JenB
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How to avoid a hostile takeover of first authorship during medical leave?
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I would send an email along the following lines to the supervisor and copied to the person doing the additional piece of work. While not complete protection, this approach provides evidence and also ...

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One of my group members did not contribute anything and I notified my course lecturer. Did I do the right thing?
45 votes

No, you didn't do the wrong thing. She did not notify you in advance of the deadline, and you needed to submit to avoid incurring your own penalties. She and the instructor can sort out the mark - it ...

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What can a publisher offer to its best reviewers?
43 votes

Actually, I'd be happy just to get some feedback from the editor about the quality of my review. Doesn't have to be every time, but I would really appreciate getting comments when I do a particularly ...

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Why do most scientists think Brexit is bad for British science?
41 votes

Just responding to the isolation part... I am a non-EU postdoc working in UK. Postdocs have short contracts and visas are tied to contracts. I have recently got to 5 years and therefore residency ...

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Who are the people reviewing far more papers than they're submitting for review?
36 votes

First, that ratio is based on published papers, not submitted. But the principle is the same. I was given advice several years ago that you should be reviewing 3 or 4 times as many papers as you ...

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Do postdocs still take courses?
28 votes

I run short courses and have post-docs (and professors and PhD students and...) as participants regularly. For example, you may need a methodology you haven't used before to deal with some aspect of ...

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Job offer for UK Reader
25 votes

In my view it is completely misleading to compare salaries at all as you are ignoring the cost of living and other differences. You seem to be equating a UK salary with seniority based on a strict ...

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What can you get from submitting an abstract?
18 votes

Following up the comment - giving a talk is not just a CV line. For most academic researchers, access to funding to attend a conference depends on being a presenter at that conference. So giving a ...

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Attending a conference that my abusive ex-supervisor is also attending, how I should react?
17 votes

As well as the good advice to ignore him as much as possible, I suggest you have already worked out what you will say when you meet him. This will help you feel in control and less emotional as it is ...

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Why do people sometimes put authors with equal contribution in non-alphabetical order?
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Two authors who regularly collaborate may have a rotation scheme going (with footnotes about equal contribution). That is, they take it in turns to be first author on any of the papers that is about ...

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Should I give out model solutions to exercises
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14 votes

If you don't provide model solutions, it is fairly likely that one of the more advanced students will end up providing their answers to the other students. It doesn't count toward the grade, so it ...

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How do I deal with a candidate mentioning God twelve times in their application?
12 votes

What do the other applicants say about (for example), how they intend to conduct their research? If one candidate says something like 'I completed this similar project, have done this reading, and my ...

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PhD: When to quit and move on?
11 votes

As well as the advice in other answers about options for your PhD and your research, I think it is worth mentioning that there are also options about how to improve the way you are being managed. ...

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Are UK faculty salaries in computer science low compared to salaries in United States?
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Comparing salaries internationally based on currency conversion is never meaningful because it ignores differences in cost of living, tax rates and so on. I have always found it more productive to ...

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Review paper very similar to mine
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10 votes

First I would suggest you ask someone fairly experienced to read both papers - yours and the new one - to check whether an independent person feels that they are similar. In many disciplines, review ...

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Should I refuse the invitation to review a paper which I recommended for rejection? What should I do if I suspected who wrote this paper?
10 votes

It's fine to review a paper that you have previously recommended for rejection (assuming you gave reasons rather than just dismissed it). The editor took your comments into consideration when deciding ...

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Being an academic far from the action
10 votes

I am an Australian academic who moved to UK for my postdoc(s) specifically to overcome the isolation problem. However, I do believe your research field is very relevant. While there are other ...

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Should I offer to pay (some of) the travel cost from the UK to the US for an interview?
9 votes

I have done lots of international interviews before with skype - it is quite common for university staff. I don't believe cost is a factor or that offering to contribute would help at all. They will ...

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How much do I have to know about a group's research before I email the PI about openings?
8 votes

However much you need to be able to sensibly answer the question "Why do you want to work in my lab?" Probably titles and abstracts, with a full paper if there is something that is relevant ...

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Advisor will not write a recommendation letter for me to participate in a conference
7 votes

There's a few days to go. It would be appropriate to remind your supervisor that the deadline is in a few days. You could also say that you realise he is very busy and ask whether it would be helpful ...

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How to reply to an email from a student who wants a reply instantly?
6 votes

As well as the other answers, I think a sentence along the lines of "If there is a specific deadline for requests, include that deadline in both the subject matter and body of the email so that I ...

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Advisor favoritism?
6 votes

It is certainly valid for you to feel you are not getting enough supervision, but I don't think it is productive to make that assessment by comparing yourself to other students. That will only lead to ...

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Proving authorship when name in publications does not match name in passport
6 votes

As everyone has said, publication names don't have to match an official name such as that on your passport. The answer by Fabio Dias mentions ORCID. This is a good way to make sure that all the ...

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Do postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance once contracts end?
5 votes

For the UK, your visa is connected to your contract. Once the contract ends, you must leave the country (unless you have found another contract and obtained another visa). If you legally stay in the ...

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Removing first name on request by supervisor: how to avoid complications in the future
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5 votes

Use the name that you wish to be known by within academia. For the next 40 years (depending on age and career), you will build a reputation attached to your name. That name will be on your papers, ...

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What are some bad effects of bullets in presentations?
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I think it is important to balance bullet points (or other text) and visuals. While it is awful to have screens full of text, the key points should additionally be made with text on the slides. (1) ...

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Colleagues exaggerate problems in department
4 votes

I don't know whether it would work in your situation, but I have often found that disagreeing in a questioning manner helps defuse more than disagreeing directly when dealing with this sort of 'build ...

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Lack of indexing of article in google scholar
4 votes

What exactly, do you expect us to do about it? Talk to the journal about whether it is indexed. Or use the manual entry process in google scholar.

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What's the difference between "research grant" and "fellowship" ? (what to choose for a postdoc?)
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4 votes

Not sure what country you are in, but the usual difference between fellowship and grant funding in the UK is eligibility. A fellowship is for somebody who does not yet have an academic position (that ...

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Is it bad to apply for a second postdoc immediately after starting a first one?
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I am going to disagree with the current answer. While it is true that there is a certain amount of expectation that short contract postdocs are looking for their next position, you have just started ...

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