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Citations in abstract [duplicate]

I am interested to know about rules in writing abstract in social sciences. Is it wrong if you just cited in the abstract around two key authors of frameworks where your study was based? Then ...
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Bad style to start text in subsection?

Is it considered bad style if I have a section with multiple subsections and start my text only in the subsection (no text below the section heading)? 1. Section 1.1 First subsection ...
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need information regarding copyright issues for rewriting information of a scientific article [duplicate]

I wonder how websites like 'discovery news', 'live science', 'scince alert', 'how stuff work', 'I fucking love science' manage the copy right issues while utilizing the content of recently ...
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Are there writing style guidelines as to the use of “some of us” in a journal paper?

I wonder if there are any arguments for or against the use of "some of us" in a research paper. In a paper by "(myself), S. E. Cond, and A. U. Thor" about an "Update on previous research", I wonder if ...
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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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How can I make use of iterative “work in progress” versions of papers

I often find myself writing the N+1st version of the same paper: we might have a short periodic internal report, a longer report for the funding agency, and we're now writing a conference paper. As N ...
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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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How to make recommendations at a facility as an intern [migrated]

I am an undergraduate student in my second year of study. During my final semester holiday, I have joined the water quality assessment division in my city to aid me in acquiring my undergraduate ...
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What tool or process can I use to see revisions on papers I am grading?

Like many professors, I ask for drafts of papers of more than a few pages (1500+ words). I provide comments focused on content. (I might make occasional corrections to grammar or word choice--...
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How to name and cite different versions of Microsoft Kinect?

There are at least two types of Kinect cameras, one is called Kinect for Xbox 360 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinect#/media/File:Xbox-360-Kinect-Standalone.png) and another one is called Kinect for ...
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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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Are reproducing figures considered as direct quotations? [closed]

I've recently done writing an essay required for one of my classes and sent it earlier today to my instructor. It is an essay of 12 and a bit pages + 5 pages of references. I've just remembered the '...
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Repeating oneself verbatim: from a word document to a presentation

Is this discouraged? Say I wrote an essay of 20 pages and I'd like to present it in a power point show. Can I simply copy paste what I already wrote in the essay (with shortening it, of course) ...
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Emphasis on new terminology in technical paper: title, abstract and body

I have two new terms that I introduce in my paper: resource security and CerberOS (the second is the name of the system). I use these terms in the title, abstract and body. How and where is emphasis ...
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Should I apologize to my coauthors for being slow to finish a paper draft?

I am first author on a paper about my research from last summer. Due to a busy school year and a bout of severe depression, I have taken FAR longer to finish this paper than originally planned. ...
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Use the keyword 'Internet' or 'internet' in our publications? [closed]

So far all research papers I read and wrote I used the word 'Internet' instead of 'internet'. I did see an online article about the fact that people are using 'internet' more often nowadays, so should ...
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Translate the laws abbreviation of non-english speaking country in English written paper?

I'm working on paper discussing protection of National Park in Tatra Mts., splitted between Slovak republic and Poland: TANAP (Slovakia) and TPN (Poland). I want to include the indication of laws ...
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How should I complete the “Statement of the problem” part of my thesis proposal if it there are very few similar works in the literature?

I don't know how should I state the lacuna in the discipline. If there were researches worked on my topic before, I could cite them and say that they have worked on A, B, C, and I want to work on D, ...
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Who draws the good diagrams for the motivation of an article

I see some papers (more specific Magazine, Tutorial, and state-of-the-art papers) contain good illustration to highlight the motivation of the article. It's not about simple flow chart or block ...
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More formal way to write “canned algorithm”

This question pertains to English writing; although a English Language and Usage SE Community exists, I thought I would post here as I am writing academic literature, and most academics are on this ...
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How to paraphrase a paraphrased part?

Lets assume that A wrote an article in 1999 and A included a part taken from B's source written in 1998. How do I paraphrase that part, and how do I cite it? Like this; Blablablablabla blabla (A, ...
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Structure of a dissertation with two (fairly) disjoint topics

I am writing a PhD dissertation that contains two main themes/topics. These topics are fairly different from each other, but they do have (some!) common threads. Within each theme, I have two rather ...
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How to write a “Related Work” section in Computer Science?

I'm a new PhD student, wrapping up my first year of coursework. To date, I haven't published any papers, and my body of work is essentially null. For this semester's class project in one of my courses,...
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Ways to Improve Grading Speed of Papers

I have the privilege of teaching composition. This requires me to read several dozen papers in a given class. I have rubrics but no matter what I have to sit down and read the papers word for word in ...
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150%, 1.5 times, 1.5× or 1.5-fold

If some measure of quality improves to 150 % of its original value in a study from condition A to condition B, would it be most appropriate, in terms of scientific writing (computer science ...
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Academic Journal Article Peer-Review Feedback Tips

I've always been dissapointed in the feedback I receive when submitting articles for publication. Even when my work is accepted the suggest given are often vague and unclear. I know that most ...
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Is it possible to outsource some tasks of thesis writing? How and what kind of tasks? [duplicate]

I think that thesis writing is a big project which can be divided into several small-scale tasks. The contribution of the thesis must be done with student himself/herself, but other tasks such as ...
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Writing someone else's master's thesis: Unethical and illegal?

It is really difficult for me to decide on this situation: when someone calls me and asks for work-for-hire for his/her thesis. I don't know what to do. I want to help and earn money but I think this ...
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Citation policies: original papers or recent monographs?

When referencing previous results, should one cite the original paper(s) or a recent comprehensive monograph? Specifically, in my area of interest (a relatively recent branch of mathematics), in ...
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Applying to PhD position (Scandinavia): what should be included in personal letter

So I'm thinking about applying for a PhD position in Norway (life sciences). They use a jobb portal for the application, meaning that you just upload your diplomas (bachelor, master, etc.) and write a ...
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Gamification for theses and papers

It’s always been hard for me to stay focused and motivated when writing any kind of a longer text, e.g. an article, paper or gasp thesis, even if I’m interested in the topic and enjoy the work. The ...
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How to refer to myself as a subject of study in a research paper?

Okay so I have collected personal spending data of myself and significant other over a period of 6 months. I'm quite happy with the data and would like to present it and write it up as a research ...
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Method/tactic to extracting information from articles

I am generally curious to hear what sort of technique/method people have to extract information from scientific articles, in order to write e.g. introductions. I for instance, normally read an ...
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What to say about somewhat forgotten studies? [closed]

The matter of fact is, I graduated from university (physics and mathematics) more than 4 years ago. I remember myself enjoying most of the subjects, communicating with professors and study mates, ...
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Is it a good practise to involve a child in a statement of purpose?

Is it a good practise to involve a child in SOP to say how my point of view has changed since the birth?
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How much theory should be given in article? [closed]

I have created a software and the assisting methodology for its application to some kinetic studies. I used a lot of theory. E.g., I used kinetic model, reactor model, data analysis (about 7 methods ...
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How long should the background section of the literature review be for an engineering thesis? [closed]

I am writing my M Phil thesis in engineering, on the development of a new process for treating a particular type of wastewater. In my literature review I have a background section, which describes ...
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How to start abstract of previous research activities for a PhD position

I know that's a very simple question but I just don't know how to start it? What will be the introductory paragraph? I am applying for a Ph.D. position related to my field and luckily I am fulfilling ...
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The use of Wikipedia figures in a thesis? [duplicate]

How much is it considered bad to use a single image of some graphs readily available from Wikipedia and insert it in thesis - undergraduate or graduate?
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Do the top journals actually read papers? [closed]

(None of this scenario is related to me and thus entirely hypothetical, I am only curious on what were to happen if such an event was to indeed take place.) Let there be a physicist X. He is a most ...
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How to format a large diagram with many formulas that does not easily fit on an A4 page?

I have a large diagram that does not fit into horizontal space of my A4 book manuscript (see below). What to do to make the diagram easier to read? Should I replace big formulas with numbers or ...
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Should numeration of a list of axioms be continued?

I have a definition like the following: Definition System of sides is ... conforming to axioms: ... ... ... Definition Monotone system of sides is a system of sides conforming to additional axiom:...
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How to write the literature review part of a paper when 'the perfect one' has already been written?

Let's say I'm writing an original research paper about the design process in the helicopter industry. In the literature review (or context/related work) section, I want to talk about: the various ...
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Which is better, a paper with pedantic vocabularies or a paper easy to read? [closed]

Many say that A good paper is a paper which is easily understandable by a reader. Actually when I am reading lots of papers in good journals, however, they are written with a sort of pedantic ...
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grid line is necessary for CS academic paper?

Is it necessary to add grid lines to a line chart in academic paper? (I'm interested especially in computer science field.) Is there any rule, say, not necessary for time axis? Google tells me that ...
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Should I say “few literature” or “little literature”? [closed]

I am currently writing an introduction section, which says "this is an important question but currently there is few (or little?) literature available". Which one should I use, few or little? Thank ...
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Uncertainty in Essay Writing: How do I know I will find a good argument?

I have a few things that I would like to explore for my Masters thesis. However, I don't know yet whether I am good at this kind of topic, its more historical than what I am used to etc. But my ...
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Are there any guidelines for how to distribute images in a (bachelor) thesis?

I am preparing my Bachelor thesis (it has to be around 20-25 pages long in case it makes a difference) in Biophysics and I want to put some images at the very beginning as a way of introducing and ...
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How to treat papers or other work from dyslexic students?

I know that as a student with dyslexia you get all kinds of benefits such as extra time for work, exams, access or licenses to spell checkers, etc. (Never used or been offered any, not that I needed ...