Christian Clason
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Is it a minor or major revision, if only one of the reviewers asks for major?
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As far as you are concerned, your work cannot be accepted in current form but may be if you address the comments raised by the reviewers. (A good editor will make this explicit and expand on what they ...

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Does PhD work experience (scholarship was tax free) count in Postdoc Salary contract (TVL-13) in Germany
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In general, no. The previous work experience you can claim for a higher entry point on the scale needs to be relevant for the job for which you are applying. There are very general rules about this (...

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Requirements for getting into a German physics MSc
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This seems to be a common misconception: An MSc is not considered a graduate degree in Germany but the second part of an undergraduate study that prepares for the research-only PhD. As such, the ...

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What is the German equivalent of "in press"
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A shorter alternative to @Dirk's answer is "Erscheint in..." (literally, "to appear in..."). (Some journals also put manuscripts online as soon as they are edited or even accepted, but before they ...

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What's the difference between German TV-L and TVöD pay scales?
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This is one of the wrinkles of the federal structure of the German education (and research) system. Since the universities are run by the federal states, they are covered by the TV-L (Tarifvertrag für ...

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What visa is required for a TV-L PhD position in Germany
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A student visa is definitely wrong (and something you can't fix afterwards!) You need a visa for a long-term stay that allows you to earn money; this is usually called a "national visa type D". This ...

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Criteria of experience recognition for "TV-L 13" position
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Since universities are governed by state law, it matters which state this is in. In general, you should be hired at Stufe 2 if you have been employed (i.e., not receiving a stipend or contracted to ...

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When exactly are you “promoviert” in Germany?
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If you want to be pedantic (and which mathematician doesn't?), the Duden (the traditional German dictionary) defines the base verb promovieren as a. die Doktorwürde erlangen, b. (über ein ...

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Is there a standard English translation of ausserordentlicher Professor?
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First, the expression "außerordentlicher Professor" is no longer in current widespread use in Germany (although still understood; the exception is, as so often, Bavaria); a non-ordinary professor ...

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With regards to undergraduate theses, what level of knowledge should one assume the reader to have?
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My rule of thumb -- whether for Bachelor, Master, or PhD theses -- is to assume precisely the level of knowledge the student had when starting to work on this topic. (I.e., "How would you like to have ...

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When are reference letters requested during applications for a professorship (W1/W2/W3) in Germany?
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I've never heard of the custom of requiring the candidate to provide a list of references for a faculty position in Germany; the hiring process is very different from the US and UK. The procedure is ...

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Wearing a suit for a presentation and meeting with potential postdoc supervisor in Germany
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Speaking as a math professor in Germany, a suit is definitely not necessary, and might even be seen as overdoing it. (Caveat: things might be different in financial mathematics.) Most of my colleagues ...

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Advisor threatening to pull his name from accepted paper that I submitted without his knowledge
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To complement Bill Barth's answer, here's some concrete tips on how to move ahead in this case: First, you need to come to terms with the fact that a very likely outcome is that you do in fact have ...

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How was funding handled in the medieval university?
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Your question is based on a wrong premise: There was no funding specifically for research, because there was no research at medieval universities. Initially, they were created as "self-help" groups of ...

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Habilitation in Germany as a nonresident
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I think you have a few misconceptions about what a habilitation is. To answer your first question: Yes, you can apply for a habilitation as an external candidate; just like a doctorate, this ...

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When transferring credits do I need permission from the "leaving" university?
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You should not take the term "transferring credits" so literally -- nothing is taken away from the (at that time) previous university. Instead, you are convincing the new university that you already ...

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Post-doc Salary in Germany
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Postdoc salary (like for any non-tenured academic position) in Germany is fairly rigidly structured. The salary is always according to the federal wage agreement ("Tarifvertrag der Länder", TV-L) and ...

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Differences between German computer science doctorates
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In general, the latin title of the degree conferred at a German university is of purely historical relevance (basically, indicating how the original four faculties of the middle ages split into the ...

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How to give a short talk at big math conference (section talk)?
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The advice is the same as for any talk, only moreso: Think of your talk as an advertisement -- your goal is to get people interested enough so they will look up and read your paper (or, in this case, ...

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Net salary for PhD in German university
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Expanding a bit on my comment: To find out the net (and gross) salary for any position at a German university (from administrative assistants up to and including the base salary of a full professor), ...

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Awarding Habilitation to senior researchers?
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Your question mentions both activities and job offers, for which the situation is slightly different. This answer is specific to Germany, and from the perspective of Mathematics. (The formal structure ...

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Do's and don'ts when writing an academic book
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In general, my advice would be look at other books or lecture notes and copy the things you like, change the things you don't; get feedback from your target audience; don't overthink it for your ...

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Is publishing with SpringerBriefs vanity publication for a beginner researcher?
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Think "short book", not "long paper". There's been several questions here about the value of publishing a book (e.g., Is there any value in self-publishing a book as an academic? or Pros and cons of (...

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How should I take a potential PhD supervisor's age into account, when planning to follow PhD with habilitation?
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As others have mentioned, planning the trajectory of your academic career past your PhD is very premature at this point. (After all, one of the jobs of your PhD advisor is precisely to help you with ...

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On writing a review (i.e. summary) for a problematic (published) paper
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Your job as a reviewer is primarily to give a summary of the results to help other researchers find the papers they are interested in; you are not expected to evaluate the quality of the manuscript. ...

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Paper rejection due to being "correspondence": what does it mean?
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Fomite already gave an excellent general answer, but I may be able to add some specific information if your submission was to one of the IEEE Transactions (rejection from which would put you in fine ...

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Cover letter for a publication
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The practice of cover letters predates the now common online submission systems by centuries: Before online submission, papers were submitted by sending a hard copy via postal mail to the editor-in-...

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Why do I have the "required reviews completed" status on my submission in Elsevier?
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To expand on Dirk's comment: The status you see means that the reviewers have submitted their reports to the online system, and the handling editor has received an email about this. Now she has to ...

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Are old (>35) faculty candidates discriminated against all over the world?
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(This started out as a comment on JeffE's answer, but became too long, and I don't want to clutter his post.) This is a gross simplification, but what hiring committees care about is your future ...

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Is it appropriate to acknowledge StackExchange in my MSc thesis?
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Think of it not as acknowledging the site but of the community that contributes and curates the content. (From the way you asked the question, I think this is what you have in mind as well.) I'm sure ...

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