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How to make a mathematical text more concise?

My PhD thesis has 175 pages A4 and I shall provide also a compilation that will summarize the main results on 20 pages A5. My thesis contains algorithms and theorems examining their properties. After ...
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Need help with Ideas for an Essay [on hold]

I was assigned to write a cause/effect essay on the unawareness of gender in young people today. But I do not fully understand the topic and the teacher did not elaborate more about it. So I am ...
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How to use copyrighted images in an article?

I have developed an educational software in which I make use of some copyrighted images, for example from Disney, and am now writing an article about it. How should I reference or cite that those ...
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When should I appropriately use adjectives and adverbs?

I heard using adjectives and adverbs should be avoided; which scenarios should I use adjectives and adverbs?
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Is use of the word “via” appropriate in an academic essay?

In many cases the words via and through are interchangeable. However, is via viewed as acceptable to use among the academic community, typically? I personally have a distaste for it, but that doesn't ...
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How to improve writing skills when writing a manuscript for the first time?

After a year of researching for my Masters project, I am writing a manuscript for publication. I have spent nearly 3 months writing it now. My advisor has read my drafts, but after nearly 4 drafts ...
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Practice for publications in foreign language

I'm an assistant professor in a non-English country. I work in control system and signal processing. I write publications in my native language. But I want to get experience in publications in ...
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Cumulative versus monographic dissertation

I am in the beginning of my phd studies in computer science. Specifically, I am in the area of machine learning and linked data. I have talked with my professor about these both types of ...
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How best to present long equations in two-column papers?

How best to present long equations in two-column papers? I've tried splitting them in two or more lines along operators, but that still looks a bit weird to me, especially when parentheses have to ...
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What is the maximum depth of subchapters one should use in a paper?

I have a tendency to overcategorize things when writing a paper. Currently I’m working on my thesis and I’m concerned with my level of subchaptering. Right now I’m already down to x.x.x.x and I fear ...
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How to treat the results of symbolic computations in a paper?

I am working with quite complicated (i.e., numerous) trigonometric functions. Let’s say one equation does not fit on an A4 sheet of paper. Rewriting the expressions by hand would be extremly tedious, ...
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University essay question [duplicate]

I am applying for a university scholarship program, and as part of the application I have to write some essays but I don't understand what they want exactly in the first essay. The question is written ...
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Should acronyms always be expanded?

When writing an academic paper should you always expand on acronyms that you use even if the acronyms are universally understood, for example; IT (Information Technology) WWW (World Wide Web)
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How to introduce multiple authors of a research paper in content?

I want to introduce the findings of a case study in my report, but it has four authors and I would like name them in when introducing it. What would be the best way to do this, or is the below ...
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What are some tips to writing a biographical sketch for postdoc job search?

I know there are several websites that one could find through simple Internet searches, and each and every one will dispense difference advice. I wonder what this academic platform has to say on the ...
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Is it safe to give all the papers mentioned in my statement of purpose in my writing samples?

I am applying to US doctoral programs. I have decided to mention especially four papers in my statement of purpose, so I have to present them in my writing samples. As a consequence, my writing ...
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What should a thesis background contain, and what shouldn't it?

I'm studying on my last year for a bachelors degree. Currently I'm studying a IT security course and the last assignment is to write an essay very similar to the thesis I'll write next spring. The ...
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Is it a good idea for a nonnative English speaker to have native speakers help make the English in statement of purpose perfect?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US. Since I am not an English native speaker, I am wondering if it is okay to have native speakers help make my English perfect in my statement of purpose? ...
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Should an abstract make an argument about why an experiment is important?

I am submitting my first academic paper (in computer science). It is a short paper for a conference. In my abstract, I state what my empirical research uncovers. Is it appropriate to then explain why ...
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Which tables should be put in the appendix?

I am currently writing my bachelor's thesis. I made a lot of experiments and I describe them as well as their result in the text. Currently, I have most tables with the results of the experiments ...
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How detailed should one be in writing the referee's report?

When writing a referee's report for an editor of a journal, does one always aim and try to be as brief as possible, saying yes or no to the publication (giving a couple of sentences in support of ...
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Should the first letter of the axis label be uppercase?

Suppose you have a diagram in a bachelor's thesis (which is written in English) with one axis "mean stroke count" and the other "standard deviation" Should the first letter of "mean" and ...
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Is it approriate to point out errors in the literature review in a thesis?

In a couple of either books or articles that I have read as part of my research there have been some minor errors (when taken in context of the whole work) when they relate to the area I am ...
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How does one denote that a cell value is not available / doesn't make sense in a table?

I have a table that compares the performance of different systems according to different error measures: System | Error 1 | change | Error 2 | ... --------------------------------------| ... ...
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Is it acceptable to criticise papers when writing a related work section

When writing a paper it is important to discuss related work. I am working on a problem where two research fields meet. When I did a literature review I noticed that related papers often omit ...
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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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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 [closed]

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. ...