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Which section to start when writing a research paper

I would like to ask, which section of a research paper should be written first. When I finally finish my analyses I begin to write the Methods section and the Results section. That is the first ...
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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 ...
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Exact results found, but not reported

I am writing a physics paper, and I have decided not to write down explicit equations I have found since they are incredibly long. Instead I just report plots showing the behaviour resulting from ...
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Is there an optimum time to leave between writing and self-proofreading?

Having read a number of guides on tips to do when proofreading as well as some questions on this website. They all refer to leaving some time between writing and proofreading. This time can vary from ...
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Do people write research papers differently nowadays? [closed]

Revised. I was thinking about the way I write research papers, it involves a lot of revising to even get a "first draft," and subsequently I do a lot of revising also. Presumably this is fairly ...
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Is there an academia-specific convention for possessive nouns?

I am fairly certain academic papers do not use apostrophe " ' " for contraction, like "won't", but what is the academic way (in engineering) to do this. For example, " A humans walk cycle " , it is ...
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How to deal with co-authors' tardiness?

I have a paper due tonight, and I have done my part. I have also volunteered to compile the texts from the other authors and hand it all in (there's four of us). I have all texts except one and ...
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Should chapter introduction and conclusion be included in the table of contents?

In my thesis, I have five chapters, each of which includes sections and subsections. Each of the five chapters has an introduction and conclusion. Should chapter introductions and conclusions be ...
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Is it permitted to quote something with informal language, like an interview excerpt with 'haha', in a thesis?

One of the interview excerpt I want to quote include "haha." Is it permitted to quote an interview excerpt with 'haha' in a thesis? I asked because it seems like it is too informal.
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Is it necessary that the the chapter introduction be made up of just one paragraph?

In writing the introduction of a chapter, I came up with three paragraphs. Is it necessary that the the chapter introduction be made up of just one paragraph?
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How should the title of a chapter or section be formatted when mentioned in the text?

How should the title of the chapter or section be formatted when mentioned in the text? I mean the titles of chapters of the same work. For example: If the chapter is entitled "Chapter Four: Review ...
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Should I use the pronoun 'my' in the title of an appendix?

Should I use the pronoun 'my' in the title of an appendix of a thesis? For example: Appendix A: An Example of My Participation in the Community's Rituals
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Can the word “subsubsection” be used in a thesis?

Can the word "subsubsection" be used in a thesis? For example: The next subsubsection discusses so and so. It is not listed in English dictionaries. What do you think? Thank you
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Is it acceptable to use MS Equation 3.0 for a journal paper?

The title sums it up pretty well. I'm using MS Word to write a paper I intend to publish in a SCI journal. It will contain ~15 equations (non-trivial ones: integrals, sums, fractions, special ...
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How do we properly include and cite a set of equations from another paper?

When writing a paper which applies some known method to a new problem, for completeness we may need to summarize that method, probably as a section on its own. In the paper where it was first ...
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Is it reasonable to use full word and abbreviation in parenthesis in a chapter title?

Can I use full word plus its abbreviation in parenthesis in a chapter title? here is my case: Chapter 2 Human Immune System (HIS) is it correct? Is there any differences if the the full word have ...
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Is it wrong to repeat yourself in the abstract, introduction and conclusions?

I find that when I writing a paper, I use the same phrases and sometimes the same sentences in the abstract, introduction, and conclusions. When I compare this to non-fiction writing (e.g. Malcolm ...
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Can we first claim and then find the evidence when we write the literature review (i.e., using confirmatory technique)?

I have a question regarding a researcher’s practice in writing. Let me give you some background about this issue. Here’s what this researcher does when writing introductions and literature reviews. ...
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Reusing figures from other articles in one's thesis

I obtained the rights to reuse some figures from other journal articles on my thesis from the publishing company. Is it sill a good idea to email the authors of the figures, do I need their OK before ...
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Still waiting for comments on my draft - what to do?

Some weeks ago I completed the first draft a paper. I then decided to approach one of the experts in the field, who is working at the same school as I. She seemed interested and were willing to read ...
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Positioning of elements in research paper

I'm currently writing a research paper in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and me and my professor have slightly different views on how to present and order the different elements that ...
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Why small cap and old style numerals are not used in technical writing?

According to the de facto standard book for typography, The Elements of Typographic Style, when we write abbreviations with 2 more letters like SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope), small cap should be ...
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Can graphics created with Wolfram Mathematica be freely used and distributed?

This is just a simple question. I would like to know if one can use graphics generated by Mathematica (for example, plots) in one's paper and then upload that paper anywhere on the internet. I would ...
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Is there a way to check for similarities within a single text?

I am reaching the final stage of my dissertation which means editing, rewriting, and more editing. I am looking for a tool which can help me in this process by checking for similarities within a ...
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Should I include a bibliographical entry in the Works Cited pages for works I just mention? [duplicate]

Should I include a bibliographical entry in the Works Cited pages for works I just mention? For example, if I mention the work of an author by title just as an example without quoting from it, should ...
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How to use feedback on written publications efficiently?

Whenever I submit an article, conference paper or other written document, I get tons of useful feedback from my supervisors and other PhD students. So far, I've made sure to adjust my submissions ...
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Is it mandatory to include the registered trademark symbol ® next to the name of a computer program?

Suppose you write a paper and you use Wolfram Mathematica to do calculations. In the article, should the program be mentioned as "Wolfram Mathematica" or "Wolfram Mathematica®" (with the "registered ...
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Is it a good academic practice to tell the reader in the introduction what the essay is about directly?

Is it academic to tell the reader in the introduction what the essay is about directly? For example, after some introductory ideas, you tell the the reader this essay or section discusses so and so. ...
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Referencing others' ideas in introductions and conclusions?

Should citations be used in introductions and conclusions if they just introduce and summarize the body of the essay where all others' ideas are referenced in details? Ideas that are not discussed ...
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Is it common to cite the numbers of results a search engine yields as evidence for the prevalence of something online?

Is it common in academia to include the number of results a Google search on a keyword yields as an evidence for the prevalence of something online? I'm not intending to base my research paper on ...
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Is it formal to inform readers that a point will be discussed later in the chapter?

I mentioned an important idea in a section without developing it. Is it formal to inform readers that the point will be discussed later in the chapter? For example: This idea will be discussed in ...
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Why does the APA/MLA format suggest the use of double-spacing?

For someone used to reading the typical single-spaced double-column ACM-styled papers, this format seems odd. At first, I thought it's maybe because some people read better with it. However, I haven't ...
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How do I talk about methodology mistakes In a scientific project report?

I'm writing up my 3rd year engineering project (The equivalent of a dissertation in other subjects), and I'm struggling to write the chapter in which my method failed I couldn't get any results. My ...
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Research Article Introduction Reporting Purpose of Research , what is difference between simple past tense and simple present tense? [duplicate]

I know that tense usage shows different nuances in different parts of Research Article(RA). There is popular question in this site too. I am asking that is there a nuance difference between using (1) ...
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Sending a research proposal to find potential PhD supervisor

I am trying to look for a PhD position by contacting potential supervisors through email. I have made a list of professors who I found interesting through searching some papers and their department ...
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What guidelines exist for volume of evidence in an undergraduate business assignment?

When teaching undergraduate students, I find freshmen students to be mostly unaware with the idea of including evidence to support the author's opinion. That is, they write something like: Leaders ...
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How much background detail should go in the introduction section in a paper?

I have been trying to write a paper. Reading the introduction part I am getting different behaviours from different papers. Some papers cover themselves more than 50% with introduction content as if ...
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Cleaning up/Uniformize bibliography for long document

I was wondering whether existed some software that would take as input a text file bibliography (for instance a bib file if you use bibtex), and that run it through google scholar (or any other ...
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There are any website to review my non native english? [duplicate]

as you can guess I'm a non-native english. When I write an scientific paper, my major trouble is the language and I'm worried about the review of my english. There are any website or community, where ...
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Is using the phrase “… is left as an exercise for the reader” considered good style in academic papers/theses?

Possible arguments: Pro For brevity for trivial deductions Contra Looks like the writer could not be bothered to write an extensive explanation Definition of what is trivial to which reader and ...