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Old 05-09-2021, 03:32 AM   #1
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Angry Bioinformatics PhD problem at Leipzig University

Dear All

I am writing to all for taking suggestions for problems in my PhD. My webpage is www.tinyurl.com/abinarain .

My situation is very unusual. I enrolled for a self-funded PhD with external supervisors from University of Leipzig at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics - with thesis in a bioinformatics topic. I published 5 international conference papers and 1 journal paper, and wrote a 200 pages monograph. Unfortunately, in the journal paper that I published, even though I showed the pre-print to my supervisors, I had forgotten to put a previous conference paper of mine in reference section. Although the journal paper was an improvement of the conference paper in terms of new information provided, the PhD committee told me that this was not acceptable. I offered them the option of removing that paper and related chapter from my thesis, and showed commitment to write more papers to make up for it. However, the University did not allow me any choice, and have simply asked me to start a fresh PhD elsewhere. The department made use of my paper on their webpage for advertisements and attracting grant money, and I was paid nothing during my PhD. To make matters worse, I could not even sue the University, given that I was not physically based in Germany when all this happened. The University is not even facilitating a transfer- if this is what they want. I feel cheated for the loss of time, effort, intellectual property and the money invested for living expenses.

What can be done ? I have sent several emails to various officers of the University and the department, and to my supervisor past 1.5 years, however, nothing has happened to my benefit. I had no clue that the German system of PhD was such a cruel system. My supervisors were well aware of my past work, and if they wanted, they could have well informed me about this issue at the time they saw the pre-print of the paper.

What can be done ? Can I take legal action on the University, if I return to Germany again - under the pretext that I was not living in Germany when all these decisions were being taken against me ? What else can be done ? You can also drop me email at aby.narain@gmail.com .

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Old 05-09-2021, 10:26 PM   #2
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Do I understand correctly that you have given a pre-print paper that is more or less identical to another publication of yours? And you forgot to reference this first paper? Could you maybe share links to these two publications?

And you meant that the university used your paper to get funding. Could you please explain that in more detail?

Don't get me wrong. I would just like to understand this a little more, since these are strong accusations you are posting here.
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Old 05-09-2021, 10:48 PM   #3
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That doesn't seem to be the only major problem you have. One short google brought me to this page. I don't know if such a public display is the best way to solve your problems. Distributing private emails on the Internet is not legal in Europe, by the way.

I'm going to leave here, because you obviously don't want to solve a problem, but rather to show off your person. Nevertheless, I wish you continued success on your path (even if I would take it differently).
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:24 PM   #4
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Hi @larsB . You seem to have personality disorder. When I am pointing to my current issue at LEIPZIG University, you are referring to a 15 year old problem at Cambridge University. Indeed, there were problems of racism and stealing at Cambridge University as well, however, I did not continue there to submit a PhD thesis - the lab and the people there were not a fit for me - glad that it did not work there. Here, in the current context, I am talking about PhD submmitted status at Leipzig University, where the papers I published did lead to visibility of the Leipzig University to whatever contribution a PhD student can by means of his intellectual work. In exchange the student expects the University to provide support to help him finish his PhD degree. This is where the problem lies. Even if I accept that I forgot to put the conference paper in reference of the journal paper that I submitted and published, clearly neither my supervisors told me about this issue when I showed them the preprint nor the editors of the journal found my conference paper citable. Given that I was a PhD student, the University could have well given me a chance to do further work and add more papers to my thesis and help me graduate. Instead, they simply made my hard work go waste and did not even realize how much it takes to publish 5 international conference papers an 1 journal paper! That is why I am raising my voice in this public bioinformatics platform.
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:34 PM   #5
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I have a personality disorder???
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:54 PM   #6
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Because, you are citing an example of 15 year old Certificate of Diligent Study program - which I did for just 1 academic year. Here the context is PhD thesis submission. I printed and submitted my PhD thesis only when my supervisors told me to do. If my supervisor had found this problem, they should have not told me to do this. In fact, they could have told me to work extra and produce few more papers before submitting the thesis to PhD committee. The bureaucracy of University is being exposed here.
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Old 05-10-2021, 12:15 AM   #7
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@LarsB - don't you know the economics of publications ? You can use the ideas to write research grants and claim the publications as a prior work needed to advance the work further.
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Old 05-18-2021, 03:15 AM   #8
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Wrong platform for a vendetta.
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Old 05-18-2021, 03:20 AM   #9
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I am looking for suggestions. Is there anyone out here who can help me for a transfer in PhD ?
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Old 05-18-2021, 03:26 AM   #10
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Maybe you shouldn't insult people here and tell them they have a personality disorder. I don't know if anybody here would recommend such a person to any professor.

I'm afraid I can't help you.
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Old 05-18-2021, 03:41 AM   #11
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Sure, this is a general advertisement for everyone.
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