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Popular software used in research is incorrectly reporting solution is optimal: what to do?
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138 votes

You should create a reproducible test case that demonstrates the flaw conclusively. If you are that confident and the software is that widely used, it warrants publication in a technical journal. ...

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What should PhD students do if they submit a paper to two journals and a reviewer notices concurrent submission?
127 votes

If you are a seasoned reviewer you should know the rules, so falling back on being an inexperienced graduate student probably won't hold water. So clearly this was less a 'mistake' and more of a '...

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I used a solution that I happened to already have on my laptop on an exam. Did I cheat?
125 votes

I would say no, unless this was explicitly prohibited beforehand. Look, what's the purpose of a test? To gauge the extent to which one has comprehended the material. The fact that you did the work ...

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Why do you need to do a postdoc after getting your PhD?
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No, it's not like a second PhD, because there's little to no documented requirements, no thesis, no defense, no coursework, etc. In the 'old days' (prior to the squeeze on academic funding and ...

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Is it okay to address "Prof. X" as "Mr. X"?
59 votes

This will depend on the norm within your country to some extent, but I'm inclined to say that at least in the US, calling a professor 'Mr.' is insulting, provided you are in an academic context. My ...

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What do you do when you are asked to perform an official review for a journal of a manuscript written by your supervisor?
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59 votes

If this is an informal request for internal review -- definitely go ahead. It is common practice to have close associates review work, and your thoughtful comments will gain you respect. If this is a ...

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How do some researchers consistently get published in venues with low acceptance rates?
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Since people rarely document papers NOT published, a 100% success rate for papers in a CV is kind of guaranteed. It does often seem like some PIs have the 'magic touch' when it comes to publishing, ...

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Authorship when contribution is removed
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Yes, I would say that he/she should still be included as an author. Despite this person's sections being eliminated, it is likely that they contributed intellectually in other ways throughout the ...

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Lab colleague uses cracked software. Should I report it?
20 votes

The key here is 'personal laptop' which I assume means 'purchased with personal, not university funds'. Here's the reason: The penalty levied on any institution for evidence of pirated software can ...

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Should I ask for a submitted recommendation letter to be retracted in order to submit another, stronger recommendation?
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No don’t do that. No better way to get everyone to read that exact letter out of curiosity. Plus you have no evidence it is any better or worse than any others.

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Has the student responsibility for not cheating?
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I disagree with much of your premise. It is the students responsibility not to cheat It is the responsibility of the professor to detect cheating when possible It is the responsibility of the ...

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Why don't I want to learn anything?
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Welcome to the high ability/high achievers club, or ‘HAHA’. We’re happy to have you! But in seriousness you make two errors. The first is thinking you are letting your advisors down, which while ...

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Graduate school with tinnitus
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I have tinnitus, and unfortunately it seems to increase with stress, so I can empathize. However, as this is a problem you will regrettably have to deal with forever, my advice would be to not let it ...

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Can I perform psychological experiments at home and be taken seriously?
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You are absolutely able to publish the results of observational studies with no oversight, and this has been done before without university affiliation. However once you get into 'experiment' ...

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How should I respond to full text requests from other researchers I don't know?
13 votes

You're fine to send the paper. Doing so is equivalent to going to the library and making a hard-copy and sending that, which is clearly within 'fair-use' territory. If you really have concerns about ...

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How not to lose confidence in front of supervisor?
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What you are lacking is confidence in yourself. What I see commonly is a student who has such respect (rightly so, I'll assume) for their advisor that every debate is interpreted as 'I am wrong'. This ...

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I am an editor for a lousy paper and I found a better algorithm than theirs. Must I share it with them?
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This is one of the most feared and contentious acts in the publication of science. We all have heard stories of the paper that was rejected, only to serve as impetus for a subsequent publication by ...

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Is finding an interest in Mathematics in late teens not a good sign for amazing research capability?
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It is somewhat common to find highly intelligent, promising students that find it difficult to apply themselves in topics they are not interested in. Upon finding that one topic, these people excel ...

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One of my student researchers is likely falsifying some results/data. What are the consequences?
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If this person is falsifying data now, this person will continue to do so later as a PI. While you're sure to feel bad about it, science as a whole requires you to address the situation. When the ...

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What is the purpose of letter of recommendation?
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I hate that this is a legitimate question, but it is. Yes, letters are weighted heavily, in my experience. The fact that you (and many others) are often asked to write their own letters is very ...

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Is it academically dishonest to submit the same project to two different classes in the same semester?
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I love this question. I’m a former professor and also had to answer to this exact question when I was in undergrad. I think there’s an ethical part and a practical part. Ethically, if you find ...

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How to toughen up against hostile students as a TA?
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Given the escalating violence on campus, I think you need to treat all such cases very seriously. In my opinion only - in the immediate, hold your ground unless you feel physically threatened. If you ...

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Should I consider quitting my Ph.D. after 6 months?
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First of all, put aside your cum laude moniker. You are not in undergraduate anymore, you are in graduate school, and while you were miles ahead of your peers before, you now find yourself in a mix of ...

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Is it acceptable to have a figure caption running to the next page?
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7 votes

Let the copy editor deal with this. That is, after all, their job.

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Academic freedom to select textbooks and use multiple-choice tests on occasion in my courses?
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The rights/privileges of tenure are highly varied, but rarely if ever does this permit carte Blanche to conduct your classroom in any way you see fit. Even at the most prestigious research ...

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I found a huge error in my master's thesis which I defended a year ago
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Correct the mistake for any peer-reviewed publications (journal, conference, etc). Don't worry about the thesis published at your institution. Reason being, your committee signed off in the work as ...

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I get no advice or guidance from my supervisor
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There are several advising 'styles' if you can call them that. The spectrum probably runs from 'do this project now' to 'let's meet repeatedly for 6 months until something materializes' Professors ...

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Is it a good idea to take a break from studying a mathematics PhD and revisit academia at a later stage?
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I realize this post is old, but I feel compelled to contribute: Here's an answer from a former academic who left university for greener :) fields: Just do it. Look, the number of people in this world ...

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Stuck without progress working on thesis - worried about failure
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From your description it is difficult to understand your research question. How about a little more detail so that the community can help you brainstorm ideas? Aside from that, you are suffering ...

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What's the purpose of a PhD defense?
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The ‘defense’ is part and parcel of the work itself. Typically you must first produce some novel work, and at the very end, you must ‘defend’ this work in an act of oral discourse. The defense is ...

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