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What is a good system for generating BibTeX reference keys?

When using a reference manager (or even when tracking references on a handwritten draft), it is common to have a key for each entry when referring to items, which the computer (or you in a final form) ...
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How to cite sources written in a different language than English?

Assume one wants to cite a paper written in a different language than the article citing said paper (e.g., ones own article is written in English, but the source is French). How to properly handle ...
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How to refer to an author whose last name can be confused with a pronoun?

I am currently writing a research paper and am having an issue referring to an author of a paper whose name is "Dadi He". I know that it is common practice to refer to an author by their last name ...
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Is it acceptable to include footnotes in mathematical proofs?

When writing a technical article that includes mathematical proofs: Is it acceptable to have footnotes within the body of a formal proof (to elaborate/clarify non-essential points) or is the use of ...
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How should you refer to yourself in a paper?

When writing a paper that discusses previous work by the same set of authors, what is the correct way to refer to it? For example, "In 2012 Fred et al. introduced a third way of resolving the ...
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Academic writing software

General-purpose word-processing programs are OK for academic writing. But I feel the experience can be much improved with some specialized software that takes better care of the special needs of ...
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How to write a good paper review? [duplicate]

I just started my Masters in computer science, and I started working on a research project with one of my professors last term as a part of a class project for his class. In relation to that project, ...
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Boxplot whiskers for a journal publication using APA style guide

I want to submit a manuscript with a journal recommending the APA style guide for formatting. When looking at my boxplots, a colleague of mine wondered why the whiskers do not represent the 95% ...
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Starting a PhD unrelated to your degree [duplicate]

I am 27 years old and I finally decided that I want to follow my passion rather than working for some company doing work I am not passionate about. I own a Computer Science degree and I really find ...
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How to cite earlier work, discovered only at the end, that claims similar results to a recently completed project?

At the end of writing up our manuscript, we discover that there has been another earlier study in a very different context (but using a physical model very similar to ours) that claims a similar ...
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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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In a manuscript, how do you know when you need to source the brand and location for materials?

I'm writing my first manuscript and haven't received a lot of guidance on it. The journal that I plan on submitting to has an "Instructions for Authors" page, but I've scoured it and there is no ...
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How to cite in-text same source multiple times (chicago style)?

is there a more economical way of citing something like this: In her essay titled “Electronic Literature: What is it?”, N. Katherine Hayles (2007) gives an account of the state of electronic ...
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How are textbooks meant to be referenced?

I'm studying maths, and I've found it beneficial to write my notes as if I were writing a textbook for someone else's self study - forces me to understand the material to some extent. It's of course ...
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Proper notation to represent a set containing sequences of numbers for scientific papers?

I would like to include a set of numbers, which are composed of by multiple sequences, for example: {1,2,3,4,5, at steps of 1 ... till 100, 200, 500, then 1000, 2000, at steps of 1000 .... till ...
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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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Is it legal to include another person's result in my research paper?

Is it legal to include another person's result in my research paper? For instance: Theorem (Name of the author): Statement Proof. The proof of this appeared in [1].
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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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When can I make assumptions in scientific papers?

I would like to know if assumptions are accepted among the scientific community. especially in the field of theoretical computer science. To be more specific, is it OK to say something like: "The ...
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How to cite a reference in another reference? [duplicate]

I am reading the literature review of an article and the review article mentioned that the second article found positive relationship. Now, should I cite both or just the second article that found ...
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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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How is a paper with multiple authors usually written?

I am attending graduate school this fall and one thing that I still could not wrap around my head is that some of the papers are written by seemingly a group of authors (5 people or more). I am ...
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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 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 ...
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Should the captions in a figure list include their references?

The "list of figures" page in my Masters thesis lists many figure captions. Some of these figure captions have references. Should I remove or keep the reference in the list of figures? Definitely the ...
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Is it a good idea to combine the glossary and the list of notations in a mathematical PhD thesis?

I am considering including a glossary and a list of notations in my PhD thesis on mathematics. Is it a good idea to write them separately or combine them? For example, a typical entry of the list of ...
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Expletives in academic writing for coursework?

I was just wondering if I should include an edited expletive in an essay I have to write for a Software Development class. I'm currently writing a paper about debugging techniques and I wanted to talk ...
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Should a figure/table go before or after the first paragraph that references it?

Should a figure/table go before or after the first paragraph that references it in an academic paper? I cannot find a definitive answer on this. The general advice is to place the figure/table as ...
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How to rephrase this statement in a paper? “Due to a limited number of pages, …”

How do you say in your paper that "due to a limited number of pages allowed, I'm not going to discuss the details how and from where this equation is derived..." It is a conference paper, and they ...
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How detailed should proofs be in a mathematical PhD thesis?

I heard this suggestion from a mathematics professor: In writing a mathematical Ph.D. thesis, it is far more tolerable to be tediously-lengthy than having a gap in the proofs. I think what he means ...
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Is there any term that describes the main example that goes through the entire research paper?

One of the comments I received on my journal paper was that it lacks a "running example": the paper would benefit much from a running example that could be used in the introduction to motivate the ...
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How to decide the appropriate level of explanation for math in academic papers?

In any academic paper dealing at least in part with math, the authors have to make a choice how much explanation to actually give the math. It can range from pretty much no explanation: Given a ...
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Running out of Algebraic Symbols

I'm currently writing my thesis in computer science. My work contains a large amount of equations to do with linear algebra, data transformations and calculus. On receiving feedback on my first draft ...
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Is putting the statement/conclusion first considered to be cliched?

This question was inspired by the following comment by Johanna on another question: I just had to say: including the idea "I believe I was born for scientific research" is a terrible idea. Did no ...
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Do I need an introductory paragraph in SOP?

I'm about to write a SOP. I have sketched some points that I want convey through it, then I will develop them to their own paragraphs. Here they are: I believe that I was born for scientific ...
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Do references, notes, and tables count towards journal word count restrictions?

I'm preparing a manuscript to be submitted to a journal, but I'm struggling with the language used regarding the word count for this specific journal: The ___________is a peer-reviewed ...
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Which elsarticle documentclass parameters in LaTeX should I use for different Elsevier journals?

So here is the thing, I recently submitted a paper to an Elsevier Journal (EJOR) and prepared it using LaTeX. I used the elsarticle documentclass that Elsevier provides. When doing this I tried to ...
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Should supervisors read acknowledgments before the printed version of the thesis?

I'm finishing my M.Sc. thesis and I sent it to my supervisors so that they can read it. In the final version, I would like to insert an acknowledgements page where I thank them. Should I include it ...
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How to make thesis-writing feel less tedious?

I'm about to finish my master's thesis on a TCS topic (algorithms). I'm quite happy with my results; the most engaging part of the thesis was grappling with getting up to speed on the state of the ...
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How cite sources of 100-years-old analytical technique in a theory section?

In my master’s thesis in inorganic characterization, I have a theory chapter about X-ray (powder) diffraction. This technique is almost 100 years old, and have been described in a vast number of ...
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Should you place accents on letters in academic writing in English?

Is there a standard practice in academic writing regarding the use of accented letters when the underlying language is English? I'm specifically thinking of the word naive, which often has a dieresis ...
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How to write an aside in a journal article?

So the question is simple: What is the common way of saying something in parentheses in a journal paper like engineering or mathematics. Assume you are talking about a mathematical approach, but in ...
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Use plural or singular first person in abstract of a talk on collaborative work?

When writing an abstract for a talk on a topic that I have collaborated on with others, should I be using the plural form, such as "We have shown this and that ..." or is it better to write it ...
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What to name a section at the end of thesis containing original material for future development?

I have written my master thesis. The last chapter is "Summary and Conclusions". After this chapter which ends the thesis, I want to add a specific note of my own. It is a new idea which needs lengthy ...
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Where to locate authors’ names in sentences?

Is it or is it not good practice to make an author the subject of sentences in a paper? When should their name be central, discreet, or absent in the sentence? Here are five variations showing ...
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What to do with an expository note

Mostly for fun, I've been working on an exposition about some ideas in my area of math (algebraic geometry). As far as I know there isn't any elementary introduction to this particular topic already ...
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As a novice scientific writer, how can I publish a scientific review?

I like to write and investigate in science; but it is not enough; Precisely I want to write a scientific review, as a beginner I don’t know how to publish it; I don’t have a support, is it possible ...
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Is it always necessary to include a research question in the introduction of a paper?

A question purely out of interest (and a bit of importance, since I'm enrolling in a research master program next month): I wondered whether it is always necessary to include a research question in ...
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Can an emotional letter of motivation be harmful in a PhD application?

Today some of my friends were discussing a motivation letter. One friend's application was rejected. One reason his friends find out is that the letter of motivation is very emotional. So I was ...
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Should first introductory paragraph explicitly state the subject of the paper?

I am trying to write an introduction for a scientific paper. I am not sure, when I am announcing my subject, should I write that this is the subject, or just mention it without announcing it outright? ...