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Questions about introduction part of each academic publication, paper or book, the format, what to write in, etc.

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What is the most appropriate structure for introduction/background/related work when there is a 'gap' between them?

My MSc thesis is a multidisciplinary secondary data analysis project (data science-related) and its aim is to answer a specific question on the specific secondary data. However, I struggle with the ...
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Should I put details in the scope and limitations if it is already mentioned in the objectives?

Should I put details in the scope and limitations if it is already mentioned in the objectives? For example, we have already mentioned that we will be analyzing trends in the data. Should we also ...
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What is the name of the text that might exist after the chapter heading and before the first section?

In manuscripts, a text between the chapter heading and before the first section might exist. Does this have a name? This seems to be a good community to know the answer. Thanks in advance.
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Paper on mathematical analysis using tools from other (almost unrelated) field: how to introduce them?

I'm a PhD student working in Stochastic calculus/Malliavin calculus, and I am currently writing a paper (my second one), in which I use tools from probability theory to solve an Analysis problem. My ...
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How to write an introduction for a conference or journal paper efficiently? [closed]

When writing research paper, I am often stuck and spend a lot of time working on the introduction. Most of my time spent is staring at a blank page... The introduction takes me significantly longer to ...
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Should the introduction of a thesis have figures/pictures?

I'm writing my master thesis in network formation theory. I believe that a picture with network nodes in the introduction will help the readers understand what my model is and what I am trying to ...
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Developing a subset of hypotheses based on anecdotal observations

I am wondering what the opinion is on how to go about this. I have an area I want to investigate through a number of testable hypothesis. In the course of an introduction, I introduce the background ...
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The limits of self-plagiarism

I'm currently writing my second paper. Although the focus is completely different of my first paper, some aspects of the context are similar. I am perfectly aware that self-plagiarism needs to be ...
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Page numbering of introduction in a thesis

In English literature, it is common to use roman page numbering for the preface and then the Arabic for the actual content of a given book. Then, should the introduction belong to the preface or not? ...
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Should I embed a related work section in the introduction, and how would I do this?

I am in the final stage of completing a thesis. Context: I propose a new knowledge representation to tackle information overload in science (E-Science, scientific communication, linked data). ...
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Greetings to department's scientists

I have enrolled as a PhD student in one of the UK's universities. I have been received an email containing a list of different professors and secretaries in the department. I am a little worried since ...
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Convention regarding inclusion of both an abstract and introduction in a mathematical paper

Good afternoon, I am a high school junior in the process of preparing a real analysis paper for submission to a mathematics journal. I have written my proof and conducted an exhaustive literature ...
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Main argumentation in introductory chapter of Phd thesis?

I am in my last year of my PhD and start focusing on writing my thesis. In the course of my PhD I had to apply twice for external funding, in which I - thanks God - succeeded. I believe that part of ...
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How should I deal with need-to-define terms in introduction?

I am currently writing a paper, which starts with an "Introduction" and a "Definition" section. Would it be OK if there are some terms I plan to define in "Definition" first appear in "Introduction", ...
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Where to put state of research in thesis when it needs to be referenced in introduction?

For writing scientific texts like bachelor or master thesis I have learned and used the following basic structure: Introduction Background State of research Methods Results Discussion Conclusions I ...
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Figures in the introduction of a paper

I am preparing a paper for proceedings of a conference in the domain of engineering and physics. Is it formally acceptable to add a figure in the introduction? The idea is that I am explaining ...
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Extensive introduction in an incremental paper?

Suppose I'm writting a (mathematics) paper proving that a famous conjecture is true in yet another special case. Should the introduction to the paper include extensive background explaining why this ...
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Rephrasing and Reproducing some part of the Introduction of a Research publication without citing that publication. Is it plagiarism?

I want to rephrase and reproduce some part of the Introduction of a Research publication without giving citation to that publication. Will it be considered an act of plagiarism ?? I am not using and ...
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Why can't motivations in a paper's introduction be copied?

I'm always baffled that the preamble in introductions in scientific papers is pretty much always the same for papers dealing with the same topic. And yet, no two papers have the same introduction, ...
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Is it ok to talk about next chapters in a chapter's introduction?

Context: I am writing a thesis that is divided in a few parts (e.g. "Context and motivations", "Literature review", "Experiments", etc.). Each part starts with a 100-200 words-long introduction (or ...
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Is the introduction of a definition in the introduction by examples harmful?

I have to talk into a paper of mine about a new proposed operator: do you think it is of any use to talk about it within the introduction? My problem is that, by doing so, maybe a reader/reviewer ...
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Is it bad to start an introduction with a direct quote?

I'm a statistics student at the undergraduate level, writing an undergraduate thesis about genetics. I already have the objectives well defined and I will write the introduction lined with those ...
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When to refer to a paper as “seminal”

I am writing a paper that relies heavily upon some important work done some 10 years ago. The paper was well received gathering well over a 100 citations and is a must mention within my niche field. ...
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Quotations and references in introductions to novels

I am writing an introduction of about three to five thousand words for a translation of a novel. In this introduction, my goal is to explain some of the context of the novel and briefly introduce the ...
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PhD Dissertation Introduction: What to call section on thesis structure/overview?

I'm currently working on the introduction section of my PhD dissertation (subject is physical oceanography; mostly ocean modelling), and I'm not sure what to title the subsection describing the ...
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How do I submit interdependent papers?

I recently submitted a paper for publication and received feedback that the paper was too complex. It contained two relatively independent concepts. The material would best be served by splitting it ...
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Is it frowned upon to have a figure in the introduction of a Masters thesis?

Is it common practise/frowned upon to have a figure in the introduction chapter of a thesis? The figure is not a 'picture', but a relatively small tree diagram that in my opinion shows the structure ...
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Differences between the introduction of a sandwich thesis and a paper

I would like to know what are the main differences between the introductory part of a paper and of a thesis. My thesis would be a sandwich type, so I would have to wrap everything there. Some of the ...
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How do I start my introduction paragraph for a research paper? [closed]

I am writing a scientific research paper on offshore drilling, and I don't have a clear idea of what to put as my first sentence. Please help!
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Is it always necessary to include a research question in the introduction of a paper?

A question purely out of interest (and a bit of importance, since I'm enrolling in a research master program next month): I wondered whether it is always necessary to include a research question in ...
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Should first introductory paragraph explicitly state the subject of the paper?

I am trying to write an introduction for a scientific paper. I am not sure, when I am announcing my subject, should I write that this is the subject, or just mention it without announcing it outright? ...
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How to write a decent report introduction on work you have created?

I'm finding it quite difficult to start off a report I have to write. So to write a report you will probably know that you are not allowed to write in first person. But the problem I'm having is ...
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Including own review article in Thesis?

I am currently writing the introduction to my PhD thesis and have one specific doubt about how to include or cite a review article that I have published with jointly with my supervisors. In my ...
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What to mention in your introduction to your research methodology chapter

My supervisor told me that I should write paragraph in which I introduce the problem that will be addressed by this chapter (research methodology). What are some of the key aspects I should focus on?...
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What should I put in the Introduction as opposed to the Literature Review?

My question is rather short one, how much information should I include when writing the introduction, and how much should be left out for the literature review Note: the reason for this question, is ...
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How to write a strong introduction into a research paper?

How does one write a strong (good) introduction into a research paper? Some introductions make me really curious about the rest of the paper while others do not. Although it is relatively easy to say ...
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What should I put in the introduction chapter of my thesis?

I have to start writing my thesis. My topic for research is work life balance in IT sector - a comparative analysis of male & female IT professionals in Pune. I need help in writing the first ...
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Should résumés be attached in a mail to a professor?

Say there is a student who writes a mail to a professor asking for a PhD vacancy or a RA-ship position. Should he attach his résumé in a mail to a professor? I have had contradictory viewpoints on ...