is it to be employed (as a post-doc for example) in another country (which is not my home country, in general) ? For ...
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1answer
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Should I mention NDS programs I am pursuing in my Masters application?

I am applying to the GA Tech Online Masters in Computer Science for Fall 19. My undergraduate degree is not in CS, however my minor is and I currently work as a software developer. While the program ...
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3answers
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Rejected from conference on misunderstood claims

I have recently had a paper rejected with 2 Accepts and 1 Reject from a CORE A* conference. I did understand the risks of being rejected when I made the submission, the problem is that I got back some ...
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4answers
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My current PI is telling me that I am a very shy person and he is really pissed off, what I should do?

Today in the lab we had a birthday, I had participated, but not so much as I feel anxious in crowded areas. I felt very shy and that's true, so I withdrew from the party after 15 minutes and wished ...
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1answer
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How hard is it to find a Ph.D. position in pure mathematics in Europe? [closed]

I have just completed my 4-year undergraduate studies in mathematics (my overall grade is 9.62/10) in Greece and I'm about to enroll in the M.sc. programme of my current university. I feel like I have ...
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Publishing to arxiv after submitting to conference while paper is under review [closed]

The conference policy states that they accept submissions that have previously been posted on arXiv. However, there are no clear rules specified if the paper can be submitted to arxiv after the ...
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In the absense of writing experience in my target field, how do I find assignments and evaluate them?

A while ago I posted a question wondering if a CS major would be accepted into a Political Science MSc programme and it turned out possible. I am starting next October. My goal is now to get into an ...
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What is considered a reasonable length for a math research paper? [closed]

I've read that many mathematics journals have page limits. What are they, roughly? I think in one of Steven Krantz's pieces he says that if a journal is going to publish a 50-page paper, then "it had ...
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Are not published workshop papers considered in similarity check for an extended journal paper?

I am going to submit my journal paper in 2 weeks. Besides, there is a workshop whose deadline is in a couple of days. I am going to submit a brief version of my potential journal paper (12 pages) in ...
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Graduating Early and its effect on Graduate Admissions

At my current rate of taking classes I will be able to graduate from college with a B.S. in math from a top 50 US school in mathematics (according to U.S. news) in a total of 2 years with around 3.7-3....
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Should I worry that my bachelor's degree will be revoked because I only completed half my internship hours?

This happened in 2016. In my college where I got my bachellor degree (no thesis required), one of the requirements to get that degree is to have 600 trainee hours at a company. The company send a ...
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International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSNs) in References (APA style)?

Question When, if ever, do you include an ISSN in a references entry; and if you do, then in what form to comply with APA style? Background International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSNs) are used to ...
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How should I present my under-review works in my CV and profile?

I'm searching for postdoc positions in CS and sending my CV to here and there trying for different opportunities. However, I do not know how to present my under-review works. For instance, should I ...
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Why is plagiarising words such a big deal?

Plagiarising the ideas of others is obviously a big deal. You are stealing the hard work of others and misleading your peers by pretending it is your original work. But why is plagiarising words and ...
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Would it be weird to cold email former students of a prospective advisor?

I was accepted to a PhD program, and the two professors I mentioned in my application have reached out to me to discuss research. Now I am wondering what is the best way to gather information on them. ...
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Found a mistake in my paper after submitting the final version. What should I do?

Recently my paper got accepted in a journal. After that we submitted the final version with all corrections. Now I found an error in the way I calculated some type of numerical error. I don’t think ...
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Status of my revised manuscript: editor decision changed to under review [duplicate]

Two monts ago, I submitted a manuscript (Scholarone Manuscripts). I got major revisions and implemented ALL of them. Then I re-submitted my manuscript. After two days the status changed to under ...
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Grad school with 2.62 EE GPA. Does self study help?

I'm highly interested in going to grad school in electromagnetics (eventually a Ph.D.) but for various reasons, most of which are my fault, and some aren't, I graduated with a horrible GPA. In short, ...
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How to deal with my results being stolen?

I have experienced a couple of times the following problem: I have asked another researcher to cooperate and provided mathematical results (as a basis for an algorithm). The cooperation has not ...
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How should I format an email to a professor about a REU?

I am currently trying to apply for REU programs, and I have been told that I should try reaching out to professors before submitting my application to the program. I have several questions about how ...
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solution to questions of lab equipments and funding search during faculty interview [closed]

In a faculty interview, when asked about how to prepare for lab equipments and how to search for funding, how to answer, esp for postdocs having no experience in these things? This is spoken in a ...
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Waiting time for editor's decision

I resubmitted a manuscript to a journal (listed in political science as well as in International Relations and Economics journal rankings). The editor's decision was minor revisions. The email says ...
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A Mutivariate Test [closed]

In a paper I applied a multivariate test but without describing any hypotheses to check. I described only research questions? Will paper likely be rejected?
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PhD Perfect fit topic + insecure funds vs. non-optimal topic + secure funds [closed]

This is probably more of a request for an advice than a pinpoint question. Nevertheless I'm interested in hearing the take of others on the topic. Background: I have graduated in Germany, 2 years ...

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