Questions related to initiation, preparation, editing and presentation of a research thesis. A Thesis is a long research report including personal research conclusions and outputs. A Thesis must include personal research and proper citation from other publications in the research topic.

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Asking professors in other Universities for comments on research

If you are working on an individual research paper with the help of your advisor (e.g. M.Sc Thesis), what is the academic convention on asking for comments from other professors? For example, if your ...
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How to handle background/fundamental work? [on hold]

Let's assume a two year PhD student has done a lot of background work, by which I mean the kind of work that is only a preparation to real research that is going to be done on it. For example, a ...
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Freedom in acknowledgments section of dissertation - writing in native language

I am currently finishing writing my MSc thesis. I am considering separating the acknowledgments section in two: Personal acknowledgments (sorted as advisor(s)/family/SO/friends) Acknowledging ...
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Explaining inconsistencies in literature in thesis and/or supporting information of journal article

I've found a model which explains my results excellently. However, the actual equation and parameters of the model have been interpreted and treated differently by different authors, sometimes leading ...
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Can I Use parts of my PhD Thesis in writing an article? [duplicate]

I wonder if I could use parts of the analysis chapter of my thesis in my new article? There are statistics that should be explained in a way can could not be wrote with different words.
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6 months is all I have, what would be your method to finish your dissertation? [closed]

I will ask this question trying to be simple, but hoping to be understood on the complexities of my problem. I have looked for questions alike and my answer is not in any of them or, combined, the ...
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Is it possible to submit PhD thesis 1 year before deadline? [closed]

This question is related to PhD rules in Indian Universities only. After sufficient number of publications the supervisor in Indian University is satisfied with work of his student. I want to know, ...
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Mid-stage PhD student lost motivation [duplicate]

I'm a PhD student in literature who is nearly half way through my third year. Recently (last month or two) I feel like I've lost all motivation to work on my thesis. Instead of treating it like a ...
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Is an Executive Doctorate different from a typical PhD with respect to the level of assistance that is permitted on the dissertation?

I began tutoring an Executive Doctorate student last fall in a class that he was taking. After that class ended, he was able to begin working on his dissertation and wanted my help for it as well. ...
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Can research paper information be used in thesis writing?

I am writing my master thesis. Can I put my research paper data in this thesis? The research paper had been accepted in IEEE conference. Is it ethical to put research paper data as it is. As this ...
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Can I plagiarize myself in my PhD thesis? [duplicate]

Hello StackExchange Academia, I am writing my PhD thesis (finally!). Some chapters of my thesis are based on my works published in journal articles during my PhD training. Can I copy some of the ...
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Consequences of a master thesis with errors

I finished my master thesis 6 years ago, since then I gained a lot of experience on my field and also in academia. I can say that in that time I was a "child" , very inexperienced. I think that also ...
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How to design and structure a technical/programming Thesis

I'm currently writing my bachelor thesis. The scope of this thesis will be approximately 25-30k words/80-100 pages of content. We have only written literature reviews during the course of studies so ...
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Does it matter that your dissertation has been submitted when you apply to a postdoc position?

I'm finishing my fourth year of a Ph.D. in mathematics. I have enough for a dissertation, and by the end of the summer, I will probably have enough for a very nice dissertation. And I plan to finish ...
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How to deal with grammatically incorrect suggestions from my advisor on master's thesis?

I'm writing my thesis in English. English is neither my or my advisor's mother tongue. I'm now doing some corrections that were suggested. Some of them refer to the content of my thesis and some of ...
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Will an off-topic Masters hurt my chances of a PhD place?

I have just completed the third year of an integrated master's degree (a three-year undergraduate degree plus an additional year of study at a master's degree level, with the final degree being an ...
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Use of theses after their completion

Can a student expect their completed thesis – undergraduate or master’s – to be used by the supervisor once in a while after its completion? Or are they mostly just stored on some thesis shelf?
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Is it ok for an applied mathematician to research a topic that she has personal experience with?

Would this idea be too sensitive / too much information / generally a bad idea? For example, I have a friend who is doing her computational biology PhD at a strong U.S. program, and her main research ...
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How do I properly cite my own course project in my master's thesis?

I am writing up my MSc thesis right now, and I am including some material that I developed as part of one of my course projects (done during the MSc as well). How do I cite that? It technically wasn'...
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Usage of a TV show transcript in my Thesis is under fair use exception?

Can I use the data of Friends TV show transcript in my thesis for analysis and publish my paper/findings. Does the usage of TV show transcript data for analysis and construction of new script based on ...
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Is there a way to ethically hire somebody to write “rough drafts”/“extended outlines” for your PhD dissertation?

My girlfriend (let's call her Rose), who is a graduate student, got approached by a person of influence in Rose's industry (call her Elizabeth) who is currently working towards her PhD. Elizabeth ...
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How should I refer to my master's thesis in its text? A paper?

Occasionally I need to refer to my master's thesis itself in its text, e.g. in the sentence "These rules are sufficient to compute any differential in this ____". I was wondering which of the ...
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Are the words “I, we, us, his, her, he, she” all prohibited in thesis writing? [duplicate]

I am writing my masters thesis. My instructor told me not to use "I, we, us, his, her, he, she" in the thesis anywhere. Are all these words prohibited in thesis writing? I am writing my thesis ...
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In which section of the thesis should I give information about formatting? How?

I am writing my Ph.D. thesis in mechatronics field. I used some notions from mechanical engineering and control engineering, but my work is mostly about a software solution. As the content is really ...
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Should I restate acronyms in each section?

I'm writing my masters thesis and have the following formatting problem: should I restate acronyms once for each new large section? When I for example introduce the term "evolutionary psychology" (...
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Is it possible to write the abstract in more than 2 languages [closed]

I am almost at the end of writing my Ph.D. thesis. I study in Germany, the language of the work is English and my mother tongue is Turkish. The doctoral study was a result of an international project, ...
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Thesis: what is the difference between discussion and conclusion?

I am currently writing my bachelor thesis and I would like to have a clear definition of discussion and conclusion. Preferably including a distinction between the discussion and the conclusion part. ...
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make a thesis abroad but where [duplicate]

i am an spanish and have a degree and a master in physics but would like to get a Ph Doctorate abroad however i do not have good qualifications ? is it useless to get a grant ? i can have some ideas ...
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Length of a master's thesis and its literature review?

I am pretty confident that I will be getting answers pointing out that this is something too specific and should/will be decided by my university and that a general answer does not exist. But anyway, ...
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Abbreviation usage in PhD Thesis

What is the best way of using abbreviations? Can I use them frequently or rarely? For example, I use "Expectation Maximization" 4 times in first 3 sections, but I have to use it 10 times in section ...
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Using pictures of 16th–18th century paintings in PhD dissertation?

Can someone please help me get an insight into the use of images, specifically paintings from the 16th to 18th century that reside in churches, museums, etc., and how can one use them in a PhD ...
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To apply to PhD eventually, how important is it to do an MS program with thesis if I have strong undergrad research experience?

I want to apply to PhD in chemical engineering in the US. I have had three papers as undergrad (one first author), but my undergrad GPA was rather poor, at around 3.2. GRE scores were all over 90 ...
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Master thesis grade

I am not happy with my master thesis grade. I wrote down my master thesis in a company. I had three supervisors in this 6 month period, two of them from university and one of them from the company. I ...
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Bachelor thesis: cite my own paper?

I am currently writing my bachelor thesis and since my results were really good, my advisors encouraged me to write a paper about it. The paper was accepted at an international conference and will get ...
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Doing a thesis as an RA/ Lab Coordinator? (Cognitive Neuroscience)

I'm in a neuro masters program where you can do your thesis at any lab (in the world), as long as you can demonstrate that it is related to biological neuroscience. I was in a lab for a year and due ...
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The structure of a multiple-study proposal/thesis/manuscript?

I'm going to write a proposal for my PhD thesis. I'm familiar with the outline of a proposal or thesis, but my thesis will involve two quite separate studies (like multiple-study articles). I want to ...
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Citation and reference to a figure: which comes first?

This may be a bit of hair-splitting, but maybe there is a proper way to do this: In my thesis I present an external application. I want to give a literature reference to the application and a ...
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Discussing Related Work: Use of the phrase 'the authors'

I just got feedback on my thesis. When discussing related work, I tend to often use the phrase the authors do this and that. For instance: In [1] a system is described which approaches problem x ...
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Getting stuck in a rut while writing a thesis [duplicate]

I'm to write my MSc thesis soon, and am a bit worried that I will get stuck in a rut. By that I mean that I will have very little variety in my daily (work) life, and that it will not only be ...
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Can a thesis committee member ask for more work after approving and signing off on the thesis?

I submitted my MS thesis and it was approved and signed by the committee. A member later noticed some incomplete sections and asked me to work more on them, and finish it. This requires lot more work, ...
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How to talk to PI about dropping out of graduate school?

There are a lot of threads about whether people should drop out of grad school, or PIs forcing students to leave. My situation is a little different, some people might call this ungrateful, but I want ...
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Acknowledgements on a Masters thesis [duplicate]

Is it wrong or looked upon to acknowledge God on Master's thesis paper?
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How do undergraduate theses affect master's application?

I am an undergraduate student and have a plan to apply to a master's program. I am about to start to work on my graduation thesis for graduation at my university. Question: How does my graduation ...
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Do published papers have to contain original work? [duplicate]

Can I turn my MSc thesis into a paper and can the paper get published if it does not have original work?
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Can my supervisor prevent me from publishing by affecting reviewers opinion?

Lately, and after long time of work in my PhD, I was able to get a result that is brand new, very strong and important. My supervisor though seems jealous and wants me not to publish before finishing ...
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Who to ask to proofread my MSc dissertation?

Who should I ask to proofread my MSc dissertation? Is proofreading required?
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How much feedback to give for an undergraduate / master's thesis?

I'm a post-doc who has been the primary supervisor for two master's students this year (computer science, UK). Their theses are due in soon, and I have asked for a draft beforehand so that I can give ...
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I am really interested in doing phd, need help for title/topic, please help me [closed]

Me having master in communication engineering and degree in computer science, i am really interested in persuing phd to follow my father footstep. I am interested in: 1) networking 2) image ...
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how to inscribe the phd book when handing in it to the advisor [closed]

I'm going to hand in a copy of my phd book to my supervisor. I think normally people write a small note by hand on the first page to somehow acknowledge their advisor (even though he has been already ...
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Including Results in Dissertation Before Publication in a Journal

I am in the final phase of my Ph.D. research. I need to defend my thesis before my fellowship funding runs out in a few months. I won't have time to carefully prepare and polish my results for ...