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Does the new law "zur Stärkung der Berliner Wissenschaft" make postdocs in Berlin de facto permanent?

In the German city-state of Berlin, a new law titled Gesetz zur Stärkung der Berliner Wissenschaft (law to strengthen Berlin science) was passed. One of the changes has been described as tenure track ...
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References of an updated version arXiv paper not added in Google Scholar

I first uploaded a paper to arXiv and it was correctly added to my Google Scholar profile. After a few months, I made some modifications to the article, uploading a second version to arXiv (this ...
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What goes on at a meeting of a "teaching commision" in Switzerland?

I'm an undergraduate student in Switzerland. Tomorrow, I am going to attend the teaching commission as a delegate. The teaching commission is responsible for quality control of the teaching and the ...
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Are sleep stations on-campus effective in promoting productivity of students?

Several universities in the United States have begun setting up areas (usually in the library) for students to rest, ideally for those doing all-nighters. Its purpose is to help its students cope with ...
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How difficult is it to change supervisor during a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship?

A couple of months ago I started my Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. My relationship with the supervisor is pretty bad, which is surprising to me as she was involved and seemed to respect ...
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How to know when academia is not for you?

Edit Thanks to all the people who read the question, I have devised a plan to hopefully solve my situation. But first, some stuff that I learn as a result of this post and talks that I have with other ...
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Google scholar doesn't send me citation alerts

Google Scholar fails to send me citation alerts or alerts when articles have been auto-included in my profile. This happened about a year ago; before that, Scholar faithfully sent me the updates. In ...
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How do I search for literature containing specific math equations?

When one looks for relevant literature, one turns to platforms such as Google Scholar or Web of Science. I want to search literature (or research articles) that include a specific mathematics equation....
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How would graduate studies in Japan differ from those in the US, specifically for mathematics?

I have decided to make an academic transition from Electrical and Electronics Engineering into Mathematics after graduation. Although my first degree is from an Asian country it is a well accredited ...
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What is an example of a journal based in China which "warns authors that they are not affiliated with any paper-selling companies"?

Regarding the following quote: ... editors say an increasing number of journals based in China warn authors that they are not affiliated with any paper-selling companies. Mara Hvistendahl, China'...
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Seeking evidence based answers: does day of the week have an effect on exams?

This question is related to, but (I think) distinct from, the recently asked Best day of the week to hold an exam?. In that question, the author asks for the opinions of other instructors and ...
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Do EPSRC-like Centres for Doctoral Training exist outside the UK?

I'm looking into starting a doctorate next Autumn and am currently exploring my options. I really like the program style of EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training which started sprouting around British ...
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"Extra teaching" (compared to the standard contract) for Italian researchers

For researchers (RTDa, RTDb, associate and full professors) in Italian universities is it possible to have some "extra" teaching duties (compared to the standard contract)? How would one ...
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Will Chinese students applying for PhD in the U.S. be affected by the relationship between China and the U.S.?

I am Chinese, and I plan to apply for the 2022 Fall PhD in the U.S. I am confident with my research caliber and experience. However, I am worried about whether the terrible relationship between the U....
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What national agency in Russia codifies research ethics?

I am coordinating the funding proposal for a joint Austrian–Russian research project. The proposal needs to briefly discuss compliance with relevant ethics regulations and guidelines, preferably not ...
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paper rejected, submitted to another conference, got accepted again by the first, what to do?

I have submitted my research work for a conference in data science, after two months of review it got weak rejection. So I decided to submit it to another conference (the submission was closed so I ...
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What does the type of funding mean for the type of research?

What are the implications of the type of funding, i.e. hard money vs. soft money (institutional vs specific project support) for the type of research it incentivizes? My hypothesis is that hard money ...
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Advancing my academic career in mathematics without university support

I am about eight months away from completing a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. I am what you would call a "non-traditional" student - I am an adult who decided to change careers and I'm ...
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Withdrawing paper from competition track of a conference due to the fee?

A few months back, I came across a competition page which asked for a solution approach for a new and tricky dataset in the domain (I will keep all the details anonymous). Now, it was a new area of ...
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PhD supervision numbers by discipline

My faculty imposes some numerical "recommendations" for promotions. Instead of arguing this sort of recommendation is ridiculous, I think it is wiser to provide some evidence the recommended ...
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Do national labs in the US accept international post docs who come with funding from their own government?

I am from Finland, which provides funding for postdoc research abroad. I want to use that funding to do postdoc research in a national lab in the US. Will national laboratories in the US accept post ...
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What are appropriate measures to keep use of reference managers within the GDPR?

The GDPR (or national legislation implementing it) places requirements on anyone who processes personally identifiable data concerning residents of the EU and the UK. As per this question the GDPR ...
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Are German university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) Bachelor degrees recognized in US UK NZ or Australia?

I'm a prospective student looking to apply for an electrical engineering course (in English) at Karlsrhuhe, Rhine-Waal and Ravensburg-Weingarten universities of applied sciences. After doing a little ...
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Should I own up to posting questions on Chegg?

So long story short, I'm a current studying biomedical sciences at a Canadian university (University A), and I ended up posting some questions on Chegg last year. I can't get them removed, but haven't ...
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Prepositions in article attribution: meaning of "and" versus "with"

I recently found an article cited as "McCleary with Degering, Ind. Eng. Chem. 30, 64 (1938)" so of course I had to look up the original source. Sure enough, that article clearly says "...
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google scholar switching my first and last name

Google scholar switches my first and last name although the journals publish my name correctly. And now due to people downloading citations from Google Scholar, other journals are also citing my first ...
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Is there a python wrapper covering multiple scholarly resources API endpoints?

Question: Does anybody know of a Python Wrapper containing a number of the mentioned APIs listed by MIT? Context: I want to execute a systematic literature review, and apply bibliometrics/ citation ...
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Is it ethical to obliquely cite articles published by a predatory publisher?

There's a recent article published in Research Evaluation analyzing MDPI's self-citation rates. The author argues that MDPI's self-citation rate is anomalously high relative to leading journals in the ...
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Reference formatting without impacting its discoverability by services like Google Scholar

When citing some paper in a manuscript what fields of the BIBTEX we can change/remove without impacting the citation count done by services like Google Scholar? In other words what are the fields in ...
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How to approach "potential benefits to society of proposed research" question on a grant application for a pure math project?

I have been writing a grant proposal, where it is based in the UK. I almost did most of the application, but I have no idea for the following parts: Benefits of Overseas Country: Describe any ...
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Converting URL to DOI

I'm currently trying to get published journal information (author, title, date published etc) automatically from webpages. I'm trying to avoid scraping since this is against most publishers ToS. The ...
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Post-doc for two (two-body problem): How to search, apply, and improve our chances?

My significant other and I are doing our PhDs in physics, and we both want to continue in academia and to stay together. He did his masters in a first-world country and I did mine in a third-world ...
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Why do I need to update my contact details before Arxiv submissions

Question as in the title. What are the practical or legal reasons Arxiv asks to check a box before each submission, affirming that my affiliation and contact details are still up to date? Having to ...
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Have US universities seen a significant increase in administrative workforces relative to academic activity?

I was recently made aware of a study (caveat: from 2014) indicating that, supposedly, US academic institutions have taken on non-academic staff at a much higher overall rate than the increase in the ...
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When to transliterate words in foreign languages?

I'm writing a philosophy paper relying heavily on Aristotle and discussing several of his primary terms, including their etymologies. Therefore I say words like ἐντελέχεια and θεωρεῖν a lot. Since a ...
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Is Math Overflow representative of how theoretical research works in person?

I'm a prospective PhD student who has had little to non-existent experience in formal/theoretical research. As an engineering student, the workflow I am used to is to test an experiment, then to debug ...
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Does affirmative action apply towards international students as well?

I know that when picking and choosing students for a new cohort, many prominent US universities tend to use affirmative action to support those from less affluent backgrounds. Does this also hold when ...
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Will it damage our grant application if we include an additional applicant with no publications?

My colleagues and I are currently writing a grant application to the German Research Foundation. My colleagues have published many papers before. I have not published anything yet. Ideally, we would ...
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Where do graduates in Chemistry from small PhD programs in the U.S go?

I am gathering information about the universities I intend to apply later this year and I've noticed that even in small graduate programs, most faculty members come from top universities such as ...
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Can I get hired as a psychology professor if I get a PhD in educational psychology in an education department?

I'm interested in educational psychology and learning sciences. However, most educational psychology graduate programs are within the education department, not psychology. What's the difference ...
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What is the purpose of asking whether a prospective grad student would attend the program in the absence of financial aid?

I need financial support to join a specific university. There is a question in the Master's application that says "Will you be willing to join the program even if you didn't receive financial aid? " ...
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My university is forcing me to take required classes at a different campus, which will be very expensive to me. Do I have any recourse?

I am a 4th year undergraduate physics major. At the beginning of my college career, I made a spreadsheet showing which classes I would take each semester. My advisor told me every semester that the ...
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Using Cambridge's "short-title reference system"

Does anyone have experience using the Cambridge UP's "short-title reference system" or even just know of a work that uses it. I'm copy-editing for some extra cash but the style guide they ...
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Is it legally allowed to pursue an MBA while pursuing a PhD in Sweden?

The title says it all. To elaborate, In Sweden Ph.D. is being considered a formal job and students receive a monthly salary and pay taxes. Therefore, the question is specifically about whether ...
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How long to wait before contacting another arm's length referee?

I am trying to find an external referee to review and evaluate an application package for a postdoctoral fellowship. This assessment, which is a required element of the application, is due August 13. ...
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Is it okay to copy somebody else's words and sentences?

So I am writing my master's thesis, and am reading a lot of papers. I usually do a lot of 'backtracking' (meaning, read one paper, then look at who they cited and go read those papers). Doing this, I ...
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What is the conventional way of presenting combinations of things in a table?

For a paper I am writing, I need to name several combinations of things (specifically, certain combinations of mathematical equations/inequalities that impose specific constraints on certain variables)...
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What is the process for getting a non-EU PhD "validated" in Germany so I can continue working as university associated faculty?

I am a medical doctor in Bosnia and Herzegovina (which is not in the EU). I also hold a PhD title and am an associated professor on the medical faculty. I am moving to Germany (Oberbayern). I have ...
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Professor submitted my letter of recommendation after I removed him

I had sent a reminder to the professor for submitting my letter of recommendation about two days before the deadline, but he didn't reply to me. He was highly unresponsive after initially agreeing. As ...
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Ideal contents of a reference letter for PhDs seeking industry jobs

The majority of PhD holders do not stay on in academia, but rather move on to jobs in industry far away from the area of their PhDs. Given that the content of the PhD is not directly relevant (the ...
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