Queries related to initiation, preparation, edit and presentation of a research thesis which is a long research report including personal research conclusions and outputs. This publication should only include personal research and if the person is copying something from another publication, he ...

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Is it possible to keep one published paper in two persons thesis? [duplicate]

Me and my colleague are working towards our PhD. We have worked on same problems (80%) over the past few years. We have published some papers based on the work we have done. We have decided to write ...
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Proof for seemingly obvious statements in thesis?

I'm currently writing a bachelor thesis in which there is a section that deals with the pros and cons of different data serialization formats. Since this is not the main focus of the thesis, I would ...
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How to ensure committee reads and comments on dissertation draft prior to final examination?

The constructive question is, What practices/strategies could help ensure the committee reads the dissertation? I am wondering if those who already hold a PhD, or advanced graduate students finishing ...
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Alternatives to Word/LaTeX [closed]

I wrote my undergrad thesis using Word. Overall I managed to get the job done, but as with all WYSIWYG editors, by the end I feel like I had created a bit of a mess. It didn't show, but I know it's ...
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How to deal with different stylistic advice from two professors/institutions

I'll start by sketching my situation. I first studied a couple of years at institution A where we were taught a couple of things concerning academic writing. (E.g. don't use passives, distance ...
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The correct & acceptable phrase to indicate that some papers are very likely to be accepted

I have several papers that are resubmitted to journals with minor revisions. I feel they are very much likely to be accepted by the time my actual Ph.D. viva takes place in one month. But I need to ...
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Can I thank websites that host illegal book downloads in the acknowledgements section of my thesis?

My stance is that these websites are a great boon to the research community and they were certainly extremely helpful for my research. I think they should be applauded rather than persecuted, and ...
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How to refer in an acknowledgements section to a group of people in industry who helped you in completing your thesis?

My thesis was done in industry environment, therefore in the acknowledgements I would like to thank all the people that helped me, but I do not know how I should call them. Colleagues does not sound ...
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What should I do if I cannot accept any of the hypotheses in a replicated experiment?

Before I start explaining my situation, I would like to say that I have read the other questions on this topic but I cannot find what I need on 100%. I am a bachelor student and I am working on my ...
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What are the pros and cons of being co-supervised?

Are there any advantages or disadvantages in having two supervisors instead of one? Why would a graduate student want to do this or avoid this? The context is in an MA where students usually have one ...
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What is the etiquette for thesis acknowledgements that thank God?

I saw that some theses acknowledgements thanks God, so are there any rules or suggestions about that? Is it ok to do it for believers or just don't mention your religious affiliation in a scientific ...
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Is copying equations plagiarism?

I defended my master thesis successfully yesterday. Everything in my master thesis was written by me and there is no problem. However I'm a bit skeptical about one thing. So in my thesis I have a part ...
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How to integrate a paper where I am third author, but did a lot of work, into my master's thesis?

I am writing my thesis currently and I want to include papers that I am included on as an author. I will have a couple papers where I am 1st author, but there is one where I am third but did a lot of ...
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What are the benefits of PhD students working on projects where they won't be first-author?

Given that only papers where you are the first-author will contribute to your dissertation, isn't it a poor use of time to be contributing to the projects of other researchers?
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Master thesis: should I say that some results are a novelty in the field?

I am nearly at the end of my master thesis and, according to my research, the last part of it deals with something that has not been treated before in any paper/book I have found. To make things ...
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How would one fail a master thesis defense?

So I have to defend my master thesis in computer science in two weeks. It's in Germany and the thesis is 30 credits. I'm wondering what could make someone fail his defense? In my thesis I mainly ...
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How to quote a non-English quotation in dissertation?

I am writing my math PhD in Berlin (Germany) in the English language. I would like to cite a German quotation from a famous mathematician as a start of my first chapter. Should I quote it in the ...
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Is it common to cite conference papers in a PhD?

I tried searching for a similar question but most I read dealt with published papers and not a PhD, so apologies if this is a duplicate. I will remove this question if it is. I've read a number of ...
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In a PhD dissertation, can one copy the structure of the acknowledgment section from their own or from someone else's prior work?

In the acknowledge of a thesis, we thank all the people who helped our research. E.g. "First of all I thank xxx, for xxx throughout my Ph.D. period." For my master thesis's acknowledge, I tried very ...
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Are you allowed to copy text from your Master's thesis into your PhD thesis?

I wrote a Master's thesis a couple of years ago (which is available to view from my University's online service; so it's out there) and am now doing a PhD. Some passages from my Master's thesis is ...
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What makes a stellar undergraduate thesis?

In mathematics, what distinguishes an exceptional undergraduate thesis for the rest? How do original contributions, accessibility of the topic (ie more or less prerequisites), novelty of the topic, ...
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Must graphs in a mathematical PhD thesis be drawn nicely?

I am writing my PhD thesis in mathematics and there are several graphs to be included (on knots, braids, and other related objects). I know that there are several software available for drawing graphs ...
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Having a co-author as an external examiner for doctoral thesis defense

I'm a PhD student in Computer Science in the UK. I had co-authored a paper with a Lecturer from another university (not any of my supervisors, just someone's work I'm building upon) in my first year. ...
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Sourcing lecture notes instead of publications

I am writing an undergraduate dissertation and I have found some very good information from lecture handouts from other universities. Will using these lecture notes compared to official publications ...
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How difficult is it to undertake a Humanities PhD. at Harvard (converting to the American system from Europe/UK?)

Before I begin, feel I should make it clear that I have no doubt that undertaking a PhD. anywhere, let alone at Harvard, will be a difficult and strenuous task! To briefly explain, I have graduated ...
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Can I use map, fold, filter in publications?

I have to write down algorithms in my thesis, and these are getting way shorter if I use "map," "fold," and "filter" heavily. This generally results in a "map, fold, filter"-chain with a depth of 3. ...
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Recommended citation for own photograph

In my thesis I have several photographs, which have captions in the form of Photograph of building X, taken on date by the author of this thesis Citations to referenced papers follow the [1] ...
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How detailed should I be about my implemented system while writing a Ph.D. thesis?

While doing my PhD in computer science, I need a software system to perform and test my hypothesis/research, e.g. automatically perform a calculate or experiment. Even though I try to use as many ...
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PhD theses in mathematics with no “big” results or no results at all

I've recently come across a math PhD thesis of a student from a prestigious US university in which he just computationally checked, up to a certain bound, a conjecture, without coming up with any new ...
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Hypothesis formulation [closed]

Can hypothesis for doctoral dissertation be formulated as "to demonstrate that approach X can be used effeciently/successfully to model Y"? I'm trying to use novel approach X that has been rarely ...
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Problems with Bachelor's thesis supervisor [closed]

I need your help and opinions about my experience. This year is the final year of my bachelor studies, so I have to finish my bachelor's thesis. I wanted to start with it as soon as possible, so I ...
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Differences between the introduction of a sandwich thesis and a paper

I would like to know what are the main differences between the introductory part of a paper and of a thesis. My thesis would be a sandwich type, so I would have to wrap everything there. Some of the ...
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Ask clarifications to a professor of another university

I am working at my thesis and I have some doubts about the application of a method explained in one of the books I read to learn about the topic. Shall I write an email to the author (which is a ...
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Undergraduate thesis main author credit and prestige

Our thesis instructor, after rejecting our proposals, became one of our thesis advisers after we've accepted his suggestion. Every time he's telling us that our proposal doesn't seem like a thesis (in ...
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How to prepare for long-term dissertation fieldwork?

I am a PhD student in the social sciences at an American university. I have completed coursework, my prospectus, qualifying exams, and teaching. I am about to leave for one year of dissertation ...
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Possible for ABD (all but dissertation) to return?

Can an ABD (all but dissertation) return to the university to redo the dissertation? If yes, how do they proceed?
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Company wants copy of unpublished work. Should I give it?

A prospective employer requested a copy of my PhD thesis and some unpublished papers (still working on them). Is it wise to hand these to them?
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How should I include a list of links in my thesis?

In my thesis, I would like to refer to a set of links. These are tools/calculators/etc. related to my subject, included to show that there is an interest in society at large in this topic. I'm ...
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Publishing journal articles based on dissertation

My dissertation is drafted in a paper format which consists of three papers that I am planning to publish in future. Can I submit the manuscript to journals in 'as is' condition or I will have to ...
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Academic fair use and using publication images in your thesis

In the introductory chapter of my thesis, I've been surveying the previous work in my field. As part of this, I've used images from some of those publications and included them as Figures in my own ...
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When to make thesis available for public access?

I have recently finished my thesis and submitted to both university and national thesis center. However, it is not online yet (probably there are many thesis pending). Should I wait for the thesis ...
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Books/resources about how to write a good Thesis introduction

I would like to know if there is any reference book about this topic. I found the "They Say/ I say" book useful to write the Thesis discussion, but feel I need some guidelines on how to tackle this ...
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Research Questions / Hypotheses for an Engineering (CS) Thesis

I am writing a PhD proposal on a solution to an AI problem that hasn't been solved before (although there's related research). I am having trouble determining what kind of research questions / ...
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Do journal titles need to be included in a brief literature review in the introduction?

One of our thesis advisers insists (not suggests) that we include the title of the journal we are citing in the introduction, one part of which is a paragraph containing some of the reviews we will be ...
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Dress code for Thesis Discussion [duplicate]

Is there something like a "standard dress code" for a Ph.D thesis discussion? And, if there is - how important is it? Obviously, one should not (I think) dress too casually, but I do not know what is ...
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Can I have show two different approaches in single thesis, regarding the same topic?

I am doing research on Security Patterns. In First 6 month i was working on Formalization of Security Patterns. I have extended a approach for formalization of Security Patterns. Subsequently, in the ...
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Should I add a bibliography for this?

While writing up my introduction for my transfer report (first year exam of the PhD in the UK) I want to give importance to the topic saying something like: It lead to huge research, being N ...
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Keeping track of definitions

I recently handed in my master's thesis (CS), and I did what you should not do for your own peace of mind's sake: I skimmed it again afterwards. I realized that I had not updated some statements to ...
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How to handle an advisor who regularly gives me new work for my thesis?

I'm currently working on my master thesis and will have to hand it in in April. Of course, the topic of my thesis is somehow restricted to a certain problem, but my advisor keeps telling me new ...
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How to structure of a Ph.D. sandwich thesis?

I would like to know the main structure of this kind of thesis. Although some guidelines can be taken from this post, additional details would be appreciated. When building the introduction, I feel ...