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If I define acronyms in the abstract, should I define them again in the rest of the paper?
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Abstracts are read separately from the paper itself. They aren't an introduction, but more of a condensed version. So if the paper defines an acronym, it shouldn't rely on the abstract for it. On the ...

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Goal for 20min. presentation at math conference
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The goal of such presentations should be to interest the audience in your work. If you fail to do this, your interaction with them will be limited to the 20 minutes allotted. But if you succeed, ...

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The Pros and Cons of Volunteering in Organizing Workshop in High Prestigious Conference
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There's a lot of work involved in organising workshops, but as the most junior member of the committee, you're not likely to be asked to take the lead on soliciting for sponsors and so on. There would ...

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Which is more important in determining author order: time spent or results obtained?
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If we took a generic view of research, it could be argued that both positive and negative results can be worthy of the top billing. However, each paper usually has a single focus. Whoever's work is ...

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Is it ethical to slightly improve upon someone's unpublished work posted in arxiv and publish before the original work?
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A huge chunk of academia is about improving others’ work, whether by independent verification of results, pushing the research envelope, or correcting errors in prior work. A work that is based on an ...

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PhD without Enrolling in Formal Program
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I don't think you can do it the way you envision it: studying outside a university context and expecting a university to give you a PhD on that basis. If that was possible, you might be able to ...

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Quit PhD abroad vs job at home country
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We can't advise you on what you should do, but we can talk about some of the issues. Homesickness This is real issue. There's no telling when it would spring up or what triggers it. However, it does ...

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How to get work done whilst feeling crippling shame?
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I am looking for techniques, founded in psychology, and ideally with some supporting evidence. But more general advice is also welcome. This answer is squarely in the 'general advice' category, ...

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Completely stuck with nonsensical project
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Solving unsolved problems is basically what PhDs are all about. The real question is whether this particular unsolved problem is germane to your thesis. If it is, you either persist in solving it or ...

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How do I choose field of study for Phd in CS, more general or specific?
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There are two broad criteria for a PhD: it must advance the state of the art (novelty); and it must be your own work (independence). The novelty criterion tends to suggest that all research PhDs are '...

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To what extent will your choice of PhD topic restrict your career?
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Picking a Ph.D topic restricts your career choices about as much as picking an airport restricts which countries you can visit. As Jon Custer notes, having a Ph.D (by research, that is - I've heard ...

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Why can't motivations in a paper's introduction be copied?
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At a fundamental level, every new paper is (or should be) presenting something new, whether it be new results, methods, experiments or even summaries or reviews. The paper would be redundant if it ...

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Is there a rule of thumb regarding the minimum threshold for a person to be 2nd author of a paper?
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There’s no minimum limit. Second authors can contribute ideas, work or anything that went into the paper. Some might even cynically say that contributing reputation is enough. Having said that, if ...

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Editor rejected manuscript claiming it is similar to a not-yet-published manuscript (that I haven't seen). How to proceed?
9 votes

If the other work hasn't been published, it sounds unreasonable to claim plagiarism. The reviewer could have conceivably claimed plagiarism of prior related published work, but didn't. Since the lack ...

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Should I write a rigorous draft before asking for comments?
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8 votes

It's the nature of the work of academia to throw out interesting ideas and have them torn to pieces, and then to pick out what remains and build it into something publishable. Since you're in the ...

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How to review bogus science without hurting feelings?
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It's not your role to disprove the author's theory; it's the author's role to convince the reviewer of the theory's validity and usefulness. As StrongBad notes, you should deal with the paper on its ...

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Is it appropriate to wear an honor stole/cord to my doctoral hooding and convocation?
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Formal regalia for convocations are highly stylised - even the side to which a tassel falls can have meaning. It would not normally be appropriate to wear representations of achievement that are ...

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Advisor pushing for dead end topics
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Building on cbeleites’s answer - ask for a couple of recent examples relevant to your work where your advisor’s approach was used to good effect. It may be that your advisor has more insight on how ...

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