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Is there a rule or common agreement on which one to use on Academic Papers?

  • Chapters > Sections > Subsections ...; or simply
  • Sections > Subsections > ... ?

Is it the case that chapters are used in books and thesis, and everything else start with sections?

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Is it the case that chapters are used in books and thesis, and everything else start with sections?

I don't know what you mean by everything else, but in general, yes. Academic papers and articles generally have a section-subsection structure, with books and theses having a chapter-section-subsection structure. Most journals you submit to will insist on the section-subsection structure.

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    For completeness: books and theses might also have parts as a superstructure for multiple chapters. Jul 16, 2021 at 6:48
  • @lighthousekeeper And long papers. I've also seen long papers have chapters, but that's a bit unusual.
    – Kimball
    Jul 16, 2021 at 12:35
  • Thank you so much. It also just occurred to me to also check the latex template sample document for the conference, which uses section as mentioned in this answer. Jul 16, 2021 at 14:03

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