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Can I decline a PhD offer after deferral, and how to communicate with my professors for reapplying other PhD programs?

Yes, you can decline, and should do so as soon as possible. Nobody benefits from you joining a program that you don't want to be part of. It wastes everyone's resources: time, money, space. Declining ...
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After I chose a preferred referee for a submitted paper, is it un ethical to drop an email to the referee saying that I suggested their name?

You should note that the fact that you "nominated" two referees doesn't necessarily imply that they will be chosen by the editor to referee your paper. In fact, if the editor gets the idea ...
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Authors are not responding to my request for additional research reports that were announced as 'available upon request' - should I try to once more?

You seem very impatient. If it were three weeks instead of three days it would make sense to ask again. Don't you ever go "offline" for three days? Patience is suggested. They are possibly ...
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Can I decline a PhD offer after deferral, and how to communicate with my professors for reapplying other PhD programs?

I've been there. I declined the offer and reapplied. I think it was a good decision—especially after hearing from Buffy, who might know what it's like to be on the receiving end of a broken deferral.
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Authors are not responding to my request for additional research reports that were announced as 'available upon request' - should I try to once more?

It currently august, and at least in the northern hemipshere the typical time for someone to take a holiday (especially if they have kids). From personal experience people take holidays in multiples ...
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Can I decline a PhD offer after deferral, and how to communicate with my professors for reapplying other PhD programs?

The fact that you have already deferred makes this all the difference here: your supervisor will hopefully be able to recruit another person next year, though they may lose some standing in their ...
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Can I decline a PhD offer after deferral, and how to communicate with my professors for reapplying other PhD programs?

I have a slightly different view on this situation. Technically speaking I ended up in the exact same scenario: I accepted a 1 year MSc in the UK, declined all US PhD offers, including from my ...
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Can I decline a PhD offer after deferral, and how to communicate with my professors for reapplying other PhD programs?

You're in a tricky position, because you've made a commitment and now want to go back on that commitment. It's like you have agreed to a date for the dance, but are wanting to check out opportunities ...
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