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Self-censorship to prevent grievance being filed by classmate
27 votes

You are, it appears, being bullied. You will encounter people with strong, even irrational feelings irrelevant to you and your work with some regularity over your career. Engaging is seldom useful. ...

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How to deal when you're an actual imposter in academia?
14 votes

Own it. Channel these feelings into finding what makes you competitive and happy. As an impostor that continues to 'make it', I have accepted that I bring something different. My undergrad GPA was 3....

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"Upgrading" PhD
8 votes

My PhD is from a 600-700 school, and my postdoc and first research scientist positions were both in top-10 institutions. I work alongside many people from lesser-known schools, but alongside none with ...

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Depressed PhD student in USA, wanting to quit
7 votes

Help is very likely available. Consider contacting a neutral group at your university. Such groups typically include: the omsbuds office/ ombudsman the PHD student's association the student ...

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Am I breaking any law by digitalizing a curve from a plot on a scientific Journal if I cite the source and I mention the tool I used?
6 votes

At least in the USA this is explicitly OK, so long as by 'digitize' you mean 'find a mathematical expression of the nature of the curve'. As long as you do not use the original image, you can even ...

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How widespread is the use of "last author = teacher" on student papers?
6 votes

In many social sciences (Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology) last author signifies the supervisor of the student's work, including Ph.D. or Masters supervisor, postdoc adviser, sometimes ...

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Is it possible to publish a deceased relative's unpublished work with them as the author?
6 votes

Assuming the next of kin that own the work agree about his desire to publish, I believe his would be fine. You may want to note where the corresponding author would be listed that it was uploaded to ...

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As a post-doc, should I pursue incremental research or revolutionary research?
5 votes

Consider that he may be correct. There may not be an upper bound, but there is certainly a lower bound to the 'boldness' of work that will move you to the next level. Indeed, while progress is ...

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I am lost with my career path. I am questioning my ability to be in research field, academia or otherwise. What to do?
4 votes

Get out of academe. Start looking for industry jobs, immediately. You will almost certainly be happier. Imposter syndrome or not, you are miserable. With a degree from a top 50 school you will land a ...

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Am I required to hand out private encryption key to head of institute?
3 votes

1) You own only what is in your head. 2) The least secure place you can put things you move out of your head is to a place you do not own (your employer's, for example), followed by one you do own. ...

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aggressive co-worker and bullying at the lab
3 votes

It is unlikely you can fight this culture, and academic settings have practically no good ways to address bullying of this nature. If you find what seems to be one, look for evidence that it has ...

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Should I be concerned that my (successful) application to grad school only barely survived the first cut?
1 votes

Interesting question. My guess is that 'bottom of the pile' matters, and matters more at universities that have diverse scores. It would be hard to answer directly. Departments do not generally ...

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During an application/interview should an applicant justify leaving a current faculty position (pre-tenure)?
1 votes

Just watched a friend do this, with a two body problem. His line: the place he was at was a good fit, tenure was all but assured, BUT he was convinced the place he was interviewing was enough a ...

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arXiv submission with PDF and data, preferred submission strategy?
Accepted answer
1 votes

I bit the bullet and spent three days building the letterhead in TEX. I then requested, and was granted, a size exception. It solved my problem, but was not ideal.

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Is this level of publication politics normal in academia?
1 votes

In academe you have more freedom than perhaps anywhere else to choose your intellectual partners. Not all professors engage in ugly behavior, and good work is a great strategy, and so many good ...

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What are the upsides for British science from Brexit?
1 votes

As an American academic, I will note that there are significant upsides to Brexit for non-UK science. As denizens of a defensible 'center of the world' for science, British industry has generally ...

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Paid temporary job as research assistant
1 votes

He will almost certainly agree to use your talents for the remaining time, and pay you the full sum. Take some additional time to check your work; speed and quality will matter. Then talk to him about ...

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I publish under a one-word name, which Google Scholar does not index. What can I do?
1 votes

Dirty hack: write your papers under your one name, twice. (Prince Prince)

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non academic job opportunities for mid aged PhD
1 votes

Age here matters much less than the perceived seniority a PhD will grant you. I graduated at the age you plan to, and have had a straightforward time finding employment opportunities. Certainly, at ...

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Awards in which gender identity is a requirement
-2 votes

Key here is that awards with identity requirements, gender or otherwise, may hurt the level of accomplishment assessed by the individual, and others, even as they have positive effects on the status ...

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