Danny Ruijters
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Why are most scientific articles locked behind a paywall?
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Once upon a time, before the internet existed, the only way to distribute scientific content to a worldwide audience was through print. There are obvious costs related to printed publications such as ...

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How to React to Incorrect Claims by Reviewers?
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A simple rule of thumb can help to handle reviewer comments: "The reviewers are always right, even when they are wrong." This means that when reviewers make wrong assumptions or draw wrong ...

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My code is published as original work by a different group. What should I do?
51 votes

This seems to be a clear case of plagiarism, and potentially a copyright violation. The BSD license contains a line "Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list ...

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Is it accepted to refer to your own published result by your own name?
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No, this would be odd and appears presumptuous. In your own paper you would write something like "Our growth theorem (Doe 2010) implies..." or "Our previous growth theorem (Doe 2010) implies..." It ...

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Is peer-reviewing a manuscript by a coauthor of yours truly ethical?
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When you are being asked to peer-review a paper authored by somebody you have collaborated with (or are collaborating with), you should be aware that you are on a slippery slope. The very least you ...

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How to reuse complete paper for my thesis?
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For the first question: When the chapter is really just your paper (reformatted), I would go with what you already suggested; begin the chapter with a small text saying "The content of this chapter ...

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How to deal with people looking at their mobile phone during my presentation?
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I agree that their behavior was very rude, and it is best keep looking at smart phones or laptops during a talk to the absolute minimum. Having said that, I think that anything else than what you ...

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Name spelling problem in recommendation letter
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Do not worry about this. Just use the letter and ignore the spelling mistake (which most people will consider very minor). As long as it is clear that this letter was meant for you (which is the case ...

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Could not get along with any advisor, is it ego?
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You can ask your former supervisors what they thought of your collaboration. Ask it in an open, non-offensive way. Do not go into arguments, but write down their answers as verbatim as possible. Then ...

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Is copying a sentence considered plagiarism?
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Verbatim cited text is preferably put between quotation marks. E.g., Smith et al. (Smith 2008) state: "literally copied text goes here." If you use quotation marks to indicate the verbatim copied ...

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Why do reviewers need to be selected again for a revised paper?
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I think that two explanations are possible: (At least on of) the reviewers did not agree to review the paper again. This can happen, as a reviewer you are not obligated to review a revision. The ...

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Recently published paper does not cite my very relevant work
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Adding to the perfectly fine answers that already have been given: The authors of the respective paper could honestly not be aware of your previous work. You could send them an email saying something ...

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How to revoke my old paper from a fake journal (waset.org)?
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Of course you can try to contact the conference 'organizers', but I am afraid that a scam conference, like waset (which is an anagram for waste), will not revoke your paper. I would suggest that you ...

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How to respond to the teacher who puts the feet up while talking to student?
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In the orient showing somebody your feet/shoes is a sign of disrespect. A person who puts his feet on the desk in the western world shows that he (this is mostly done by males) is at ease/relaxed in ...

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How long after graduating can I use my former professor as a reference?
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There is no hard limit, other than the professor being alive. Generally, it is useful to include only references that are relevant and can express something about your current abilities. So, if a ...

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Is it common to cite conference papers in a PhD?
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There is no problem in citing a conference paper in a PhD thesis. When selecting literature that you want to use in your scientific work, it is not uncommon to take the reputation of the hosting ...

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Can I keep using my old academic affiliation for publishing?
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When you are really not affiliated to the institution anymore, you should not put it on your publications. Certainly not, when the work you are publishing has not been initiated during your stay at ...

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Can I submit my paper without author list (double-blind) to a conference with a single-blind review process?
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In a single blind review process, the author names are not hidden for the reviewers, but the reviewer names are hidden for the authors. In a double blind review process, the author names are hidden ...

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When is Research Assistant/Associate/Fellow a correct title for a PhD student?
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How about "PhD student"? Since you also asked about Germany: in German you can call yourself "Doktorand" or "Promovend". But also in Germany, "PhD student" would be perfectly fine. If you want to ...

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How long does it take before an academic article can no longer be kept behind a paywall?
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Some journals have in their copyright transfer some text regarding when the article becomes open access. When that is not the case, I would expect that copyright laws apply, and the articles might ...

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Answering the "why do you want to do a PhD?" question
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Performing a PhD thesis can be tough at times; there are times when your experiments do not deliver the results you want, when your articles are being rejected (sometimes with unjustified criticism, ...

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Is it allowed to submit accepted and published journal articles in Elsevier, to arXiv?
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You can easily find the answer following the author guidelines of Elsevier, starting from the link you provided. On https://www.elsevier.com/about/company-information/policies/sharing they explicitly ...

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Can I add an inscription on a bachelor thesis that I have been working on for almost a year?
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If you want to dedicate your bachelor thesis to somebody, or acknowledge people: by all means, just do it! It is your thesis, after all.

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Is it ethical that the PhD student is not offered a chance to become the communicating/ corresponding author?
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Things might vary across fields, but I think that you might be overestimating the impact of being the corresponding author. In my experience the corresponding author handles the communication with ...

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How do we prevent a professor from releasing our class project as his own research?
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You must have documented your reverse engineering efforts in some way (e.g. Student reports). You can publish these online, e.g. On ArXiv. You might also discuss coauthorship with your professor on ...

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My thesis advisor is absent in my final stage of completing my Ph.D. programme
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You are about to finish a PhD thesis. Somebody who obtained a PhD title is supposed to be able to organize and conduct reasonable projects independently. I think that your adviser is not being ...

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What exactly does it mean to say that a conference is "peer reviewed"?
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Things vary a bit, depending on the field you are in. Some fields only review and publish abstracts (e.g., medicine), in some fields conferences are more important than journal publications (e.g., ...

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Should you write university names out in full, or use the common abbreviation?
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When the abbreviation is actually better known than the full name, go with the abbreviation. Otherwise, use the full name. That will render the last option you proposed (though it would be fine to ...

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Referring to papers by myself and others in my thesis
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Personally I feel (and I know that there are many who might disagree) that it is perfectly fine to use 'I' and 'we' here. I think that obsessively sticking to passive voice makes papers and theses ...

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2nd post doc or job in industry?
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When you have published some nice papers during your PhD thesis, it still might be possible to land a 2nd post-doc, even when you did not publish during your first post-doc. Try to emphasize your ...

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