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Why are many obviously pointless papers published, or worse studied?
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In addition to the excellent answers above, let me add another reason: project requirements. When we submit a research grant proposal, we often have to indicate how many papers the project is going to ...

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Do universities prefer not to hire their own PhD graduates in faculty positions?
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I'm currently working at a Russell Group university in the UK, which apparently goes against this general trend. I've heard that internal candidates are actually preferred. The reasoning is that ...

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Is there a "Rate my Advisor" type website?
9 votes

To add to the issues mentioned in Wetlab Walter's answer: one of the common reasons why advisors and student relationships break down is a mismatch between their personalities. It causes unrealistic ...

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Should I mention (double-blind) submitted conference paper in CV?
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My experience is that "yes, it can be helpful", especially if you have good reasons to think that the papers could be accepted. When applying to both of my postdoc positions I mentioned submitted ...

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Is it okay if a PhD student's work seems insignificant compared to others'?
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Researchers always need some time to mature. In a few exceptional cases, that maturation may happen before officially starting the PhD. Don't compare yourself against those exceptions. From my ...

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Why does research on the busy beaver function get funded?
3 votes

To extend the answers with another perspective: the fundamental question that theory of computability asks is "what kind of functions are computable, given some simple, sensible assumptions and given ...

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After Bachelor in Physics - Research?
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You're seriously misguided both about what a research career requires and what is the purpose of a grad school. Graduate school is very much "learning on your own", only with the possibility of ...

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