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16 Answers 16

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which of the following "roles" describes you best?

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  • 35
    A professor (tenured or not)
    – Ran G.
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 2:30
  • 83
    A Phd Student .
    – Ran G.
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 2:31
  • 20
    A master's Student
    – Ran G.
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 2:31
  • 16
    Undergraduate student
    – Ran G.
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 2:31
  • 34
    A Post doctoral researcher
    – Ran G.
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 2:37
  • 32
    None of the above
    – Ran G.
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 2:37
  • 7
    Non-professor permanent research position
    – jakebeal
    Commented Dec 28, 2014 at 19:57
  • 3
    A librarian (academic or not)
    – FraEnrico
    Commented Feb 21, 2015 at 20:47
  • 2
    Researcher in industry. Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 12:54
17

Are you currently working in Academia (i.e., employed by a university with a primary duty of performing research)?

2
  • 144
    Yes
    – eykanal
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 19:05
  • 51
    No
    – eykanal
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 19:05
14

Comments on this answer made me curious on our demographics. Which countries have academic systems you are familiar with?

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  • 82
    United States of America
    – StrongBad
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 18:23
  • 28
    United Kingdom (GB)
    – StrongBad
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 18:23
  • 3
    Sweden (Litet språkexempel) Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 19:24
  • 17
    France
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 20:16
  • 37
    Germany (Deutschland)
    – aeismail
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 22:09
  • 2
    New Zealand (Aotearoa =] )
    – Tara B
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 1:27
  • 5
    Netherlands (Nederland) Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 12:09
  • 8
    India(Bharat Ganrajya)
    – Naresh
    Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 9:13
  • 8
    Australia...... Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 3:43
  • 14
    Canada---------
    – user4383
    Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 3:35
  • 6
    Switzerland (Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Svizra)
    – Cape Code
    Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 19:36
  • 5
    Italy (Italia )
    – BiA
    Commented Dec 30, 2014 at 15:48
  • 4
    Latin America in general Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 15:10
  • 4
    Spain (España )
    – llrs
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 16:44
  • 2
    Brazil (Brasil) Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 15:28
13

Comments on this answer made me curious on our demographics. What fields would you consider yourself part of?

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  • 15
    Electrical Engineering
    – StrongBad
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 18:24
  • 7
    Biomedical Engineering
    – StrongBad
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 18:25
  • 3
    Psychology (all areas)
    – StrongBad
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 18:28
  • 4
    Neuroscience research
    – eykanal
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 18:47
  • 4
    Earth Science () Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 19:23
  • 74
    Computer Science
    – user102
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 19:34
  • 3
    Chemistry
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 20:17
  • 65
    Mathematics ( )
    – Tara B
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 1:29
  • 8
    Theoretical Physics Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 11:38
  • 10
    Bioinformatics/Systems Biology
    – posdef
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 20:46
  • 10
    Social science .
    – deathlock
    Commented May 3, 2013 at 13:52
  • 17
    Physics _______
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 17:01
  • 6
    Biology [in general]
    – jakebeal
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 14:24
  • 5
    Computational Science
    – Bill Barth
    Commented Feb 22, 2015 at 20:21
  • 5
    interdisciplinary
    – SSimon
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 14:44
13

Is English your mother tongue?

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  • 92
    Yes
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 20:18
  • 120
    No
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 20:18
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How many publications in peer-reviewed journals have you made in your career?

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  • 49
    None.
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 9:22
  • 72
    1 to 5.
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 9:22
  • 11
    6 to 10.
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 9:23
  • 17
    11 to 20.
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 9:23
  • 9
    21 to 30.
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 9:23
  • 9
    30 to 50.
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 9:24
  • 3
    51 to 100.
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 9:24
  • 1
    100+
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 9:25
12

What is your gender?

Please feel free to add the term you feel most comfortable with.

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  • 97
    Male...........
    – Aubrey
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 23:38
  • 15
    Female..........
    – Aubrey
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 23:39
  • 1
    Transgender....
    – Aubrey
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 23:39
  • 4
    None of the above / Non-binary.
    – RoboKaren
    Commented Feb 21, 2015 at 18:16
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Are/were you happy in your PhD program?

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  • 37
    Yes, and I graduated Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 6:09
  • 1
    Yes, and I quit Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 6:09
  • 13
    No, and I graduated Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 6:10
  • 1
    No, and I quit. Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 6:10
  • 16
    I've never entered a PhD program. Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 6:11
  • 30
    Yes (current PhD student) Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 6:12
  • 5
    No (current PhD student) Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 6:12
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If you are not currently working in Academia, do you have one or more advanced degrees?

(My reasoning behind this poll is whether there are people like me who have been in grad school or worked in academia and are interested in it)

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  • 15
    Yes, master's degree.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 23:11
  • 24
    Yes, Ph.D, MD, JD, etc.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 23:12
  • 11
    Currently enrolled in an advanced degree program.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 23:13
  • 12
    No advanced degree.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 23:13
  • Yes, ABD (all but dissertation) Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 15:11
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If you received an email from an author of a new paper, whom you'd had no contact with previously, bringing their new paper to your attention, letting you know that they'd cited one or more of your papers in it, and thanking you for your work, what would be your reaction?

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  • 58
    This hasn't happened to me, but I think I'd be pleased.
    – 410 gone
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 13:57
  • 21
    This has happened to me, and I was grateful for the email.
    – 410 gone
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 13:58
  • 2
    This hasn't happened to me, but I think I'd be (mildly) annoyed.
    – 410 gone
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 13:58
  • This has happened to me, and I was (mildly) annoyed.
    – 410 gone
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 13:59
  • 1
    So many people cite me, that if they all emailed me it would be an email avalanche.
    – 410 gone
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 13:59
  • 12
    This hasn't happened to me, but I think it would depend on the author and his/her work.
    – user102
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 14:10
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Did you do a part of PhD studies at another institute (for instance to learn a new method), if so for how long?

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  • 20
    No; I never thought of that
    – posdef
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 20:49
  • 18
    No; I did not want to, everything was great at my institute
    – posdef
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 20:49
  • 2
    No; I wanted to but wasn't allowed to
    – posdef
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 20:50
  • 7
    Yes; for a couple of weeks (1-4 weeks)
    – posdef
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 20:51
  • 14
    Yes; for a couple of months (1-3 months)
    – posdef
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 20:51
  • 10
    Yes; in a long-term exchange program (3 months or more)
    – posdef
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 20:52
  • Yes, by taking courses at that institute
    – Dilaton
    Commented Dec 30, 2014 at 16:17
  • No; not yet but I would like to
    – Sursula
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 12:21
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Seeing as we have more "senior"s than students here on AC.SE (at least according to the poll), and also considering that many nationalities are represented here, I would like to know how important academics think of their titles. In other words, how important do you think it is that people address you with your title at work/uni?

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  • 71
    Not important at all, I don't care
    – posdef
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 22:22
  • 8
    It is somewhat important, but not a demand/expectation
    – posdef
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 22:23
  • It is important, I would expect my students/post-docs to refer to me as Prof/Doctor X
    – posdef
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 22:24
  • 5
    It is important, I expect the undergrad students to call me with my title, but in research environment it doesn't matter
    – posdef
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 22:25
  • 1
    It is important, I want everyone to acknowledge my titles
    – posdef
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 22:25
  • 27
    It is important that people ignore my title and address me by name.
    – JeffE
    Commented May 11, 2013 at 20:06
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What software do you use to manage papers?

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  • 7
    Zotero ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    – Ooker
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 12:01
  • 7
    Mendeley ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    – Ooker
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 12:02
  • Docear ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    – Ooker
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 12:09
  • 32
    Just folders in my file system
    – jakebeal
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 16:56
  • 10
    JabRef reference manager Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 19:27
  • 2
    Bibdesk (reference manager) Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 18:44
  • 1
    Homegrown solution
    – gerrit
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 11:11
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Which time zone (UTC +/-?) are you in primarily?

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  • 3
    UTC+8 (Asia pacific)
    – Nobody
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 4:00
  • 2
    UTC-7 (Mountain Time/US)
    – Suresh
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 5:51
  • 55
    UTC+1 (Central European Time) Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 8:36
  • 29
    UTC-5 hours (Eastern Standard Time)
    – eykanal
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 12:26
  • 13
    UTC+0
    – StrongBad
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 15:14
  • 2
    UTC+7 (in Asia)
    – earthling
    Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 2:57
  • 11
    UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time/US)
    – JeffE
    Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 14:13
  • 2
    UTC+5:30(India)
    – Naresh
    Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 9:14
  • 1
    UTC+3(Djibouti, Africa) Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 8:23
  • 3
    UTC +10 hours (Eastern Australia Standard Time)
    – user7130
    Commented Sep 14, 2013 at 14:33
  • 1
    UTC-6 (Mountain Daylight time, Canada)
    – seteropere
    Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 6:08
  • 2
    UTC-8 (Pacific Time/US)
    – Tom Church
    Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 19:36
  • 1
    UTC-3 (Brazil) ... Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 15:31
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What continent do you currently reside in?

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  • 21
    North America (includes U.S., Canada, Mexico) Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 15:26
  • 3
    Latin America + Central America (includes Caribbean) Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 15:27
  • 37
    Europe -------- Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 15:27
  • 1
    Africa -------- Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 15:27
  • 4
    Asia ---------- Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 15:27
  • 1
    Australia (but if you prefer to be included in Asia, please register your objection and I will delete this one) Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 15:31
  • 1
    No one resides in Antarctica? Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 16:31
  • 2
    @AriBrodsky I don't believe that no-one in Antarctica wants to waste time on the internet
    – Ooker
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 11:48
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How many professional societies are you a member of? (Motivation: this question.)

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  • Two............ Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 9:26
  • 4
    Zero............ Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 18:14
  • Four............
    – shoover
    Commented Jul 12, 2023 at 22:25
  • (at what point do we make an "answer" that is "X or more"?)
    – shoover
    Commented Jul 12, 2023 at 22:25

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