I am writing a biology research paper. My topic is related to organs transplantation (current issues, ethical problems etc). I have written a draft and showed it to my professor. She was satisfied with the content and research, but she told that I need to work on my writing. According to her, I didn’t follow the structure, but I have no idea how am I supposed to build my research paper. Can somebody give me suggestions or recommend me articles about research paper writing?

I am supervising a master student for his thesis in a technology field. His English is so-so and it takes quite a bit of work to correct it. I feel that correcting English is not my job, but to correct the technical aspects of the manuscript. Back when I was a student, I knew of students whose English wasn’t that great and who would ask friends to correct their grammar, spelling, and wording. Can I ask my student to have his text corrected in this way—of course not the technical content! I would not consider it “somebody else’s work,” since it would also not count as contribution in the sense of authorship. However, I am also not sure whether it is rude to have him ask somebody else to proof-read. At my university we even have an official proofreading service (but only for PhD candidates), so I would expect it to be okay.

I’ve written a small piece of software which allows users to gain easy access to nice visualization of computed chemical reactions. It’s great having such videos in a presentation in a professional environment but it’s also nice for teaching or just science communication, even simple videos get quite a lot of views on youtube and they can be used for sparking interest in STEM careers.

I was thinking about writing a small tutorial about how to produce data to visualize using freeware and how to handle the software to make such videos in addition to providing the software. Since I’m already producing a manuscrip I thought I might be able to publish it rather than just putting it on a preprint server.

However, it’s out of scope for the chemistry journals I’ve looked at and also the chemistry education journal. I thought about science communication journals (terrible search phrase) but all that I could find are reporting on research regarding science communication and tools helping with science communication don’t seem to fit.

Any idea where such an article could be published?

I know this board isn’t meant to answer deep personal questions, so I try to keep this rather general as it is kind of related to this and this.

I pursued the goal of getting a PhD / doing research for a long time. Mostly for personal (/ego) reasons.

Now, as I am about to finish my master’s degree, it becomes more and more clear, that I am probably not qualified for a doctorate. I prolonged the time on both of my degrees. My grades are average at best and I rarely enjoyed sitting in lectures. I am particularly bad at writing anything scientifically like my thesis, papers or even emails (which leads to massive procrastination and delay on this tasks). Researching on theoretical topics is often difficult for me as I tend to skim most of the papers. And, to be honest, I enjoy practical tasks like creating, implementing or improving algorithms, the most.

Soon I have to decide if I find myself an industry job or a PhD program. But should I even pursue a PhD with this kind of flaws?

At my previous job I wrote a small paper draft, which was funded by a non-profit foundation. In this draft I solved a small but existing scientific problem. So I elaborated this to make it close to a complete publication.

I put also the coworker who acquired the funds for the research as second coauthor, although his sole contributions to the publication were minor error corrections. He is also a full-time professor in a similar field and was excited about my findings. He said that there are a few points missing to make a full publication and we should work on this as soon as he will have time.

This was more than one and half year ago. Afterwards, I wrote him three times that we should continue on this and if he doesn’t have time, then he should write me what is missing and I will finish the publication. He postponed the work always by half a year. My last email I sent him a couple months ago, he didn’t answer at all.

I’m still interested in publishing the research even on myself. Hence, I would like to know how to proceed best in this situation.

  • Can I continue on myself and try to publish with his name on it?
  • Can I remove his name since he did not contribute anything beside small corrections (should be possible to verify afterwards on svn repository)
  • Third option, is it possible to just write a small article on my personal blog where I present the findings with new text and new code.
  • It is also possible to extend my idea to a more general case and use the special case just as an example. How can I proceed on this?
  • The last option would be to ask the last time with a fixed deadline. But I think he set it two times by postponing by half a year?
  • something else?

Thanks in advance

There have been stories recently of students who were expelled from university for derogatory things they said online. It got me wondering if a student would be expelled for saying something derogatory online, except when they were a minor. In this scenario the student wouldn’t have been 17 (right before they entered college) but more around the age of 13-15 when they made the comments (many years before enrolling).

I know this probably depends on each university’s own code of conduct, but I have no specific institution in mind. Answers based off your own university are fine, and I’m more interested in Canadian universities (although members of universities in the US, Europe, etc are also welcomed to share any info).

To me it doesn’t make much sense for a student to be punished for something they said years ago as a young teenager, but I digress.

I have recently read many questions about doing a second PhD and (to my surprise) most people consider it a bad move. Also – it looks like some universities (for example Berkeley) even have formal policies against it.

I am now finishing two master degrees in Computer Science. My university is #1 in Poland, however in rankings such as QS or THE it’s only around the 500-600 range (very low compared to my target).

I planned to apply for a PhD to a top 100 university in the world, and if I failed, then I would first do a PhD in my university and then – empowered with experience, a degree and papers – apply again for another PhD in a top 100 school. If I failed again, then I would do more papers and try again and again and again until success. This way I could “upgrade” my PhD.

This was before I found that there is formal policy against it (in USA, because in Poland no one seems to have any problem with it).

Now I am wondering what my options are. What can I do to maximize my chances of getting into a top 100 university from my position?

One may ask why I would even want to “upgrade” my PhD – I assume that getting a PhD from a widely recognized university will considerably improve my possibilities for working with the best people in the field.

I think it’s fairly common practice to isolate some parts of a thesis, if interesting enough, and publish them as a paper after properly changing structure and style.

Is the opposite possible, if the paper has been submitted to a journal and is under review? And what if it actually gets published before the dissertation?