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Is it unethical to submit for review multiple articles which overlap in some respect?

I am well aware of the ethic guidelines in the academic publishing world regarding submission for publication of the same article to multiple journals: I know this is broadly considered unethical and ...
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How many recommendation letters are enough?

If I apply to a job, and it asks for 4 recommendation letters, is it good if I submit 5 or more letters? Why and why not?
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How to stop a researcher cutting corners in research?

Some avenues of research require time-intensive research and experimentation (e.g.m sciences). For example, in my case, each experiment took 3-12 hours and I had to perform over 30 of them. Often, ...
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Is a research thesis (report) with zero contribution to human knowledge acceptable?

An alternate title could be "Do we award a PhD for what the student became or for what he produced?". More precisely, if a research thesis report does not advance human knowledge, yet still shows that ...
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Applying for post-doc, how to mention mutual acquaintances?

I am applying for post-docs, and there is a professor I would very much like to work with. I would like to e-mail him and see if he has any open positions in his lab. I have never met the professor ...
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How much time does each stage of paper in Elsevier Editorial System (EES) take? [closed]

We have submitted a paper to an Elsevier Journal and now I want to know how much time each stage in article lifecycle take? There is an article in Elsevier site which describes different status of a ...
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Research “employment” options for students graduating midyear?

Some students, particularly in the US, face the dilemma of graduating at the end of a fall semester or quarter, but then have the prospect of not having a PhD position start until the following fall. ...
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Are there available corpora of academic works?

There are many different corpora[1] for the English language: Google Books ngram database is freely accessible and covers publications indexed in Google Books from the 16th century; words are tagged ...
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Not being a first author diminishes the contribution of co-authors?

If a group of students (say, 3 students), produces a work which has been accepted to a reputable conference. All of them contributed equally to the project,from implementation to writing and proof ...
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Acknowledgement: non-academic persons

In my industry-sponsored dissertation, I want to thank my industry contact and some non-academic persons in the acknowledgement section of my dissertation. How should I refer to them: John Smith J. ...
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Who writes Nature’s “News & Views”?

Nature’s “News and Views” articles summarize high-impact research published recently in other journals. The News & Views articles are typically not written by the authors of the research paper, ...
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When applying for postdoc funding, what are the consequences of backing out if I can get another position where funding is already secured?

When looking for a post-doctoral fellowship, I have, in a nutshell, two alternatives: Apply to open positions, where money is already secured (at least for the beginning) Apply together with a ...
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Is there a quick way to search for a given researcher's past collaborators/co-authors?

Is there a website or software for one to search for all the past co-authors/collaborators of a given researcher? I can of course go through the researcher's publication and get the names one by one, ...
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Building a workshop website

I am organizing a one day workshop as a part of a major conference in my field. I would like to have a website to introductory text (static html) announce things (some content management) keep ...
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What if I may not have research experience for math PhD application?

I am a master student of some engineering (other than EE/CS) in a decent US institution who will apply for a PhD in mathematics in Fall 2014 (possibly in PDE / applied analysis, but not sure). I ...
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How can I cite a workbook?

I want to cite someting from this workbook. How can I cite it? The year is 2009 but what should I put between brackets if there is no specific author?
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How to address a Dr. des.?

How do you address a Dr. des. (Doctor designatus), for example in e-mails? Dr. John Doe Dr. des. John Doe John Doe …?
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What kind of papers do economics and finance students write?

I teach a writing course that has many students who plan to study economics or finance in graduate school. I am not so familiar with these disciplines, but want to make sure these students finish the ...
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Joining a group for PhD, how do I judge the atmosphere before I sign?

I am looking to start a PhD project soon and I have almost decided on the group in which I will apply. But I know that I am a very sensitive person when it comes to any work atmosphere. I have to feel ...
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Citation or inclusion of name in conference paper

I am part of a team working on the second phase of a project. The project hasn't been published in any journals or conferences yet, mainly because not a lot of work has been done completely. Practical ...
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Acknowledgements in an industry-sponsored dissertation

I am a doing a dissertation funded by a company and my dissertation is basically a report of my progress on the problem they have given me. I have an academic supervisor, an industry contact who has ...
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European BS - American PhD (Graduate Admission) [closed]

I posted something similar a while back and it was closed, but I believe this post will be more suited for discussion. I'm heading to Europe from the U.S. to complete my BS in physics. I intend on ...
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Should student or supervisor be corresponding author for publications based on student research?

Papers published from an academic project (MSc or PhD) usually have two authors; the first author is the student who mainly conducted the research, and the second author is the professor who ...
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Should I simultaneously apply for multiple jobs in different ranks at the same university?

Say this year the university A advertises one postdoc and one tenure-track position. If I prefer the tenure track position, but am not sure that I can get it, what should I choose between the ...
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Should I paraphrase or quotes definitions?

In the literature review when I have many definitions from the literature can I paraphrase them or do I have to put them in quotes as they are?
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Adding a faculty as a co-author

I and two other student, did a course project and it has been accepted for publication in an international conference. I am confused now that whether I should add his name as a co-author or ...
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Why are the German professors addressed as Prof. Dr. XXX?

I notice that in Germany, basically all the professors are addressed as Prof. Dr. XXX, say Prof. Dr. Mueller. However, in other parts of the world, only Prof. would be sufficient, since a non-...
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Active or Passive Voice in International research journal, within the field of microorganism?

I have been composing the International journal for microbiology research. I learn that research journal should consist of active voice not passive, but I find that the previous researchers for ...
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Research paper about an enhancement to algorithm

A question that has been bothering me for so long about research work is, what level of work can be called research and is worthy of publishing in a research paper? Let's say I am working with JPEG ...
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How to reference studies mentioned in a paper without having to read the original papers?

I'm review the literature at the moment. Now I'm reading a paper that mention other studies. How can I reference them without reading the original papers?
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Should I list talks on my CV given by co-authors?

On my CV, I have a few talks listed where I was not the presenting author (though I am a co-author on the work). I have left them on my CV because as a graduate student, my CV is pretty slim. However ...
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Is it worth it to print a copy of the syllabus for each student or it is better to have it on my course's website?

This is a question that has plagued me for a couple of years now. Is it worth it to print a copy of the syllabus for each student? Or, is posting it on my course website good enough? My syllabus ...
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Do editors ever “overbook” referees?

Is the following common? An editor for a journal sends a paper out to, say, three or four referees. After getting the first two referee reports, the editor makes a decision and tells the third and ...
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Am I aiming too high if I am applying to physics graduate schools in Canada? [closed]

So I'm in the start of the process of applying to graduate school in Canada for a Masters in experimental physics, and am kind of overwhelmed and wondering about some things: I'm not from Canada and ...
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Application of standard techniques to new data: is it publishable?

I have been working at an internship this past summer, and have applied a relatively standard technique (formal analysis of a security protocol) to a new (company internal) protocol. The company are ...
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What should you ask an applicant's reference?

When recruiting a student or post-doc to join my group, I trim down the list of applicants to a few names (3–5) by looking at CV's, research/teaching statements, existing publications, etc. Then, I ...
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Elsevier actions following US sanctions on Iran

Elsevier has started circulating this letter as a consequence of the sanctions taken by the US against Iran to the editors of their journals: Subject: US editors and reviewers can no longer handle ...
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Reference for scientific writing for an international journal in the micro-biology/micro-organism field [duplicate]

Could someone do me a favor for any guidance (link) for writing an article that is supposed to be submitted to an international journal in micro-biology/micro-organism field? Could you please lead me ...
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How should disallowed collaboration on a freshman homework set be handled by a TA?

I'm a TA for a freshman calculus class, and I've just finished grading the first homework set. It's fairly clear that there has been some collaboration going on, which is disallowed in my institution....
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CV for post-docs: PhD vs PhD student?

As a PhD student who starts his last year, I will soon start to look for post-docs. In this process, I will update my Curriculum Vitae. But as a title of this CV should I put "PhD in XXXXXX" or "PhD ...
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What is “Honorary Lecturer” in the UK universities?

I was browsing some UK universities, and I was surprised by the number of 'Honorary Lecturers'. I understand a 'honorary professor' position, normally given to an outstanding scientist outside the ...
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How to address a professor in letter?

When writing letter to an academic professor (not necessarily from student to professor), what is the appropriate way to address his/her title? I have seen in letters using Dear Prof. X even when ...
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What simple events can a graduate student club organise to network with former students, companies, etc.?

I'm a graduate student in Engineering. This semester we're going to form a graduate student club. We're thinking about creating some networking events with former students, companies, etc. Do you ...
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Self-Plagiarism in PhD thesis

I am a final year PhD in UK in a scientific discipline and I am writing my thesis. I have already published 2 journal papers and I have submitted 2 more papers for publications. My department does not ...
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Is it normal to spend a whole day reading and writing about a single paper for a literature review?

I'm not native speaker and I'm doing a lit review at the moment. My Question is it normal to spend a whole day reading and writing about one paper? So I read the paper deeply and then write about it. ...
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Access to journals for individuals outside of an institution?

For all that is said about the wealth of information that is freely available on the internet, the fact is that most of it is incomplete, dumbed down, lacking in context or downright wrong. ...
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I have sit the TOEFL iBT for several times, Which one can I post: my most recent score or my best score?

I know that it's possible to pass the TOEFL iBT several times. However, it has been one hour since I looked for the answer on the web, but I don't manage to know if all the scores are sent to the ...
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is it possible to have different research topics for the MSc and PhD?

Here is my case, before I studied my master´s degree I managed to write a research paper jointly with a Professor (not from my university) on databases. After that I pursue my master´s degree in CS, ...
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Contract signing session etiquette for student coaches

I am a first time faculty member straight out of grad school and I have been installed as a director for a "learning center". We hire undergraduate and graduate student "coaches" in the learning ...
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Can a paper directly be written on a new application developed rather then an algorithm from existing research results or algorithms?

Suppose we design a prototype for a new product that is indeed novel. Would writing a paper on such a thing be useful as mostly the papers talk about new algorithms or their upgrades or some new ...

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