This comes following my other question. When writing a research plan/statement when applying for an assistant professor position, how should be the document structure?

I have to explain a few (e.g., 3- 5) topics for my future research.

Should these be general topics or as specific as a research proposal?

Should I prove that I have a strong background in these fields or it is enough that the ideas are novel and attractive?

Should I include technical data/figures or the purpose is just the general description?

Should I explain expected outcome as we do in a proposal?

Is there any research/study/survey/… that tried to estimate how much it would cost to remove paper pay-walls so that all research papers are made publicly available free of charge?

E.g. France paid Elsevier 172 million EUR so that 476 universities and medical center can have legal access to 2000 journals for five years. I wonder how much it would cost to buy the access to all papers so that anyone can access then.

I recently joined the editorial board of a decent OA journal. I got requests to handle quite some manuscripts very soon.

I accepted to handle the first 2 and soon I saw another two and then another 2. So I got invitation for 6 manuscripts within a week and they are still coming.

I am a 5th year AP and don’t have much time to handle all of them. So I need to make some decisions.

Finally I decided to handle at most 5 on my hands at the same time.

This is my first time being on editor board and I need lots of input. What’s your suggestions?

The other question is that I was thinking about inviting some PhD scientists (Bio and Pharma) as the reviewers because I met them in related meetings and I think they could do some fair reviews. Would that be OK in general?

Thanks for the suggestions.

When reviewing hundreds of applications, search committees quickly look for publications and groups the applicant has worked in to make the short-list.

I had a successful but unusual career, working in industry, successful startup, and even extraordinary educational programs.

How can I make my CV attract to persuade the committee to stop by and find the significant of my uncommon works?

For a consistent look of typographic fonts I often use Latex’s overpic to add text to figures. My question: do editors/reviewers of publishing venues (physics and computer science) reject this practice or not? Generally speaking here. The publishing venue I am currently writing for has not prohibited overpic, but I (and possibly other overpic users) would like to hear an answer upfront, so we can make a well-thought decision about whether to use overpic or not.

N.B.: no need to provide overpic alternatives, I am aware of them, none of them really match overpic’s results. I am interested in comments/answers why or in which cases overpic should not be used. I am for example assuming editors hardly change a figure (generally speaking), which may be a wrong assumption.

For a PhD application due in mid-December to Mid-January, what is the deadline for sending the GRE and TOEFL scores? I know the answer is different based on the university and the program I am applying to, but I think there is some date which I can’t exceed.

I want to apply for a PhD program this year, the deadline for the application is between mid-December and Mid-January, but the GRE and TOEFL scores won’t be available till mid-March. Is that acceptable?

What are advantages and drawbacks of starting a computer science PhD funded both by the university and a company, compared to a PhD fully funded by the university?

I can provide more details about the context pointing out some hypotheses that I have done so far.

A company:

  • will provide proprietary data;
  • will stimulate about solutions for current issues;
  • will impose constraints on PhD topic (it could be slightly modified, but no more);
  • will impose some constraints about publications, e.g. they would delay publications until new outcomes are started in the company production line.

On the other hand, without a company:

  • no proprietary data;
  • less stimulating scenario compared to issues coming from a real scenario (?);
  • free management of PhD topic (you could modify significantly during the 3-year research);
  • no problem about publications;
  • more “theoretical” research.

I will appreciate any experiences, especially computer science area.

Is there any unified platform that would list the deadlines (especially the submission deadlines) for conferences/journals? Ideally I would like to select a few conferences/journals I am interested in publishing to, and the website would give me the list of upcoming deadlines.

Right now I have to check out each individual conference/journal website, which is pretty tedious and error-prone (all the more so as it is pretty common for deadline to be extended).

I am mostly interested in the field of computer science > machine learning, and English-speaking venues.

I’m an undergraduate who recently was involved in writing a paper where I did most, if not all, of the work writing the manuscript. The PhD student basically “dumped” his project into my lap after a year of sitting on the results, and asked me to write it. I wasn’t really involved in the project, except for a few small things in the beginning.

I’m currently listed as third author on the paper; the second author is completely out of the picture, and has not contributed at all to the paper (the PhD student has at least provided some edits). Should I argue that because I wrote the paper, despite not doing all of the research that the second author did, that I should be listed as second author?

As the deadline grew nearer, I found myself picking up more and more of the responsibility of the paper. I was initially happy to be third author, but when I found myself writing the entire paper, I think that my contributions are a lot greater than I had initially anticipated.

However, I’ve never been involved in writing a paper before, so I don’t know what the etiquette is for these types of scenarios. Should the second author be listed on the paper at all, or should we swap places in authorship? I don’t think that the second author will even read the paper before it’s published anyways. Should I talk to the PhD student that I think I should get more recognition for the work I’ve done on this paper, because I feel like I honestly should be first author considering that if I didn’t write this paper, it never would have been written, or should I just be happy where I am?

I’m not really sure what to do! Any advice would be immensely helpful.

In my country, we have to do a year of military service after graduating. The service starts in January. If I applied for a PhD program and get accepted, I won’t know till March or April, after I have entered the service. Will the university accept postponing my admission for another year?

I will apply before the service, in case I get excused.