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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.
    Apr 5 '13 at 2:30
  • 82
    A Phd Student .
    – Ran G.
    Apr 5 '13 at 2:31
  • 20
    A master's Student
    – Ran G.
    Apr 5 '13 at 2:31
  • 16
    Undergraduate student
    – Ran G.
    Apr 5 '13 at 2:31
  • 34
    A Post doctoral researcher
    – Ran G.
    Apr 5 '13 at 2:37
  • 32
    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. Feb 23 '15 at 12:54
17

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

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14

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

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  • 81
    United States of America
    – StrongBad
    Apr 4 '13 at 18:23
  • 28
    United Kingdom (GB)
    – StrongBad
    Apr 4 '13 at 18:23
  • 3
    Sweden (Litet språkexempel) Apr 4 '13 at 19:24
  • 17
    France
    – F'x
    Apr 4 '13 at 20:16
  • 37
    Germany (Deutschland)
    – aeismail
    Apr 4 '13 at 22:09
  • 2
    New Zealand (Aotearoa =] )
    – Tara B
    Apr 5 '13 at 1:27
  • 5
    Netherlands (Nederland) Apr 5 '13 at 12:09
  • 8
    India(Bharat Ganrajya)
    – Naresh
    Apr 9 '13 at 9:13
  • 8
    Australia...... Apr 10 '13 at 3:43
  • 14
    Canada---------
    – user4383
    Apr 23 '13 at 3:35
  • 6
    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 Dec 6 '15 at 15:10
  • 4
    Spain (España )
    – llrs
    Jun 14 '16 at 16:44
  • 2
    Brazil (Brasil) Feb 15 '17 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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  • 14
    Electrical Engineering
    – StrongBad
    Apr 4 '13 at 18:24
  • 7
    Biomedical Engineering
    – StrongBad
    Apr 4 '13 at 18:25
  • 3
    Psychology (all areas)
    – StrongBad
    Apr 4 '13 at 18:28
  • 4
    Neuroscience research
    – eykanal Mod
    Apr 4 '13 at 18:47
  • 4
    Earth Science () Apr 4 '13 at 19:23
  • 73
    Computer Science
    – user102
    Apr 4 '13 at 19:34
  • 3
    Chemistry
    – F'x
    Apr 4 '13 at 20:17
  • 64
    Mathematics ( )
    – Tara B
    Apr 5 '13 at 1:29
  • 8
    Theoretical Physics Apr 26 '13 at 11:38
  • 9
    Bioinformatics/Systems Biology
    – posdef
    Apr 27 '13 at 20:46
  • 10
    Social science .
    – deathlock
    May 3 '13 at 13:52
  • 16
    Physics _______
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Apr 3 '14 at 17:01
  • 6
    Biology [in general]
    – jakebeal
    Nov 28 '14 at 14:24
  • 5
    Computational Science
    – Bill Barth
    Feb 22 '15 at 20:21
  • 5
    interdisciplinary
    – SSimon
    Feb 16 '16 at 14:44
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Is English your mother tongue?

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  • 91
    Yes
    – F'x
    Apr 4 '13 at 20:18
  • 118
    No
    – F'x
    Apr 4 '13 at 20:18
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How many publications in peer-reviewed journals have you made in your career?

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  • 48
    None.
    – F'x
    Apr 25 '13 at 9:22
  • 72
    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
  • 9
    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
  • 1
    100+
    – F'x
    Apr 25 '13 at 9:25
12

What is your gender?

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

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  • 96
    Male...........
    – Aubrey
    Feb 19 '15 at 23:38
  • 15
    Female..........
    – Aubrey
    Feb 19 '15 at 23:39
  • 1
    Transgender....
    – Aubrey
    Feb 19 '15 at 23:39
  • 4
    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)

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  • 15
    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
  • 11
    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) 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?

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  • 57
    This hasn't happened to me, but I think I'd be pleased.
    – 410 gone
    Apr 1 '14 at 13:57
  • 21
    This has happened to me, and I was grateful for the email.
    – 410 gone
    Apr 1 '14 at 13:58
  • 2
    This hasn't happened to me, but I think I'd be (mildly) annoyed.
    – 410 gone
    Apr 1 '14 at 13:58
  • This has happened to me, and I was (mildly) annoyed.
    – 410 gone
    Apr 1 '14 at 13:59
  • 1
    So many people cite me, that if they all emailed me it would be an email avalanche.
    – 410 gone
    Apr 1 '14 at 13:59
  • 11
    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?

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  • 20
    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
  • 14
    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
  • No; not yet but I would like to
    – Sursula
    May 20 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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  • 69
    Not important at all, I don't care
    – posdef
    Apr 27 '13 at 22:22
  • 8
    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
  • 5
    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
  • 1
    It is important, I want everyone to acknowledge my titles
    – posdef
    Apr 27 '13 at 22:25
  • 27
    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?

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  • 7
    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
  • 30
    Just folders in my file system
    – jakebeal
    Dec 1 '15 at 16:56
  • 10
    JabRef reference manager
    – Massimo Ortolano Mod
    Dec 1 '15 at 19:27
  • 2
    Bibdesk (reference manager) Feb 16 '16 at 18:44
  • 1
    Homegrown solution
    – gerrit
    Jul 18 '16 at 11:11
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Which time zone (UTC +/-?) are you in primarily?

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  • 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
  • 55
    UTC+1 (Central European Time) Apr 5 '13 at 8:36
  • 29
    UTC-5 hours (Eastern Standard Time)
    – eykanal Mod
    Apr 5 '13 at 12:26
  • 13
    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
  • 2
    UTC+5:30(India)
    – Naresh
    Apr 9 '13 at 9:14
  • 1
    UTC+3(Djibouti, Africa) 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) ... Feb 15 '17 at 15:31
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What continent do you currently reside in?

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  • 20
    North America (includes U.S., Canada, Mexico) Dec 6 '15 at 15:26
  • 3
    Latin America + Central America (includes Caribbean) Dec 6 '15 at 15:27
  • 36
    Europe -------- Dec 6 '15 at 15:27
  • 1
    Africa -------- Dec 6 '15 at 15:27
  • 4
    Asia ---------- 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) Dec 6 '15 at 15:31
  • 1
    No one resides in Antarctica? Jun 14 '16 at 16:31
  • 2
    @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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How many professional societies are you a member of? (Motivation: this question.)

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