I am a graduate student in mathematics currently applying for jobs in the US, mostly at small liberal arts institutions.

I have accepted an invite to give a talk at a school in mid-November. May I list this talk on my current CV and expect people to realize that as it’s dated “November 2016,” it is scheduled but has yet to happen? Do I need to mark it as tentative? Or should I simply leave it off?

I am now applying for postdoc (mathematics) and starting to search for jobs in mathjobs. In quite a lot of situation, the job description ask for three letter of recommendation. My question are:

  • When they ask for three letter, for example here, can I have 4 or 5 letters sent to that university? (I planned to have 3-4 letter for research and 1 for teaching).

  • If I can only send three letter, is it preferable to have 3 letters all focusing on research aspects, or 2 on research and 1 on teaching (assuming that that postdoc job requires one to teach)?

I’m editing a dissertation for APA style. I’m encountering a number of transcribed interviews that appear similar to the following:

I’m very consis-…ah, -consistent…yeah.

The ellipsis issues aside, this is the first time I’ve encountered dashes as shown above.

It appears that the dashes are cues for an incomplete word in the first part of the quote and for the complete word in the second part of the quote.


In any case, my inclination is to suggest to the author that they rewrite the text by using brackets, i.e.:

I’m very consis[tent] . . . yeah. (If pause and hesitation are not crucial.)

I’m very consis-(pause) . . . ah, consistent . . . yeah. (If pause and hesitation are crucial.)

For those of you who are well-versed in APA for dissertation purposes, would you agree with this or suggest a different way of handling it?

Note: I was not successful in looking for guidance in APA 6th edition and at apastyle blog.

I know that there exists programs like tikz and such that allow you to make fairly neat graphical images…. but what if you want to make a graph based on a real data set?

I know paper writers will often use R and python or whatever to produce their graphs, but what about book writers? They very often have unique designs for their dataset representations.

Can u make them urself, or is it something the publisher pays others for, or what?

I’m a grad students on the academic job market (social sciences, US). Many postings ask for 1-2 writing samples. Is it ever appropriate to send in a paper that has a co-author? I do have other sole-authored products I can send in (book chapter, manuscript under review), but this is the only work that’s been published in a well known journal in the field. (I was second author.) Would committees rather see co-authored published work or is there a large premium on sole authored writing samples?

Simple question: how do you know that you’re an invited speaker for a conference?

For example, if you receive an email “For your information, this is our next conference” is obviously not an invitation. What about “I would like to invite you to contribute”? Is there an strict definition of Invited Speaker?

I am finishing my first paper. I am unaware of how I should treat a certain situation, and have come here for advice.

The paper is about 30 pages long. I have written 26 of those pages. On the pages I wrote, the other person helped with how thoughts are to be expressed, but all the theorems and proofs were done by me. The ideas of the paper are mine, and their execution.

How is the authorship to be divided in such an example? Should I be the first author or the corresponding author? Both? Should he be the second author, or the co-author?

I read this answer here, saying in math and computer science all authors are considered to have contributed equally. How should the ranking be notated than?

Also, how are these things to be notated in Latex?