Category: Scientific conventions

Why PhD Students Should Not Select a Broad Research Topic?

For a PhD candidate entering graduate school, the first several weeks are exciting. Besides starting classes, the student…
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How to Structure your Dissertation?

Pulling together years of research into a dissertation may seem a daunting task. But it needn’t be. If…
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What You Should Know about Scientific Authorship

In scientific research, there are often numerous contributors on papers and studies, especially in the university setting where…
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A Research Paper Available Online Has Greater Chance Of Being Corrected

An academic paper published and shared online will be corrected or retracted much more often than a research…
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Academic Publishing Waiver Raises Concern

Academic publishing as it is known in the United States is being compromised by a publishing waiver that…
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Refereeing Journal Articles: Is it Worth the Time?

Reviewing journal articles as a referee is a lot of work. My adviser in graduate school once remarked…
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A guide to SI units and their usage

Physical quantities like weights and measures have been standardized through a network of international agreements which collectively form…
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Accuracy: Random and Systematic Errors

Accuracy or precision is probably the most critical characteristic of measured or collected data. The nature of conclusions derived from the data, and eventually the quality of the work is determined by the extent of precision in both measurements and analyses. This post describes some of the sources of error (both random and systematic), how these can be isolated, and the statistical distributions used to characterize them.

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