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Are references with indication of page number uncommon in computer science?

I am writing a computer science paper in which I cite several lengthy sources (text books and standard specifications). Whenever I cite such a source, I add the page numbers of the subsection to which ...
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How does the ACT Online Prep website mark your practice essay? [on hold]

Does anyone know how the ACT Prep website evaluates your ACT Writing essay? After you submit it to the website, you are immediately presented by your score and a number of points on the essay. How ...
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Do automatic tools to check thesis exist?

I am currently writing my bachelor's thesis in Computer Science with LaTeX. The thesis is written in English. I use aspell for spell checking, but I think there is more that could automatically be ...
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How can I write a paper that will convince the reviewers that the results are non-trivial? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper in math/cs/economics to a top-level journal. The paper involves a new variant of a well-known problem. All reviewers agreed that the results are interesting and non-trivial, but ...
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Pose lots of unanswered questions in a PhD thesis chapter?

I am just finishing my computer science PhD. It has five research chapters. The first four pose many research questions and answers all of them; they are complete in this sense. The fifth chapter ...
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How to “present” effectively research results in a written document (publication, thesis) in Computer Science [on hold]

In line with this question, I would like to know what is a nice way of writing a section in a thesis/paper where the results of the research are represented? There are many suggestions online [1 , ...
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Font size of text within image/graph for MS Thesis

Can somebody suggest what should be the optimal font size of text like axis ticks, axis label, legend etc. ?
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Crippling anxiety when writing “grant applications”

I find it very difficult to make strong research proposals, where I am trying to convince the audience that my proposal is important (possibly more important than the other applicants'). I write ...
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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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How much of humor in a formal academic writing is considered as disrespect? [duplicate]

In a formal academic writing (in the everyday sense), is it appropriate to use phrases such as "step out on" to titillate the reader? Since I am not a native English speaker, and since I have not ...
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Publication grade concept drawings [duplicate]

I am working on my Masters' thesis in aeronautical engineering and would like to make high-quality drawings (not technical drawings as in detail designs in CAD, but drawings of concepts and ideas, eg ...
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Which is the better scheme for a poster: “tell a story” or “important first”?

In an attempt to make a poster of my work, I search for tips on the internet and books and I meet two opinions that conflict with each other: Tell a story: Why do we choose this (Objective) How do ...
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How should I cite a conjecture to which no written record can be found?

Suppose that a famous mathematician E (long deceased) made a conjecture (C), but no written record of this can be found (either because none exists, or because it exists in a very obscure source). ...
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Does APA style have a simplified short-paper format?

I teach a course in college writing. My students must learn to write papers for college following APA format. I recall that, as a student, my instructors were never very consistent in their ...
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Writing articles based on the “Least Publishable Unit”

I have heard the term "Least Publishable Unit" used to describe the amount of scientific information that holds enough merit for a publication. From my understanding, there are two sides to publishing ...
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Am I allowed to write an essay about a scientific theory without violating the copyright?

I have in project to write an essay on the Special Theory of Relativity. My idea is then to publish it as an ebook. I would like to know if I can freely write about this topic or I need to take into ...
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Can you cite other master's theses when writing your own?

I am completing a master's by research (in Humanities), and thus shall be writing a thesis with no class work. I am using both a mixture of primary and secondary source but one item that has me a bit ...
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Can Design & Implementation sections be combined in a project report?

I'm writing a postrgraduate project report on a system I've built. It is not designed with the user in mind, it is a backend system to a simple web application. I'm struggling to separate the Design ...
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When do you italicize the name of a book, article or website in APA style citations and references?

I am writing a paper that is using APA Citation and I'm confused on how the in text citations are supposed to go. Do you italizize the name of the website, book, article in which you are citing? Or ...
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Does significant editing of a paper with the possibility of minor contributions to its scientific content warrant co-authorship?

The question of whether writing/editing alone merits authorship is already addressed here. This question is about writing and editing with the possibility of minor scientific contributions. I have ...
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Are there any good strategies for conveying the true significance of the results that look obvious post factum?

In nearly any field there is a number of important results which look obvious to experts post factum but somehow are not that easy to come by in the first place (e.g. in mathematics some important ...
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How best to organize a review paper that includes some of my own data?

I have written a review article with a target journal in mind. The content focuses on a particular technique in biology, and in the paper I propose a data analysis approach to be used for future ...
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In a research statement for PhD admissions, should I start with the context, or directly with the idea for my research?

I'm applying for a PhD in engineering and I was asked by the advisor I have chosen to write down a short program (~10 pages) about the "research" I will conduct if I get into the PhD program. The ...
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Should one avoid erudite vocabulary in statement of purpose?

I am not a psychology major. I came across this paper that shows that using erudite vocabulary will not do one good. What makes me want to ask here is a case study in the paper. Long story short, a ...
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What's the difference between the American and the European style in essay writing? [closed]

Several times during my studies I have heard about American and European styles in writing essays. From what I've gathered, the American style is supposed to be more argumentative. On the other hand ...
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Pros and Cons of including less interesting results

For the problem I am trying to solve, I considered 2 base algorithms and devised about 30 variations on each. I then threw about 2 CPU-years and ran a number of simulations to see how they went. ...
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Proper person and number for dissertation - “I,” “we,” “this research,” etc [duplicate]

In my field (political science) it's standard for journal articles, even solo-authored ones, to use the first-person plural. "We compare...", "we found that..." In program evaluation (where I do some ...
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How do I cite a mathematical definition replicated verbatim?

I am writing a paper, in which I must include a definition of a particular mathematical structure. It's a structure with which very few people would be familiar, thus I wish to include it verbatim, as ...
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Is there a difference in the typical structure of a qualitative versus quantitative paper?

I have been advised that qualitative is "research before literature" and quantitative is "literature before research" and hence when presenting in a research paper, a qualitative paper discusses the ...
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How to cite the same source multiple times in a row IEEE

I have several sentences in a row that that cite the same source. For example, Here is question one [1]. Here is question two [1]. Here is question three [1][myOriginalWork]. Here is question ...
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where to find the year and conference of a scientific article?

When writing the references at the end of my internship report, I needed to cite all the information that needs to be said about the scientific articles that I used while writing the report. But these ...
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Is it worthwhile to cite documentaries in personal statements?

When writing something to be read and scrutinized by academics, like a personal statement, will academics appreciate, respect, and value references to factual documentaries? For example, I'd like to ...
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Link which explains how to format a letter to Nature

I need to write a letter to Nature and a friend of mine said that Nature wants the Author to follow a very precise format. He said that the explanation of the structure of the format is an example ...
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Is it okay to let body text follow immediately after intermediate level headings?

Let's say we have a thesis/scientific paper with a sectioning depth of three [chapter, section, subsection]. I already often wondered: Is it okay to have text outside of the lowest level, i. e. ...
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Making a short summary before a set of paragraphs?

Of late I noticed that recent books or long articles tend to make a short summary before every set of paragraphs. For example, we might have: 1. Introduction We so and so ... Therefore, so and so ...
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Getting into a topic one is barely familiar with?

Intro For an upcoming project I have to get into a new topic of research which is not similar to anything I have worked so far. Furthermore, this project requires learning new programming language(s) ...
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How to present a model which is based on the result not yet discussed?

I am facing the following problem while writing a paper. I have a model which contains a function whose explicit form I derived empirically from the data presented in the paper itself. However, I ...
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Some advices regarding the first research paper

I am an undergraduate student in Mathematics and I think that I have discovered something significant in Mathematics. My friends and some professors to whom I have sent my ideas also confirmed its ...
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Which section to start with when writing a research paper

Which section of a research paper should be written first? When I finally finish my analysis I begin to write the Methods section and the Results section. That is the first "block" of my writing. ...
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How to reuse algorithms from previous paper

In the past, I wrote a paper which included 2 algorithms A and B. Both of them were presented and fully explained. Moreover, B was built based on A, in other words, reader must know about A in order ...
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Paper for software tool - Medical Domain

This is really related to this question (Creating paper on software tool). But there was this comment there which asked for more details about the software's domain. I created (still in beta stage) ...
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How many references should be included in the bibliography of a Master thesis?

Surprisingly, I have not found a similar question to mine - all I found was a question about the maximum number of citations per sentence. However, I am more interested in the total number of ...
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Whether to use the author name with numeric references when describing a particular study

I am a little bit confused regarding the best way to attribute a research paper in my thesis. Example: " The work in [1] proposed a new method for ..." " John et al.[1] proposed a new method for ...
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What is the standard/recommended font to use in papers?

I looked around but did not find that anyone has asked this before, but what are the fonts that are standard/recommended while writing academic reports/papers?
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Maximum number of citations per sentence?

I'm working on a literature review for a masters thesis in the sciences, and I have a ton of sources that cover the topic. Many specific points are covered ad nauseam, and many similar ideas can be ...
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Do Asian authors have a different style of academic writing from European authors?

I'm an Asian student working with a European prof. My adviser told me several times that when he read my writings (our papers), he just wanted to rewrite it. He told me that my English was rather OK, ...
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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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What is the standard way to include introduction and references parts to a masters thesis?

I have seen that students have two ways to write their thesis, They have a separate chapter to write an introduction to their thesis. This chapter usually consists of a literature review of their ...
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What's a novel way to say “all errors are my own”?

Typical disclaimer is now just common fodder for all papers and books. Any advice on a more original take to this generic statement would be appreciated!
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Review asks me to demonstrate “what is the new thing done”; what should I write? [closed]

The referee has asked to demonstrate ' what is the new thing done" so that the paper will be accepted. I feel, though the fundamental theory is same for the work, the experiment at various machine is ...