ArXiv expects (La)TeX sources to be submitted rather than a PDF. But – if you build a document on a different system – different TeX distribution with different updates – you are not guaranteed to get exactly the same result. Worse than that – some packages/functionality which you’re using may be missing.

How, then, should I approach making sure my (hopefully upcoming) ArXiv upload actually build and produce as little divergence from the version I build at home?

There are huge data sets available online, for example from KEEEl. I read a paper in my area which used about 14 data sets from the KEEL. I used two of these dataset taken from the KEEL website. I am working on a relative topic but it is different. Must I mention that these two datasets were studied in another paper?

I’m currently doing university level continuing education in Quebec, Canada. As part of my degree, I want to do some courses from another university online. I’ve talked to my chairperson, and he validated certain courses. So I made an application this January, and recently received a conditional offer of admission.

One of the conditions was receiving the official transcript from my current university. No problem, right? Simply ask my home university to send them the document: they have an online form for it, which I filled out, and off it went.

What I’m concerned about is that under the Documents to send is listed “Official transcript” and under details, “with H18.” What is H18? Does it refer to something that must be on the document, or something about the university?

Screenshot of missing documents

I’m in the throes of writing my first substantial research paper in the field of Information Science. The topic looks promising and my advisor seems pleased with the work. Because of the nature of the work, there are a lot of intermediate steps involved in obtaining the raw data, preprocessing the data, then running the experiment proper and recording the results. These intermediate steps involved a lot of programming on my part, building one-shot tools to solve problems along the way to conducting the experiments.

I understand that reproducibility is a huge issue in computer science and I wish to lesson the burden upon my future self and upon my lab mates if/when the time comes to follow up on this trail of experiments. Certain software has to be installed, path variables have to be configured, firewall settings have to be set up to allow transference of data – and similar technical problems that wouldn’t be appropriate to include in the resultant research paper proper.

How do I record all of these technical and procedural steps such that a future interested party (be it myself or one of my lab mates, or perhaps even an outsider to the lab who has an academic interest in the resultant paper and software) can reproduce the experiment? Do I leave myself open to being “scooped” if I set up a website with an academic blog or wiki in it?

As an undergraduate student, I wrote a science paper. Because I was learning to write, I used the form and structure of a paper on a completely different topic; in fact, it was a slightly different discipline all together. So my paper has a similar layout, transitions, and structure as said author, though no information/content/subject matter/ or topic is the same.

Unfortunately, years later I published the paper in a non-peer reviewed publication, and it was not until I googled my name and compared the two articles that I saw the similar language. I totally freaked out and immediately contacted the author of the original piece.

The author told me that I had not stolen ideas or scholarship, since no content or subject matter is the same, so assured me that it is no big deal. He told me it was inappropriate but not a big deal and that there was no reason to retract the article. He said I was over reacting because of my stress of graduate school and that I should shake it off and move on. He also said that I had not violated him and that he learned prose and structure from his professors anyway.

Still a month has passed and my anxiety over this has not passed. Is this an issue that I should bring to the editor? I was willing to retract the article and it was the author who has said I shouldn’t; I’d rather lose my reputation than harm someone else, and I mean it. It was a stupid undergraduate mistake, where I knew to cite my sources but somehow overlooked citing a form of a paper (actually the author told me I didn’t need to cite his paper; just should have rewritten a few of the sentences). I wrote the author back about this, and he again repeated that I should shake it off.

What do you think? Should articles be retracted for this? What is my moral duty?

Edit: It’s not just the formal template that I followed, but the language – i.e. transition words. The order of the introduction is the same, for example. I said why the world needs the paper in a similar language even though there was two totally different topics and subject matters. It was inappropriate, now maybe we don’t retract articles for this sort of thing, I don’t know.

Simply put, if anyone, be it a colleague, relative, potential employer, or colleague, requests to the pertinent department, in the university I study/ied in, certain information about myself, will it be able to have it?

These informations, such as grades, year, internships I applied to, if I live(d) in a fraternity or dorms, etc, are all under the same regulation; or do each of them have their own set of restriction regarding disclosure?

Finally, does that still apply to international students and/or people who have already (under)graduated and thus are no longer in the institution? There is indeed the Buckley Amendment (FERPA), but it only covers educational records.

PS: regarding USA norms

I’m in the throws of writing my first substantial research paper in the field of Information Science. The topic looks promising and my advisor seems pleased with the work. Because of the nature of the work, there are a lot of intermediate steps involved in obtaining the raw data, preprocessing the data, then running the experiment proper and recording the results. These intermediate steps involved a lot of programming on my part-building one-shot tools to solve problems along the way to conducting the experiments.

I understand that reproducibility is a huge issue in computer science and I wish to lesson the burdon upon my future self and upon my lab mates if/when the time comes to follow up on this trail of experiments. Certain software has to be installed, path variables have to be configured, firewall settings have to be set up to allow transference of data – and similar technical problems that wouldn’t be appropriate to include in the resultant research paper proper.

How do I record all of these technical and procedural steps such that a future interested party (be it myself or one of my lab mates -perhaps even an outsider to the lab who has an academic interest in the resultant paper and software) can reproduce the experiment? Do I leave myself open to being “scooped” if I set up a website with an academic blog or wiki in it?

I am studying in private university in Poland. As this is not my first institution, I have a diploma and I have transferred some grades into my current university. But I have a question which does not have an answer in contract.

Do I have to pay for subjects and classes that I have been detached from and do not attend?

I am wondering about this because if I want (or need) to study subject once again for any reasons, I am obliged to extra pay for it.
And the amount of money is very similar to cost per year / number of subjects.

Dean’s Office answered that cost of study is given in contract and it can’t be changed. (But the fact that I pay more for attending additional classes is a case of double standards, ha-ha).

From the point of view of law, is it OK that university doesn’t want to make a discount or refund me cost of subject I do not attend?

Hi please tell me if i’m wrong here, I started a course a few years ago, may be 2.

It was an accountancy course, the ACCA. I left the course after 3 lessons out of 10 as the tutor who was supposed to do the course left on maternity leave and was replaced with a foreign (European) tutor who spoke broken English and all she did was try to make small talk jokes. Now I left the course and explained that this wasn’t something that I signed up for and now they want £2300 of me. but I’m refusing to pay. Am I right or wrong and if someone can point me in the correct direction on how to proceed.