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How to hire editor to improve my paper

I'm thinking of hiring a contact/freelance editor to help me improve my paper, before I submit it. I'm looking for someone to perform proofreading and copy editing as well as broader, substantive ...
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Changing the typeface from the official style in a conference paper

I'm a big fan of the Euler typeface for mathematical typesetting, especially compared with the standard Latin Modern. I feel somewhat justified in changing to Euler for a paper, but Euler doesn't ...
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When can you call yourself doctor?

I just passed my dissertation defense. This means there is nothing left but paperwork to get my doctorate. Among the various congratulations I've received a couple have termed me: Dr. My assumption ...
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Is it ethical for an author to cite their own work with themselves as first author when they are not first author?

I was reading through a journal article by an author. Let's call him Author X. The author while referring to some of his own journal articles cite them as Author X et al., even though Author X is not ...
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Is it ethical for a lecturer to mis-indicate exam study material?

Scenario: Lecturer tells students six sections of material to study for the exam, but the exam only covers two of those sections. Practice exams are completely different to actual exam. Answers to ...
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Should I keep generic reference letters from my supervisors?

As for reference letters, I have come across distinct policies. Some recommend to only give a reference letter for a particular application - it might be tailored to the particular position which the ...
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I am a 2nd year undergraduate student. What should I do now to prepare for my PhD?

I am a 2nd year undergraduate student in Aerospace Engineering, in India. I am really willing to go into Academia as a researcher. I am specifically interested in Aerospace Controls. Some points to ...
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How to phrase authors' contributions when the convention is that all team members are authors?

The question When a journal (such as one of the Nature family) asks for information about authors' contributions, what is the most effective way to answer this, to ensure that the co-authorship is ...
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When a conference has an abstracts and a later papers submission date, is okay to skip the abstract submission and just submit the paper?

I want to submit a paper for an ACM conference and I see that there are two dates like this: Full Papers Abstracts due: May 10, 2013 Papers due: May 17, 2013 The issue is that I am still working in ...
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Practical Tips: Mathematical research and discoveries

How to behave when you have the feeling of working on something innovative? What to do if there is a chance (even the 1%) that your work is leading you to something original? For example what if I ...
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Reading (& understanding) a lot of papers is hard. How to deal with it?

I am a student doing my Masters (in Computer Science). I am much interested in Ph.D and I know to do Ph.D I really need to read and understand a lot of papers. (I also know that its not all about ...
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Should CV include special note about published 'cover articles'?

I just published an article and, when I saw the journal, I was surprised to discover that they put my article on the cover. My question is, should I update my CV to make special note of the fact that ...
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Choosing the title of a paper: are provocative titles better?

I am currently working on a paper that challenges some long-standing practices within my field, but am questioning how to title the paper. Basically, the old view in the research field is "we do Y ...
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How long and detailed should be the rejection comment when reviewing and rejecting a paper?

If someone is a reviewer and recommends major revisions to a medical journal paper, the review can be quite lengthy. (e.g., list of 10-15 points to work on) On the other hand, how detailed should be ...
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Curriculum Vitae in application for PhD

I have contacted a professor (in Europe) informally and asked for a PhD position. She answered in positive manner and asked for a CV. What should I include? Do people in academia care about the usual ...
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How to say that research work was done as part of research project?

I'm carrying out a research work as part of a big research project. How to mention this in the abstract for an article? The best I can is "This research work was conducted as part of the project #...
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Do old preprints actually exist?

It is quite common (in some areas) to see the reference to the paper, which is cited as "to appear" or "in prepapation" but never actually appeared. Such citations are treated in the same way as ...
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Admission in research based Master's/Doctoral programme with a bachelor's from a low-ranked University in India

I applied in Master's programmes in Europe / Asia (mostly Germany) this year and most of them were rejected or are still pending. My GPA in the Bachelor's is 7.19 / 10 while my TOELF iBT score is 100 /...
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Individual presentation for a PhD application

A friend of mine applied to a PhD program and luckily they called her for a presentation. They said that the presentation should be a maximum of 10 minutes long and should consist of three slides. ...
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Mentioning Products of Companies in Technical Paper?

I am writing a technical paper for my college project. This is my first time so I don't have much experience in this arena. I am writing about a philosophy used by Mechanical Engineers while designing ...
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Pros and cons of sharing dissertation on a specialised website?

I am wondering what are the advantages/drawbacks of sharing a dissertation on a specialised website (for example Social Capital Gateway). There are a number of repositories available and they seem to ...
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What title to put on a professional business card, for a person with a PhD

Is there a correct or preferred format for indicating 'Dr' or 'PhD' (or both) on a professional business card. Background: I am employed in the industry and I have just earned my PhD (in social ...
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Does an author have to submit an article to Math databases once it has been published in a journal?

Let us suppose one publishes an article in a peer-reviewed journal that is archived, indexed, etc. in databases such as Zentralblatt, ResearchBib, etc. Does the author have to manually submit his/her ...
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Can I ask for payment if my employer wants to use my dissertation?

I completed my PhD research as an industry based researcher. My employer was fully aware of my research. There was no support given by the employer other than encouragement. However, I used the ...
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Going to conferences: all the research team members together or everyone alone?

I have been discussing with friends and colleagues about the strategy to use to decide, in a research group, who has to go to a conference and with who. The issue is: if someone in the research group ...
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To pursue research career in physics; How much physics courses should I pass in my undergraduate engineering degree?

I am an undergraduate student of electronics and telecommunication engineering in a govt. college in India. But I am extremely interested in physics and mathematics. I want to pursue a research career ...
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I am currently debating whether to leave my PhD program- any advice

TL;DR: Young graduate student in his first year of a PhD program who has lost a passion for the academic world. Seriously considering quitting but don't know what to do. Science background. Would love ...
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Where does the title Dr come from for PhD?

I have always wondered why a person is given the title of Dr after completing a PhD in a non-medical field. This is especially because of the confusion over the medical title of Dr. Why hasn't a ...
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Sign research contracts in a private university or create a “ghost” company

We are a research group from some private university and we offer research contract services. The problem is that when we get customers, the contract is signed by the highest authority of the ...
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How do I cite an unpublished work in my paper? which incidentally is my second submission to the same conference [duplicate]

The problem is I completed a work earlier and did another work which extends this work. However, I haven't got the earlier work published. I plan to send these two papers to a conference but I do not ...
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How do I get admission into Msc programmes with bad undergraduate results? [duplicate]

I have a horrible undergraduate transcript with 2/4 GPA. I yearn to get into Msc programme in Computer Science / Information Systems. I have been rejected multiple times. What can I do to improve my ...
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What are polite appellations for teachers in British universities?

Teachers in primary and secondary school usually are called as Mr.[surname] or Miss/Mrs.[surname]. However, cases in universities are more complex. It seems we need to call a teacher who is a ...
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Why do PhD students volunteer at conferences?

Other than the possibility of waiving registration fees, What is the objective of graduate students volunteering at conferences? For instance, I am considering volunteering at IJCAI these days and ...
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Prolonging a PhD to improve research CV, is this good ?

I am in my 4th year of PhD. Few months ago I presented my thesis proposal which already included some of the results (that are actually published). I proposed to add another chapter (call it Chapter x)...
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Are there actually students who learn by watching?

I'm a PhD student in physics, and I sometimes tutor undergrads in introductory physics classes on the side. Now, there's widespread agreement among people who teach or tutor physics that the only way ...
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Can one excel in graduate school with a demanding family life?

The essential gist of my question relates to what the real, unvarnished realities are of graduate, post-graduate, research, fellowship, and professorship attainment - when you aren't a single person ...
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Details to include on the cover letter for sourcing part-time tutoring/marking positions

Many universities have a job section and invite prospective applicants to submit their CVs that (as I understand) are placed in a database and sourced if a part/time tutoring or marking role comes up. ...
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Final round of reviewing for a Program Committee

I've been recently involved in a Program Committee, and I was wondering what exactly was expected of the PC members from the PC Chair. Once all the reviews have been collected, are the reviewers ...
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What's the expected level of paper for top conferences in Computer Science [on hold]

What's the expected level of paper to be submitted to top level conferences in theoretical computer science (FOCS/SODA/STOC)? I think there should be four main concern: Is it a novel results? How ...
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How frequently can you ask for a personal reference without being disrespectful?

When applying for post-doctoral and faculty positions you are typically asked for three (sometimes more) reference letters to support your application. Given that it is competitive out there, it ...
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Can I successfully adapt to an advisor who will not push me to work?

I am currently a first-year graduate student, now in the process of figuring out who I'd like to have as my thesis advisor. Of course, compatibility of research interests is quite important, but ...
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Gamification in Asian Classrooms

I've been thinking about how to improve attendance in my classes as well as how to get my students do the expected work outside of class. I've tried a lot of sticks but the weak students care very ...
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When can I safely use CC-BY license on arXiv?

On arXiv one can license a preprint on one of the following (see also a note on arXiv on licenses): arXiv.org perpetual, non-exclusive license to distribute this article (Minimal rights required by ...
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Can I write an article in a reputable CS journal not with results but conjecture?

I work in industry and some interesting idea has struck me. This is a conjecture which will take a year or two of full time research work to confirm it although it looks very realistic. Unfortunately ...
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Academic affiliation: which to choose?

I am actually working for two different universities in my country, and the problem is that they do not give too much support to academic research. I mean for paying the costs of tickets, travel ...
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Travel grant for undergraduate researcher for attending conference

I am an undergraduate student doing independent research. My research work is selected for presentation at a very reputed conference in the US. I am from India. I cannot afford to attend the ...
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My paper was accepted in Springer International Conference and National conference. What to do? [duplicate]

We had prepared the paper and applied for National Conference. After some days came to know about the International Conference and improved the paper and applied for it. After a month we got an accept ...
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How important are the grades compared to the cover letter when applying for a Ph.D?

Some months ago I finished my MSc. I immediately started to send several applications for Ph.D vacancies. So far I've spent a lot of time in doing this, but there is only one place that did not reject ...
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After my employment ends, can I keep working without pay at my current research center, on independent research?

I have a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering. I worked as a Research Engineer in a Research Center. It was a fully paid Engineering position funded by European projects. However, my contract ...
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Master of Engineering vs Master of Science?

I am a Final Year Mechanical Engineering student. I want to do my Masters in the Design Engineering field. Currently I can see 2 options: Master of Science - offered in many Universities ex: ...

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