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How can I report an author for using an unethical way of increasing citation in his work?

A professor of mine has been asking students to write research papers for conferences. I wrote a paper and submitted it to him, and he uploaded it in a conference through EasyChair. While going ...
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How to get funded to attend an international conference?

I am from a developing country and I can not afford plane tickets or hotel accommodation fees all by myself, I am not funded by any organization and I am a fresh grad so not even my university can ...
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How to cite an image from a website like this and which part should it be under?

could anyone please tell me how to cite a picture properly from places like this? https://d2l.ai/_images/lstm-0.svg The current latex code is. \begin{figure}[!ht] \includegraphics[]{imgs/lstm-0....
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Travel reimbursement for grant: The lab doesn't want to provide bank account details

I am a PhD student, who has been awarded a young researcher grant, which I intend to use to work at another (host) institute which my home institute is collaborating with. In order to accept the grant ...
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What about I published a mislabelled figure in a paper?

Recently I discovered that an axis of one the figures from a paper that I published was mislabelled. Unfortunately, the figure also is the graphical abstract. However, the information in the text (...
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How to write the method, how does it compare to implementation section?

I am writing a paper were the method and implementation must be separate sections. I have read previous work by other students, but everyone seems to be doing it differently. What are some key things ...
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What are the ethics of creating educational content as an advanced undergraduate?

I had the idea to create a series of short-form educational videos intended to de-mystify quantum computing. Ideally, these videos would be suitable for a wide target audience and consequently would, ...
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How to measure the quality of a research idea? [duplicate]

I am at the start of my PhD. For the last four months, I have been studying the existing literature on the topic given to me by my advisor. I want to know, how do I find a research idea on which I can ...
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Can I do MS/PhD in applied math after getting BS in physics? [duplicate]

I have taken a couple of math courses other than those required for my physics degree. Also, with leftover 1.5 years at college, I can definitely pursue a minor in math but I don't think I can double ...
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Can I suggest that my professor use slides instead of writing everything on the board?

I got a newly hired professor this semester. He is a good teacher but sometimes gets in trouble explaining a new topic since he writes the big formulae on the board and misses a lot of things in the ...
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Would acceptance letters from conferences be good in my CV?

I graduated and I am trying to build my CV in order to apply for a master's scholarship. I wrote articles in my field, but since I am a fresh grad and I wrote them with no other authors, they haven't ...
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What "non-research" items belong on an academic CV (postdoc)?

Context: I'm a final-year PhD student overhauling my CV for academic postdoc and grant applications (in Europe and the US). During my MSc and PhD, I was very active in Outreach, Teaching/TAing, held ...
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Should I give up on academia after failing my qualifying exams?

I failed two of my PhD qualifying exams (STEM) and will be mastering out from the program. I do not want to give excuse for myself but I feel like a lot of it comes from my bad relationship with my ...
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How long does it take for a admissions decision to be made after a P.h.D interview [closed]

how long does it take to get an admission decision after a Ph.D. interview? I had an interview for a P.h.D position in a school in the US with two professors in the faculty(neuroscience) and I was ...
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Is this a form of plagiarism? [closed]

Recently, I had an author contact me regarding naming me as a consultant on a project of theirs, rather than co-author, if I was to contribute. No fee was discussed at all. Was it a form of plagiarism ...
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How to cite the author of an image if you're using numbers for citation?

Like instead of saying: "image taken from [1]" Is there a better way? I'm using Zotero linked to Overleaf. Just in case this information is somehow relevant.
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Do universities look at the metadata of the recommendation letters?

My university did not have English letterheads. My professors asked me to go to the IT division and ask for one, so, I went and received an image of the letterhead, then I put the letterhead in a word ...
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Presenting non-significant results at a conference?

Recently got accepted for a poster presentation based on a pre-registered abstract. However, all the results are non-significant (after running the analysis) and I can't help but feel slightly ...
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What should i do if the school made a mistake on my grade? Failed but when i checked i really passed [closed]

I had been informed that my final grade was 74.86 and I did not pass. So I repeated that subject and paid $2000 for that subject. I passed the said repeated subject. Yesterday, I was browsing through ...
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Correcting mistakes in PhD thesis that examiners missed

I finished my thesis defense and my examiners recommended minor corrections, all of which are based in the lit review and results chapters. However, after they approved the corrections I made, I ...
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How do advanced search options work on Cambridge Core?

I am trying to conduct a publication search on the Cambridge Core database but do not understand how the logical operators and quotation marks work on that site (and even if they do). Here's an ...
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Having a really short time to accept a PhD offer

I got a PhD offer from a good university, and they told me that I should announce my final decision in less than four days. Many other universities have not started interviews yet, and I really want ...
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How to write research proposals for several PhD applications?

PhD hunting is not an easy task. I have to search a Phd position on several PhD portals and social media groups. For each application, they ask to write some sort of research proposal, motivation ...
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Citing 2 nearly identical article names from the newspaper, APA 7th edition

I seem to be at an edge case. I have two websites to cite, NYT Report Card NCF and NYT Report Card YU They are both effectively from the same "article", drawing on data from This project ...
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How much implementation detail to include in PhD thesis

If I developed a library during my PhD (in physics, not CS), but the topic is focused on what I used it for, rather than the code development itself, how much implementation detail should I give in my ...
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Do you know any system in which a PhD Student can apply for their own reserch grant? [closed]

I would like to ask about any funding for PhD Students to buy lab equipments, reagents etc. Because I know a lot of scholarships and travel grants for PhD students, but no research grants. I know PIs ...
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changing lab during PhD [duplicate]

I have started my PhD recently (4 months back). I did not enroll at university yet due to technical reasons. From the start I was having second thoughts about the institute and place and it feels like ...
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Is it normal for a PhD thesis' methods chapter to show a high similarity index on iThenticate?

I'm just about to submit my thesis to the library and after putting my entire materials and methods chapter to iThenticate, I found quite a bit of overlap with previously published papers from my lab (...
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Personal statements in my motivation letter?

I am applying for the CERN summer program. On their YT channel they empathise to write a lot about us as persons, so passions, hobby’s, etc. In your opinion should I write some personal statements in ...
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If I saw a sentence, kept the words in a certain order to make it more succinct, is it plagiarism?

This is a sentence I read from a previous student's thesis: Chemical products were measured by loading x μL of reaction A on a gel (3-10% w/v, depending on your need and availability of machine) ...
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If I have done my Masters in Philosophy, can i submit a research paper in International Relations subject?

I have done my Masters in Philosophy. I am seeking enrolment in PhD international relations. Meanwhile can i write and submit a paper in International Relations subject without having done a master's ...
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Stuck in a pattern of studying hard for exam but not getting the desired grade

I could be studying 2.5 months for an exam, every single day, doing all the exercises that I can. Doing all the old exams that I can get my hand on. Never falling behind on submissions for the course. ...
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Seeking Android PDF to voice app that can skip citations

I like to use a PDF to voice app to read papers aloud on walks. I used to use Voice Dream for iOS ($25) but recently switched to Android. Voice Dream is only for iOS. Voice Dream had a very useful ...
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What motivates requiring a diversity statement from minority applicants?

Applying for many academic positions in North America often requires a diversity statement. As someone who is a disabled, racial, sexual and religious minority, immigrant, and someone who grew up poor,...
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Potential Red Flag (on my side) in PhD Interview

Before anything else, I want to mention that my field is mathematics. Recently, I had an interview for a Ph.D. program for a research group that consists of two fields, say X and Y. On the application,...
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I feel like I didn't deserve to pass an exam [duplicate]

Recently I did my retake exam for Advanced Maths in college. Compared to the ordinary exam, it was easier. My grade was 9/10. I worked very hard for it, non-stop for 5 months, dealing with anxiety and ...
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Any significant differences between tenure track interviews between Canada and the US

I've been invited to a zoom interview at UBC, Canada, for a tenure track job in physics. I'm more or less familiar with the US academic system and how either the phone/zoom interviews or campus visits ...
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Postdoc v industry future [closed]

I am currently a postdoc and well aware of the 'postdoc trap' scenario, as well as biases in favour of going to industry etc. However, the situation I currently find myself in is rather peculiar so if ...
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Is it common for the head of a department to be able to reduce a tenured professor's salary to 0?

I'm referring to an incident at Purdue. The head of the Purdue math department tried to pressure an older tenured faculty member to leave by setting his salary to 0 (among other things). I actually ...
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As a new grad student, should I share my self-doubt and fear of failure with my professors? [closed]

I am an international relations grad student in the very first semester..very first course and need some insight. This may seem a bit overly concerned but I am already terrified of failure. The very ...
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What would my appropriate title be?

I'm a first year Biomedical Science student, who's currently taking a gap year. Lucky for me, I got the opportunity to help out a PhD student with her research. What would be my appropriate title? I'...
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What defines if a researcher is an expert in a field/topic or not? [closed]

I have often seen academics and science communicators who are positioned as subject matter experts in a field or topic but haven't been directly involved with doing research since their Ph.D. or ...
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If a professor refuses to elaborate on the contents of the cheat sheet, what becomes fair game?

I'm a student from Germany and currently preparing for some exams. I got an email from one of the professors that contains information about the cheat sheets you are allowed to write and use in the ...
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Someone submitted my code as their code in an assignment; what should I do now?

I am second year student; one of my friends stole my code and then applied for an extension. I submitted my file on the deadline day and they submitted 10 days later using the same file as mine. Two ...
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How to get off the fence between 2 fields of study (math vs physics)? [closed]

For the longest time, as a university student, I have been hovering between my 2 favourite fields of study, namely physics and math. To distract myself from this dilemma, I wasted time completing ...
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What impact does a potential advisor have in Phd admissions?

Sorry if this question has been asked before. I recently reached out to the advisor I want to do my PhD with. This is a person that I have corresponded with in the past (I wanted to collaborate with ...
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Are informational interviews helpful in academia?

I'm not yet on the tenure track, but would like to be. Over my 8 years of contract work at the faculty level, I've racked up a lot of accomplishments (research, teaching, collaborations, mentorship) ...
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What does the question: "Any faculty contacts in our department?" mean?

I am applying to some Math REUs this summer and on some applications I have the following question: Any faculty contacts in our department? I suppose I just say "no," or "0," ...
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Is it cheating if I get paid to write simulation code for a grad student's thesis?

A grad student has offered to hire me to write simulation code of a published paper and they said they need the simulation for their master thesis. Is it considered cheating if I accept the project?
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Can I take the English language proficiency test after I am accepted in a PhD program in the UK?

I am a student from India, and have applied for some PhD positions in the UK. All the universities asked for scores of one English language proficiency test. Some of them had an option to request a ...

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