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My PhD supervisor is doing nothing and is probably involved in academic misconduct. What should I do?

As someone who worked in academia in the past, you better off just let it be, and ensure you graduate with your PhD. Once done, close the door and move on with your career. Academic research is ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

Tell it to the department chair. If he doesn't back you up, eat the second authorship and observe that it is unjust, and that corruption infected academia. You are going to Europe after this, right? ...
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How to say politely not to doze off during progress meeting?

Don't guess. Don't waste any effort on making value judgments. Diagnose and fix the problem instead. When someone dozes off during a meeting, clearly the meeting isn't effective at engaging them. You ...
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How to say politely not to doze off during progress meeting?

He is tired, I wouldn't spend any time worrying about it especially because he is friendly still when talking about non-academic stuff. Its not worth dragging up why he isn't getting enough sleep ...
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How to say politely not to doze off during progress meeting?

As a follow up to the excellent answer provided by cag51, as well as something you said in a comment by way of reply to cag51's answer: ...making a broad presentation every week. I can’t help myself ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

In all honesty, author order has a minimal effect on your future prospects. The bigger effect comes from being an author full stop, something many in your position will not be. While I understand your ...
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Bad "breakup" with supervisor. What do I do?

This might be your actual decision. Most people need a job, because they can't live without one, but it is the reality that some people don't get funding, or admissions. For some people, the ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

Others have already, very eloquently, reiterated this, so my only question is this: is this matter really that important in the grand scheme of things? Your primary concern is to do what you need to ...
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How to say politely not to doze off during progress meeting?

I have two supervisors who I meet every week What is the purpose of these weekly meetings? Given that you are "becoming independent" and otherwise seem to be on a good trajectory, it may be ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

Scenario 1: The paper becomes wildly successful and cited a lot by people in your field. Then it does not matter whether you are listed first or second. Scenario 2: The community is lukewarm or ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

Too many graduate students and postdocs over-romanticize their publications. Your career, in academia, will be judged by the body of your work, not one paper from grad school. Even so, people will see ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

You are in a terrible situation with few, if any, good options. The rule may be nonsense, but it can affect you in any case. I once changed universities to make progress for different reasons. It was ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

In my university it is typically the case that advisors are first authors I do not believe this is accepted practice in any field. If accurate, this speaks very negatively about your institution. ...
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My PhD supervisor is doing nothing and is probably involved in academic misconduct. What should I do?

I totally support @PBee answer. Document everything! But someone has to say it: if you suspect academic misconduct, please report your suspicions. If your professor comes out as corrupt selling ...
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My PhD supervisor is doing nothing and is probably involved in academic misconduct. What should I do?

Hi you've been offered some good advice by others and I won't retread that ground. I will say that your uni should have an academic integrity policy and specialised staff who advice on concerns and ...
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My PhD supervisor is doing nothing and is probably involved in academic misconduct. What should I do?

If you have published 2 papers in top tier journals and have one more almost completed you have enough data to graduate this year. Focus on completing your lit review, if you haven't already, and make ...
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My PhD supervisor is doing nothing and is probably involved in academic misconduct. What should I do?

Other two answers by @Buffy and @PBee provided useful but also contradictory advices. Therefore, I would like to add a few observations and suggestions. "I did all the work by myself. However ...
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My PhD supervisor is doing nothing and is probably involved in academic misconduct. What should I do?

It's hard to judge which is the best course of action in your particular situation. But I would offer three general pieces of advice: Try to document as much as you can in writing. This includes email ...
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My PhD supervisor is doing nothing and is probably involved in academic misconduct. What should I do?

Sorry to have painful advice, but I suggest that you prioritize your own graduation over other concerns. I agree that the behavior is bad and seems to be unwarranted, but any action you take is likely ...
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Bad "breakup" with supervisor. What do I do?

Do not, do not, do not, enter into this - or any other commitment of this nature - if you cannot do it wholeheartedly. Ultimately, you have to do what is best for you, regardless of any pressure that ...
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Bad "breakup" with supervisor. What do I do?

A PhD requires a lot of time and concentration, making your concerns about workload very understandable. Reasons that legitimize declining the offer from your supervisor include: Financial concerns: ...
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Bad "breakup" with supervisor. What do I do?

Red Flags Working: The casual suggestion that you, in effect, "Fund yourself" by working a job alongside your PhD studies is a major red flag. Not only because that is usually not how ...
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Bad "breakup" with supervisor. What do I do?

A PhD is a job. In some places it's legally required to be, in other places it's merely convention, but your professor has not offered you a real PhD position if they haven't offered any funding, just ...
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Bad "breakup" with supervisor. What do I do?

In addition to what the other commenters have written: is there another senior academic at your institution who could provide you with a more tailored perspective? This could be whoever runs your ...
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Bad "breakup" with supervisor. What do I do?

The success of your applications abroad is probabilistic. And so is the potential outcome of your work under your supervisor. So I am unable to offer you a definite advice. Nonetheless, two comments. (...
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

I'm missing one point in the answers so far, which is cultural* - I'm answering from and mostly for germany. The connotation of lunch-seminar is very strongly that it is a voluntary opportunity, so ...
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Bad "breakup" with supervisor. What do I do?

While I can't recommend what to do, since it is your future at risk and not mine, it sounds like you are being used. I sympathize and agree with all of your concerns. My suggestion is that, assuming ...
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

What does your students schedule look like? It could be as simple as them valuing having a meal over a seminar they might not have any interest in. I distinctly remember in my second last year of ...
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

Don't. Don't try to force your students to attend. Your students are adults and they can make their own decisions. They are voting with their feet, signalling that they don't see attending the ...
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

As hinted-at in other comments and answers, although you could attempt to coerce/command them to attend, that will lead to trouble. And, we do have to admit, lots of "general departmental ...
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

It is time for negative performance feedback and a warning that this may affect milestone assessments in the candidature This is not an especially difficult problem to solve, and your problem appears ...
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

There are sticks and carrots. A carrot-flavored stick is to put a seminar course on the syllabus, worth some number of credit hours that reflects the stick-carrot balance. They obtain the credit hours ...
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

One department where I was a postdoc had a very straightforward method: heavily-subsidised beer at the end of the weekly departmental seminar.
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

There are two separate issues here: Students leaving a seminar early. If I had this problem, I would meet with all my students as a group and explain to them how impolite and disruptive such behavior ...
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

Leaving a talk en masse is definitely not good behavior, it is distracting and impolite, and you should address it in a group meeting as a matter of professional etiquette. Making your students attend ...
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

You have some good answers and comments already, but I'd like to take a step back and look at the question. You say your students and your group are doing well in all sorts of ways. Good. House of God ...
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

As noted in the comments, you should try and find out why the students don't want to attend. However, the answer will almost certainly be some flavour of "coming to seminars doesn't feel like a ...
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Professor claiming first authorship on former student's project

Having been a data analyst on many papers, I will say that I've never been first author if all I did was data compilation and analysis. On many papers that I worked on, the people who did the most ...
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Professor claiming first authorship on former student's project

All of your concerns are irrelevant to authorship Each of the dot points you list as your causes for concern are irrelevant to authorship and reflect a complete lack of understanding of the purposes ...
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Professor claiming first authorship on former student's project

To answer this question, we need to discuss what does the first authorship mean first. However, the meaning differs across research areas and places. For example, in pure mathematics authors are ...
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Supervisor wants ownership of an Overleaf project I created

I would not be surprised if he immediately deletes the project to destroy any proof of your contribution when you transfer ownership. He won't enter into any dialogue then regarding the project. In ...
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Supervisor wants ownership of an Overleaf project I created

Ownership of the Overleaf project doesn't actually mean much. It wouldn't take more than 2 minutes for the supervisor to create a fresh Overleaf project, and copy over the existing content from the ...
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How do I determine the direction of my research?

Find A New Supervisor Or at least seriously investigate that route. As Buffy says, it can be expensive in time. But it can also be expensive to spend two and a half years researching something you ...
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How do I determine the direction of my research?

You have two options and probably only one of them will work for you. But there are people who can deal with either one. The first option is to decide that you are on your own and are essentially an ...
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Students not involving postdoc supervisor in publication

I will give you the "corporate" view (and vocabulary) on the matter, because management and governance are needed everywhere, at least as long as we haven't found a better way to work ...
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Students not involving postdoc supervisor in publication

How do I 'reprimand' these two PhD students for not taking appropriate care of authorship and contributions? Don't, not your job or responsibility. The Professor is the principal investigator and ...
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PhD Suggestion in 3 rd year without any progress

Your situation sucks, I know. My PhD supervisor was a big shot that just didn't talk to me. In fact, he derailed me more than helped, all in all. Here are some points you should consider. Talk to ...
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Students not involving postdoc supervisor in publication

From your description it is not entirely clear how much help and direction you gave them and how much direction they think they have got. It is a matter of perspective is it not? Say i am stuck with ...
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MSc Thesis supervisor wants to push paper to conferences, yet is super obscure on the topic, he just wants to rush

Probably the most relevant question for you right now is, "What happens if this idea doesn't pan out like you [the supervisor] think?" The correct answer is, "Then your thesis becomes a ...
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Students not involving postdoc supervisor in publication

I don't think reprimanding should be the goal, but education. Because it sounds like the official supervisor (your advisor) isn't doing a proper job of managing this project/the work in their lab, ...
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