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AskAcademia: Questions for Academics

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Questions and Discussion for Academics

This subreddit is for discussing academic life, and for asking questions directed towards people involved in academia, (both science and humanities).

Feel free to post interesting links within self-posts. Posts that will invoke critical thinking and healthy discussion are especially welcome.

Your post should comprise a question (albeit potentially an open-ended one) and must contain sufficient information to enable posters to provide an effective answer. This might include, for example, your career stage, your subject discipline, the type of institution you're affiliated with, and/or the country you're in. Mods may delete posts which do not provide enough context.

Current and former undergraduates, graduates, PhDs, post-docs, professors and laymen all welcome!

Questions about your uncontrollable desire for your student/professor will be deleted. You know it's inappropriate, and we're not going to tell you any different. Your university probably has confidential counseling; make use of it.

Questions about what university you should attend will be referred to /r/college.

Code of conduct
If a reasonable person wouldn't say it to a professor/colleague/conference speaker they don't know well, it's probably over the line. This includes off-topic and unproductive discussion as well as rudeness.

Disagreement is completely fine, encouraged even, when there are different perspectives to share. If an idea is a bad one, please do tell someone that it is in no uncertain terms. Avoid ad hominem attacks, treat people online broadly as a reasonable person would treat a relative stranger in person, and help us out by reporting any posts which fall foul of this policy.

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Specific questions about scientific phenomena may be better suited for AskScience.

Questions about history: /r/AskHistorians

Directory of Scientific Sub-reddits: /r/MethodHub

Can't find that paper you need? /r/Scholar

For Academic Papers: /r/Scientific

Need information on academic publishing? /r/AcademicPublishing

Questions about Philosophy? r/AskPhilosophy

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