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which of the following "roles" describes you best?

  • 34
    A professor (tenured or not) – Ran G. Apr 5 '13 at 2:30
  • 75
    A Phd Student . – Ran G. Apr 5 '13 at 2:31
  • 16
    A master's Student – Ran G. Apr 5 '13 at 2:31
  • 15
    Undergraduate student – Ran G. Apr 5 '13 at 2:31
  • 33
    A Post doctoral researcher – Ran G. Apr 5 '13 at 2:37
  • 29
    None of the above – Ran G. Apr 5 '13 at 2:37
  • 7
    Non-professor permanent research position – jakebeal Dec 28 '14 at 19:57
  • 2
    A librarian (academic or not) – FraEnrico Feb 21 '15 at 20:47
  • 2
    Researcher in industry. – S. Kolassa - Reinstate Monica Feb 23 '15 at 12:54
16

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

14

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

  • 77
    United States of America – StrongBad Apr 4 '13 at 18:23
  • 25
    United Kingdom (GB) – StrongBad Apr 4 '13 at 18:23
  • 3
    Sweden (Litet språkexempel) – Peter Jansson Apr 4 '13 at 19:24
  • 16
    France – F'x Apr 4 '13 at 20:16
  • 34
    Germany (Deutschland) – aeismail Apr 4 '13 at 22:09
  • 2
    New Zealand (Aotearoa =] ) – Tara B Apr 5 '13 at 1:27
  • 4
    Netherlands (Nederland) – Pieter Naaijkens Apr 5 '13 at 12:09
  • 7
    India(Bharat Ganrajya) – Naresh Apr 9 '13 at 9:13
  • 8
    Australia...... – Scott Morrison Apr 10 '13 at 3:43
  • 13
    Canada--------- – user4383 Apr 23 '13 at 3:35
  • 5
    Switzerland (Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Svizra) – Cape Code Mar 31 '14 at 19:36
  • 5
    Italy (Italia ) – BiA Dec 30 '14 at 15:48
  • 4
    Latin America in general – aparente001 Dec 6 '15 at 15:10
  • 4
    Spain (España ) – llrs Jun 14 '16 at 16:44
  • 2
    Brazil (Brasil) – Jaap Eldering Feb 15 '17 at 15:28
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Comments on this answer made me curious on our demographics. What fields would you consider yourself part of?

  • 11
    Electrical Engineering – StrongBad Apr 4 '13 at 18:24
  • 6
    Biomedical Engineering – StrongBad Apr 4 '13 at 18:25
  • 3
    Psychology (all areas) – StrongBad Apr 4 '13 at 18:28
  • 4
    Neuroscience research – eykanal Apr 4 '13 at 18:47
  • 4
    Earth Science () – Peter Jansson Apr 4 '13 at 19:23
  • 65
    Computer Science – user102 Apr 4 '13 at 19:34
  • 3
    Chemistry – F'x Apr 4 '13 at 20:17
  • 61
    Mathematics ( ) – Tara B Apr 5 '13 at 1:29
  • 6
    Theoretical Physics – Piotr Migdal Apr 26 '13 at 11:38
  • 8
    Bioinformatics/Systems Biology – posdef Apr 27 '13 at 20:46
  • 10
    Social science . – deathlock May 3 '13 at 13:52
  • 14
    Physics _______ – Wrzlprmft Apr 3 '14 at 17:01
  • 6
    Biology [in general] – jakebeal Nov 28 '14 at 14:24
  • 4
    Computational Science – Bill Barth Feb 22 '15 at 20:21
  • 4
    interdisciplinary – SSimon Feb 16 '16 at 14:44
13

Is English your mother tongue?

  • 88
    Yes – F'x Apr 4 '13 at 20:18
  • 107
    No – F'x Apr 4 '13 at 20:18
12

How many publications in peer-reviewed journals have you made in your career?

  • 42
    None. – F'x Apr 25 '13 at 9:22
  • 68
    1 to 5. – F'x Apr 25 '13 at 9:22
  • 10
    6 to 10. – F'x Apr 25 '13 at 9:23
  • 17
    11 to 20. – F'x Apr 25 '13 at 9:23
  • 8
    21 to 30. – F'x Apr 25 '13 at 9:23
  • 9
    30 to 50. – F'x Apr 25 '13 at 9:24
  • 3
    51 to 100. – F'x Apr 25 '13 at 9:24
  • 100+ – F'x Apr 25 '13 at 9:25
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What is your gender?

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

  • 87
    Male........... – Aubrey Feb 19 '15 at 23:38
  • 14
    Female.......... – Aubrey Feb 19 '15 at 23:39
  • 1
    Transgender.... – Aubrey Feb 19 '15 at 23:39
  • 2
    None of the above / Non-binary. – RoboKaren Feb 21 '15 at 18:16
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Are/were you happy in your PhD program?

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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)

  • 14
    Yes, master's degree. – mkennedy Apr 4 '13 at 23:11
  • 24
    Yes, Ph.D, MD, JD, etc. – mkennedy Apr 4 '13 at 23:12
  • 9
    Currently enrolled in an advanced degree program. – mkennedy Apr 4 '13 at 23:13
  • 12
    No advanced degree. – mkennedy Apr 4 '13 at 23:13
  • Yes, ABD (all but dissertation) – aparente001 Dec 6 '15 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?

  • 51
    This hasn't happened to me, but I think I'd be pleased. – EnergyNumbers Apr 1 '14 at 13:57
  • 21
    This has happened to me, and I was grateful for the email. – EnergyNumbers Apr 1 '14 at 13:58
  • 1
    This hasn't happened to me, but I think I'd be (mildly) annoyed. – EnergyNumbers Apr 1 '14 at 13:58
  • This has happened to me, and I was (mildly) annoyed. – EnergyNumbers Apr 1 '14 at 13:59
  • So many people cite me, that if they all emailed me it would be an email avalanche. – EnergyNumbers Apr 1 '14 at 13:59
  • 8
    This hasn't happened to me, but I think it would depend on the author and his/her work. – user102 Apr 1 '14 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?

  • 19
    No; I never thought of that – posdef Apr 27 '13 at 20:49
  • 17
    No; I did not want to, everything was great at my institute – posdef Apr 27 '13 at 20:49
  • 2
    No; I wanted to but wasn't allowed to – posdef Apr 27 '13 at 20:50
  • 7
    Yes; for a couple of weeks (1-4 weeks) – posdef Apr 27 '13 at 20:51
  • 13
    Yes; for a couple of months (1-3 months) – posdef Apr 27 '13 at 20:51
  • 10
    Yes; in a long-term exchange program (3 months or more) – posdef Apr 27 '13 at 20:52
  • Yes, by taking courses at that institute – Dilaton Dec 30 '14 at 16:17
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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?

  • 67
    Not important at all, I don't care – posdef Apr 27 '13 at 22:22
  • 7
    It is somewhat important, but not a demand/expectation – posdef Apr 27 '13 at 22:23
  • It is important, I would expect my students/post-docs to refer to me as Prof/Doctor X – posdef Apr 27 '13 at 22:24
  • 4
    It is important, I expect the undergrad students to call me with my title, but in research environment it doesn't matter – posdef Apr 27 '13 at 22:25
  • It is important, I want everyone to acknowledge my titles – posdef Apr 27 '13 at 22:25
  • 26
    It is important that people ignore my title and address me by name. – JeffE May 11 '13 at 20:06
5

What software do you use to manage papers?

  • 5
    Zotero ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ – Ooker Dec 1 '15 at 12:01
  • 7
    Mendeley ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ – Ooker Dec 1 '15 at 12:02
  • Docear ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ – Ooker Dec 1 '15 at 12:09
  • 29
    Just folders in my file system – jakebeal Dec 1 '15 at 16:56
  • 7
    JabRef reference manager – Massimo Ortolano Dec 1 '15 at 19:27
  • 1
    Bibdesk (reference manager) – David Ketcheson Feb 16 '16 at 18:44
  • 1
    Homegrown solution – gerrit Jul 18 '16 at 11:11
4

Which time zone (UTC +/-?) are you in primarily?

  • 3
    UTC+8 (Asia pacific) – scaaahu Apr 5 '13 at 4:00
  • 2
    UTC-7 (Mountain Time/US) – Suresh Apr 5 '13 at 5:51
  • 51
    UTC+1 (Central European Time) – Peter Jansson Apr 5 '13 at 8:36
  • 27
    UTC-5 hours (Eastern Standard Time) – eykanal Apr 5 '13 at 12:26
  • 12
    UTC+0 – StrongBad Apr 5 '13 at 15:14
  • 2
    UTC+7 (in Asia) – earthling Apr 6 '13 at 2:57
  • 10
    UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time/US) – JeffE Apr 6 '13 at 14:13
  • 1
    UTC+5:30(India) – Naresh Apr 9 '13 at 9:14
  • 1
    UTC+3(Djibouti, Africa) – Chris Gregg Apr 10 '13 at 8:23
  • 3
    UTC +10 hours (Eastern Australia Standard Time) – user7130 Sep 14 '13 at 14:33
  • 1
    UTC-6 (Mountain Daylight time, Canada) – seteropere Mar 28 '14 at 6:08
  • 2
    UTC-8 (Pacific Time/US) – Tom Church Apr 15 '15 at 19:36
  • 1
    UTC-3 (Brazil) ... – Jaap Eldering Feb 15 '17 at 15:31
2

What continent do you currently reside in?

  • 18
    North America (includes U.S., Canada, Mexico) – aparente001 Dec 6 '15 at 15:26
  • 3
    Latin America + Central America (includes Caribbean) – aparente001 Dec 6 '15 at 15:27
  • 30
    Europe -------- – aparente001 Dec 6 '15 at 15:27
  • Africa -------- – aparente001 Dec 6 '15 at 15:27
  • 3
    Asia ---------- – aparente001 Dec 6 '15 at 15:27
  • 1
    Australia (but if you prefer to be included in Asia, please register your objection and I will delete this one) – aparente001 Dec 6 '15 at 15:31
  • 1
    No one resides in Antarctica? – Ari Brodsky Jun 14 '16 at 16:31
  • 1
    @AriBrodsky I don't believe that no-one in Antarctica wants to waste time on the internet – Ooker Jul 18 '16 at 11:48

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