I just talked to a postdoc at a different university, and he complained that every time he submitted a paper, some PhD students in the group would be the first author.

This is a complaint that I have heard before, from different people. PhD students are considered academic children by advisor, and postdocs are, well, adopted/step children.

I also notice that some people published a lot of papers as first author during PhD time, and never be first author again in 3 years of postdoc.

What is the strategy to detect and avoid such PI?


I’m asking in the cases that I know clearly that the postdoc did all the everything, and were still the second author.

When you are in a research group, you can’t never do research alone. In the best case, you still need the PI to finance you to attend conference (which costs thousands of dollards).

I just talked to a postdoc at a different university, and he complained that every time he submitted a paper, some PhD students in the group would be the first author.

This is a complaint that I have heard before, from different people. PhD students are considered academic children by advisor, and postdocs are, well, adopted/step children.

I also notice that some people published a lot of papers as first author during PhD time, and never be first author again in 3 years of postdoc.

What is the strategy to detect and avoid such PI?


UPDATE

I’m asking in the cases that I know clearly that the postdoc did all the everything, and were still the second author.

When you are in a research group, you can’t never do research alone. In the best case, you still need the PI to finance you to attend conference (which costs thousands of dollards).

It has been approximately 2 years that we are trying to a push a paper(CS) to get it published. We think, the work is/was a novel that focused on the development of a new dynamic system that works under uncertainty constraints. However, it gets rejected every time and the most frustrating thing is that the reviews we get are completely absurd. Please see the following reasons of rejection in brief (Duration of review is written in bracket). Submission to subsequent journals also included after incorporating review comments of the previous journal.


Journal 1: The abstract should not contain citation. [14 months]

Journal 2: The paper is out of scope.[2.5 months] — The paper was actually coming in the scope of the journal. But, after request also, the EIC didn’t take it.

Journal 3: This journal have stopped publishing papers related to … [1 month]

Journal 4: Similar type of work was done in [some old papers published by journals in Beall’s list]. Hence, it does not offer any novelty. [7 months] — We are sure that the reviewer didn’t read the paper. Probably, (she)he did some google search over the title. Got something and commented.


After lots of improvement and getting the paper reviewed by few fellow researchers in our lab, we are not getting anything substantial about such random rejection.

  • What could be some possible problem?
  • Does our country name (India) influence the rejection? [I don’t think so]
  • Should we put the paper in the garbage and move on with other works?
  • Are these predatory publishers (published articles) the rejection for our paper?

I started to have more and more international collaborations recently resulting in more and more (video conference) meetings. While in some meetings, there is one guys summing up the result of the meeting and send it around to everybody via email, I do not think this is the optimal way as sometimes people share references or results and then they send it again via email to everybody.

My questions now is if you have any recommendations on what to use for a shared meetings log or a shared electronic notebook, where everybody can contribute to? Requirements would be

  • ability to type formulas
  • insert images
  • insert link
  • accessible for editing by everybody (maybe after some kind of registration)

I am an undergraduate mathematics major, entering my fourth year. I plan on applying to graduate school, but I have not yet taken the GRE exams, and there a few key courses (Topology and Algebra in particular) that I have not taken yet, so I am hesitant to take the Advanced Math GRE too soon. (If you’re wondering why I haven’t taken Topology and Algebra yet, it’s because I was trying to secure a CS degree, which sidetracked my mathematical studies last year. It was a healthy branching out experience, and one that helped me realize my true academic passion.)

My main question: what is the perception of students who take a gap year between their graduation and starting graduate school?

I think I will take the GRE tests this fall, a) for practice and b) if I score high, then I might as well apply sooner rather than later. However, I ask this question to gauge how much energy I should put into preparing for the tests this fall. If I hear, “You should really do your best to avoid any gap in your education,” then I will work my butt off in preparation for the tests. But if I hear, “It’s totally okay take a gap year before going into graduate school,” then I would give myself more freedom in terms of my non-standardized-exam studies, extracurriculars, and in general social activities. I figure the answer to this question won’t be as cut-and-dry as I hope, but any advice would be appreciated!

Just to clarify, my gap year would not consist of me sitting at my desk taking practice GRE exams all day… That would be a pitiful use of my time. I definitely plan working either as an intern or a research assistant at a successful organization. It seems like the general consensus is that taking time off is okay, and potentially beneficial, assuming you actually do something in that gap.

Current scenario (A):

  1. Submit a paper for free. No matter the quality of the paper, submit anyway. What have you to lose?
  2. If your work is accepted, pay to actually confirm the acceptance of your work, and present it to the world.

Proposed scenario (B):

  1. Submission fees: Anyone who wants to submit to a conference pays a certain amount. $200, say. Hefty enough to discourage ‘spam’ submissions.
  2. If your work is accepted, you present without having to pay any extra registration fees.

I don’t understand why (B) isn’t obvious, from a quality control point of view, as well as a more obvious way of funding conferences. Only work that an author knows (thinks, really) is worthy of acceptance need submit, please.

Interestingly, some schools allow applicants to submit their self-reported GRE score in the applications. The official score is only required if the applicant is admitted.

More interestingly, some schools allow applicants to submit their application without a score – only a registration date and number. But state the official score be submitted, I guess, separately (without explicitly stating before the deadline).

Has anyone perhaps noticed and took advantage of this without being penalized in your admission chances? Would love to hear your experience.

I am updating my CV for graduate school applications and I have an awards/honors section and I am unsure how to incorporate a fellowship I received. With the way I have things formatted, every entry looks something like:

Name of award               Date when I received award and institution name if relevant

Description of the award

In every other instance, the description doesn’t refer back to me in any way but I am having a hard time doing this with this fellowship. The best that I have been able to come up with is along the lines of

Summer Research Fellowship               Summer 2016, Blah Blah Blah University

I was one of four graduate students from Blah Blah Blah University’s Mathematics Department to receive a fellowship during the Summer of 2016. I worked under Dr. Something, researching stuff that contributed towards my thesis.

Does this seem alright? Also, the research I did this summer is a part of my thesis, however my thesis is not complete yet and will not be until the spring. The way its written now makes it seem like my thesis is written (at least to me), so is there a better way to state this and make it seem more ongoing?