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Should you correct grammar mistakes during peer review?

In almost any paper there is an abundance of classical errors, such as omitting the "s" at the end of a third person singular verb. I am growing tired of painstakingly listing the page and line for ...
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Switching tenses?

I finished writing a paper but haven't sorted out the abstract yet. Currently it looks something like this, but I'm not sure if this is OK. Hello, my name is _____ and I am currently a ______ in ...
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What tense to use when referring to self publication in a monograph chapter?

I have a question regarding what tense form should I use to refer to an earlier self publication in a monograph chapter. For example, if I want to say (in the chapter), "most of the results were ...
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Writing a report/paper etc. - How to deal with citations that have poor English?

I've tried looking for suggestions on the internet to my question but haven't found any useful information. I'm writing a paper and I'm quoting/citing various books, journals etc. However, I'm coming ...
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Plural or singular for a multi-authored paper

Suppose Jackson and Kim wrote a paper in 2014. When I cite this paper, should it be Jackson and Kim (2014) show that ... or Jackson and Kim (2014) shows that ...
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Is it poor grammar to replace normal phrases with mathematical symbols in sentences in a mathematical paper?

English is not my native language and when I read mathematical papers, sometimes I saw sentences such as The matrix A has rank ≥ n. I am wondering if this sentence should be considered as ...
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Plural or singular in CV section titles?

In a CV for graduate school application, should one use plural or singular for the section titles? My main confusions are at Research Experience or Research Experiences Publication or Publications ...
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Is there any software to regularize British vs. American spelling in a text?

This is a minor but ongoing annoyance that takes up more time than I would like, and I am wondering if anybody knows of a solution. I often write papers with foreign collaborators, and we tend to end ...
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Capitalization of “Subsection” [duplicate]

I write a mathematical paper. Do you capitalize "subsection" when you refer to a specific subsection? For example, I would write: "In Subsection 3 we show ..." But I would write: "In the previous ...
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Placement of period in sentence that ends with “et al.” followed by reference number?

I have a citation that is at the end of a sentence with dual punctuation. What I mean is that I have a sentence of the following form: Blah blah blah is mentioned by Author et al. What is the ...
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Are spelling and/or grammar mistakes a cause for submitting Errata?

During my studies I've read a number of published articles where spelling mistakes have somehow squeaked through the review process. For example, I have found a paper with a section entitled ...
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Is there an academia-specific convention for possessive nouns?

I am fairly certain academic papers do not use apostrophe " ' " for contraction, like "won't", but what is the academic way (in engineering) to do this. For example, " A humans walk cycle " , it is ...
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Referring to the thesis itself

I am currently writing my thesis. How should I refer to the thesis itself? "This thesis", "this text" or maybe "this work"? I think that the fact that the text is currently used for my graduation ...
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Usages of “sic” when citing old spelling

I am citing a Dutch work from the late 19th century. Not surprisingly, the spelling differs from the contemporary spelling. In APA, how would I use [sic] in such cases of old spelling? In the ...
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What to use instead of academic 'we' when describing an experiment?

My research is in software engineering, but in a sub-field which is very close to social science. My papers normally contain sentences like "We conducted a study with 56 participants." and "Our ...
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Where should a question mark be placed in a short citation?

According to Modern Language Association (MLA) norms we should use punctuation marks after the page number, within parentheses, that follows the closing quotation mark. For example: According to ...
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Resources for English speaking students with poor command of grammar and writing style

I sometimes read student assignments where the grammar and writing style is poor. Paragraphs don't really flow. Sentences go on for ever. The ordering of words is awkward. Instead of concisely ...
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Article grammar and spell check

I'm not a native English speaker. My supervisor and I have read our manuscript at least twice, but after two months the reviewers say the grammar is unsatisfactory. I want to know if there is any ...
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Use of first person in a PhD Thesis

Is there a non written rule to which person to use in the PhD thesis, 5 years of using "We" in the papers have brought me to the innate necessity to do it every time I describe something. Recently, ...
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Choice of personal pronoun in single-author papers

Which personal pronoun is appropriate in single-author papers - 'I' or 'we'? Could the use of 'I' be considered egotistical? Or will the use of 'we' be considered to be grammatically incorrect?