Sursula
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How do I email other students in my online classes, to make friends, without appearing creepy?
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Why not email all of them together in one email? Considering that they are taking the same (remote) course as you, they might be sitting in the same boat (not having any contact with the other ...

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Misgendered by senior academic in email to people I don't know
36 votes

Would it be possible to send an introductory email, as you don't know some of these people yet? Something along the lines of: Dear project participants, I was brought into the project by X because I ...

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Does it look odd not to acknowledge any funding in a paper?
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19 votes

It doesn't look amateurish. In most journals I know, the phrasing is not "this work was not supported by any funding" but rather "this research received no external funding". And ...

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Can I use only one of my two last names for publishing?
18 votes

It is perfectly legal and possible. In fact, many people face a dilemma when changing names due to marriage or any other reasons (e.g. some people change names when immigrating). I personally know ...

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Adding a quiz to an application form
16 votes

I think one important question you have to ask yourself is would this system have prevented any of the actual people you hired (and are happy with) from getting their position / applying for their ...

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Motivation Interview: Your Cons and Pros. What to answer if I can't find any my cons?
16 votes

Everyone has imperfections, and pretending you don't have any would be preposterous. But they are normally not looking for any serious flaws of yours, but rather how self-reflected you are. If you ...

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Is it appropriate to ask a student who wears the full-face veil to speak louder?
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For a long time, this kind of problem would have concerned only the few fully veiled persons, but in times of COVID and everyone wearing masks in a lot of conversational situations, the issue that you ...

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How is it possible that [insert known crackpot] has articles published in Peer-Reviewed Journals?
16 votes

Just as an added note: if not all research of said crackpot is bad (and as others have said, it most often isn't), if the review process is double blind, then the only person who could reject the ...

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I have a postdoc interview tomorrow and I think I have overstated my abilities in my CV. How do I address it during the interview?
14 votes

What you should consider is that almost everyone is guilty of overstating their skills and experiences in their job applications or CVs, especially in highly competitive fields. And prospective ...

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Would using 'they/them' in publication biographies stand out?
12 votes

The answer is: it would probably strike most people as weird, odd or different, yes. But: that is not a bad thing, as all change will probably at first inconvenience a not inconsiderable amount of ...

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Is changing some words plagiarism?
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Looking at this definition of Oxford University, plagiarism is using other people's ideas without acknowledging them. Under this definition, even if you were to change all the words, or rewriting the ...

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Do people intentionally make papers shorter in order to avoid grammar or reference errors?
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From my experience reviewing papers (and for example, reading posts here on Academia), the length of the paper doesn't really matter when it comes to making spelling or grammar errors. Some people are ...

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How usual/feasible is it for European universities to accept PhD candidates right after their bachelor's degree? (computer science field)
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In Germany, it might be possible to start a PhD with only a bachelor's degree. Not all universities allow that, though (you will have to check their websites). To get accepted with only a bachelor's ...

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As handling editor, should you invite only female reviewers for manuscripts authored by women (eg 1st, last, and/or corresponding)?
10 votes

If you are concerned about a bias from reviewers related to the gender (or any other issue), as an editor, why not rather push instead for a double-blind review process? That way, you kill biased ...

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I am like a stranger in the group
10 votes

Sometimes it is hard to enter an established group of people. And I think Covid didn't help, maybe your other group members have to get adjusted to being back at work, and don't really feel like ...

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Does copying a precise, concrete definition from Wikipedia into a paper equal plagiarism?
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9 votes

Plagiarism is copying text from another source without (proper) attribution. As a quotation, you can put text from outside sources into you paper verbatim if is marked as such (see example). "A ...

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ls it wrong to not have any research ambitions after PhD and postdoc experience?
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The short answer: no, it is not wrong. From what I can gather from your question, you started your PhD around 8-10 years ago. That is a long time, and a lot of things can change on the way, including ...

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Is there any research showing a correlation between wealth and academic performance?
8 votes

I think this might vary across countries. I can give you an overview on Germany. On this website, an offcial report on academic education from 2020 looks at the socioeconomic status of university ...

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I feel bad about rejecting a paper during review
8 votes

Don't feel bad and don't assume you are less qualified than other, more senior reviewers. Often, reviewers at the beginning of their "reviewer careers" are much more thorough in their work. ...

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Anonymity issues for an article derived from a MSc thesis
8 votes

Write your paper just as you would do it without the double-blind review process in mind. Cite all relevant sources (inlcuding your own thesis) and then, before submission, anonymize the paper. That ...

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Can I find a PhD in Germany without external funding/scholarship?
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7 votes

It is perfectly possible to do an unfunded PhD in Germany. You basically only need a supervisor and a university department willing to accept you as a PhD student. Once you found a supervisor that is ...

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How to identify the pronouns to use for a single-author when citing them?
7 votes

In English, you can always use the (singular) pronoun they when referring to people of unknown/unclear gender. See the following (fictional) example: Smith (2014) finds that children under the age of ...

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Claiming papers with ORCID, as a co-author
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7 votes

All papers that you have authored or co-authored can be indexed in orcid.

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Ethics of asking a colleague for a citation
7 votes

If this were a "professional" review situation, that is, if you would review the article for a journal in a peer review process, then it would not be very ethical to suggest such a citation. ...

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In my thesis, do all sources I've cited need to be mentioned in the Literature Review?
6 votes

While you have to cite every source that you reference properly, you defenitely don't have to discuss every source in the literature review. Some sources you cite might only be needed for little ...

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Ethics of asking student vaccination status
6 votes

It is exactly because it is deemed unethical to inquire about a persons vaccination status (or any other health related issue), my institution did not make a difference between vaccinated and ...

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Working and doing an MSc in physics in Europe
6 votes

Here is some more insight concerning the situation in Germany: A lot of people I used to study with and a lot of the students I work with now have at least partially or often fully financed ...

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My University has no formal faculty awards, but I'd like to nominate my professor for her amazing work and teaching
5 votes

You could just contact the head of your department or the university and ask them this very question. Having enough people ask if such awards exist might even inspire them to to actually establish one....

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Should universities waste time giving PhDs to people that don't intend on "using" it?
5 votes

I would not say that universities (or rather the people working there, and in this case supervisors and professors) waste time on PhDs. For them, supervising a PhD can be very little work, and in case ...

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Why is the reference style inconsistent in a published paper?
5 votes

In the first instance, the authors of the paper in question simply cite the source. In the second instance, they actively name the source with the author in question (Xu in your example) being the ...

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