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247 votes
14 answers
47k views

Why do American colleges and universities have sports teams?

138 votes
4 answers
14k views

How hard do early-career academics in the United States work, really?

72 votes
3 answers
5k views

How do "scientific couples" (from different fields) find positions?

57 votes
3 answers
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How long before PhD graduation should I start applying for post-doc positions?

57 votes
6 answers
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Is there an inflation in the number of authors per paper?

55 votes
4 answers
57k views

Are there any online tools to calculate academic collaboration distance (i.e. a generalisation of the Erdős number)?

55 votes
5 answers
7k views

When reviewing a manuscript for the second time, is it fair to comment on aspects I did not realise the first time?

44 votes
2 answers
7k views

Why do academic journals usually have continuous page numbering?

42 votes
7 answers
8k views

Why does grade inflation seem to be so severe in the USA?

38 votes
3 answers
3k views

As a session chair, how to familiarise oneself with the pronunciation of speakers' names?

38 votes
5 answers
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How does job security in academic untenured soft money positions compare with job security in industry?

38 votes
7 answers
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What incentives do academics have to write text books?

38 votes
3 answers
223k views

Undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate student — is that Bachelor/Master/PhD or Bachelor/Master+PhD/postdoc?

37 votes
5 answers
5k views

How should a university deal with outsourced essay writing?

37 votes
4 answers
5k views

Is there any research on the prevalence of academic theft?

33 votes
5 answers
46k views

What are the boundaries between draft, manuscript, preprint, paper, and article?

32 votes
3 answers
3k views

If tenured staff are virtually unsackable, why is the drive to find funding so strong?

27 votes
1 answer
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Does the new law "zur Stärkung der Berliner Wissenschaft" make postdocs in Berlin de facto permanent?

26 votes
3 answers
3k views

Is it appropriate and useful to inquire if an open position has an internal candidate?

25 votes
4 answers
2k views

Dealing with irresponsiveness from far-away scientists

23 votes
3 answers
896 views

Should bad prior work be ignored, or cited and criticised?

22 votes
6 answers
4k views

Why are most universities reluctant to offer open-ended contracts to research-funded-staff (such as postdocs)?

22 votes
3 answers
50k views

Is it self-plagiarism to reuse my own unpublished material?

21 votes
6 answers
3k views

Are reviewers supposed to know each others' identity, after the reviewing process is finished?

21 votes
3 answers
4k views

How (un)usual is changing fields?

20 votes
7 answers
4k views

Why write papers anonymously?

19 votes
3 answers
2k views

Do research-only postdocs harm chances for tenure-track opportunities?

17 votes
2 answers
2k views

Why do Swedish postdoc ads typically have a requirement that PhD date must not be more than 5 years ago?

17 votes
1 answer
2k views

Can UK PhD studentships legally effectively bar EU applicants by stating that "all eligible applicants must also have been resident in the UK"?

17 votes
3 answers
1k views

Are extended periods of unpaid leave compatible with an academic career?