ObscureOwl
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How do you decide whether or not to collaborate with an acquaintance?
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Buffy's answer already makes a key point: discuss the potentially thorny issues at the start, not at the end when you feel the sting. I'd like to add to that: put some work into getting to know this ...

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Is it recommended for a professor to not entertain advanced questions for a basic course?
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@cag51 makes good points, but I want to focus on this aspect of your question: The professor may not know every aspect and every trend in the subject he is teaching. If (s)he says that I don't know,...

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Should I embed a related work section in the introduction, and how would I do this?
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The structure of your paper should make it attractive to read and easier to understand. So keeping to the common structure in your field is usually helpful, but not a dogma that should be obeyed when ...

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Seemingly-irrelevant papers, all with author in common, suggested by reviewer
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Think of the review process as a debate between you and the reviewers, with the editor as jury. You would like to convince the reviewers, but ultimately, you want to convince the editor. The editor ...

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How to request source code?
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Is it common to just email and ask for the source code or would that be considered somehow inappropriate? It's not improper to ask. Consider some core values of the scientific world: Reproducibility:...

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How should I ask my advisor on help with something I should know how to do?
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I agree with MPIchael but want to present it from a somewhat different angle. You're feeling embarrassed that you don't know how to do something, that your supervisor previously taught you. This isn'...

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The "why it matters" of a research proposal
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Skipping over the case where the usefulness is already clear. Experience and knowledge of the field helps. For a new student it is very hard to know what kind of research would make a valuable ...

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My h-index is very low and I want to increase it
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Write papers that people will want to cite. In particular: When you come up with a new concept/technique, write a good explanatory section, so that people will refer to your paper for in depth ...

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A few students requesting to cancel lectures due to their personal reasons. What should I do?
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I'm assuming these are not frivolous workshops. In a large university, often one department doesn't really know what the others are doing and schedules are difficult if you want to learn stuff from ...

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does my affiliation affect the decision of accepting my paper in a journal
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Many times, you receive comments such as:I am unable to accept your manuscript for publication in "Journal name" The reason for this decision is that in its current state, the level of English ...

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How to write an untested hypothesis?
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You don't need to drop out of the normal first-person-plural way of academic writing. You can write something like: Bob e.a. [1] theorize that (something you disagree with), but we are skeptical ...

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Should I 'admit' a weakness of a paper even if it's 'obvious'?
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Example: I have a simulation to run that requires social media data-sets. The data-sets that actually matter are too big to be able to simulate anything useful on. Instead, I picked a data-set that's ...

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Are INRIA working reports publicly available?
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You could try to contact the author of the 1993 publication citing them. And as Massimo Ortolano mentions, those titles are probably not the original translations. Maybe you can get the institute to ...

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Someone else's grad student not interested in following up on a project
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To add to what Buffy said; If you come up with a good idea that someone else further develops, you're entitled to some credit. In fact, you're entitled to a sincere invitation to a collaboration. ...

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How can I efficiently check the originality of my work?
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Talk to your supervisor It takes experience to really know what's going on in a research field, who the major and minor players are, what other research groups are working on, what the major unsolved ...

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What sort of professional boundary should I set with other students when I am a grader for a class I will be taking?
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You say: I know a number of the other students in the class, and we often used to organise study groups and work on the assignments together. Would it be ethical of me to still participate in these ...

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How can I find somebody to chat about papers?
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Ask your supervisor and other people at your institute if something like this already exists, maybe you can join an existing group. If it doesn't exist yet, maybe you can get their endorsement and ...

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Does building a Python library fall in the category of research?
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It can and has been done. Consider PonyGE2, a Python framework for Grammatical Evolution. It has presented at GECCO '17, a leading conference on genetic and evolutionary computation. It's not ...

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Department policy possibly affecting inclusion and diversity
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It's an interesting problem, and wanting a fairer representation is a noble goal. But the goal of fair representation does need to be balanced against another goal: giving students a good education. ...

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Is it appropriate to rewrite and republish another author's useful but very badly written paper?
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A very simple, dumbed down definition of plagiarism is: claiming someone else's work as if you did it. So rewriting with yourself as sole author is just right out. When considering "who should be (co-...

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Referring students to external resources
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Citation Citations are important. It's usually going to take several classes to teach undergrads how to do it properly. "The professionals" (i.e. career academics) use tools, like Mendeley and ...

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How should I reply to this Professor's email?
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If Professor X doesn't work at YYY university, this may be a soft dismissal. Maybe X doesn't have room for another PhD, or isn't entirely sold on you personally as a candidate. Or maybe YYY is ...

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Would using the advanced built-in functions on a CAS calculator be cheating?
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Why not just ask your professor?

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Can an academic paper be published about vulnerabilities found in a bug bounty?
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I would say Yes, depending; Is it an interesting new type of vulnerability? Did you use an interesting new method to find it? Do you have interesting new insights about this kind of (already known) ...

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Can research breadth be a downside when applying for doctoral positions?
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You could say something like: "I've done a pretty wide range of different things, trying to find out where my true passion lies. Getting multiple masters degrees shows that I'm not a dilettante, I ...

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I wasted six years of my life getting a PhD degree. What should I do, and how will I survive?
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Get your frame of reference right. Achieving a PhD puts you in the 5% highest educated part of the population. That's quite significant. But you're comparing yourself to the smartest people in your ...

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Asking my supervisor to be frank and give feedback
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I agree with the other answers that asking for "negative feedback on anything at all, please, hit me" isn't the way to go. But what you can do is say "hey, I have to submit this essay and I'm nervous ...

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Is it plausible to change my major from pure math to applied sciences when applying for graduate school?
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How possible is it for me to change my major when applying for graduate school? What kind of school can I hope to get into (preferably in North America or Europe)? This isn't all that uncommon. In ...

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What should be done when the theory behind a PhD thesis turns out to be wrong?
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Working with what you have: Hard to obtain data A theory that you now know for sure is wrong Wrong in what way? "Can't show statistical significance" or "can show the opposite is true"? If you can ...

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Is validating the results of an article important before citing such an article?
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You should do enough work to convince yourself that the paper you cite is valid (or that it's invalid, if you're citing them to critique them). So that means: Reading enough of the paper that you are ...

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