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Manuscript Preparation Format and Rules for Current Science Journal

I am interested in submitting my research work in the Current Science journal. I'm looking for the format of the manuscript. The details are there in the "Instruction to Authors" section of ...
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What format do scientific research papers use? [duplicate]

I was wondering what kind of association format scientific researchers use to publish their work/papers. Is it MLA or APA? Which is more commonly used? If I wanted to write a research paper, on, say, ...
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What kind of fonts can I use for academic presentation? [closed]

Many videos and documents say that we should use Arial as the font for academic presentation. However, I think Arial is really ugly. Certainly, there are other fonts suitable for academic ...
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How to deal with large figures in draft of a paper

I am working on a draft of a paper and I have large figure that does not fit into 1 page. I can split the figure into two, but I wonder what is the appropriate way of doing it. Two ways that I ...
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Which is Highest Content Level of Academic Papers: Chapter or Section?

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 ...
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Large table formatting ideas in dissertation

I have a quite large table (45 columns x 15 rows). Columns include comparisons groups and each row represents a measure. I can only think about putting the table on multiple pages but this does not ...
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Where should I place the citation in this sentence?

I have the following sentence, where the citation refers to the first part of the sentence. Because of how it appears in the formatting of my paper, and how it reads, I would like to have the citation ...
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Where should I place my figure if it will break essay layout?

I've been struggling with the placement of a figure in my essay (using APA style if that helps). Basically, I reference it in a paragraph that is fairly close to the bottom of the page, but probably ...
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How can I include a database/excel spreadsheet that I made in a proposal?

I'm writing my thesis proposal, and as part of the process I've converted what used to be a Word document form to collect data into a database/spreadsheet hybrid. I have to show how I'm collecting ...
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How to number figures inside footnotes

I cannot think of an instance where I saw a figure inside a footnote in any published work, but in my specific case it seems appropriate to put one there. However, since this is a rather uncommon ...
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How should paragraphs be formatted in a thesis?

I'm currently writing my thesis/dissertation and was wondering if there is a preferred convention for the way paragraphs are formatted and spaced in a thesis. Would they all have indents; would they ...
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How should I use a footnote reference inside a figure?

I am using a figure in my paper, wherein one of the components of the figure, I need to refer to a method that I have described in a section with an equation. I want to use a small footnote reference ...
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How to organize lots of assumptions/equations in a math paper? (I need to refer to them in my main theorem)

I'm writing a paper. It has a lot of lemmas that are used to prove a theorem. I put those lemmas first and then my put theorem at the end. In the lemmas, I introduce assumptions (they're displayed ...
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What if the value cannot be accurate to one decimal place? [closed]

I have read a lot of papers, and the tables they draw are accurate to one decimal place. But my data looks like this: 0.003% 12.736% 19.255 and so on. If it is accurate to one decimal place, 0.003% is ...
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What is the name for "section topics" printed in the margins

In older publications of many languages, there are frequently printed text in the margins that detail the topic of a section of the text (see below on the left and right): Excerpt from Magnum ...
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Academic publishing: advanced questions about figure/table positioning

I am writing a textbook and am in the process of making final adjustments, such as the positioning of figures and tables. I know the basics: figures and tables need to be at the top or bottom of the ...
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APA format - hyperlinking the citation rather than providing a separate URL

I'm at my page length maximum for my APA-style references section. Beyond using Bitly to shorten URLs, can I simply hyperlink my entire citation rather than wasting space with a following URL? Example:...
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Two students having separate topics chose to use the same paper format

Two students decided to consult each other about term paper formatting, because the teacher didn't provide guidance on the format. They used the same format, but different topics and totally different ...
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Appendix in APA paper: Can a document in an appendix span multiple pages?

I need to put a multiple-page document in an appendix of my APA paper. Is it ok to have an appendix span multiple pages? If so, after the first Appendix A page, do I title subsequent pages as "...
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Editor asks for π to be written in roman

My paper is accepted at MNRAS and in the stage of editing. There is a section where I wrote an equation using the Greek letter π as to indicate the mathematical constant π. The editor wrote: Author: ...
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Omitting subscripts in proofs/equations in math/computer science papers

I am writing a paper that is in two column format, and I am working on a proof that I am having trouble making readable in the two column format. Specifically, I am working with subscripts such as t-1,...
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Is it necessary to write proof if one can refer to the database?

I'm a final year undergraduate Math major. So now I am writing a paper about an application of Elliptic curve. You can see my research topic from this question in Math StackExchange. When studying the ...
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references: Square brackets or superscripts for Scientific Reports submission

In https://www.nature.com/srep/author-instructions/submission-guidelines#manuscript Nature states: References We don’t copy edit your references. Therefore, it’s essential you format them correctly, ...
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Recommendation Letter: the final position of a student in the class

Suppose there are 25 students in a class, where two students scored 100/100, and four students scored 96/100, while the rest of the students scored below that. The question is: Should I mention the ...
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Publisher has changed many terms in section/subsection titles to acronyms

I have an accepted paper which is now in the proof stage. Throughout the paper we define various acronyms, since we use these terms lots of times. For example: These two acronyms are introduced in the ...
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Deciding between cursive and print handwriting [closed]

I was taught cursive in elementary school but was discouraged from using cursive by an English teacher in in a non English speaking country. At least I took his/her comment that “not many people use ...
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CV formatting and writing software? [closed]

Is LaTex everyone's go to for writing a professional CV? Or are there other niche tools/packages that you use to format and write it? i.e. something like a WYSIWG graphical editor with preset ...
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What is suitable format to present a Psuedo Code in academic paper?

I'm going to include my algorithm as a pseudo-code in a double-column paper format. However, since lines of my pseudo-code are long I don't know if is it suitable to use the width of both columns to ...
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Are there any guidelines for labeling axes in plots/graphs when the "unit" is "number of people"?

I have read the question Are there any guidelines for labeling axes in plots/graphs? and related answers and they cover the case where the unit is from the International System of Units (SI), but what ...
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Pagebreak within tables of scientific articles

I do not know if this the suitable forum for this question but I would like to give it a try. In my thesis I have several very long tables that cover almost one page. Because of this I am getting ...
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Can lowlighting less important text improve readability? Are there alternatives?

I think many experience the following: Sometimes I want to get the main message of a paper within 10 min then I am annoyed by any less important details distracting me. And sometimes I spend days or ...
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Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (AISC) template for Latex? [closed]

While I am looking for Latex template of the AISC template (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing), I could find only its word format in following link: https://www.springer.com/gp/authors-...
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Is Excel-generated chart acceptable for publication? [closed]

I have always wondered, why it seems I have never seen people using excel-generated charts for publishing. Is excel considered less professional/not serious? Say I have a time-series like this. What ...
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Bioinformatics pipeline flow chart guidelines? [closed]

I am going to start work on the Materials and Methods for a paper I contributed to a lot in the bioinformatics processing part. I have seen some papers nowadays tend to first present the processing ...
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Is publishing runnable code instead of pseudo code shunned?

In Computer Science is it preferable to describe algorithms using pseudo code rather than real code? If so, why? I've talked to a few academics who think so but I can't understand why. Some of the ...
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Why do some journal proofs insert dozens of typesetting mistakes? [closed]

Why do some journals change the final software and do not provide a template for the final draft(e.g. contains the same font as in the gallery proof)? I often hear that some of my colleagues get ...
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Referring to a result that comes later

So in writing a math paper, if I am writing a proof of a theorem and I need to refer a lemma that comes later in the same paper. What is the proper way to say that? For example if I am proving a ...
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Why is the two-column format so popular?

At least in the field of computer science, I have noticed this to be a common practice. Why exactly is this done? I find it harder to read and follow.
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Where do I place citations

I'm writing a math paper using TexShop that is almost entirely original but I got help with a trig proof; I found a formula in a book that I improved upon, and then got help finding a number series ...
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When is it appropriate to wrap text around an image in a scientific paper?

I am working on a paper and the prescribed style dictates that we should use a single column of text; however, we have some relatively tall and thin images. If they are included in the paper in line ...
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how to format computer code in APA style

If a psychological methods journal only specifies that the entire manuscript has to be in APA style, how should I format computer code snippets in the manuscript to be submitted? I see nothing ...
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Outcome of LaTeX template differs from published papers – should I worry about this?

I am in the process of submitting my first paper to a journal for publication and I would like the style to be flawless. I have used the AEA LaTeX template to prepare my manuscript, but I notice some ...
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Does APA style satisfy AEA style requirements?

I see the AEA templates as well as APA guidelines. I'm in the process of assessing the question myself, but I'm wondering if anyone has a quick answer: If I format my paper according to APA guidelines ...
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Is there a way to prevent the production team from messing up my paper?

After reading this post and this post, and after I also encountered a production team that made many unwanted edits in my paper (such as changing words and numbers in the text itself, removing ...
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APA reference same author, one dated, one not dated: which order? [closed]

If I have the same author twice in my reference list, and one work is dated and the other is not, which comes first in the list? E.g.: Lastname, F., (n.d.). Title [etc.] Lastname, F., (2019). ...
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What do camera ready figures mean nowadays?

A journal I am submitting to requires camera-ready figures. What does this term mean nowadays? Does it imply high resolution? My figures are in png format and have 96 dpi. Enlarging it can produce ...
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Is there a "best format" for CVs? [closed]

There are so many ways to compose CVs now. I try to keep my CV updated in LaTeX, Markdown/HTML, ASCII, and Word just in case someone needs a specific file format. If an application doesn't specify a ...
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Chicago Manual of Style chapter and section title capitalization

Ploughing through Chicago Manual of Style Online, I can't seem to find any concrete reference to whether chapter and section/subsection titles are capitalized in headline style or sentence style. It ...
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Publisher requests figure in vector format [closed]

I've recently sent an article to a conference, and now I've received this technical revision: figure 3 should be in vector format What does it mean exactly? My diagram is in PNG format. Which ...
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How to have a system of referencing citations so that it is short and well-styled

I am familiar with writing the citation part (in different styles). However, I have typically just used superscripts like Wikipedia to reference the citation, like this[1] sort of thing. I would like ...

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