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Should we have a canonical question about the relation (or lack thereof) between plagiarism and paraphrasing?

As a preface - it is a recurring topic, fragments of the relevant discussion can be seen here on Meta. Even in my relatively short time here, I have seen a few persistent strains of "is X ...
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Should these question closure instructions be included in this canonical question?

However, please be sure that the below answer actually answers OP's question before voting to close! If the question asks about something not covered below (other than the specific fields), the ...
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Suggestions to improve the use and the findability of canonical questions

2 suggestions for canonical questions: The recently established canonical question for field switching after PhD has the following added to note to close voters: Questions about switching from X to ...
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Should we have a canonical question about changing fields after PhD?

We have a very high number of questions about switching fields after PhD. Most of these are duplicates except for the fields in question. Here are some examples (by no means a complete list, I just ...
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Questions about old, hard to find sources

Every once in a while, questions about (very) old papers or books pop up and the inability of the OP of said question to find them, e.g. this one or this one, posted recently only a day apart. The ...
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Canonical question on how admissions works in different countries

By far our most useful canonical question is: How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in the US, particularly for weak or borderline students? Recently, Buffy drafted a new canonical ...
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Do we want a canonical question on "what to do if accused of misconduct"?

There are a number of questions on Academia.SE from students who have just been accused of cheating, or of some other form of misconduct. While the specifics of the allegations and circumstances ...
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Is there a canonical answer about selecting a journal for publication? (If not, should we have one?)

Every so often we get a shopping question (e.g. this one) about finding a suitable journal to publish some specific paper in. It's a good thing to close these as off-topic. However, can we also point ...
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Conflict of interest questions

There seems to be an increase in questions along the lines of "Is this a conflict of interest?" where the answer is "No." Is there, or should their be, a way to close these as ...
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Canonical question about adding unrequested changes during revision

This very recent question: Is it acceptable to add a result to a paper when a journal asks for revisions? prompted a short discussion in the comments about it being a duplicate. As I wrote the (...
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Should we have a canonical question about degree revocations? [duplicate]

Update: This is now live. It seems like we've got a lot of questions about degree revocations recently (1, 2, 3, for example). It seems like the answer is consistently "No, unless you ...
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Why do we redirect all "what is happening to my paper" questions?

We commonly redirect questions such as "Manuscript status changed from Review in progress to Ready for review" to "What does the typical workflow of a journal look like". However they are not similar ...
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Forced authorship questions

This question: What a PhD student should do when their supervisor orders them to have a name on their paper just because of grant purposes? seems very related to What should PhD students do when ...
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Would like to add "faq" and/or "canonical-question" and/or "canonical-post" tag to these questions

We have a helpful list of standard Q&As, which makes it easier for questioners to find out what they want to know, and write non-duplicate questions. The list also helps with identifying ...
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Do we need a “borderline admissions” question for countries other than the US?

We already have a question that outlines the US admissions process for students with a weak background. However, I’m beginning to wonder if we need a similar question for the UK and German systems as ...
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Deciphering status in manuscript handling systems

We keep getting questions in which we are asked to decipher the status messages in some online submission management system (latest one). I find it slightly annoying that we have to do the job of ...
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Do we need a canonical question for "bailing out of accepted position"?

Every now and then people ask whether it is appropriate to leave a (phd, postdoc, tenure-track...) position they have accepted for a better one that became available later, or in any case how to ...
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What potential duplicate targets should I know about as a reviewer?

We have a few canonical questions on this site, i.e., questions that are often used as a target of duplicate closure or were even specifically designed for this purpose. What are they? Are there any ...
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Do we want a canonical question for how to react to long paper-handling times?

We get a considerable amount of questions, where the asker submitted a paper to some journal and gets impatient because it appears to be stuck at a some stage: What to do when you have not received a ...
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Vote-to-close/Canonical questions for "Can't/won't attend conference/ visa issue"

People, it's time to start closing-as-(near-)duplicate, and identifying canonical questions and titles, among the following: would my paper be published if I faild to attend the conference because of ...
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Should we have a canonical question for "should I quit my PhD"?

I've seen a lot of posts on here where someone is in a PhD programme, and they're very stressed and unhappy, and want to know if they should quit. Typically, there are a number of complicating factors,...
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Canonical Q&A suggestion: "I've been admitted to multiple graduate programs, how to choose between them?"

This question is now live: I've been admitted to multiple PhD programs, how should I choose between them? In March/early April, we often get (highly specific) questions from students who have been ...
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Do we want a canonical question for general journal workflows?

We often get questions from people who are not aware how a journal works and do not understand some step in the editiorial process¹, think some step takes too long² or are just very worried³. We also ...
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"Can I apply to field X with an undergraduate degree in Y" type questions

We seem (to me) to be getting more and more question of this general form. Recent examples: I have a Bachelors and Masters in electrical engineering: Is pursuing a PhD in computer science possible? ...
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