From spending time here on Academia SE, I know that many researchers think that it’s wise to keep their work closely guarded, at least until it gets published or put on the ArXiv.

Does the same advice generally apply to someone who’s making progress on a masters thesis; of course, this is not at a professional level of research, but perhaps the thesis could turn out to be publishable or just…better-than-expected (but not publishable). Should a masters student also aim to keep his thesis work closely guarded and only talk about the research question with his advisor, until the work is completed?

Part of me feels that doing this kind of abandons relationships with other masters students, but I also don’t want to regret oversharing too early. What do you think?


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