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When someone cites one of your papers, is it a good idea to send an email to the authors to show appreciation?
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Straight answer: NO it's not a good idea Citing someone is (and should) be neither a favor nor a gesture of politeness. So there's no point to send a thank you email. Thanking someone for a citation ...

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How to prevent students from using modified calculators to cheat on exams?
67 votes

Don't use the calculators. The final number you get in a math/stat exam is not that important, is it? Have them write down the standard deviation formula, instead of having them calculate it by ...

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Colleague stole my work and is publishing it as his own; my PhD supervisor supports him; I got the paper to review. How to proceed?
53 votes

You shouldn't even think about it, do not review that paper, it's a clear conflict of interest, even more because the author is your direct colleague. And the only solution is to sit all together and ...

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Is publishing papers before the evaluation of thesis a good idea?
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23 votes

You should try to publish before you finish your thesis. An idea in a published paper will be recognized as yours, there are more chances of an idea getting stolen from a thesis.

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The Curious Case of Disappearing Funds
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17 votes

These are public funding from the EU, I don't think there should be any secrets how the money has been used, because eventually the universities involved will have to report this to the EU. Don't go ...

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Improving work conditions of student assistants, PhDs, Postdocs etc
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16 votes

In Europe there is Eurodoc http://eurodoc.net/ Eurodoc is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers. It is an international federation of 32 national organisations of PhD ...

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Do large number of attended conferences favour application to postdoctoral or tenured positions?
13 votes

The purpose of attending conferences when you are at the PhD level and post-doc level is not for padding your CV, although people still want to see you have presented at some international recognized ...

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How to handle citing duplicate publications?
13 votes

The purpose of references is for readers to look up the sources of the information you present in your article. If these publications are exactly the same, word for word, then I would not worry too ...

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PhD or postdoc salary in Denmark according to the cost of living. Is it OK?
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Cost of living is high, particularly in the Copenhagen area: rent, food, transportation, etc. But already with a PhD salary you will get by no problem and you will have plenty of extra money at the ...

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I'm 2 months into my PhD. When can I ask my supervisor about the rejected candidates?
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I actually had the same curiosity after I was accepted, it is interesting because I also met the other candidate the day of my interview. I do not think it is taboo to ask but you have to wait for the ...

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Can I add non-cited reference to bibliography?
7 votes

If an idea or a statement is novel and it's appearing for the first time there is nothing to cite. Anything else needs to be cited. And don't add any citations in the bibliography which you are not ...

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Accepted a job with a year-long deferral to do a prestigious postdoc. Now a better job came along
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Be upfront, be polite, and be quick. First make a decision if you really want to accept the second offer. If, so make sure you sign the contract with the institution that made the second offer. At ...

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Do professors from different universities (but in the same field) contact each other about the students who applied to their programs?
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This would be a breach of privacy, so this normally does not and should not happen. What would be the advantage anyway? Even if professors have close collaboration, each professor wants the best ...

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Moving to Europe and seeking research assistant work after undergrad / masters - best approaches?
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From my experience, EU citizen and familiar with Australian degree system, you will have a hard time getting into a PhD program. The honors bachelor cannot be considered at the same level of the ...

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How to search for articles from a specific journal in Google Scholar when the journal name is a subset of other journal names (e.g., Science)?
5 votes

You have to use source: followed by the name of the journal For example, source:nature if you want to search in Nature

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Popular Science References in Statement of Purpose for Ph.D
5 votes

From my experience, telling the tale why you became so fascinated with one particular topic is to be kept to a minimum. It does not add any weight or edge to your SoP, other people will have their ...

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Do newly hired professors have to take a drug test before they start?
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The City Colleges of Chicago are one of the largest community college in the US and they require a drug test for new employees including professors or adjunct, so I think it's not that uncommon in the ...

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Does timing of emails matter?
5 votes

My short answer is that I only send important email within working hours avoid early morning late afternoon hours. I usually get a very high reply rate with this technique as opposed to send email at ...

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Shall I apply again after all my PhD applications are rejected?
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Age is not a discrimination in your age range, there will be opportunities when you complete your PhD but you should ask yourself what kind of opportunities are you seeking by completing a PhD. If ...

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Including a note to reviewers in a submission
4 votes

If this is not a resubmission you do not need to add any note. The paper should be self-standing and if these parameters are not used than there is no need to mentioned that they were in the previous ...

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Does applying for FAFSA make a school less likely to offer you funding?
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4 votes

You should not worry about this. First of all you have already applied and usually you are not supposed to add any additional documents to your application. Secondly these information are separate so ...

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Propose modifications to a travel arrangement to visit graduate school
4 votes

It's perfectly acceptable to ask such thing, it does not make any difference to the department if you can show that the ticket price is the same or even less in your case. I suggest you try to stay ...

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Where can I find good examples of personal statements [BSc, MSc, PhD]?
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I think you will be hard-pressed to find actual statement of purpose on the Internet. The one submitted to the departments are destroyed after the application process because of obvious privacy issues....

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Should I quit if I'm having problems with the Marie Curie industry partner?
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I would not quit a MCS fellowship. Either you solve the problem with the industry partner, maybe by collaborating with another person or unit (if possible), or try to minimize as much as possible ...

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Reference manager that sorts by number of citations
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Zotero has a plug-in that will allow you to add a field called 'extra' that contains the number of citations. Keep in mind that the number of citations are taken from google scholar and not from WoS ...

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Changing field from Computer Science to Philosophy
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I was in a similar position of your a few years ago when I switched from CS to something completely different. Initially I though I liked anthropology and archaeology, so I started reading some books ...

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Applying to top CS PhD programs with a great record but bad GRE scores
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Personally I think if a department throws out a person just based on GRE scores, you should neither apply to such department nor feel bad that you were not accepted. You will be better evaluated ...

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Methods for finding graduate programs for specific areas of research
3 votes

I have just been going through what you are describing. There is no specific way to go about it. I will be painful and daunting when you don't start from any specific point. I can tell you what I did: ...

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What systems are most effective for monitoring student attendance?
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I have a simple solution. Depending on class size, set up one/two laptops on the teacher desk, have every student sign-into a simple web interface with their school login and password, this will ...

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Is there benefit to publishing the abstract of an English article in multiple languages?
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I would like to add another reason to have an abstract in another language. In some fields, the subject of the research is not in a country where English is the main language. So it is very useful for ...

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