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Can academics make a living solely out of publishing?

I'm afraid, I have bad news for you. First of all, you can publish without an affiliation. I did publish my first two papers without belonging to any university at all. However, you are not going to ...
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What are the caveats in pursuing a PhD mainly for fun?

It is an extremely bad idea to enter a PhD program for ancillary reasons that do not involve a core interest in research work. Few graduates of these programs consider them to have been "fun&...
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Backing out of a signed tenure track offer due to changing legislation that alters tenure and abolishes DEI

I'd guess that the administration will sympathize with you. There should be no problems withdrawing, especially if you point out your reasons. A tenure track position is supposed to lead to tenure and ...
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How to reject a postdoc offer from ex-co-author?

It's your life and your decision, and it also seems that you already made your choice with the title asking how to reject the offer, not if you should accept the offer or not. There's no subtle way to ...
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What are the caveats in pursuing a PhD mainly for fun?

You can't factor out the joy of research The joy of research might be the only reasonable justification to doing a PhD. The whole drudgery of the PhD is what people put up with for the sake of being ...
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Typo in cover letter of the journal name where my manuscript is currently under review

No, you should not send an email to correct the typo. The professor probably receives dozens or hundreds of emails every day, and an additional email to bring up a tiny mistake will likely not be ...
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Accepted postdoc offer retracted last minute

Has this happened before? I'm sure it has, somewhere sometime. But this is not a useful answer to you. What to do going forward: Strongly depends on individual factors. I'd say apply for other ...
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What are the caveats in pursuing a PhD mainly for fun?

Sure, you can a PhD for fun. Don't let other people impose their own priorities in life on you. Of course, doing a PhD largely consists of, you know, doing research. The things that you listed as fun ...
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Received a verbal offer via videoconferencing - how long to wait for initial written offer?

I think enough time is passed, you can send a friendly email stating that you haven't received a formal offer yet and asking when you can expect it. I would have waited a day or two after the original ...
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Is it usual and/or healthy for Ph.D. students to do part-time jobs outside academia?

As a supervisor, I don't like the idea of students taking jobs outside of academia. I don't know of any supervisor who is ok with the idea, either. But it is also true that the interests of ...
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professors reply "I will get in touch in future if a position is available"

She told that no position is available and hope that new positions will come in the future and she will let me know. Nothing more about my application and if she wants to supervise me and if I can be ...
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How to reject a postdoc offer from ex-co-author?

She has already indicated that it is your choice and you should choose to your own benefit. She has other options for a postdoc and it is her responsibility, not yours, to fill the slot. Just say that ...
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Can academics make a living solely out of publishing?

As other answers have pointed out, publishing itself doesn't usually pay (and sometimes it costs you). However, it is possible to become an independent or freelance researcher. Here is an article in ...
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If I reject a postdoc job offer, should I tell them where I will finally go for postdoc?

I would simply thank them for the offer and say you have accepted another offer elsewhere. There is no need to say where. If you have a personal relationship with people at the institution you are ...
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Quit a postdoc?

Feeling overwhelmed when adjusting to a new project and environment is not uncommon, and it takes time to adapt and gain expertise. However, considering the stress and impact on your personal life, it'...
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Is it usual and/or healthy for Ph.D. students to do part-time jobs outside academia?

It is neither usual nor helpful. Most PhD students already work far more hours than is helpful to either their progress or their well-being. Wearing yourself down before you even reach your workplace ...
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What are the caveats in pursuing a PhD mainly for fun?

The answer is, it really depends. For me, I could consider my PhD fun. Perhaps not the kind of fun like a party, but the way some people consider extreme endurance sports to be fun. In both cases, it'...
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Backing out of a signed tenure track offer due to changing legislation that alters tenure and abolishes DEI

You are perfectly permitted to have an opinion about the ongoing changes in Texas laws. It is ethically acceptable to back out of an acceptance due to changes outside your control that decrease its ...
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Unprofessional hiring committee?

You might ask yourself what you would do about this situation if you had gotten an offer. If the answer would be different from mentioning your concern to the department, then you're probably not ...
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Can academics make a living solely out of publishing?

It's possible to make money from submitting papers, but if you're at the point where you are paid to submit, you're also likely past the point where money matters to you, because you'd have to win a ...
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What is a "pedagogical reflection" in a teaching statement?

I would guess that they are asking more about your teaching philosophy than about feedback per se. Stating that you get good student feedback is fine, but I'd think they want more. How do you interact ...
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Accepted postdoc offer retracted last minute

I feel sorry for you. This is a shock - not only for you, but also for your partner. How could this happen? I do not think that the delay is really a problem. Perhaps there are difficulties with the ...
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Unprofessional hiring committee?

Sometimes you only recognize how good a place is if you compare it with your experience at your previous place. One of the things I really enjoy about my current department is how we're one big family,...
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Accepted postdoc offer retracted last minute

Is this at all heard of? My PhD advisor is equally shocked and at a loss. It is definitely rare. This is extremely unprofessional, unethical and possibly illegal. What decisions should I make going ...
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Received a verbal offer via videoconferencing - how long to wait for initial written offer?

@BryanKrause’s answer is correct, please do not wait any longer before contacting the university. Moreover, in the US, “verbal offer” is not a meaningful concept except when used as an informal figure ...
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Is it common to apply for a tenure track position while having a tenured position?

Most people (I'd guess) moving jobs in the US, even from tenured positions have to go through a probationary period, though for a shorter period of time, perhaps two years. I've done that. It is ...
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Typo in cover letter of the journal name where my manuscript is currently under review

Nobody cares. Mistakes happen in life. Reserve your emotional energy, your time, and the time of others to those things that matter. Typos in journal names, somewhere in the middle of a CV, do not.
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How to reject a postdoc offer from ex-co-author?

she said that I should pick the offer that is best for my career and family This advice is as good as any other you'll get. There is more to "career" than just salary, of course, but you ...
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What are the caveats in pursuing a PhD mainly for fun?

In the current situation (gosh, we are all, always, in the current situation), there are certainly not enough academic jobs for all the people who get graduate degrees. Ok. Still, for people without ...
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Can academics make a living solely out of publishing?

In your question you talk of publishing by "academics", and it seems at first that you are asking about people employed at academic institutions. However, the main part of your question ...
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