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Potential PhD advisor may lack qualifications

Mathematician here. Regarding gaps in your knowledge, you should know that most mathematicians feel there are things they wish they understood better. It goes with the job. As you go on, you get lots ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

Ask her again, friendly, but with a special emphasis on the importance of her letter to your career and how helpful it would be. If she does not agree, take her offer to write one letter only, but ...
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Will the journal contact my supervisor without me knowing?

Direct answer to the question (and neglecting the advisor-student relationship - for this see R1NaNo's answer): The journal is not likely to contact your supervisor When journals receive papers they ...
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Changing thesis supervisor to avoid bad letter of recommendation from current supervisor?

It sounds as though your advisor is an advisor only on paper as he declined to work closely with you after you decided not to work on a topic that was relevant to his research interests ("his ...
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Will the journal contact my supervisor without me knowing?

To answer your direct question. No your supervisor will not be notified by the journal, this is not how publishing works. However, your supervisor will find out once this gets published. However, this ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

You don’t want a letter from someone less than willing to write one. Could be that she doesn’t think she can write a good one for you, or it’s possible she is totally checked out. Doesn’t matter - if ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

I agree with those who say that writing a recommendation letter a norm. Even if the supervisor and the co-author do not think that you are a good candidate, they can still write an letter honestly ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

See if you can find another reference. Speak to someone else in the department and see what they say. Even if you don't know them too well they can write a letter and it can remedy the situation. ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

What this exercise tests, is "1) Can you cast a wide net? And 2 ) if you cast that net, will you land anyone who is in a position to help you, actually take an hour or two out or their time. If ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

@EthanBolker offers a clever potential solution. Also consider, though, whether there might be someone else who can write you a stronger recommendation. Is there another academic with whom you have ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

On the face of it that is strange. Most academics I know would be willing to write the necessary letters under those circumstances. Submitting one letter to multiple places would not be much more work ...
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I have good results from a project that my advisor told me not to do and refused to help me with. Do I have to make them a co-author?

If he did no work on the paper then he should not be a coauthor. That said, it may not be in your best interest to insist on the ethical course of action. At this point in your career you do not want ...
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I have good results from a project that my advisor told me not to do and refused to help me with. Do I have to make them a co-author?

Is it fair to put his name: perhaps not. Can you get away not putting his name? Best way to find out: tell him you want to submit, ask him if he wants to be a co-author. Second best way: send him a ...
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How to proceed if your post-doc advisor gives you terrible project ideas?

Considering that you are smarter than a young PI at a top research center is rather bold. I know it can be tempting but usually it is wrong. I don't agree with some other answers claiming you're not ...
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How to proceed if your post-doc advisor gives you terrible project ideas?

I understand it can be difficult but, for your career, the ideal path could be to keep things cool and publish with this PI one or two papers, and then move on to the next (postdoc) position.
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Should I change my primary supervisor?

You need to have an open discussion with your supervisor. Do you have any co-supervisor? If you do, you could seek help from them. The purpose is to get things clear and know the specific reason why ...
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How to proceed if your post-doc advisor gives you terrible project ideas?

In a comment you state: It's the dynamic issue. At some points, I was proposing ideas, and he started attacking them. After a few months, I stopped giving ideas and "only" implemented his ...
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How to proceed if your post-doc advisor gives you terrible project ideas?

Is your advisor forcing you to work on their ideas? Or are they graciously offering you their ideas since you couldn't come up with any on your own? In the former case, then you probably do want to ...
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Supervisor does not want me to do my own research

I disagree with some of the above sentiments that you are an employee of the university. Most PhD students in the US where I am at are not considered employees here and do not give us the same ...
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How should I discuss the idea of a 6th year with my PhD advisor?

Finish up and leave in your fifth year. No one cares about what happened during the PhD, and if you're not making groundbreaking research, your dissertation will go onto a dusty shelf that will only ...
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Supervisor does not want me to do my own research

This really sucks and I'm sorry to hear about your situation. As far as I see, the problem is twofold: If you're employed via his grant, technically the work you have to do is pre-specified in the ...
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How should I discuss the idea of a 6th year with my PhD advisor?

Generally speaking, staying for a sixth year is common during a math PhD. I did so myself. Most advisors would be happier to have you stay an extra year vs. a new first-year PhD student, because of ...
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Supervisor does not want me to do my own research

Sir, You have missed the point. Universities are run by human beings. Departments are the same. You are a student but you are also an employee, and by tradition you are an apprentice. A research ...
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Supervisor does not want me to do my own research

If your goal in the PhD is to move on to an academic career, this arrangement is not suitable for you. If your advisor is not supportive of your career goals, they are not suitable for you, either. If ...
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I work on a meaningless problem, no idea how to proceed

Not sure I agree with the above responses. I was in that situation myself. My advice to my younger senf would be find a way to make it work in x amount of time and give it my all. If it truly is not ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

I would just email the Editor and explain the situation in a sentence or two. (1) The gaff of not submitting the revised version of the paper to my coauthors was a beginner's mistake that has been ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

Not getting consent of coauthors for the final paper is a serious issue as gift authorship. However, I don't see any gifts here. If everyone had contributed to the paper, past or present, then they ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

This reminds me of an event at the FBI, you know the United States of America Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is similar. They handled it and their handling of it could be instructional. Do you ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

Please take some deep breaths. I know this is a difficult spot, but there is no reason to despair and think you will not be able to complete your PhD. Bear in mind: Your advisors and the rest of the ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

Standard procedure in this situation is for the authors to submit a signed authorship form affirming their respective contributions to the paper. There might be such a form on the journal's website. ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

Step 1: Investigate the expectations for authorship for the journal you are submitting to. They likely have an explicit guide. If they don't, you might use another journal in the same field that is ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

My instinct would be to write a letter/email to the relevant editor explaining that for x reason, you did not reconsult with your co-author(s) on the corrections you made, but that, regardless of ...
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Whom to ask for a recommendation letter

The professor. A letter from a PhD student carries little weight since PhD students by definition have limited experience supervising research projects (c.f. this question). On the other hand, your ...
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I work on a meaningless problem, no idea how to proceed

Not knowing all your circumstances, I am unable to offer advice. But I shall take the liberty of sharing with you the story of my son, to whom a similar thing happened several years ago. My son became ...
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Whom to ask for a recommendation letter

I think you should ask both. The PhD student can speak to your work ethic, collegiality, and details of your work. But you do want the professor's letter because the professor can, with more authority,...
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I work on a meaningless problem, no idea how to proceed

Treat this situation as an opportunity. It is your PhD and you have to find the way. You're doing it here, so let me give some generic advice, which could be greatly expanded. When I contacted my ...
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PhD supervisor wants to assume my apartment lease and buy my improvements to the apartment when I move out

Consider yourself lucky, you must be a very likeable person. And, congradulstions on your Ph.D. However, concerns are self manufactured. A good sign, because this shows you do not have serious ...
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