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Why do departments fund PhD students instead of postdocs?

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Why is the UK such a brain magnet? [closed]

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Does having children jeopardize one's academic career progression? [closed]

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Does giving an easily-understood talk make the audience think you did something simple? [closed]

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Is it ethical to share a controversial reason for declining to review with other editors/journals?

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What was graduate admissions like before the electronic age?

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Who writes the recommendation letters for returning student PhD applicants after a big hiatus?

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What should an editor do if the authors have guessed who the reviewers are?

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Do authors prefer to see reviewer reports before a decision?

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Is a professor who's never had to write a grant application disadvantaged in the job market?

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Is it ethical to obliquely cite articles published by a predatory publisher?

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Do MDPI reviewers have access to each other's reviews?

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When all the experts of a field collaborate, who peer-reviews the article?

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Why do some research topics seem to be confined to certain countries?

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What would one write in a paper describing a counterexample to a published proof?

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What are the pros and cons of doing PhD study at a big vs. small department?

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Do universities favor experimentalists over theoreticians? [closed]

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Do prizewinners use prize money for academic purposes?

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What generally happens if a department is unable to attract students?

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How to handle reviewer who is unhappy their recommendation wasn't followed?

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What happens if a department runs out of space? [closed]

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Professor takes our money and goes incommunicado, do we complain to the department or the police? [closed]

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How does one choose which articles to cite for a very broad sentence? [duplicate]

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Why do undergraduates pay for their education, but postgraduates are paid?

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Why is the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology rated so low on the ARWU?

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If I don't get a job but am told I'm the second-choice candidate, is it reasonable to think I am indeed the second choice candidate?

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Answering the "why do you want to do a PhD?" question

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How should one advertise a program if it doesn't lead to jobs?

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How effective is it to fund a researcher as opposed to a research idea?

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Can you jettison a project to work on another in the wake of a big discovery?