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Concerning how to format content in academic writing.

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Can I refer readers to link to a large figure?

I am preparing a journal paper and I have a very large figure in the SVG format that I would like to include in the paper. However, the figure is very hard to fit it inside the paper without affecting ...
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Central dot as decimal point in top journal

The Lancet, one of the top medical journals in the world, requires 'Type decimal points midline (ie, 23·4, not 23.4)'. Does anyone know why this is? As a mathematician, I'll always read 23·4 as 92. ...
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What is a concise citation format for grant proposals given constraints on page counts?

Many grant applications have page limits. They also often allow the writer to chose their preferred format for references. Thus, I was wondering: What is a good concise referencing system that ...
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What is the advantage of the two-column journal format?

I am a mathematician whose work often connects with physics, so I often have to read papers in physics journals. I find that the two-column format popular with physics journals annoying, and based on ...
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Should article submissions be formatted in draft format, or in the format of a particular journal? [duplicate]

Some journals do not require article submissions to be in any particular format. Would it still be better to try and copy that journals usual format, or use a generic draft format? Would you as an ...
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Is there a convention on how to write pseudocode in scientific papers?

I've found questions answering where or when to write pseudocode in scientific papers, but I haven't found any addressing any sort of convention for pseudocode, such as syntax, what type of symbols or ...
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Citations embedded in text and just appended

Sometime you write a sentence and just want to say where you got it from - similar to a footnote (here: 3). But sometimes you want to embed your source as a part of the sentence (here: 4). What I have ...
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How do I change automatic title-case capitalisation for German titles in a Mendeley bibliography? [closed]

I'm trying to correct a Mendeley-created thesis bibliography, in a Word document, that contains English and German titles. The English titles format in title case (capitalising everything except ...
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Is it considered okay to mention all the correction in an accepted article which is typeset by the press

Let's say that I got a paper accepted to a nice journal (feels so good!), in fact of a very reputed publisher. Then, the press / editorial office asks me to submit all the source files for preparing ...
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Unconventional fonts [duplicate]

Most articles and books are written in the conventional fonts like Computer Modern Roman, Times New Roman, etc. which are similar to each others. Why aren't more fonts used? I wrote my course this ...
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Scientific paper format / layout

If you were to write a scientific paper which must include a section on 'Basic definitions', would you put this section after the Abstract and the Introduction, or before the Introduction? What do ...
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“Computers & Security” journal latex template? [closed]

The following links explains the "Guide for Authors" for the "Computers & Security" journal: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/computers-and-security/0167-4048/guide-for-authors However, I ...
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Difficulty reading scientific papers in two columns

It sounds stupid, but I came to realize that it's significantly more difficult for me to read scientific papers when they are typeset in two columns than papers in which the text appears in one column....
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How to refer to a source with “minor” typos in the title?

This questions supplements the existing: how to refer to a source with typos in the title, where OP spotted grammar mistakes in the title of papers mentioned in the reference list and wondered whether ...
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Master thesis - rules for italicizing

I am writing my master thesis in English and I understand that usually italics are used to put emphasis on a word, because it is an important or a newly introduced technical term. But I still ask ...
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Should I follow-up with the editor about formatting issues on a published article?

I just received an email from the editor of a monograph series letting me know the issue where my article is included is now live. I went through normal things recently to get it published, like a ...
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Does every single table in a thesis need to be numbered?

In my thesis I'm analyzing the results of a linguistic survey in which a large number of words are discussed. I provide a small table with details of the statistical analysis for each word. All the ...
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Where'd this layout come from?

In the past, I experimented a lot with the layout of my thesis. Until I managed to find a PDF of a standard book layout of some publisher, which attracted me so much that I copied it for my thesis. ...
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How often do publishers change/tweak articles to achieve visually appealing results?

When reading this question it seems the theoretical answer is that LaTeX is not perfect and manual/human intervention is required. In the TeX Book Knuth says: But the problem of page make-up is ...
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Why do journals reformat your submissions?

When submitting to (computer science) conferences, you usually have full control over the layout and are able to submit a camera-ready version that will be published as submitted. For journals, ...
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Citations in a Postdoc Research Statement (Humanities)

In a research statement for a postdoc application, is it common or expected to provide formal citations (footnotes) for claims, especially in regards to existing scholarship?
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Academic publishing: why placing figures on top/bottom of pages in single-column layout?

When you turn in a manuscript to an academic publisher, they may insist (referring to their style guide and publication process) that all figures are placed on top/bottom of the manuscript's pages ...
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Is it allowed to re-format a post-print version of a published paper?

I am finishing up my thesis which will include, among other things, a published paper. I am allowed by the journal to use a post-print version, which (if I understand correctly) is the accepted ...
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How to format a teaching statement?

I have already written a teaching statement for a faculty position as assistant professor. I have three questions: What is the right tense of teaching statement? (present tense or future) Must I ...
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Correct latex format for standard IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide [closed]

I'm planning to submit a paper to an IEEE conference. On their website they mention that the paper should be "formatted according to the standard IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide". ...
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Mdash in transcript of records permitted [closed]

When a degree is accomplished my University gives you a final official transcript of records and a final certificate for the degree, both containing the title of your thesis. For some reason the ...
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Is it okay to typeset someone’s to-be-graded assignment for them?

I have a friend who’s an undergraduate at university. I believe myself to be fairly proficient in TeX/LaTeX; I’ve seen some of the assignments that he’s received back, and we both agree they could ...
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What are the conventions for indicating programming variables within text?

From my thesis: In this method, the get_config_value function is used that is defined within the PyWPS API. How should I format the "get_config_value" variable? It should be formatted differently ...
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How to format the name of an R package in thesis?

In a thesis, when referring to an R package (a statistical software), how should I write it? Should it be italicized/treated like a title? Or just like any other word. The package name is not a "...
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Should I use bold fonts to highlight particular words in SOP?

Is it odd to use bold fonts to highlight particular important words in your SOP, such as the name of Professors I am interested to work with, or the name of a Lab? I have seen someone do this to ...
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How to the enlarge the font size of a journal paper [closed]

I’m a low-vision person. I want to print research papers to read. But the font size is very small for me. Is there any way to make it bigger and print it?
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Standard Word templates, fonts, etcetera. for non/semi-technical Springer journals?

Is there a standard typeface and/or word template that people use when submitting to non/semi-technical Springer journals? Previously I have always used Latex, which typically meant a conference or ...
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Do two-column format journals publish one column for special cases?

Sometimes a paper consists of lots of math equations which are too long so that they will look terrible in a two-column format. I was wondering: Is is possible or even reasonable to ask the editor ...
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When is it expected to write someone's name correctly?

It is generally expected that European names be spelled correctly in academic correspondence and citations. This is expected, even when they use symbols not in the English language, when publishing in ...
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Should I optimize the content of a first page of a research statement (risking typography)?

The usual entirely-true cliche is that most people on the postdoc-hiring committee will not themselves read beyond the first page or so of the whole thing, so you should be sure to make your big ...
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What should be the right format for dates in CV?

I saw that most of the formats for month & year is like "September 2017"; however it is kind of cluttered. I'm wondering if the following formats are OK: Sept. 2017 09/2017 9/2017
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Orientation of Table Headers in Science Report

Below are two examples of a table, with different orientations of the trial header. The number of the trial represents the chronological order, but there is no relationship between all the Trial 1's, ...
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Do we have to make any changes to a Springer LaTeX template before submission?

The Springer template is by far the most bizarre out of all of the LaTeX templates I've seen so far. There is no problem as long as you stick to the two-column option, but the appearance of the single ...
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Why are there no computer-friendly versions of papers?

I believe that many people read articles from their computers. So, tiny fonts and many columns have no advantage. Why don’t journals make alternative computer-friendly versions of the articles? For ...
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Why do strict designs of theses exist?

Why do many universities require strict format on theses, when the most important thing in them is the content? A beautiful design will make a good thesis better, and a bad one worse. The work can be ...
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Best workflow for publication-quality figures with multiple subplots? [closed]

What’s the best way to create full publication-quality (i.e. vector) figures from multiple subplots, from various sources? For example, I want to include a TIFF microscopy image and an EPS plot ...
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Journals having format standards described in a commercial document

I am writing a paper that I want to submit to a journal in Education. By looking at the formatting requirements I discovered that most of the journals in this area set require to format submissions by ...
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What does the typesetting process for a math/science journal using LaTeX look like?

Hopefully this question isn't too broad. Following up on https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/99123/what-software-do-publishers-use and Elsevier production team messed up my paper. What should I do?...
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Where to place tables/figures in APA style dissertation

In following APA style, I put my tables and figures at the end of the paper, after the references. For example, here they explicitly say to put them at the end. One of my committee members told me ...
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Placing large figures at end of paper

I have some elaborate drawings that need some space. I think putting them "inline" would break the flow of the (mathematics) paper. Questions: Where exactly should they go? Just before the ...
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Should I take short-cuts in formatting my manuscripts? [duplicate]

After I've written a manuscript and decided on a journal to submit it to, I'll then spend several hours, if not more, on making sure that it conforms to every last detail of the "instructions for ...
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Choosing between MS Word, PDF, and latex formats when submitting a manuscript for publication when all are allowed?

I've been working on an article, and for ease of collaboration among co-authors and advisers I have used Google Docs thus far, so I'll likely need to do at least a little post-formatting once in .doc ...
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When to use the abbreviations f and ff in scientific literature?

As discussed in this question, the abbreviations f and ff can be used to refer to following page numbers. For instance, pages 45-46 can be written as 45f. This is quite common in German law, but I ...
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Using a template and no publishing

I would like to know if it is possible to "publish" in arXiv a preprint non-intended for publication with a journal template? Example: make an article with AMS Article template (of JAMS) submitting ...
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What will happen if I do not follow publisher(IEEE/Springer) format for one page?

One conference has accepted my paper, but I'm unable to follow publisher format for one page, I have to change some margins for this page. Actually I've to insert a table and table is slightly bigger ...