Academic writing is intended for a critical and informed audience, based on closely investigated knowledge, and posits ideas or arguments.

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Using relative numbering for tables and figures

I'm producing documentation for an A-Level Computing project. Throughout my project I've been numbering my tables and figures relative to the chapter and section they're contained in. So for example, ...
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Are there resources for learning how to write a scientific paper?

I have very little formal training, but I believe I have some tiny not too important ideas to share . I have surveyed the terrain of ideas I need and have the complete picture in some haphazard form ...
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Help picking an appropriate citing style

I wrote a paper about governance mechanisms at StackExchange in which I got a lot of informations out of questions (especially on meta). I have kept all my references. My teacher is letting us pick ...
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How can I better deal with position papers?

Here is some context, I am currently a graduate student in education but I come from an art background. Needless to say, writing papers is not something I've done on a regular basis since high school. ...
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Referencing A function used in a programming language

I am writing a paper, which in the application used a function from a programming language (in this case, it is OpenCV function canny edge detection). When is or is not appropriate to explain the ...
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Harvard Multiple authors- Alphabetical or not?

I apologise if I have missed this in the Harvard guidelines but I was wondering whether the order of multiple authors matters. For example a book by A Smith and A Jones. How should it be written: ...
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How to publish two sequential research papers non-chronologically?

I am in an engineering field in which conferences are roughly grouped in two types: theoretical conferences with fundamental concepts and related stuff (for instance, algorithms), and ...
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What should I put in the Introduction as opposed to the Literature Review?

My question is rather short one, how much information should I include when writing the introduction, and how much should be left out for the literature review Note: the reason for this question, is ...
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Example Research Paper for teaching methodology and experiments?

Are there recommended or standard published papers (not books) that show great research methodology/ scientific methods. I am trying to help out a friend who is in business and they are trying to ...
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Should paper/thesis be written in plural or singular 1st person? [duplicate]

All papers I have seen so far we formulated in plural first person, like "we have discovered..." or "based on the fact, we conclude..." and not singular, like "I have discovered..." even for works ...
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Should sections of a chapter have introductions and conclusions?

Consider the following situation: The review of the literature chapter has seven sections: the first one is for the introduction, the five medial are for different themes, the last one for the ...
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Citing my own thesis in the extracted paper

I am going to extract a paper from my MSc thesis. But I am not sure how to point out that this paper is the synopsis of my thesis. What is your suggestion? In which section should I refer to the ...
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How to present the motivation for a book on mathematical research?

My book was rejected by a publisher saying that my research is "unmotivated". To motivate it, should I solve some long standing open problem? Or are there other ways to motivate publishers? This is ...
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What tense to use in arts and humanities papers?

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper advises writers to use the past tense when they write about unpublished research (including the research their paper reports), and to use the present tense ...
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What citation style is this? It has numeric reference, title in quotes, “Last, F.F.” name style

A style I'm required to follow, unfortunately unnamed: [1] Last, G.L., Loo, B.F., Mooo, C.C., “My wonderful title” Int. J. Heat Mass Transf., 32(19-21), pp. 234-245, (2001). [2] Moobar, ...
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how to indicate citations from the same, long document at different pages

I am proofreading a grant from another researcher. This is going to be submitted to the NIH which follows AMA guidelines. A particular, long report is providing her several of the researcher's ...
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Any place for people with fear of writing?

This isn't the best moment to ask the question, since I should be writing an overdue document and presentation. However, is there any place where a person with fear of writing can work? I am ...
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Should I learn to use LaTex to write up a History Masters Thesis?

So I reviewed the "What are the advantages or disadvantages of using LaTeX for writing scientific publications?" question on this forum and am sitting on the fence at the moment whether or not to use ...
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Is there a difference in engineering and women's studies academic writing

Coming from engineering, when you write a paper, the goal is to be objective and analytic. We use references and try to define terms for a clear understanding. The goal at least is to provide facts ...
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Efficient process for writing a STEM journal article

Background: I have done quite a lot of research work for a particular project. I am working in the field of operations research (i.e. applied math/physics), so this work primarily takes the form of ...
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What is the general protocol to name something after somebody (some people)?

In mathematics (and other sciences) there are thousands of concepts, theorems, lemmas, etc which are named after some mathematicians (scientists). However, this nominations are not always very ...
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How to reference a tool or a library in an article?

When using an online library, tool, framework or something similar, what is the proper way to reference it in an article? (I work in Computer Science). For example, I want to say that many popular ...
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Data Set Definition , Where to Place (Introduction, Material and Methods)?

Machine Learning , Data Mining studies uses various data sets. If used data sets are not well known data sets, following points of these data sets should be explained. More can be added but these ...
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How to write a paper about marketing for publishing in ISI Journals?

I have read many ISI papers, and now I want to publish my own paper, but the subject I want to write is about marketing and brand development, which lots of people are writing in this topic. Is it ...
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What suggestions should I make when reviewing a poorly written paper?

Since I need a break from the reviewing... Often in my field I review papers from researchers in Asia (reviews are not double blind) which are poorly written. By poorly written, I don't mean that the ...
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Acknowledging the discussion with someone in the paper but excluding this person as a reviewer: how to do this?

While writing a paper I discussed its first draft with a certain colleague (he is from a different university, so it is not likely that he will be automatically ruled out as a reviewer as suggested in ...
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How can I choose ahead of time where my research should be published?

Ten Simple Rules for Getting Published states: Rule 7: Start writing the paper the day you have the idea of what questions to pursue. This sounds like very good advice, not just because you ...
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Style guides on structured/ordered bibliography?

Edit: The best guideline I have found so far is the Chicago Manual of Style 16th ed, section 14.58 "DIVIDING A BIBLIOGRAPHY INTO SECTIONS" (I have boldfaced the part which best answers my question): ...
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Are there examples of highly cited papers that very poorly written?

We've had a little debate at work about whether a paper that presents good research, but that is at the same time very poorly written (either sloppy presentation, or not written in the native language ...
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Emphasizing proper nouns and jargon

What is the recommended way to ephasize proper nouns and jargon in academic writing? I usually use italics to emphasize specific proper nouns (e.g., the name of a software: Gitolite). Until now, I ...
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how could I mention sequence of figures in a research paper?

I want to say that: Figure 1, 2, 3 and 4 illustrate .... how could I mention them? is the above sentence correct? or I should say figure 1 to figure 4
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How to highlight the text changes to the supervisor?

How to highlight the changes I made to a text (report, thesis etc) to the supervisor? Red colour/adding bubble comments, you name it. I use Word.
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What is the proper protocol for addressing one's title and position in an email signature?

I am creating an email signature and I am not sure what the protocol should be. Should it say Dr. Locc Department of Social and Consumer Sciences. or should my position within the dept. ...
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Is the phrase “We can see that …” appropriate in research papers?

Today at work, we had a discussion about writing styles of research papers. One of the topic was if the phrase "We can see that..." is appropriate for research papers or not. While some people were ...
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Suggestions for writing short papers?

I came out recently with a publishable idea. I analysed it theoretically, and now I need to simulate it - which will take huge amount of time apparently. I wanted to publish the idea, but I can't ...
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Shortened version of a math book (without proofs)

I've authored a math research monograph (which can be however used as a textbook, as it is structured like a textbook). Is it worth to make short version of it containing only definitions and ...
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Should each chapter in an extensive paper start with an overview of the chapter's contents?

I'm working on a extensive paper for my study. It's about some computational stuff, has 5 chapters and will be - all in all - roughly 60 pages long. Reading some papers and theses I noticed, that ...
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Sense of humor allowed in academic writing? [duplicate]

I'm reading a paper at the moment and very bored and then I thought if I write a paper, I would like the writing style to be not so boring or having some kind of humor. Is that allowed in academic ...
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Referencing Non-Equations (“See Eq. (15)/See Ineq. (15)”)

When I write something like x is a stochastic function of y: x ~ N(2y, 3) (1), how do I refer back to that... non-equation? Do I still put "see Eq. (1)" although (1) is ...
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Are prefaces common in academic papers?

I know that sometimes (in a thesis for instance) one can thank his supervisor, family or whoever and give a small reflection on the work. A good place would be a preface, I think, though I am not sure ...
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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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How to write a strong introduction into a research paper?

How does one write a strong (good) introduction into a research paper? Some introductions make me really curious about the rest of the paper while others do not. Although it is relatively easy to say ...
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Should historical data be considered ambigious if not proven as fact?

Simple question, if there is few data points that allow concrete hypothesis (ancient history has many), should the information always be accompanied by some sort of disclaimer? A example would be you ...
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Designing Tests for Industry

I'm currently designing tests for people working in technology support. I am the current subject matter expert (SME) in my group for these topics. The exam is essentially open-book multiple choice, ...
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What should I read or know before I prepare my bachelor's thesis?

I am about to start planning my bachelor's thesis in computational linguistics, and I'm looking into how I can make the process as smooth as possible. So far, I've found that using some sort of ...
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Writing Sample for Graduate School

When submitting a writing sample for a graduate school application, what exactly are review boards looking at? I ask, because when looking at my own writing I find it is difficult to judge beyond the ...
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Balanced number of sections in paper?

Longer monographs should have an odd number of chapters [the Internet,1700-xxxx]. Does this rule also apply for papers? I've got a paper with four chapters and I'm wondering if I should make it ...
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Determining the scope of a Master's Thesis

I am a student of comparative politics currently considering what specific topic I want for my Master's Thesis. On the basis of the choice, the university will allocate an appropriate professor - ...
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Paper on project without any result - how to conclude

I'm reporting on an engineering project that is in its early phases. Therefore, there are no results, but there is already a quite detailed plan on how the problems in the project can be conquered. ...
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Dealing with “too descriptive” in Dissertation Proposal Feedback

I am writing a University Dissertation proposal on Big Data. I have recently received my feedback and while there are good, constructive points one of the main issues in the marking is it is "too ...