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Thread: Citing Authors I haven't read

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25-Apr-18, 12:55
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Just an example of where you can cite scientific papers without having read them. It isn't just black and white - there are several grey areas.

Thread: Offer Letter

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24-Apr-18, 23:58
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Yay! Relieves some of the pressure doesn't it? Now go and enjoy yourself for 3 weeks : )

Thread: Citing Authors I haven't read

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24-Apr-18, 23:55
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No... don't agree at all... I use a statistical software called R. We need to cite papers that reference particular packages in this software. To read them would be madness - they are about how they were developed, troubleshooting etc. We follow online tutorials as a guide to how to use functions within the packages - the paper citing part is simply to acknowledge who developed it.

Thread: Help please; major crisis of confidence

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23-Apr-18, 21:53
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Hope you are OK!

Thread: I didn't get any scholarships :(

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23-Apr-18, 21:42
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Quote From ethanscott:
The ones who have talent are never sponsored.


That's quite a statement!

Thread: Offer Letter

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23-Apr-18, 20:30
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Hi there

Yes, I wouldn't worry yet. But you can always ring the admin team and annoy them (and hopefully get a bit of peace of mind that it is on its way or an idea of how long it is likely to take).

Congratulations!

Thread: Offered a PhD, not fully funded. Need help to decide

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23-Apr-18, 18:36
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I agree - if you can get it fully funded or free elsewhere then do that (unless you're very wealthy and/or strongly desire to study in the UK).

Thread: Afraid that Colleague Will Sabotage My PhD

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21-Apr-18, 12:17
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I think it would seem very strange to warn your supervisor and show them a photograph. I think the best thing you can do is to make a good impression on your supervisor (e.g., that you are hardworking, trustworthy, reliable etc). That way he/she will already have formed their good impression of you, and would be unlikely to be too influenced by hearing something otherwise from someone that they didn't know - that is if they DID happen to hear something bad.

Good luck!

Thread: Citing Authors I haven't read

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20-Apr-18, 22:06
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I also cite lots of statistics papers that I've never read... I need to acknowledge them because they authored the approach or the program... but in most cases reading them would be a complete waste of time! : )

Thread: Journal scientific moral integrity

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20-Apr-18, 21:57
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I think I that I would think that is important. I wasn't actually aware that some journals didn't include blind reviewers. I am so little known in my field though that it would hardly matter. Another thing is - apparently you can often guess whose work it is anyway - if you're fairly familiar with the topic/area.

Thread: How to deal with fellow PhD students

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20-Apr-18, 15:45
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Thanks! And oh absolutely! One of my PhD friends always makes me feel a bit bad going on about how great her PhD is, and her supervisors are, and all her future prospects are! I'm not the sort to get jealous, but if I was, then I would be. Very! :-D I guess you can console yourself that you could have worse things to worry about :-D

Thread: Afraid that Colleague Will Sabotage My PhD

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20-Apr-18, 14:20
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Take these danger signals seriously! Be polite when you see her but avoid her at all costs! Keeping your head down is probably the best bet in this situation.

If you don't give her any more information, or listen to her information about others, then she won't have much ammunition she can use against you. Others will have given her the cold shoulder before, so it isn't like she won't be used to that. Just be polite but don't engage beyond that.

Chances are, she already has a reputation, and so people would take anything she says with a pinch of salt anyway. In the same way that you realised that she is just a gossip, so will others. In the end, your own behaviour will speak louder than anything she says. But do be careful!

Thread: How to deal with fellow PhD students

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20-Apr-18, 13:05
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I think the only thing you can do is make the reason for why you did it transparent (e.g., I've selected people who haven't spoken in a while, as this seemed the logical way to do this), and try not to mind about people's attitudes. As long as you know you're not being arrogant or unfair here and you make that clear, then they will just have to get over it. It probably just arises from insecurities as you mention. It is hard to do much at your end to fix others' problems. Hard as it can be, try not to mind : )

Thread: Citing Authors I haven't read

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20-Apr-18, 12:03
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Well, chances are he can google it and see what it is about and what the key themes are in it even if he is unable to read the whole book or part of it. Unless he is saying that it says a specific thing and he isn't actually sure whether it does say that, then I don't see what the big deal is really. Yes of course it is good practise and makes sense to read every source you cite. But in some instances, it may not be possible or even necessary. For instance, if you just want to acknowledge that there is a particular alternative view in the field. For example - Chomsky posits that language acquisition is an innate skill (Chomsky, 1965). If you can't get the book but you and everybody in your field knows that this is what this man stands for and that's what that book was about and you're citing it just to show that there is a view out there that is alternative to your own... then what is the big deal?

Thread: No idea how to make money in science!

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20-Apr-18, 10:32
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I don't know your company or area of work but in general I think if £££ is the goal then the best bet is work your way up... team manager, so forth... until your experience and skills afford you a more lucrative role! I don't know how a PhD would equip you better than the MSc you already have, unless you have a specific goal in mind that requires you to have a doctorate. Doing a PhD is a sure way to get stressed and strapped for cash! Do not enter unless you really want or need to have a PhD!
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