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I don't think that "Postdoctoral research" is an appropriate title for this article, since it is about the position rather than the research itself. I see the point that "Postdoctoral scholar" is mostly used in the humanities. The recent National Academies report uses "Postdoctoral researcher"; perhaps this is a good title? Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 01:22, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Not sure why the current article name is "inappropriate". To be honest I'd say there is no difference in naming Postdoctoral research or Postdoctoral researcher; both reflect the content accurately as they are intrinsically linked. The problem however with the later can be that we may end up with tautological clumsiness in the lead à la ′A Postdoctoral researcher is a researcher who conducts postdoctoral research.′ Surly we'd like to avoid this. Mootros (talk) 04:44, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
I think it's important to be precise in our article titles. Awkwardness is not inevitable; an alternate lead sentence might be "A postdoctoral researcher is a person conducting academic research after the completion of their doctoral studies as part of a temporary appointment." Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 23:52, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

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Requested move 01 April 2016[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: Not moved. (non-admin closure) Music1201 talk 03:51, 9 April 2016 (UTC)



Postdoctoral researcherPostdoc – more general and more common name; not all postdocs are researchers, see https://postdocs.cornell.edu/structure-postdoctoral-study – Espoo (talk) 22:01, 1 April 2016 (UTC)

Moved from RMTR speedy move[edit]

  • Object to RMTR speedy move I think we should discuss the scope of the article then, should postdoc include all postdoctoral studies students, just postdoctoral researchers, just postdoctoral fellows, etc -- 70.51.46.39 (talk) 04:47, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
This is a contested technical request (permalink).  Philg88 talk 05:03, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose sounds like an abbreviation. In ictu oculi (talk) 12:10, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose - definitely a colloquialism and an abbreviation. InsertCleverPhraseHere 08:59, 3 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose Nearly all postdoctoral positions are exclusively or predominantly research positions. Although there are postdoctoral teaching fellowships, they are much rarer than the research type. These teaching fellowships might be better discussed in a different article, as the scope of this article has always been focused on research, rather than any of the other various things one can do in academia after receiving a Ph.D. Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 18:43, 3 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose – Jargon is not suitable for use as the title of an encylopaedia article. RGloucester 21:23, 3 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Strongly oppose. Wikipedia should favour full names which are clear and informative names. Mimi 822 453 233 (talk) 20:40, 4 April 2016 (UTC).

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