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Axis naming for multiple parameters in one graph

I have four angles and I like to show them in a angle–time graph using Matlab’s plot function. The problem is the naming of vertical y-axis. Should it be: plural, i.e., Position Angles since the ...
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Masters Thesis: Self-containment

So I am currently writing my thesis in nanophysics (in particular, applications of nanomagnetism). My adviser and I had a few discussions about the inclusiveness (i.e., self-containment) of the ...
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“Very Similar” vs “Based On” for purpose of paper “narrative”

I was trying to solve a sub-problem as part of a greater problem for which I am writing a paper to propose a solution. I'd been working on it for quite a while, when I had the thought that it could ...
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What is the difference between digest and extended abstract?

Conference asks for digest not exceeding 5 double-spaced pages to be submitted. Up until now I had to submit only one page of extended abstract. What to put in digest? 5 pages are quite a lot of ...
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Layout for a thesis chapter describing an undergraduate course

I am writing a chapter in my degree thesis which describes a new undergraduate course I designed. I want to be as specific as possible with this course, like outlining what topic should be covered in ...
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How to condense a full journal paper to a two-page conference abstract?

I am in the field of biomedical engineering and have some results for a full paper, trying to submit as a two-page abstract. I figured I could reuse the text I prepared from the full paper, but not ...
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Eventual Career Objective [closed]

I am a Front-End Developer with several years of experience as well as I have my B.S. in Computer Science. I am doing research and pursuing my MS in Computer Science. However, I am somewhat struggling ...
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Terse definition of many symbols

I'm writing an academic paper in the CS field. I'd like to define five symbols as tersely as possible. Can I say this as the following using 'let' and semi colons? Like: Let $a$ be xxxx; $b$ be ...
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Research paper with experimental results from a small amount of data

I have written a research paper in image processing that I will be submitting to an IEEE conference. I have proposed a new method to detect 'X' in images. However, due to hardware failure I could ...
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Figures in a results/discussion page

My professors always point out that figures only serve as a supplement to the results. They should not be the main star of the results/discussion section. The writer must be able to articulate the ...
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Is it okay for a thesis to have sections of very different lengths?

I run into a situation where the logical division the material in the thesis I'm writing forces me to create sections of very different lengths. Matters are further complicated by the fact that the ...
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Should I mention the target audience in the abstract of a paper?

I am currently writing a paper which gives an overview over semantic segmentation. My target audience are people who are not experts, but who need semantic segmentation or who want to get into this ...
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Should I integrate the notations of different papers in the prior works section of my thesis?

I am writing the "Prior Works" section of my M.Sc. thesis. In different papers I saw that there are different notations for fairly similar concepts. Should I describe each prior work with its ...
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Is there a lot of writing in PhD programs in top-rank US schools?

I am an M.Sc. student in a university in a developing country, and I am frustrated with the volume of useless writing that we are supposed to do in my program. Every single course has a class ...
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Passive voice vs. using “I” in a sole-author paper [duplicate]

I am a fan of using "we" in co-authored papers in order to avoid using passive voice. However, I tend to see passive voice, rather than active voice with "I," in single-author papers. Furthermore, I ...
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Is it correct to submit a manuscript as a writing sample for graduate admission?

I am applying to a master program in cognitive sciences and they ask for two writing samples. I have read that published articles and even manuscripts can be good writing samples, however I have the ...
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Is there such a thing as listing too many areas of future work in a thesis conclusion?

I am finishing up my thesis and am currently focusing upon the conclusion. There I have a section on future work. I have quite a few areas that I think require follow up or investigation. However, ...
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Introducing abbreviations in an abstract for a repeated term

I use a long term (e.g. "artificial neural network") more than once in the abstract of a paper. Is it best to introduce the abbreviation (e.g. "ANN") after the first occurrence, or repeat the ...
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Frequent use of “we” in academic writing. Is it acceptable, or even good? [duplicate]

I'm a grad student in engineering, and I'm not a native English speaker/writer. When I write papers, or any other technical documents, I find it very difficult to avoid using pronouns that refer to ...
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Is copying standard definitions from e.g. ICD without quotes considered verbatim plagiarism

In textbooks published by my faculty staff members, Authors often include definitions from WHO or ICD using passive speech (... is defined as ...) Is this legal? Is copying these standard ...
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Medical Writing career [on hold]

I´m about to finish my MD and am very interested in the medical writing area, but to be fair I´m not quite sure where to start. Are there any sources for guidance on this? Should I be trained in any ...
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Bachelor's thesis can i use wordings from my supervisor

I am in the middle of writing my bachelor thesis and recently submitted a paper that I wrote with my supervisor about the same subject to a conference. If it makes any difference, I should mention ...
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How to avoid gender bias when writing letters of recommendation?

Finding letter writing guidelines that simply say something like "avoid gender bias" is rather easy. Finding letter writing guidelines that explain what this means in more detail is extremely ...
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Good books/resource on mathematical writing

I am a freshly graduated Ph.D. I want to improve further my mathematical writing (in English, if this matters). I am looking for books/resource that address good mathematical writing. I can find some ...
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Is there funding for non-research related projects?

Nowadays to obtain a PhD or a postdoc one needs to conduct independent research and present new results. However, at the frontiers of science there are many non-research related things that could ...
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Can I write a paper on a method that is novel but yields similar results compared to existing methods?

I have developed a method that gives similar results (in few cases: better) compared to existing methods and I want to publish it. Can I do this and if yes, how do I motivate it? More specifically: I ...
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Using standards proposed in another paper

So my situation is as follows: I am writing a paper related to DDoS attacks and part of my paper describes a case study. During my initial background research I looked into other similar work and ...
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What is the point of ScienceWISE annotation on arXiv?

This is an example of a semantically tagged paper: Distributed Joint Source and Channel Coding with Low-Density Parity-Check Codes. On arXiv, it looks like this: In the PDF (with Chrome as PDF ...
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How do computer science admissions committees process GRE essays sent with the scores?

I am currently studying for my GRE exam and I came across a book which states that GRE essays are sent with the official score reports. How does the admissions committee process these essays? I am ...
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How to deal with poorly written and formatted papers (as a reviewer)? [duplicate]

From time to time I receive papers to peer review that, in my view, fail to attain an acceptable level of writing and text formatting. Examples of usual issues are: common erratum, poor use of ...
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Citing another author’s summary of other works in a journal article

I want to use the information from this block of text talking about psychoanalysis: Some authors (e.g. Allison et al., 2006 and Turkle, 1995) compare the player and avatar's relationship to a ...
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Parenthesis in paper title?

I am writing an academic paper with some co-authors and we are thinking of including a word in parentheses in the title. So the title would look something like XXXX (YYYY?) XXXX I have two ...
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How to improve chances of acceptance of a paper with an atypical structure?

I am working on a manuscript for publication in a chemistry journal. I find that my approach to the problem is very different to previous work on the matter. I find very hard to fit its argumentative ...
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Repeating abbreviation in body text if already in chapter/section title

This is a follow-on question to Is it reasonable to use full word and abbreviation in parenthesis in a chapter title? One answer to that question indicates that in some cases, using an abbreviation ...
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How to deal with a coauthor who introduces errors

This situation has arisen a couple of times for me and I don't know how to deal with it: I'm writing a paper that contains formal mathematical statements and proofs. I am very careful about ensuring ...
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Motivation to write the dreaded dissertation

Ok... so I have hated graduate school since day one but have slogged through because I couldn't find anything else to do (I have applied for hundreds of jobs as an escape route with no success). It ...
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How long should a cover letter be when asked to include statements of teaching philosophy and research interests?

I am a PhD graduate applying for teaching (assistant professor) positions at smaller liberal arts colleges. I understand that generally cover letters should not exceed 1 page, especially when applying ...
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How should I communicate that I do not hold the views expressed in a paper I wrote

I am writing a paper for a class that requires me to write from a perspective I disagree with. To an external observer it may not be clear that I am not allowed to disagree with the premise of the ...
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Should figure captions include the “take home message” that the figure conveys?

Should figure captions only describe all of the necessary components (e.g. the meaning of axes, etc.) or can the figure caption also include a brief sentence about the main conclusion drawn from the ...
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Should there be a theorem or proposition that uses lemma?

I was thinking the following: suppose that one writes an article or lecture notes where he or she uses some lemma. I have understood that every lemma should be used somewhere in the document. But is ...
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Is there a professional virtue in independent research and reviews?

Is there a tradition for independent researchers to conduct, ie. write, and review others research on their own? That is to say, is such work outside the institutional and established realms something ...
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Is it possible to do a literature review in the IMRaD format?

The IMRaD format (Introduction, Method, Results and Discussion) seems to be the gold standard in publishable scholarly articles in certain fields. I am wondering if I could get my literature review ...
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What is the scientific term for a “research gap”?

After I read about 40 papers in my research topic, I summarized 25 of them in my thesis, explaining methods used and solutions provided in the literature survey and literature-review sections. I found ...
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Choose journal before writing paper?

I want to write three papers from my thesis. But actually I am stuck. What is the first step to do? Do I first choose the journal (more precise scope) and then I move on to write the article ...
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How to deal with low quality software project that needs to be evaluated [closed]

I have evaluated a software project which has been created by a consortium of top scientists in the field. However, the project itself it doesn't really work, and has only been developed as a ...
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Difficult adviser and personal improvements: How do I move forward?

I am a second year clinical psychology PhD student. I have had some difficulties with my adviser in terms of never feeling good enough or that my efforts are acknowledged. The adviser has recently ...
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Should I include a citation every time I refer to the same thing from the same publication? [duplicate]

In my dissertation, I compare my results to the ABC model presented by John Doe. It seems excessive to include a reference every time I have a statement such as, Compared to ABC, our results ...
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Is it better to repeat a caption or reference an identical caption?

I am presenting several (11) data sets in a written communication (my dissertation). I have grouped the data separating it into several figures which fill two and a half pages, one after the other. ...
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How to structure the personal statement?

Note: personal statement is a different to SOP/research statement. Some universities require this, while the others don't. Unlike the research statement (SOP), the personal statement fragments into a ...
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Should I normalize inconsistent proceedings titles?

I work in a discipline where titles of published conference proceedings are notoriously inconsistent. (Perhaps all disciplines are like this?) For example, various years' proceedings of the same ...