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Proper Format for In-text Topic (Analysis) Tags for Interview Quotes

I am editing a dissertation in the social sciences using the author-date format of Chicago/Turabian. The author was asked by his mentor after his defense to add topic tags to the quotes that came from ...
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Formatting citations for a research statement in a job application

I am applying for a job (a North American TT job in mathematics) with a requirement of a 1-page research statement. There is no clear direction whether the references are counted toward the limit. ...
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Revisions in track changes: Send as doc or pdf? [closed]

I'm in the social sciences and received a revise decision for my first submitted paper. The editors said that revisions can be done via the track changes mode in MS Word or by using bold or coloured ...
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Citing articles while writing a reply to the referee/editor's reports: do I need to do that?

The reviewers send me comments through the editor. While writing a reply, do I have to cite sources to back my points up? If so, how to cite them? Do I need to cite them formally, with a dedicated &...
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Guidelines for labeling axes of inset plots

What are the recommended guidelines for labeling the axes of an inset displaying a magnified or reduced view of the primary plot? Should an inset include labels if the main plot is in linear scale ...
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Using ChatGPT to format references in manuscript being submitted to peer-reviewed journal

I have a list of references in a pre-print article that I'm getting ready to submit to a peer-reviewed journal. I will need to change the format of the references according to the journal that I ...
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Is LaTeX an implicit prerequisite in Undergraduate Mathematics?

I am expected to start my first semester in college next spring as a math major. While preparing for undergraduate studies I heard from my peers that I should study this language/program called LaTeX ...
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How to prepare/modify a CV for a PhD application?

I'm going to email a potential supervisor for a PhD opportunity in aerospace engineering (astrodynamics curriculum) for introducing myself and getting more information about the PhD. I would like ...
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What are the most reasonable side margins for a (math) preprint?

When disseminating your research with a preprint, is there ever a disadvantage to using (almost) the full printable page area? I see overwhelming advantages to using the entire page: The page count ...
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Where did the old Editors' Suggestion sign of Physical Review journals come from?

Physical Review journals used to indicate Editors' Suggestions with this sign: In an editorial announcement they state that: The icon contains the printer’s mark that at one time appeared on the ...
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Math symbols at line begin

This question is a duplicate of this one I asked on graphicdesign.stackexchange.com, where commenters suggested to ask it here instead. I am facing the following typography/formatting/spelling/...
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Proof of a corollary

Suppose we have a Corollary 1.3 evidently implied by Theorem 1.1 and Theorem 1.2. How should one go about proving Corollary 1.3? Can we say: Theorem 1.1 and Theorem 1.2 evidently imply the following ...
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How to use the linking word "e.g.", meaning "for example"?

Talking from one field in the human sciences. When giving examples in parentheses illustrating one notion ‘the subject agrees in number with the verb (e.g. "it belongs")’, or providing ...
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Can figures and tables go past page limits? [closed]

I'm writing a paper for a conference, and the tables and figures go past the page limit, but they end up in the references section. That is, our text does not go past the page limit, just a few tables....
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What is the name of that white, dark blue/purple, and black slideshow presentation format/template?

What is the name of that dark blue/purple border, white background, black sans serif text (except for the heading text, which is white on a dark blue/purple background) slideshow presentation format/...
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How do you call the small numbers close to coauthors in an article?

In a scientific paper, how do you call the small numbers or symbols close to coauthor names that link to their institutions or e-mail addresses, etc.? Do you call them "calls"....? I don't ...
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What is the de facto standard while writing equation in a short email to professors?

In a research field that math is frequently used, while sending a long note/paper, attaching a pdf is of course the best. But for a short email that only involves few equations, a pdf file might be ...
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When citing your advisor's past work, how can I proceed when their papers are poorly written?

I am reviewing the MsC. dissertation of a friend of mine before it is submitted to the evaluation board. I started looking for formatting errors, badly written parts, malformed citations, typos, ...
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What is the fastest way of completing my post viva thesis correction edits?

I have written my thesis using Word and Endnote. I have three months of corrections. Any general tips based on previous experience on how to streamline the edits would be welcome. The document is too ...
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How can I state my collaborations in my thesis?

During my PhD I had the opportunity to collaborate with people with many different affiliations. Now that I am ending my Thesis I would like to read sum hint on how to compactly mention them, their ...
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What's the correct way to write units of measure about time and angles in scientific document?

I have a question on how to write units of measure of angles and times in my MSc thesis. What is the correct form between "13.2 degree" and "13.2 degrees"? A similar question about ...
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Is it good practice to have hyperlinks to acronyms in captions of a MSc thesis?

I have inserted hyperlinks to acronyms list (by using the command \gls{acronym:NASA} in my LaTex project) in captions of figures and tables (see images below as example), in this way, if the reader ...
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How many times to repeat the expandend form of acronyms in a Master's Degree thesis?

I premise that my University does not indicate a precise guideline for the typographic rules to be adopted; so I'm wondering if it is a good practice to expand the acronyms only in the abstract and ...
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How correctly write ordinal numbers in a scientific thesis?

I'm wrtiting my Master of Science thesis in Aerospace Engineering and I've a doubt about wrtiting of ordinal numbers? Let' us consider the following alternatives:$i$th, $i$-th. What is the correct ...
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Round Results Up or to Even [closed]

In 20+ years of research, I believed rounding of results should follow the "round up at 0.5" rule, while internal rounding during computation may follow other rules such as "round to ...
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How do you indicate changes (deletions specifically) in a manuscript without using tracked changes or strikethrough?

I have a manuscript accepted with minor changes. I had to delete and rewrite some texts as the reviewers suggested. The journal specifically asked "Please highlight the changes to your manuscript ...
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What tool is better for journal-quality plots: matplotlib or Matlab? [closed]

I make my plots in Matlab and they turn out looking reasonably good. However, I'm contemplating porting to more open-source tools and hence, I wish to make use of Python's matplotlib. My priorities ...
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Which academic writing style allows extensive explanatory footnotes?

I am writing an essay which involves many concepts supposedly unfamiliar to the reader. It has been suggested to me that the explanations of these terms be in the footnotes as this way they wouldn’t ...
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What information to list in opening slide for conference?

Silly question, but I figured I'd ask. What information should be present in the opening slide of my presentation to a conference and how do I format it? Should it be like this: Interesting picture ...
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How to sign a professional email as a retired professor in two departments . .

Wise colleagues, I am in need of your counsel, please. I am a retired professor requiring clarification on how to sign a professional email. Although I am happily retired, there remain certain ...
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What is the 'correct' way to caption stacked images for comparison? [closed]

I am editing my thesis, and cannot find any resources on the best way to caption multiple images stacked side-by-side or top-to-bottom for comparison. I quickly put together an example of how I think ...
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What are advantages and disadvantages of "chapter abstracts" [closed]

What are advantages and disadvantages (totally not implying that there is a rule) of "chapter abstracts", i.e., short summaries of the content of the following chapter, which are placed ...
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Conventional left and right margins

I realized that in some public academic proposals, on each page, the left margin and right margin are not equal (e.g., the left margin is greater than the right margin). Does anyone know what's the ...
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Unit Symbols for Equations

This question falls in the general category of another question from 5.5 years ago with the addition of the explicit request from the reviewer. A comment from a reviewer requested that units of all ...
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How can I use parentheses when there are math parentheses inside?

I want to write the following sentence: The space O(X) (O(Y)) has functions defined on it as g(x)–f(x) (g(x)–f(x)). By which I mean: The space O(X) has functions defined on it as g(x)–f(x) and the ...
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Is it ok to have different decimal places when presenting different data in a paper?

I want to present my data with standard errors. The two might not be in the same order. Can I use different decimal places in one paragraph/paper like the below example? Or should I keep the same ...
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Does the font matter when putting a manuscript on arXiv?

I have a research paper that I want to upload on arXiv. Almost all the papers I have seen on arXiv are written in Times New Roman. I understand scientific papers are written in that font mostly. But I ...
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Where are historical research papers stored?

I have been reading some historical papers in the field of computer science, economics and game theory. I have noticed that some of the really old ones such as Equilibrium points in n-person games by ...
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How to improve quality of figures after reviewers have mentioned it? [closed]

The paper we are working on was accepted and we got a comment saying "Quality of Figures could be improved". All the figures that are given have been exported from matplotlib and have all ...
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Which software is appropriate for drawing complicated block diagrams in academic papers?

What sort of software can I use to make block diagrams, such as those used in machine learning papers? For example, this graph: From the paper: https://aclanthology.org/2020.emnlp-main.676.pdf
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Indicating an en dash in arXiv submission's metadata [closed]

As indicated here, arXiv metadata fields (e.g., title or abstract) only accept ASCII input, certain TEX accent commands and "some mathjax", but there are ways of making other symbols appear. ...
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Can I put an accepted article in Elsevier with IEEE latex format in arxiv?

I know that Elsevier policies say: Authors can share their accepted manuscript: by updating a preprint in arXiv or RePEc with the accepted manuscript But in the definition of the accepted manuscript,...
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Should I use strikethrough while the article revision? [duplicate]

I got an email from a reputed journal of Taylor & Francis pointing to the Major Revision of our systematic review article. As an author, I started the revision work by colouring the revised text &...
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Does 'pagination' refer to page numbers only or line numbers as well?

With reference to manuscripts, does 'ensuring pagination' only mean that each page is numbered, or does it mean that lines are numbered as well? Is there an equivalent word/phrase for numbering lines? ...
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How are more sub-figures with letters usualy cited?

We are writing a book so we want to establish some guidelines, so I am looking for how this is most usualy done in scientific papers. What would be the rules for citing more sub-figures with letters? ...
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Should 'Equation' as a word start with a capital letter if it is not starting a sentence?

I am writing a mathematical seminar, in it, I reference equation numbers a lot. Should I write something like “see Equation 1” or “see equation 1”? It is now normal for me to write like “...see Table ...
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Would it be acceptable to write a paper in dark mode? [closed]

To those who don't know what dark mode is, it's basically using a black background, and for a paper it would mean that the background is black while the words are white. I noticed that most papers ...
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Could I use colors to distinguish variables in a paper?

Often when distinguishing one variable from another we use different characters or if using the same character different subscripts. For instance we might use x for one variable, and y for another, ...
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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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