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Does the venue impose a particular bibliography format? If not: I'd consider DOIs useful but not obligatory, and I've never seen a plain bibliography with abstracts and keywords (that would be an ...

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struggling with procrastination, looking for strategies and ideas
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Don't try to limit procrastination. You have already tried that and it didn't work. Instead, limit the time that you spend writing, but during writing time, write and do nothing else. The ...

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Unpublished research similar to mine
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I'll add another aspect to the main issue that's covered in Buffy's answer. It seems that the working paper is not at all identical to your work. As you say, it is "semi-similar" and focuses on a ...

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CV with photo for postdoc application
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CV formats vary widely between countries. In the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands* and Sweden CVs should not include photos, as these could reveal personal information (on race, age, ...

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Lie or try to explain reason of my absence during classes?
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Incidentally, a student approached me recently on an issue that sounds extremely similar. My policy on absences is that if you miss three sessions, you fail the course (it's actually a university-...

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Journals that only publish online. How reliable are they?
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It seems the ArXiv stores its data on Amazon S3 cloud servers. I would assume Amazon has a data safety and backup policy that is as professional as it gets. Presumably also most journals don't store ...

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Found better technique just before publishing old, but still good technique – can the old one still be published?
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I am assuming you frame the second paper as describing a rejected (failed) hypothesis, because your theoretically informed expectation (=hypothesis) was that T2 shouldn't perform as well as it did. ...

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How can I find images to use in my thesis that are free/unrestricted by copyright?
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Flickr makes it very easy to find images that have a "free" license in the sense explained in Andrés answer. These also include beautiful images from public archives, such as the British Library. In ...

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What to do when wrongfully accused of cheating?
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You give no information on the country where you are studying, and I really only know about the German examination system. In Germany, university grades are administrative acts, implemented by an ...

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How to deal with fear, anxiety and limiting beliefs while waiting for PhD admissions decisions?
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These thoughts are actually useful, because they tell you to care about your well-being and security. But too much of them will only cause stress and exacerbate your anxiety. So in the spirit of Ben's ...

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How to physically organize academic papers
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As suggested in comments, use a filing cabinet, ideally with hanging file folders that require no punch holes. But don't mix physical location and semantic organisation. This would be highly ...

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Why is obtaining research grants so important to universities?
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[I]n certain fields, research grants might be important for getting instruments or equipment, but in other fields, what we really need in order to produce research outputs is really just a good ...

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How can I store sources in a structured manner?
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What you are looking for is one (or more) of the following: Reference management software allows you to store, organize and retrieve bibliographic information about literature. Almost all of them ...

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Is it possible to quit a TVL13 job in probation period?
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It seems your information is correct. Both parties may cancel the contract with two week's notice at any time. My rough translation (and my emphasis) from this article of "Der Personalrat", ...

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What is the traditional way of earning a doctorate in Germany?
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The traditional German PhD is either self-funded or funded through a fixed-term (usually three years) part-time (mostly in the humanities) or full-time (less frequent, mostly in STEM) position at the ...

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How is the Scimago journal ranking (Q1-Q4) defined?
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I couldn't find documentation on the meaning of Q1, Q2, etc. but the guess that it means "first, second etc. quartile in the ranking" seems to be correct. When you look at one of the "widgets" they ...

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About the meaning of the title Priv-Doz
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A Privatdozent (PD) is a university scholar who has a Habilitation and is thefore allowed to supervise PhD students, but is not (yet) a professor. They may hire postdocs if they can obtain funding. ...

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Is there any limit to the amount of data that can be taken from a research paper for writing a review paper?
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Plagiarism, according to Marriam-Webster, quoted here: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own to use (another's production) without crediting the source to commit ...

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Why is colour use in academic writing disapproved?
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Most journals and book publishers follow a consistent house style, which authors have to implement. This leaves authors very little discretion over design choices (probably for the better). When it ...

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Can the peer-review process be "emulated" in class?
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As Nate Eldredge says in the comments, peer feedback is an accepted teaching practice, and "simulating" peer review is one way to implement it. This method is very effective in facilitating deep ...

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System for organising printed papers in folders?
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Separate the semantic ordering from the physical ordering. It keeps your organization flexible, since you can assign each paper to several topics and projects, and change the assignments as you see ...

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Term for a document between an article and a monograph?
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A 50-page unpublished manuscript is just that: a manuscript. As far as I know, most disciplines don't have a publication format corresponding to this length, although even 100-page articles are not ...

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How to condense a 2 page statement of purpose to 500 words?
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Print it Highlight the key sentences ('claims') Write a bullet list from these sentences Delete those that are redundant or unimportant Extend each bullet point to a short paragraph by adding ...

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Can I share an unpublished paper without this counting as prior publication?
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As per your comment, your main concern is that your sharing the draft may count as prior publication and will prevent you from eventually publishing the final paper. Sharing a draft does not count as ...

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How to cite "obvious" things or make them credible?
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There are two claims here, one about increasing reliance on electrical energy, the other about the information age. You can operationalize both and look for data that supports the claim. The first ...

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Presenting half-baked results in a department seminar
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Caveat: The following applies to venues where presenting work in progress is accepted, such as workshops or (as in this case) an internal department seminar. Of course, a high-ranking conference is ...

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What's a good way to prevent students from saying I lost their paper?
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The best way to prevent students from saying you lost their paper is a) not losing them, and b) keeping a record of the submitted assignments. If you're sometimes disorganized, find a simple, even ...

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Producing a bibliography by chapter – have one reference in two chapters
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I can't give you an authoritative source at the moment, but I can't recall ever having had to look up a reference in a chapter different from the one in which it has been cited. It would also be very ...

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What should a proper email signature look like for graduate students?
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A signature is the equivalent of a letterhead. It makes it easier to contact the sender on other channels without the need to inquire for details (and thus saves a mail and a reply). RFC 1855 defines ...

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What are some good books to read in order to improve my academic writing?
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I found Tara Gray's «Publish & Florish» useful. It is very hands-on and emphasizes the practical and motivational problems of productive writing. Having said, that there are countless other guides ...

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