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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. ...
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Proper person and number for dissertation - “I,” “we,” “this research,” etc [duplicate]

In my field (political science) it's standard for journal articles, even solo-authored ones, to use the first-person plural. "We compare...", "we found that..." In program evaluation (where I do some ...
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How do I cite a mathematical definition replicated verbatim?

I am writing a paper, in which I must include a definition of a particular mathematical structure. It's a structure with which very few people would be familiar, thus I wish to include it verbatim, as ...
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Is there a difference in the typical structure of a qualitative versus quantitative paper?

I have been advised that qualitative is "research before literature" and quantitative is "literature before research" and hence when presenting in a research paper, a qualitative paper discusses the ...
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How to cite the same source multiple times in a row IEEE

I have several sentences in a row that that cite the same source. For example, Here is question one [1]. Here is question two [1]. Here is question three [1][myOriginalWork]. Here is question ...
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where to find the year and conference of a scientific article?

When writing the references at the end of my internship report, I needed to cite all the information that needs to be said about the scientific articles that I used while writing the report. But these ...
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Is it worthwhile to cite documentaries in personal statements?

When writing something to be read and scrutinized by academics, like a personal statement, will academics appreciate, respect, and value references to factual documentaries? For example, I'd like to ...
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Link which explains how to format a letter to Nature

I need to write a letter to Nature and a friend of mine said that Nature wants the Author to follow a very precise format. He said that the explanation of the structure of the format is an example ...
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Is it okay to let body text follow immediately after intermediate level headings?

Let's say we have a thesis/scientific paper with a sectioning depth of three [chapter, section, subsection]. I already often wondered: Is it okay to have text outside of the lowest level, i. e. ...
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Making a short summary before a set of paragraphs?

Of late I noticed that recent books or long articles tend to make a short summary before every set of paragraphs. For example, we might have: 1. Introduction We so and so ... Therefore, so and so ...
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Getting into a topic one is barely familiar with?

Intro For an upcoming project I have to get into a new topic of research which is not similar to anything I have worked so far. Furthermore, this project requires learning new programming language(s) ...
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How to present a model which is based on the result not yet discussed?

I am facing the following problem while writing a paper. I have a model which contains a function whose explicit form I derived empirically from the data presented in the paper itself. However, I ...
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Some advices regarding the first research paper

I am an undergraduate student in Mathematics and I think that I have discovered something significant in Mathematics. My friends and some professors to whom I have sent my ideas also confirmed its ...
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Which section to start with when writing a research paper

Which section of a research paper should be written first? When I finally finish my analysis I begin to write the Methods section and the Results section. That is the first "block" of my writing. ...
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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 ...