Brian P
  • Member for 7 years, 7 months
  • Last seen more than a month ago
  • Ann Arbor, MI
PhD thesis without acknowledgements
22 votes

You stated that you have "made up" with your adviser. To be frank, it sounds like you are still harboring some negative thoughts and experiences. You would be best served by putting these negative ...

View answer
A question in the future research section - is it considered appropriate to write a paper on it?
22 votes

Just because an author puts forth a question doesn't mean that she or he owns that area of science. You are free to pursue any question that was posed in or inspired by an article. Even if the ...

View answer
Why do some papers not have a DOI?
Accepted answer
18 votes

A process exists for obtaining DOI's, including the submission of meta-data and fees. Thus, it is time and cost prohibitive for some authors / publishers to obtain DOI's for their published works. ...

View answer
Internal PhD thesis reviewer pulled out a month before the thesis due date: Is this allowed? What to do next?
Accepted answer
17 votes

Such situations are not uncommon in academia. I would caution you against trying to get this person back as a reviewer, even though you have signed papers from 4 years ago. Simply respect that ...

View answer
Grant from private company - conflict of interest
15 votes

I don't see this as a conflict of interest, but the issue itself is deserving of careful attention from both a contracts perspective and a scientific perspective. I would advise against any such ...

View answer
Does a bad paper get rejected very fast and if a paper is under review for long time, should one expect at least reasonable review?
8 votes

No. There are tremendous differences across journals. A "bad" paper can get rejected within hours after submission, or 6 months after submission. Good papers can also get rejected within the same ...

View answer
Is it problematic to use a Wikipedia article I wrote in my PhD thesis?
8 votes

I think you can do this safely, but you will want to take some precautions like Piotr mentioned. However, from a practical standpoint, I don't recommend anything that might create problems with your ...

View answer
How should I ask for library services for literature review?
8 votes

I don't believe that a public library would be a useful resource for an academic literature review. You are likely to be better supported by a university librarian. But, I am not sure why you would ...

View answer
First year of PhD, I feel anxious all the time because of the coursework
7 votes

My suggestion is that you first work on developing some skills for managing your anxiety while recognizing that feeling anxious is a very normal experience. The problem you seem to be experiencing is ...

View answer
How can I increase the chance of receiving review requests? Is it appropriate to contact editors to offer my services as reviewer?
7 votes

I think being a reviewer can round out your overall scholarly portfolio, but that is definitely not the big ticket item for a CV, especially if you are on or seeking a tenure track position. If you ...

View answer
How should a reviewer provide comments to a journal's special issue in a field he is not familiar with?
7 votes

I have been receiving a lot of invitations lately to review proposals for special editions -- mostly open access. These proposals have been way outside of my area of study (and sometimes discipline). ...

View answer
How do I encourage learning to an underprivileged group
Accepted answer
7 votes

You have a program that sounds almost too good to be true (e.g., free classes, free software, free books, no contract). And your biggest challenge is that you cannot find new students, right? Well, ...

View answer
Are there US universities that do not need GRE and TOEFL score for admission in PhD in Mathematics?
7 votes

I think you should change your strategy for choosing a doctoral program. That is, determine which programs would provide you with the best training for the work you want to do. It might (probably ...

View answer
Do schools/departments ever evaluate their own admissions process?
Accepted answer
6 votes

This practice is not frequent, and it is rarely systematic and rigorous. However, from a decision-making perspective, this has been given attention by Robyn Dawes, who was a very well-known ...

View answer
What should I do if I have an idea but can't work on it immediately?
6 votes

You might consider starting a journal to record your ideas. I'm guessing that your new idea is pretty good, but you will certainly have many, many more good ideas over your career. This might be a ...

View answer
Do I need to define all forms of cheating in the syllabus?
6 votes

As suggested by a commenter, I am expanding my comment to that of an answer. Many colleges and universities have an 'academic integrity' policy or standards. For example, here is one such policy at ...

View answer
How can an undergrad from a country with little 'international' research improve his chances of being a "good fit" for a top PhD program?
6 votes

Ok, good question, but let's eliminate the phrase, "noting the difficulty/impossibility in doing any ground-breaking research especially as an undergraduate here?" This actually applies to almost the ...

View answer
Should I review for a new journal whose publisher is unjustifiably listed in Beall's list of predatory publishers?
5 votes

You can find many examples of bad research in "good" journals, and good research in "bad" journals. As a reviewer, you are ultimately providing commentary on the science that has been submitted for ...

View answer
How to download references to database that a paper includes and all articles that cite the paper?
Accepted answer
4 votes

Yes, use Web of Science (Thomson Reuter's) database called Cited Reference Searching. You can download a list of citations, which can be exported as *.csv. Here is a link showing some of the basic ...

View answer
How much overlap is permitted between a submitted journal article and a thesis?
4 votes

You are in a unique position if you can literally copy-and-paste from your thesis directly to a journal article. If that is the case, take that opportunity and don't worry about self-plagiarism. The ...

View answer
Is it possible to work full time in an industry position while on sabbatical?
4 votes

Every university has a policy for addressing these matters, and it is best that you obtain the specific policy from your own institution -- a general survey of what goes on at other places will likely ...

View answer
Abusing privacy
4 votes

I am not a lawyer, and I am not giving you legal advice. If you are in the US, you can view this matter from the Family Education Rights and Policy Act (FERPA): http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/...

View answer
Do evaluation / recruiting committees respect "co first authors"?
Accepted answer
4 votes

I have seen co-first authors in the social sciences, but it is not very common. It is usually indicated in a very small footnote that the "authors contributed equally" or something to that extent. ...

View answer
Approximate time frame to switch to different research area
4 votes

I'm not quite so sure the 10,000 hour rule applies very well here. There are a couple things that need to be considered -- i.e., substantive expertise and methodological expertise. Although I am not ...

View answer
How to stay active in research when my faculty job involves mostly teaching and administrative duties?
4 votes

Jessica, you are certainly in a tough position, because your current incentive structure gives most weight to teaching and administration. Thus, it will be difficult to maintain a strong program of ...

View answer
Why do I have the "required reviews completed" status on my submission in Elsevier?
4 votes

One year is a very long time for a paper to be under review, at least in the social sciences. Indeed, the change of status is promising, but I think following up with the editor on when the reviews ...

View answer
Can I take credit for contributions to study materials on my CV?
Accepted answer
4 votes

These are not academic publications that you can legitimately claim on your CV. At best, you might be able to describe this work experience in a different part of your CV, but keep your publication ...

View answer
Is it a good idea to contact professors before applying to grad schools?
4 votes

Yes, it is a good idea. And, yes, it can backfire. I regularly receive inquiries from individuals interested in "joining my lab," laying fairly bold claims to be moved by my research. They can be ...

View answer
How is it common that universities provide assistantship positions for their graduate students?
4 votes

This depends on many factors, including the discipline, the degree, and the institution. Some disciplines have a lot more research dollars to support research assistants. For example, scientifically ...

View answer
Should I put job talks on my vita for positions I didn't get?
3 votes

Edit: From the perspective of applied social sciences (e.g., social welfare / social work) No, a job talk is not the same thing as what is considered an invited presentation and should NOT be added ...

View answer