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What is the purpose of the weekly research meetings that advisers often have with their research group?

Does it usually happen even if all of the adviser's students have very different research interests?
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When should an author retract their paper as a result of misinterpreted results?

I'm curious when should an author make a call on retracting their paper vs. sending an errata or a correction. Many say it is when an error is involved that influences the interpretation of the paper. ...
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Factors determining a feasible research field

It was discussed in prospect of PhD research proposal previously, but this question is for all ages of researchers. What factors should one take into consideration before selecting a research field?
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How to ensure proper peer-review for a self-published book?

In this day and age, with more and more people going the self-publishing route, I'd be interested in experiences from/opinions about how to go about having your self-published book properly peer-...
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What does “tenure” mean?

I often find academics with tenured bracketed beside their position. What is meant by a tenured position? Is this different from a permanent teaching position?
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Are there any specific teaching techniques to handle “virtual” classroom sessions?

In the past, I have attended a few "virtual" classroom sessions as a trainee and I always found it a little boring. I could notice the sincere effort that the trainer has put through but I couldn't ...
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Organizing my reading list in Mendeley

I keep publications from the literature in Mendeley for later reading on my iPad. There are many publications, so I need some sort of way of prioritizing the ones I need to read first versus the ones ...
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Is it desirable to compliment a seminar speaker before asking a question?

Some people, when asking a question at the end of a seminar, make comments on the talk first along the lines of "great talk," "really enjoyed this talk," or similar phrases. Is this a desirable thing ...
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Are there any decent online undergrad computer science degrees or courses

To keep it short I already have a BS and MS in a physical science from decent schools. I want to apply next year for a MS or PhD in ECE and thought I should get some formal programming on my ...
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Is it acceptable to extend results from an arXiv paper that has not appeared in a journal?

In general, building on unpublished work of another author, which he may have told you in confidence, or you may encountered as a reviewer or by word of mouth or other informal means, is not an ...
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In the social sciences, is it easier to get a post doc than a PhD?

I am completing a PhD in Global Studies in Germany, and would like to apply for a post doc in North America, especially Canada. However, I am not sure if there is funding for post docs in the social ...
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What's the best way to share my presentation slides online?

I'm thinking of posting slides from some of my technical presentations online. One option I've used in the past is just posting the PDFs. But I've seen some sites that offer nice interfaces for ...
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What is a “full-time teaching faculty” (and does advising count)?

Ed Tufte offers a discount to his seminars for "full-time teaching faculty" (as well as full-time students). Does "full-time teaching" exclude full-time faculty who spend part time doing research? ...
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What to do when principal investigator publishes your work without putting you down as a coauthor?

Say I am post-doc in the USA, and my PI (principal investigator) just published a review I wrote, with pictures I took of my experiments without putting my name as the author. What tools do I have at ...
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What to do if asked to write a letter of recommendation for a weak candidate?

How should a professor proceed when a student or colleague asks for a letter of recommendation and the professor does not have a high opinion of that person?
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Incentives for professors to write recommendation letters

Is one incentive their ability to communicate their perceptiveness to people in their general community? Are there other incentives?
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Graduate early with average GPA, or later with better GPA?

I've seen similar questions here, and I wish there was a narrower tag than the broad soft-question and career-development. I am currently a freshman/sophomore-to-be at a top ten math program in US. ...
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Can international students in USA intern in summer in industry?

Can international PhD students go do internships during summer in industries? Does their F1 visa status allow this? From how I see it, this is neither an OPT or a CPT. I asked my International ...
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How should a PhD student approach a collaboration?

I'm a PhD student at a top-ten university in the UK. I'm just starting the second year of my social science doctorate. I'm way 'ahead' of where I should be at the moment in terms of words written, ...
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Are pay announcements worth their price to hire people?

Recently in my university research group (scientific fields: computer science and bioinformatics) we had some open positions for PhD students and PostDoc. For the hiring phase, we decided to insert ...
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When should one opt for a one-year master's program in the US?

Some US universities offer a master's program that lasts for just a year. At times the cost of such programs are higher than the regular 2-year MS programs. When should students opt for a one-year ...
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Having preferred and non-preferred reviewers in journal submissions

IEEE asks journal authors to submit the names of their (non-)preferred reviewers. Given it may not be appropriate to list an acquaintance as a reviewer, how does one judge if an anonymous person will ...
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How hard is it to get an academic position in Australia/New Zealand with a PhD from the US?

I am originally from India, currently a PhD student in Mathematics in the US. As such I don't have very many ties to the US and I was wondering whether it is common for PhDs from the US to get ...
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Benefit of a 1-year MSc in Comp Sci in the UK

I hope this is the appropriate stacksite to ask this question. I have a BSc in Computer Software Development and would very much like to study another year for an MSc in Computer Science. I had the ...
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Acknowledging funding

I often read in research articles acknowledgments such as The first author is (partially) supported by a grant of the National Science Foundation of Sikinia no. 1234567890. What are the guidelines ...
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How to let a journal know that its submission process is very painful?

I have recently decided to no longer publish, or at least publish less, with a well respected journal in my field. How do I let the journal know in a meaningful way that the submission process is very ...
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Under what circumstances can one republish a conference paper/presentation?

For conferences that "peer review" and "publish" full papers, when, if ever, can you resubmit essentially unchanged versions for publication in a peer reviewed journal? In my field, when conference ...
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Good resource/advice on mentoring undergrads

As a graduate student I will mentor some undergrad students so that they can help me with my work and get some useful experience working in a lab. From my past experience, I realized that they lack ...
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How to find response time for a given journal in engineering?

I would like to find journals response times? A google search does not give any good results. May be I am using wrong key words. I am open to find particular subset of journal response times too. ...
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What is research, specifically in Computer Science? [closed]

I have a Bachelor's in Computer Engg from India but the education system here is pathetic and I have no idea about research. I'm about to join an Ivy league university in the US for the Master's ...
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Should recommendation letters be from the home university of a student? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does a recommendation have to be from a professor from your university? I am applying to an applied math graduate program in the US. I frequently interact with professors from ...
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Determining common knowledge in an unfamiliar field

What is the best strategy to determine common knowledge in an unfamiliar field? I have provided an example below, but I am not looking for an answer specific to that example. We have an answered ...
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Towards a Stackexchange-like comment/reputation system for research papers

We have had quite a few discussions on how to gauge the quality of research papers and academic journals. The consensus is that it is tough to identify a single metric which could reveal this quality ...
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Will delaying entering grad school for a year to pursue study abroad put one at a strong disadvantage?

I'm a year away from getting my undergrad degree in (computer) engineering, with a minor in Japanese. I never had the opportunity to do a study abroad due to the rigors of the major. As some probably ...
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How do “scientific couples” (from different fields) find positions?

When two people in a couple are both in science, but specialised in different fields, how can they both find relevant positions but still be geographically reasonably proximate? Compromise and change ...
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How (un)usual is changing fields?

For a long time I thought that when I start my PhD, my field of research is fixed for the rest of my academic career. However, I've encountered multiple people who have a PhD in space science or ...
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How important are poster sessions in conferences?

Many times I've attended and will attend international conferences presenting a poster in my life. I used to think that this poster works have been considered less important than scientific papers or ...
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Value of contributions to Wikipedia when applying for academic jobs

The quality of articles in Wikipedia has grown tremendously in the last few years. A "good article" requires a big list of necessities, including coherence, readability, comprehensiveness and credible ...
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Pros and cons to having two advisors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the advantages and disadvantages of having multiple advisers? What are the advantages to having a single advisor vs having two co-advisors?
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How common are romantic relationships between faculty and students?

Romantic relationships between faculty members and students are often depicted in movies or books, and the student falling in love with his/her professor seems to be a bit of a cliché. But how common ...
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Electronic journals with 'print on demand'

We're thinking of starting a journal for undergraduate research. I'm vaguely aware that some electronic journals have a 'print on demand' capability, so that someone who wants a printed bound copy ...
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Does a recommendation have to be from a professor from your university?

Suppose I want to get letter of recommendation for a PhD program. Could this letter be from someone not from my institution? Could is be from someone I have collaborated with online? Or generally do ...
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How is Google Scholar changing academic evaluation?

Google Scholar is making it very easy to track (their measure of) citation counts, h-index, etc. for individual researchers. Is this changing how academics are evaluated? Do tenure committees now ...
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How does the experience of working at a “top” university differ from working at an average one?

Being a professor at the top university in your field must be a very different experience from being a professor at a top 20 university, which must be a very different experience from working at a top ...
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Common file-formats for writing research papers

This is a rewrite of a question that was perhaps-naively posed. I rephrase... What file formats are ok/good/ideal/common/long-term-viable/archivable/useful for research papers? And, also, there's ...
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How much of advantage do US citizens have in American academia?

How much of a disadvantage are you if you are not a US citizen, but want to enter American academia? It seems Americans have lots of advantages starting early, including NSF graduate fellowships, ...
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Should my advisor know if I am auditing unrelated courses?

Question : Should my advisor know if I am auditing unrelated courses? Motivation : I am a PhD student in Computer Science and at times, I wish to audit courses which are not at all related to my ...
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Making time to catch up with people at a conference

I am attending a number of short (two and three day) conferences this fall. In the past I have scheduled meetings (e.g., time to chat and catch up over meals and coffee breaks) with people prior to ...
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API, EULA, and scraping for Google Scholar

I love Google Scholar as my go-to place to search for papers. Some features like "forward-citations" and their nice-ish autogenerated bibtex are life savers. However, sometimes I (and others) wish we ...
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Relative or Absolute evaluation for academic positions?

When a committee is evaluating applicants for a permanent academic position (such as a Lecturer or Assistant Prof. position), do they select the best candidate in the absolute, or do they relativize ...

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