rhialto
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What is the most elegant way to let the recruiting committee know what the applicant has done to make it to the interview?
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I wouldn't mention it. I sit on these interview committees, and I really couldn't care less whether you came from 5 minutes down the road or another continent to get there. (Indeed, if I found you'd ...

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Why is a job interview needed if I am the only suitable candidate for a research-assistant position?
25 votes

If you’re not a great candidate, chances are you won’t get the job. I’ve sat on appointment committees for more than one U.K. Russell Group university. Pretty much every time the view of the ...

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PhD and postdoc with no first author publications- realistically what are my career prospects?
16 votes

Unfortunately disaster has struck again, and none of my experiments have worked or produced anything publishable Not that I know the details, but this probably isn't right. It's a good question and ...

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Asking questions/sending note to the three authors of a paper in economics, three personalized letters?
15 votes

Pick one author - probably the corresponding author. If I received an email addressed to multiple authors of one of my papers - especially if it required any thinking - then it would go right to the ...

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Possible plagiarism advice
14 votes

I’m struggling to think of why you think there’s anything wrong here beyond a lack of acknowledgement. You told them they could use the analysis and script. As you did the analysis your write up is ...

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Updating a review paper after several years by publishing a new review paper
7 votes

This is a stunningly common occurrence in medicine. See the Cochrane library for a myriad of examples. Many of the reviews in there have pre-planned revision dates as well.

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Pursuing a research career in a university without teaching duties, is it possible?
5 votes

It's perfectly possible. I'm at a UK Russell group university. I work with two professors with no teaching commitment whatsoever. (This isn't the 'research professor' post described in another ...

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Can I be a researcher at a UK university without having teaching duties?
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Such roles definitely exist in U.K. universities. For example the University of Southampton has 4 different types of Professorial Grade post, which depend on the balance of education, research, and '...

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What are the consequences of refusing to grant honorary authorship to a superior?
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I'm surprised this is still an issue - though I guess not as surprised as I'd hoped to be. It's rather sad that there are still people out there who demand to be credited for work they haven't done. ...

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Is it possible to access referee reports for investigating scientific history?
4 votes

Many journals use open peer review - the reviews are published alongside the paper. See e.g. Biomedical Central, BMJ Open. So this isn’t just for future historians - you can see the peer review ...

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Do editors need all reviewers to be unanimous in their decision before acceptance?
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The editor has the final say. The reviewers provide advice for the editor to act on as he or she sees fit. There is no need for all (or indeed any) of the reviewers to recommend publication for the ...

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What if an undergraduate concentrated on research on the account of his study?
4 votes

When you say you're studying medicine, I take it that you hope to be a doctor. In which case it doesn't matter how brilliant you are as a researcher, if you can't acquire the necessary medical ...

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What to do when research leads to poor results?
4 votes

These aren't poor results. Assuming your methods are good, they are good results - they answer a question. They may not be the results you want, but they're still good. If you don't publish ...

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Why do big funders not act as publishers?
2 votes

Some do. The National Institute for Health Research in the UK publishes a whole library of journals, covering most of its research programmes. http://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk If funded from a ...

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Co-author conflict after paper got accepted
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Who paid for the work? I work for a research funder, and we have have a requirement for publication attached to all the funds we award. A proportion of funds are held back until publication. We have a ...

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How to work authorship of software developed with another University
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Many fields have rules for deciding who should be an author. See for example http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html#...

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Author qualifications to list in medical journal
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If there are guidelines they’ll be in the instructions to authors in the journal you’re targeting. If there aren’t guidelines, just list the degrees you have. Definitely don’t substitute PhD for ...

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Should we use the rest of a grant that we have achieved its goal to make further research not very useful in the direction of proposal?
1 votes

What you can do with any 'left over' money depends very much on the terms of the grant or contract you're working under. I work for a major public clinical trials funder - if there is any money left ...

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When writing a review article, do I need to compare to or discuss limitations of previous review or primary articles on the topic?
1 votes

Take a look at the PRISMA statement - http://www.prisma-statement.org - It's very biomedical - so may not directly apply in your area - but I think that most of the guidance it gives can be ...

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Author of public dataset requesting co-authorship: usual?
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This is going to depend on standards in your field. In medicine, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors defines an author as someone who meets 4 criteria: • Substantial contributions ...

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Does being a poorly-performing undergraduate researcher mean that I have little chance of being successful in graduate school?
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You'd think it might - but a counter example. I was an appalling undergraduate researcher. I had a project I chose - but it turned out I wasn't that interested in it. I scraped a pass. I got back ...

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Do “researcher degrees of freedom” invalidate my analysis?
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What does your pre-registered protocol and statistical analysis plan say? You should do that. If you don't have one, then make sure you do next time. For the write up here, I think you'll have to ...

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How do conferences detect double submission?
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Submitting without the approval of all authors is obviously wrong. Putting that aside, what’s the problem with submitting to multiple conferences? Its not the same a dual publication of journal ...

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