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

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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? [on hold]

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 ...
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Switching between active and passive voice

I realize writing in active vs passive voice is a heated debate in academia, with arguments being made for and against both styles. My adviser prefers passive voice.. But is it acceptable to switch ...
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My problem about writing a technical/research report/paper

I have seen several questions on this forum that have similar things and some of them have been quite satisfying for my quest. But I want to mention my specific case and want to have some useful ...
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Saying “After doing this work we learned…” in a paper

I have seen several math papers which end with a statement like "After completing the research in this paper, we learned that all the results are already known." I wonder what are the situations in ...
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Should I write a paper on open-source software I've built?

I have been fairly active in the open-source software community with a few projects that have gotten some attention. However, my reputation in the academic/publications world is a little bit low and ...
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How to state that you “rigorified” an existing paper without sounding arrogant or condescending?

I am writing a paper aimed at a physics journal which extends an old paper (not by me), which introduced a mathematical formalism for a physical problem in a rather handwaving way and without ...
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How can we promote better writing skills in academic education?

This question may be too wide or in some perspective perceived as unclear but covers a key issue (for me) in academia, namely, academic writing. Students start their academic career with varying ...
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Numbering Introduction and Conclusion?

In research papers, should Introduction and Conclusion sections be numbered or non-numbered? What does the scientific paper etiquette suggest? Furthermore, in either case, should they appear in the ...
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Is there an implied requirement to include citations?

As part of a freshman Computer Science course, I've been assigned the task of writing an MLA-format essay on a relatively fundamental subject within the field. The instructor stated that "This essay ...
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Using relative numbering for tables and figures

I'm producing documentation for an A-Level Computing project. Throughout my project I've been numbering my tables and figures relative to the chapter and section they're contained in. So for example, ...
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Are there resources for learning how to write a scientific paper?

I have very little formal training, but I believe I have some ideas to share. I have surveyed the terrain of ideas I need and have the complete picture in some haphazard form in my head. It is seeming ...
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Help picking an appropriate citing style

I wrote a paper about governance mechanisms at StackExchange in which I got a lot of informations out of questions (especially on meta). I have kept all my references. My teacher is letting us pick ...
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How can I better deal with position papers?

Here is some context, I am currently a graduate student in education but I come from an art background. Needless to say, writing papers is not something I've done on a regular basis since high school. ...
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Referencing A function used in a programming language

I am writing a paper, which in the application used a function from a programming language (in this case, it is OpenCV function canny edge detection). When is or is not appropriate to explain the ...