For example, if I were able to get an article from arXiv in a format that isn’t PDF, such as LaTeX, docx, html, markdown (really anything covered by pandoc, since that’s what I’m using).

From what I can tell, arXiv lets you do this if the article is under CC BY or CC BY-SA license. Does anyone know approx what % of articles on arXiv fall under those?

Also, are there any other pre-print servers which would allow this? They can cover any field and don’t have to be in English.

In many of my classes (mainly with undergraduate students), I begin every class session with a reading quiz, that is, a short, simple multiple-choice quiz on their assigned reading, to make sure that the students have read before class so that I can spend class time on more challenging and interesting topics than merely regurgitating the textbook for them. This counts for around 5% of the course grade. This technique has transformed my teaching, so I want to retain it in principle. However, there are many logistic challenges to administering these quizzes when I occasionally teach large lecture classes of over 100 students (especially Internet connection problems). So, I want to try to move these quizzes to the course learning management system (LMS), due the night before the class session.

My challenge is that I am afraid that many students might cheat and answer questions by looking up the reading material or sharing answers. When I do reading quizzes in class, I invigilate to restrict cheating, but I would not be present during the online quiz. I have researched and plan to implement multiple techniques to limit cheating in online quizzes (e.g. limited answer time; rotating questions for different students; etc.), cheating cannot be completely eliminated. My main concern with cheating (other than students hurting their conscience) is that if they don’t read the assignment, then their learning during class next day would be severly limited.

With that background, my specific question here is: what is an appropriate amount of course weight to assign online quizzes that are given before every course session, considering the risk that student cheating might be quite high? For me, giving no course weight at all for these quizzes is not an option–a reading quiz that carries no weight is virtually useless.

I am applying for graduate physics and I was wondering to work with a well-known professor in Caltech. He is a pioneer in the field that I am interested in. I have a kinda outstanding background, however, I am not sure if the professor is looking for exotic genius students who have completed their master at 18 or something! In this sense, I am very ordinary. How should I send an email to the professor and finally understand if I have any chance to do my PhD under his supervision or not?

P.S. I just want to know how one should contact a professor to make themselves sure that whether the professor is willing to accept them as a graduate student. I do not ask please decide on behalf of me.

I’m a Graduate Teaching Assistant in a Mathematics at a large state university. In the fall semester, I will be expected to be a TA for Calculus I, which will be taken by first year students. The course coordinator has set aside 5% as the ‘recitation grade.’ The coordinator has allowed the teaching assistants to use these 5% points at their own discretion.

What are some effective ways teaching assistants can use to implement the 5% grading policy in the recitations.

I am interested in exporting and redistributing arXiv papers and will need the source on them. It looks like this is allowed so long as they fall under CC BY or CC BY-SA licenses. However, I’m not sure how viable it is, because I don’t know how many papers are typically published with those licenses.

It says on their bulk data page that “A small fraction of submissions are made with other licenses and this information is available in the OAI-PMH metadata.” So the data are available there, but I’m only not sure how to harvest these data from the OAI.

Do professors truly get to work on whatever they want, in research?

I just read a job description for a post-doc position; the job sounds extremely specialized, with no room to do anything else outside of that job requirement.

And generally professors are funded by external agencies to do pretty specific research.

Is there really academic freedom for professors in the United States?

In a very reputed private university, there is a rule for sending thesis to internal(national) and external(international) examiner for evaluation. After a report from two reviewers, a viva is conducted. For the last few years, I am noticing that some departments are inviting local professors to thesis defense who have virtually no research relationships with the thesis. They are being invited just because of financial constraints or quid pro quo relationship between professors who just do this to please their friendly peers in academia. By inviting local professors, the university is saving up money from travel and lodging expenses.

Is this process legal?

I am about to finish my first year of MS leading to Ph.D. Our team works on cable Robotics. At first, when I joined prof asked me to do a computer vision problem of tracking. I spent 5 months to do that job with my coursework as well, and then he asked me to do a human-robot interaction job. I did that as well within 2 months. I’ve written 2 conferences and 1 journal and about to start the 2nd journal. But my supervisor is not happy with me. He always complains to me about you are slow in learning and doing things. I’ve changed my major and working in a country where I have a language barrier as well. My prof is not helping me in my research work, he is working on a different field. I came here for the purpose of learning from the Prof. And he will assign me some material to learn as I’ve just an undergrad degree. What should I do? Should I ask him to split my degree into 2 parts, a Masters and a PhD? So that in a worst case scenario, I can leave with one degree.

Is there a better preprint site then arXiv for an Engineering dataset?

I will be publishing a paper in an Engineering journal based on a dataset aggregated from other published projects. For various reasons I would like to make the dataset, and an accompanying one page white paper, available before the paper has made its way through the review process. The obvious solution is a preprint site. I’m aware of arXiv, but wonder if there is a better option for this engineering focused dataset. The expected outlet is an IEEE Journal, if that matters.