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In your opinion, Why big name journals (high impact) develop companion or sister journals?
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I have noticed this situation developing as well and think that the reasons are:
1. excess number of articles
Often, it seems, they want to keep those articles but it might be slightly below the level they want to put in their "top" journal
2. excess number of editors
This is a good problem to have because it is hard to fill these positions sometimes
3. The field is growing so much and it is not possible to put all the articles in for all the subsections so they turn each of those subsections into a whole journal by itself
This situation reminds me of television shows which are really successful so they develop a "spin off" show from that which is not really directly related. All of these points (1-3, TV shows) all comes back to (or is unified by) one point for me - they see the opportunity to make more money!!
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Hi everyone
Language editing is a major concern for authors who do not have English as their primary language. Problems with grammar, language, and syntax can result in the rejection of manuscripts from international biomedical Journals. The editors and experts often recommend professional editing which can sometimes cost hundreds of dollars. This is not feasible nor affordable for the majority of authors and researchers based in developing countries who do not have sufficient funds or institutional support.
Many online language editing softwares are now available but the better ones have limited functionality for the free version for example Grammarly.
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You can use grammarly
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Have you used the article summarizer Scholarcy https://www.scholarcy.com/? What was your experience with it? Can you tell me how accurate the summarized information is?
Thanks in advance for your answers!
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It is an application with the slogan "read less, learn more". This slogan is completely against the nature of the academy. I think it's good for lazy students to prepare homework, that's all. And maybe the app could be useful for non-academic uses, such as summarizing the news feed.
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How do you edit a project? There is no "edit" button associated with it.
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Hola Miguel!
Gracias! Menos mal que estes en esta app!
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Our faculty intends to write and edit a case book for undergraduate students. We intend to download and add available WHO guidelines in the field of paediatrics.
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While writing and editing a book is it necessary to add WHO National guidelines displayed on website after prior permission? Our faculty intends to write and edit
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Here are three websites that say they have continued the work of Beall's List, which was discontinued due to harassment.
https://beallslist.net/ -- Updated URL
If you have a publisher or a journal that you need to check, I suggest checking all three of these lists.
If you already use one or more of these sites, which do you think is best maintained?
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Just to notify honestly: this thread bears perhaps a problem: dysfunctional links and, most interesting:
guessing stats (e.g. reads) aren't correct...and: at least for me:)
In Stats there are listed 12 answers but only 9 answers are displayed...
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Shouldn't current practices regarding plagiarism be revised? What is your opinion?
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Hello,
I have been searching what is the best outlier detection algorithm but I have started to confused which algorithm is better. Because there are many ways to detect the outliers but which one is better for orbit determination. I was reading a book which is written by Bruce P. Gibbs The person mentioned about Outlier detection but it is only a few pages, there is no more information. He introduced two way which are De-Weighting Large Residual and Data Editing. He said Data editing used with much more success in satellite orbit determination. Who has the experience with outlier detection for orbit determination? Can you give a few tips about that?
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The Algorithms;
1) 𝑿^𝟐=〖(𝒚−𝒉(𝒙))〗^𝑻 𝑺^(−𝟏) (𝒚−𝒉(𝒙))
2) Residual(i) > 3√(HP 𝐻^𝑇 + R)
3) 3-Sigma
I have applied three algorithms to find the outliers. First one is Chi Square Test, second checks Measurement Covariance Noise, Third looks the 3 sigma.
If the the residual magnitude is less the algorithms performance are good but if the residuals are large, the algorithm performances are not good.
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Dear Ismail,
In robust techniques your second solution indirectly affects Kalman Gain. As long as you tune Measurement Covariance Matrix (R), it will work on your EKF. The technique is not a classical weighting method. According to the variance of the residuals you can detect outliers and with an adaptive factor you can tune your Kalman Gain.
I added a chapter which explains the technique very well. (See Equation 16)
But I am not sure how it reacts to the residuals with high magnitude. Removing whole observation might be more useful when it comes to huge outliers.
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Some timers just an example (it is time not timers) there are such mistakes because of autospell. Is it possible to edit our answer and make corrections in RG answers?
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Of course it is possible. Click 'V' symbol and then click 'Edit'. Once you have edited your answer click 'Save Answer'.
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Share your experience about references in a research article, review article, and thesis.
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When I submit my manuscript, the editors always comment my manuscript that it looks like a report and not scientific article. I have introduction, lit review, methodology, results, findings and conclusion in my manuscript. Why most editors think my manuscript is more like a report and rejected my manuscript since I have everything as other papers they accepted? How do editors define report and article?
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I need a help form you. One of my papers has been accepted by CATENA, Elsevier.
But with the minor revision, they want Standard English as per their journal.
For this, they also advised me to take profession English editing service, but , I can’t afford that service.
I try my level best, but it is still not sufficient for their journal.
So, can anyone help me for this?
Please contact me 
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Hello,
I am working on Heavy metals removal using adsorption (MX and SX adsorbents) and when i tried to apply Intra-particle diffusion model “IPD” of Weber and Morris i faced some problems.
                                 qt = Kp t1/2 + C
The plots of qt versus t1/2 at different cadmium and copper initial concentrations show multi-linearity characterizations for 30, 40 and 50 mg/L but for 10 and 20 mg/L plot is nearly linear.
In some papers, two or three phases are occurred in the adsorption process but for all concentrations .. For my kinetics results:
1- Should i divide each plot into two phases??  
2- Kp and C values (Slope and intercept) should be calculated from the first phase or second phase?
3- what is the interpretation of the results i obtained in the attached excel file?
4- In sheet 5 (in the attached excel) i applied Langmuir and Freundlich model (plot of 6 points each point represents a concentration) but Rwas very bad vaule ... so in sheet 6 i repeated calculations (plot of 3 concentrations only) and R2 became much better .. ... Is this accepted in PhD thesis? or i should put the Charts in sheet 5 as it is whatever R2 be?
** The attached excel sheet show results, charts and question beside each chart.
If there is an ability to edit the excel sheet and reply to me with the edited excel sheet 'with answers' i will be very very grateful...
I really appreciate your help and your time to read my questions and review the attached file.
Thank you.
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(0) use non-linear fitting, not the linear fits to get meaningful parameters
IDM: the data you have is close to the equilibrium, thus the typical IDM behavior (q ~ t^0.5) does not apply (the eq. above - with "offset", i.e. C>>0 - may be fitted but I do not think, that it has any value close to equilibrium). IDM models close to equilibrium follow the exponential decay law (Boyd equation), just like almost all other equations (with the exception of SOE/PSOE).
From your kinetic data it seems that (almost) all action happens at t<1 min. What we see corresponds to the relative uptake F=qt/qe > 0.9 (with some exceptions for highest concentrations of Cd, Cu on MX). I know that it is vary difficult to get any kind of reasonable mesurements in solutions at such short contact times (even mixing may take take more time). If you would use much higher concentrations (and/or smaller granules), you should be able to see some of the initial changes.
(1) plots are not linear or multi-linear, so you may get some range of numerical parameters by using various data sections
(2) IDM should work near t=0 (relative adsorption uptake, F=qt/qe < 0.3), however, this W-M is empirical equation so everything is possible (I am skeptical)
(3) I would not try to interpret your data by using W-M eq.
(4) It would be very bad to remove 50% of data to get nice linear fit! (for 2 points you allway get R2=1). What I see from log-log plot and data table, you have 1 "offending"/outlier point (Cini=30). Perhaps you should first check raw data for some simple error like swapped digits - like 172 instead of 127 - or repeat this measurement. If it is removed the isotherm data should look reasonable (slightly non-linear in log-log plot). Data should be fitted by using nonlinear LSQ fitting (weighted or at least adjusted to the observed data deviation model - e.g. (a) deviations of Q independent on Q or C (fit Q) or (b) deviations of Q proportional to Q - fit logQ. However, the initial slope in log-log coordinates is 2.34 whereas for isotherms based on Langmuir model (without lateral interactions) slope should be <1. It means that adsorption grows much faster than linearly with concentration, so you should look for a different model than pure adsorption/Langmuir-based. In the case of Freundlich equation with the exponent in the form of (1/n), parameter n is usually >1 or >>1 (and (1/n)<1).
BTW, I do not know what is the point in calculation of RL - it is very popular in papers but it gives no real extra information on the system (anyway it has a link with reality only if data fits Langmuir isotherm).
Best regards
AWM
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My advisor has a Mac and uses Text Wrangler (which converts to fasta) and Se-Al (for mass editing) neither of which works on PCs. I've been having difficulties getting other programs to work. Any suggestions? Thanks for the help!
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Try ClustalW.
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I would like to start introducing myself into LaTex but I lack coding skills. Does someome know a program / interface to easily edit a paper?
Thanks in advance.
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this is a free online latex http://www.sharelatex.com/
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I need to create a simple map. However, I have been unable to find something simple, and hopefully free (it should have layers such as roads and protected areas). I have tried some applications such as map box and google map creator, but they are full of unnecessary layers. If you could suggest a mapping utility to create simple maps it will be greatly appreciated.
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QGIS is the best option.. lots of tutorials available in web..
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     I'm looking for a familiar guys with Open IMS core. Actually i wanna define a new authentifcation scheme for IMS network. so for performance evaluation purpose i'm gonna use the OPen IMS core with IMS bench SIpp.
can any one guide me what are the main files to edit in Open IMS core in order to define a new auth scheme
A lot of thanks
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Hi Negar
I mean define my own new scheme not the existing ones
PS: where cheking the HSS authentication sheme? is it in the web interface?
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I would like to start editing part-time, but do not want the headache of freelancing on my own. I would prefer to work for a company. Can anyone help point me in the direction of some resources or companies that outsource proofreading or copyediting assignments?
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Writers' Digest and Publishers' Weekly often list quite a few positions.  Their e-newsletters are free and packed with info of interest to writers.
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I have a paper that the editor ask me to provide verification of official permission to make use of the MCNPX program for my work.
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a valid license is needed in order to use the code MCNP and to publish your results
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Representatives of this motifs are present in most sequenced members of the eubacterial, UmuC families and the MutS1. I found a paper from 2001 and would like to update the information (they used PSI-BLAST,NCBI etc  with maual editing). Is there any tool for automatic/quicker search?  
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I am assuming that a journal standard would take precedence in such a situation, but what about when it's not explicitly stated? Also, would the omission of full stops for 'eg' in British English apply to 'i.e.' as well? So that it would be 'ie' and not 'i.e.'?
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You would pause after e.g., but that applies to reading it. You would not be using it in speaking.
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I have been invited to submit a paper for an edited book by colleagues in the past. And have jumped at the chances I have been offered. I have not found the guts to take the initiative a write a proposal for a publishing house to review. Many of us haven't either but have a positive attitude towards undertaking such a big step in our career. Editors I have worked with reminds me that it is a headache the only fact to deal with 10 or 12 authors each one with unique egos, styles, strategies to meet deadlines, etc. What does, then, take to become a book editor beyond the "all of the above" easy answer? Is book editing something to fear to the point of never ever considering writing that proposal for gatekeepers to know I have an idea worth while considering?
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Go for it. Book editing is not easy, but it is certainly a
lot easier than writing a whole book yourself!
1. Do a bit of Web research to find out what is already out there.
2. Write a short synopsis of what you want the book to do. Give it to potential authors. Try to get one author per chapter to even the workload.
3. Ask your authors to prepare rough proposals, which you judge to see if they will really contribute in some way to the theme of your book. Write a
review of their proposals and submit it to potential publishers. First Come, First Served.
4. Also prepare a contract to each author with dates for deliverables in it.
5. The next secret is to write out your house style BEFOREHAND,
and distribute it to all your authors.
6. As you read their chapters, make notes on what you regard
as the contribution of each chapter. Use these notes to
generate your Preface, which review will draw the reader into
the book.
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I have a ready for publication paper concerning spine correction but my English in this paper requires some corrections. Can anyone help me to solve the problem ?
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I do not know of anyone who revises and/or translates scientific articles for free. If you are willing to pay, you can put the job up on the proz.com website, where professional translators and reviewers from all over the world connect to find work. The price of revision work usually depends on (1) how technical the text is; (2) the number of words in it; (3) how well it is written; (3) the language or languages involved.
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What is the concept behind publishing study protocols for trials and meta-analyses before their actual conduct?
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Okay. Thank you for the explanation. :)
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When a scientific protocol is written, is it ever appropriate to not use proper punctuation? When a portion of text appears after a bullet point, is it ever appropriate to omit a period? What about if such a line item constitutes a complete sentence?
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Ian - thanks, excellent additional information.
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I am aware that some scientists or researchers will try to avoid using brand names in their writing. When one must, should these words be capitalized? I was also wondering about using the phrase "Band aid" in scientific writing – should this be capitalized or even used?
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In honour of Julius Petri, we continue to describe the dish with a respectful uppercase "P".
Very few companies insist on initial lowercase letters. So the norm is to use uppercase, again with respect, but this time to respect the commercial rights.
"Band Aid" as a verb is slang and its use is to be deprecated in research writing. It also makes translation difficult.