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I need help adapting my academic workflow to the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis – where do I start?

Remote teaching, studying, and exams General and Other Tips for transition to online classrooms given university shutdowns in response to COVID-19 How to get students to use the course forum? What ...
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Why do the moderators move comments to chat and how should I behave afterwards?

The mechanics of moving comments to chat If a post received twenty comments in three days, an automatic moderator flag is raised. Moderators can move comments to chat only once. After this, they can ...
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Why was my question put on hold for shopping?

What exactly is a shopping question? A shopping question is a question that appears to seek help choosing, finding or assessing an individual journal, an individual publisher, an individual ...
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

Make posts better, but don't impose your personal style Usually we try to leave style up to the author of the post, and edit mainly for spelling/grammar, clarity, and readability (e.g. break up walls ...
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

Avoid edits to "on hold" questions that will never be reopened Editing a post that is "on hold" pushes it into a review queue for reopening. If you make cosmetic edits to a post that is "on hold" ...
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Automatically generated text is banned on Academia.SE

Policy: Questions, answers, and comments may not be auto-generated on Academia.SE. While the technology is impressive, these answers are not based on references or personal expertise in academia. ...
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Why was my question put on hold for depending on individual factors?

General The answers to many problems depend on individual factors to some extent and you (or the reader) has to be the final judge whether an answer really applies to their problem. This is ...
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

Edits bump posts Keep in mind that edits bump posts back to the front page. It's not a big deal to bump recent posts, and also not a big deal to bump old posts if it's only a few. But if you ever ...
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

Add Missing Body Questions Sometimes, an asker will put a question in a title, but never actually put the question in the body, treating the two as though they were a single piece of prose. For ...
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Policy against questions making allegations against named individuals or organisations

As Anonymous Physicist pointed out, it is not clear whether the proposed policy applies to self-allegations. Let’s decide this: Suggested amendment This policy shall also apply to questions making ...
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

Leave the problems you're not certain how to fix alone. If a post has multiple things wrong with it, some may be easier to fix than others. Fix only the problems that you are certain that you have a ...
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Academia varies more than you think it does – The Movie

Publications In some fields like computer science, conferences act as publication venues: you submit papers, they get peer-reviewed and disseminated. In most fields this is not the case and ...
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I need help adapting my academic workflow to the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis – where do I start?

Other questions and resources pertaining to the COVID-19 crisis Publications In this time of crisis, would the journals Nature and Science prioritize papers about COVID-19? Has the rate of papers ...
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

Don't engage in edit wars If your edit is rolled back (either by the original author of the post or another user), don't get in an edit war. If the edit is minor, let it go. If the edit is ...
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

Fix all the problems in the post Try to fix everything that is wrong with the question all at once. For example, if you are editing a question to fix a grammar error, also check if maybe some tags ...
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

Be aware of culturally different spellings and word usages It is well known that there are different, but correct, spellings for certain words. Examples are color and colour, behaviour and behavior, ...
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I need help adapting my academic workflow to the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis – where do I start?

Conferences How to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak while organizing a conference? Can I put an invited talk on my CV if the conference was canceled?
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Academia varies more than you think it does – The Movie

Authorship In many fields, the order of authors in a paper indicates how much or how they contributed: The first author usually did most of the work, while the last one is sometimes the supervisor. ...
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Academia varies more than you think it does – The Movie

Theses and Defences In some countries and universities, you hand in your thesis to the examination office, which then distributes it to the examiners for grading. In others, you hand in your thesis ...
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Academia varies more than you think it does – The Movie

Studying and PhD Programmes In some countries, you have to decide on a discipline when you start studying, in others you start broadly and decide for a major (or similar) later. Some countries and ...
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What potential duplicate targets should I know about as a reviewer?

Graduate Admission and Studies How should I deal with becoming discouraged as a graduate student? How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in Country X? How are Ph.D. applications ...
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Academia varies more than you think it does – The Movie

Employment and Funding In some countries, PhD students are university employees, which means they get unemployment benefits, healthcare, and pension contributions like any other employees. In some ...
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Academia varies more than you think it does – The Movie

Writing and Writing Style In pure math, a paper’s introduction may just be “We consider the problem of X.” and not have a conclusion or summary. In other fields, you are expected to argue why a ...
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Academia varies more than you think it does – The Movie

Academic Life In some countries, universities don’t arrange academic or mental-health counselling services for students. In some countries or institutions, mass graduation ceremonies are a big thing....
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

Suggested edits by editors with <2k rep If you have less than 2k rep, all of your edits have to be reviewed by multiple reviewers. Also, further edits to the post are blocked until your edit has ...
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How to deal with a question that contains a false premise? How do I make a frame challenge?

General rules of thumb Before you write a frame challenge, see whether you can answer all of the following with yes: Is the misconception central to the question? If the question can be asked as well ...
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Academia varies more than you think it does – The Movie

Student Body Properties Some academic contexts do not have students at all but still fit within academia (e.g. the Institute for Advanced Study). Some have only what is usually called graduate ...
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How to deal with a question that contains a false premise? How do I make a frame challenge?

Wrong assessments of individual experiences Here the asker potentially wrongly assessed something that happened to them – as opposed to general facts. For example: Assertion: The student I supervise ...
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

Leave a comment about your significant (particularly uncertain) edits If you made a significant edit, particularly if you're not sure if you've preserved the author's meaning, leave a comment for the ...
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How to deal with a question that contains a false premise? How do I make a frame challenge?

Misconceptions about academic procedures, norms, or similar These misconceptions concern the very topic of this site. For example: Assertion: You must have a PhD to submit a paper to a journal. ...

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