I’m currently approaching the end of my undergrad, and I’m faced with a dilemma (my field is computer science). On the one hand, I have a professor that I’ve been working very closely with on some promising research, and he’s pushing very hard for me to go into grad school. On the other, I have the (extremely lucrative) world of industry beckoning. I don’t really have a chance to get into grad school anywhere but with this professor, because my grades are terrible (I’m a better researcher/programmer than student), and I would very likely do it if I wasn’t trying to get away from the town I’m going to school in (which is also my hometown).

Being in CS, I know that productive long-distance collaboration and research is possible. My question is, what are the potential pitfalls of essentially doing a Master’s “on the side”, while working a full-time (or possibly part-time) industry job in a different location?

I am citing this publication in my thesis using the author-date citation format. The article is fully accessible, however the Journal apparently placed it into an issue that will appear next year. Therefore, the citation information (BibTex) says that the year of publication is 2017. I find it a bit strange to cite future work.

When citing research articles to which year should the citation refer to? The year it appears in the Journal or the year it appeared (online)?

I’ve got a few questions about criteria for publishing on peer reviewed journals. I’ve co-authored one already however there are some non-technical questions that I tried asking others but couldn’t get sound explanations:

  1. When choosing on which appropriate journal to have your research peer-reviewed (and eventually accepted and published), what are the considerations to do, apart making a sound study and submitting to a journal whose subject is appropriate and fitting? Does one choose a journal with highest impact factor, and then if rejected, eventually submit it to another journal with lower impact factor, until it gets accepted?

  2. Is there a lower value, either academical, psychological or other, to publicating with other co-authors instead of just oneself?
    I have seen people behaving as if they lost money by acknowledging others for their discovery, or as if adding a third co-author instead of just 2 was something painful, and this wasn’t based on scarce proficiency of the potential third co-author.

  3. Is it because from 3 authors and onwards only the main author is quoted (example: Gates et al.) while if they were just 2 it’d be quoted in-text to a more psychologically appealing “Gates & Right” ?

  4. Is there any other unwritten rule as above, like other considerations frequently made by professionals but not known by newcomers or the general public?

  5. Are there any benefits from publishing research on subjects different than one’s degree/profession?

  6. How can one find journals paying authors or reviewers? Is there a directory or shared keyword or do they just go by word of mouth?

Thank you very much


I have recently completed my PhD and taken up a faculty position at another institution. My new job is busy and I regularly get emails from my PhD supervisor asking me to write protocols or for information which would take only a small amount of effort for her to find (e.g. where things are in the lab; where to order things from; which product was used for a specific experiment). I left my lab books; wrote up detailed methods in my thesis and papers and showed a lot of this stuff to her new employee before leaving. She is quite aggressive about getting this information back quickly,but is slow (weeks-months) responding to my sending her revisions on submitted papers from my thesis.

What is the etiquette after leaving a lab? For example, would it be unreasonable to remind her where the methods are written up, rather than writing out protocols with all the dilutions etc worked out? I am not looking to continue to work with my PhD lab but I would prefer to maintain a cordial relationship.

About my question i mean, if i have a report/tesis/investigation text or whatever it calls and i need references to books (in APA format) because my theacher’s ask for them, its ok if i put them even if i dont have quotes on the entire text.

About the text, its a report about the activities i do while working as intern (taking the role of the webmaster) writed in thesis format, all the activities was supported with a lot of examples i search on internet and i already put the references to them but they ask for books and i dont look or use books for the work.

In a programming in-class test, one of the problems were to write up a certain famous program in Maple. However, I had already written up this program prior to the test just as a hobby, and it was in a folder on my desktop [we were using our own laptops, no internet access]. I just copied that code into a new file, cleaned it up, and uploaded this file to the course website. I left an hour before anybody else [the exam lasted 2 hours, and I sat around pretending to be busy for 45 minutes before I left the class and went to the canteen].

Question: Is this cheating? Self-plagiarism? Have I done anything wrong here?
Should I admit this to my TA?

My dad and I have a dilemma of staying in a nationally recognized community for its middle and high schools, in Lafayette, CA, or to move to Oahu where most high schools are labeled with a 2/10 college readiness.

You see, I’m thirteen, and my dad is in a lot of debt from a long court case to move me to Lafayette and believes moving will reduce that debt, and also is consumed by extreme stress at work from his coworkers. He has a job offer at Hawaii once I finish 8th grade.

At the same time, I am a hard worker and value my education, and I best find that self educating has been my strength especially to learn software. I hope to take AP classes especially in calculus and computer science in high school to boost my chances for getting into a good university. Right now, my eyes are on UC Berkeley (if we could afford it) and my vision is to land a job in a tech company, i.e. Google. My dad and I live in a one bedroom apartment, and it is critical that I graduate from a distinguished university to help us both.

This is the reason for asking this question, whether it is more likely that I will be admitted to such university by being the top student of a school ranked #1642 nationally located in a paradise island, or rather the student who has attended a middle school that prepared him for one of the toughest high schools in the district and recognized for strong English and history classes (which I am not), ranked #203, yet in a great amount of stress?

Either way, I look forward to AP classes in Mililani or Campolindo, will self educate greatly, and look forward to presenting a strong software engineering background hopefully over 5 years and good SAT/ACT scores. In short, it sounds to me that my chances are slim in graduating to UC Berkeley from Honolulu and the chances of competing well with students with strong English background are slim as well. Which affects me more? Thanks to all who help and look into this.

I’m currently enrolled in the pharmacy Master’s program and over the previous months I have developed a strong and newly found interest in big data and Data Science. It is therefore that I want to pursue a career as a data scientist.

Pharmaceutical Science is still my number one field of expertise and interest, but I’m looking for some kind of combination of the two fields of work. In case the possibilities are there, I’m willing to get a Master’s degree in Data Science.

In this context I’m mainly focusing on career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry. This industry produces massive amounts of usable data, so I’m guessing there is enough work for data scientists. Plus I would have the advantage of knowing the content of the company because I will be a pharmacist in the near future as well.

What do you guys recommend? Do you think this is a wise step? Or do you think my pharmacy degree won’t have additional benefits to work as a data scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, so this degree would essentially go to waste?

I am student from India, thinking of applying for a PhD program next year.
However after considering the recent events in US, (also the agenda proposed by president in waiting – Donald Trump) there could be some unexpected difficulties during my studies. With respect to that, should I still consider applying?
Please answer considering the following points.

  • I will be an immigrant in US.(i.e. living on F1 visa)
  • I have read that the government will cut short research funding in science.
  • I might be looking for internships (in both academia and industry) in between my studies.

    Please note that I am in no way stereotyping the American population. I have seen my American friends/relatives very much concerned in regard to this. Hence, looking for a honest answer.