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How much editing can one ethically accept from one's advisor on a fellowship proposal (e.g. NSF/NDSEG/etc.)
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You apply for money and your adviser will profit from getting you granted the money, too. He will get some research he is interested. Why shouldn't every adviser support his student in that way? You ...

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Why do students go for a PhD even when chances of getting academic jobs on its completion are slim?
27 votes

I did a PhD and was hired for my master's degree, not for my PhD. Financially it did not (yet) pan out, but personally it did. Why I still think it was a great time: I spend five more years on campus,...

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Being forced to publish a paper?
23 votes

If you know the quality of the data is not good enough, state it clearly. Then it won't hurt your career. Some papers state explicitly what their contribution is. You could add this and explain that ...

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Why would a PhD adviser ask to be removed from the "Acknowledgments" of a paper?
20 votes

Ask the advisor. I could image different things: He is angry with you, as you might have published stuff with his name attached and he did not consent. He might think that he asked you to remove the ...

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Is generic "thank you" email a waste of time in academia?
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Professors receive hundreds of emails every day. Adding a dozen thank-you emails won't help them to scan their emails for stuff they need to know or need to answer. I'd propose to save the thank you ...

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What does an industry recruiter want to know my Ph.D. GPA for?
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In general it is difficult to tell whether a PhD student is a good researcher or not right after finishing his/her degree. Good results could come from a helping advisor, a lucky topic, or good office ...

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Is it a good idea to respond at all if a person I never heard of is asking for a reference letter?
12 votes

I would give a negative reply, telling you could not find him. Then he tries harder to reach the right person. Otherwise he might wait for too long, hoping for an answer which is never coming, finally ...

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Order of authors in a paper
12 votes

My answer to all three of your questions: Don't bother too much. Often such short-term unfair situations will level out. Next year you start your PhD and write a second paper with the same co-...

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Could I submit an abstract for a conference prior asking my supervisor permission about it?
11 votes

The real issue is to find out, why she does not want you to be away from work. It could be that she feels you or your research are not yet ready or that she knows you are on a though schedule with ...

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Was I unreasonably left out of author list?
9 votes

You could cite the paper you mentioned and add another reference "personal communication" with you as the first author and the federal author as the second one. This links you to idea, it ...

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Role of textbook reading for a PhD student
9 votes

Reading whole text books takes a lot of time and should only happen in cases were the book covers your PhD topic or closer field to a large part. Beside that, I would limit reading selected sections ...

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What makes academic failure different from failure in another career?
9 votes

Because failure is often unrelated to the skills or effort. If it turns out your research question is badly chosen, that a new approach is worse compared to existing ones, if others publish your idea ...

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Co-author keeps rewriting the article in poor English
8 votes

Maybe you should have a joint session. Both of you sit side-by-side in front of a computer and make the final edits together. You two can discus every formulation. The advantage is, you get a better ...

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Dealing with rejection anxiety as a reviewer
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It is nice of you to think about the author of a paper you feel it should be rejected. Please also think about: All the readers. They waste their time reading a bad paper. They were excited when they ...

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How old can references or sources in a thesis be?
8 votes

Your rule has a large fraction of exception that you should always consider. Make sure you cite the relevant papers for your claims and that you cite the papers which were the first introducing the ...

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How do I handle a "fake" co-author?
7 votes

Have you asked your supervisor? Instead of asking us, talk to him. He might have good reason. Even if not, then you know some reasons. Regarding his incapability to write the assigned section, also ...

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Can I use the sentence "Most of the references in this paper" in my paper?
7 votes

I would use the first option. If you know the papers which back your position, name them. Maybe not all of them, but three to five. Choose the papers with the most explicit wording and/or the authors ...

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Letting another author know I'm using one of their results
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Seeking input for further research is in general a good idea. It could be beneficial for the other group, too. If in doubt, wait with your email after your paper is accepted or even published.

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Is it appropriate to ask the professor a trick question?
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Post it to StackOverflow. If the trick is nice, you'll get tons of upvotes and you will make a bunch of people smile. Wasting the time of a professor might be a bad idea. Showing an interesting ...

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GitHub repository ownership as a PhD student in a lab
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For me it boils down to the question: Does the individual student take the software with him after the PhD and build his career on it? Or does the lab base a large share of its work on this code and ...

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My advisor wants me to make my PhD thesis weaker
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You could move part two into a appendix. That could be a compromise which could be acceptable for both your advisor and for you. You can argue that the actual thesis is now ~25 pages shorter and he ...

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What are the benefits of becoming an academic administrator?
5 votes

Why do people want to be professor? They do less direct research (compared to post-docs or full time researchers) but instead they let other people execute their ideas. If you become head of ...

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Feeling unprepared for PhD because of poor educational system in my home country. Should I leave PhD to retake courses somewhere else?
5 votes

Changing topic, advisor, or university came to the mind of every PhD student facing serious problems. Still, most students must tackle their problem and get their research done. After that, you can ...

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Concurrent workers independently published part of my results. How to convince the referees that I got the results independently?
4 votes

I want to stress just a single point: Now I am submitting the results A and B by myself. I would not do this. Your advisor is most probably part of the journey to reach A and B. Publishing the ...

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Is it normal to CC my professor when they introduced me to someone?
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I think there is no norm. I can understand both positions, as a) I don't like to be included as recipient of many emails, as I don't like to follow every detail but want to get an overview. So I'd ...

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Is there a way to save my career from absolute disaster?
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The nice thing about academia is, you most often have a fallback: You can go to industry. They love high trained, clever people. They don't care about papers, impact factors, rigorous PhD theses and ...

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Is it in the best interest of supervisors that his/her students publish their research results in top journals?
4 votes

Well, ask her how your advisor chooses the journals she wants you to submit. You can also include your past articles in this question. I am pretty sure you will learn from the answer. Some reasons ...

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Is there a way to search for more recent papers than the one I'm currently reading?
4 votes

Check the publication list of the authors of your article. If they continue to work on the topic, they will further publish article and give talks. You can do the same for authors from papers that ...

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Should I inform the people that I acknowledged in PhD thesis?
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I handed over a copy of my printed thesis to every friend I mentioned in the acknowledgments. In addition, I wrote a kind of thanking latter or dedication to the recipient thanking for their support ...

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How can I work with PhD supervisor/colleagues who insist on using their own timeline?
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I think you cannot steer your supervisor and the research project. Everybody besides you have multiple other duties like different research projects, other PhD students to supervise, writing proposals,...

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