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

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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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Is it acceptable to use a “we” and “you” form in a scientific IEEE paper?

I have to write an IEEE paper for my thesis. I have made a security guide but it contains the "we", "you" form. Is this acceptable? Or should it be written in an distant form?
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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 ...
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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), ...
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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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About using lemmas when writing a math proof

If I have a relatively long sequence of statements to prove in order to show a theorem, should it be a list of lemmas or a description list inside the theorem proof? If to use lemmas, they should ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to manage/avoid stress during manuscript writing?

I have written few manuscripts so far and those have been published already (some ordinary peer-reviewed journals). However, I feel stressed so much when I write my new manuscript. How to ...
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Corrigendum for wrong reporting of results

My paper got published in a good journal but later I noticed that in the final results table I have mistakenly written the parameters used in the previous literatures and not what I have calculated ...
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How should you cite url dead links in a thesis?

I am currently writing a thesis. In the related work part I am discussing a paper from a few years ago. The paper presents several web applications which were available back then. Hence, these ...
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Writing a thesis acknowledgement: should I address the person as “you” or use 3rd person?

I'm writing an acknowledgment for my thesis. I looked at several written acknowledgments and realized that the people who are acknowledged are addressed by "you" rather than "He/She". For example, ...
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Learn to write scientific papers in medicine

I'd like to learn how to write scientific papers in medicine. I saw searching on google that there are many books regarding scientific writing but reading reviews it seems they are more oriented to ...
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Choosing appropriate words for lay summary of a health research project

The lay summary of a research proposal is often needed to secure grants and get wide public support and engagement, especially in health research. I understand that the more a scientist understands ...
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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 ...