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Questions concerning the language (e.g., English, French, German, Chinese) of academic publications, presentations, transcripts, or other documents. For questions on style, use 'writing-style' instead.

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Should I put my papers which are not written in English on my social-media profile?

Is it OK to put my non English internal conference or journal paper on my social media profiles such as Google Scholar, Academia, Research Gate, etc? and also, should I translate their title and other ...
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Professors who use their own idiosyncratic names for things

I sometimes have professors who use their own names for things. For example in lecture one kept referring to the "perfect marriage algorithm" but after talking with him I'm fairly certain he ...
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reliable english editor online?

I am encountering some problems for making my research in English, due that this is not my native language. Even though my ideas are crystal clear in my language I find it extremely hard to express ...
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Is there benefit to publishing the abstract of an English article in multiple languages?

I noted from a previous paper I worked on, that when it was published an abstract was included in Spanish as well as English (https://bjssjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/bjs.11422 and ...
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Should references in foreign language be translated to make popular audience get familiar with how academia works?

Typically, references in foreign language are cited with title and journal name in original language, whether they are academic or popular science books. As pointed out in this answer, popular science ...
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What makes you keep on reading articles in your non-English native language, while the same information might be published in English?

As a future French PhD student (in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning) that legally HAS TO write his thesis in French, I am a bit concerned about the fact that less people would be able to read ...
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How to refer to a page number in a pdf?

Many times, the page number in pdf is different than the printed page number. How to make sure the other person doesn't get confused when we say "it's on Nth page".
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Scanned detailed comments for a paper review

Sometimes I find my self reviewing papers with authors who are not very capable English writers. I am a non-native speaker myself, and I know how difficult it can be to proof-read a paper in English, ...
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Is hiring a proofreader beneficial in the long term?

I am an Early Stage Researcher in a bigger project. I am non-native speaker of English and I find my level of English in my articles not satisfactory, especially when I consider that it is not just my ...
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Is it appropriate to use active and passive voice together in abstract?

I am writing an abstract for my manuscript (with my mentor), and the abstract includes active and passive voices together, as below: In the present paper, we have proved [...] by using [...]. Some ...
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How to quote a non-English quotation in dissertation?

I am writing my math PhD in Berlin (Germany) in the English language. I would like to cite a German quotation from a famous mathematician as a start of my first chapter. Should I quote it in the ...
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Would it be rude or helpful to ask a foreign coworker if they'd like for me to correct their English when there are obvious mistakes?

I have a colleague who is very new to this country (USA). His English leaves a lot to be desired, to the point that it often actually hinders communication. I think he's trying to learn, but it's ...
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Postdoctoral (or tenure-track) positions at ETH and knowledge of local language

At ETH Zurich only undergraduate courses are held in German (graduate courses are in English). There both postdoctoral positions and assistant professorships require a certain teaching load. The job ...
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Listing languages in CV

I study in a field that is not related to languages. Should I put languages that I can speak into my CV? Other than English, I can speak my native language, and two other languages that I've learned ...
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How to minimise student's discomfort when suggesting they need to improve his/her English?

The standard of English grammar, spelling and syntax is abysmal in my country. High school students generally learn such things by studying a foreign language. As a result, the written work I ...
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How should English reference be cited in a non-English work?

According to the Chicago Manual Style 16 edition, section 14.194 Translated Article Titles, non-English article cited in an English work follows this formula: Authors, "Original title," [...
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What does “ad indicem” mean in a citation?

I've seen this latin term in footnotes several times and still don't know the meaning of it. It is usually used like this: [34] About this, see John Smith 2003, ad indicem. or like this: [65] Jane ...
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Does it make sense to translate my bachelor's thesis?

I'm currently applying to several PhD programs in the STEM sector in Europe. Some universities invite me to submit my bachelor's thesis as an optional document for my application. I would like to do ...
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How does Erasmus Programme work when the language of education is different?

How does an exchange student go to another country for a year when the language of education is different? Doesn't the exchange student attend any lecture or course during the visit? Except for ...
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Exemption from language requirements for MSc?

My friend found a MSc program in Germany whose professors guaranteed to him full English courses plus they would let him write his thesis in English. However, the admission office at the University ...
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When translating papers from non-English to English, should the sources be translated to English as well?

When translating research papers from Arabic to English, should I translate the Arabic sources (book titles, etc.) to English, or should I leave them in Arabic?
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Should I use italics and different typefaces for foreign words, file names, class names, variable names, etc. in a master's thesis

Currently I'm writing my master's thesis about the detection of Android Malware. It's being written in French. Like you would expect, there are a lot of concepts (e.g., about Android and security) ...
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What should I do if the lab I am studying at uses a language that I do not understand?

The lab I am studying at is using a language which I completely do not understand at the current time. Almost all of the discussions and presentations are in this language. Sometimes the lab members ...
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Find out author’s name in foreign writing system (Chinese, etc.)

I have some literature written by Chinese authors who I would like to attribute in my bibliography with their names in Chinese characters (汉字). The problem is that, as the literature itself is not in ...
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How to find decent translator for technical jargon for application?

I am in a somewhat difficult situation, and I am not sure if this is the right site to ask this; feel free to close this question if not. There is a refugee from Syria who has been studying computer ...
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How to find book titles in other languages?

I received a major task from my professor and I was wondering what approach is academic custom to take in such a case. My supervisor wrote an article on a certain topic (I prepared already some ...
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How can I find the DOI for an old mathematical paper which is not in English?

(Not sure if this is the right SX site, but math.sx seemed to have no questions concerning DOIs.) Everything I cite in my thesis has a DOI or URL (I think that's important), but I'm citing an article ...
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Are foreign language requirements beneficial for Physics, Math and Chemistry PhD students in North America?

Senior readers will recall that in North America (USA/Canada) it was required to show a reading knowledge of another language besides English in order to complete the academic requirements for a PhD ...
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Submitting to a journal that requires a French abstract as a non-French-speaker: how important is the French abstract?

I'm a non-French-speaking mathematician submitting an English paper to a French journal that requires a French abstract (but publishes papers in English). I don't think I know anyone I'd be ...
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Methodology as a Body of Methods?

I'm currently having a hard time understanding if authors are using the word methodology correctly, or if their papers should be classified as BS. Hence, I set out to get a better feeling for the ...
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How to ensure adequate dissemination and wording of an academic job offer when the teaching language will not be English?

I work in an university where the teaching language is not English, but where research can be carried out in the language of choice of the director (which is generally English since most graduate ...
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Writing the dedication in language different than the language of a thesis or a book

How is it received by the readers to see the dedication in, say, Chinese, while the entire other parts of the thesis or a book is in English? Would that annoy the readers who do not know the language ...
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Why are language test scores requirements sometimes higher for undergraduate than graduate admission?

I’ve been searching for the graduate requirements of some university. As regards the language test scores, TOEFL>90 or IELTS>7 are necessary. However, I stumbled upon undergraduate requirements: TOEFL>...
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Applying for PhD admission with a master's thesis written in Spanish

I'm finishing my MS in a Spanish speaking country and my MS thesis is written in Spanish. If I apply for being admitted in a PhD program in a non-Spanish speaking country, should I expect them to ...
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What to write in application letter to address poor grades in Greek and Latin for classical archeology masters application?

I am planning on applying to a Masters program in classical archaeology. BUT I have a B average in Greek and Latin combined. However, I feel confident in my abilities and that because I had to work ...
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What are the pros and cons to writing the same paper in two languages?

I am a bilingual student and soon starting on thesis. I will be writing it in English although my native language is French and I am considering writing it in both languages so that the people closer ...
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Figures in foreign language

I am currently writing my master's thesis in English in Germany. One of the sources I found has a relevant figure that I would like to show and properly cite in my thesis, however this figure is in ...
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Acronyms at the start of a sentence

I was wondering if there was a rule regarding the use of acronyms at the start of the sentence in Journal Papers. If so, is there a difference between the state of use of that acronym (i.e., whether ...
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Freedom in acknowledgments section of dissertation - writing in native language

I am currently finishing writing my MSc thesis. I am considering separating the acknowledgments section in two: Personal acknowledgments (sorted as advisor(s)/family/SO/friends) Acknowledging ...
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Coping with not speaking local language, as an academic? [closed]

One requirement in academia, especially as an early career scientist, is the the willingness to study or work in different countries. Personal motivation for the question: Apart from the ...
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Is there a standard dictionary for referencing English words?

I am working on a paper in which we need to reference the meaning of english words as foundation for the analysis in the paper (we are categorizing situations using these words, and there is no method ...
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How to get into position to teach college Arabic?

I am interested in teaching at the university-level in Arabic. Would teaching arabic in a high-school first(as I have no university-level teaching experience) help me? I currently teach science to ...
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Should we tell students they need to improve their English?

As an instructor or teaching assistant for a graduate class at a top institution, is it okay to tell students (e.g. in homework feedback) that they need to improve their English? What's the best way ...
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Non-English language papers submitted to REF for evaluation?

So this is a little U.K. specific - I'm just curious whether any of you have seen or heard about such submissions. Now I'm completely aware that in many disciplines this seems unlikely, but how about ...
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What should I do if, after choosing a Master Thesis topic, I find an existing thesis on it in another language?

I picked a very unique topic for my Masters Thesis, only to find out that there is a Dissertation on the same topic, from 2008, in French. No other books have been published on this topic. Ugh... I ...
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Would language difficulties be considered a valid excuse for a poor masters performance when applying for a PhD?

I recently completed an M2 (second year of masters) in mathematics in a Paris university. I come from the UK, had never studied French until the summer directly before, and foolishly thought that ...
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Medium-quality English conference vs. Higher-quality non-English conference

As a first-year masters student in a non-English speaking country who is considering to later continue to study Ph.D. abroad (US or Canada), which option would be more desirable? Publishing in a ...
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How to provide English translation of non-English words scattered in a thesis

I hope this is the right place to pose my question. I'm writing a thesis in English, but it's based on a project aimed to Italian native speakers (and so am I) and therefore I have often to refer to ...
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How do Universities deal with applicants from high schools that don't offer other languages [closed]

After reading my local paper - there was an article stating more funding cuts for some local public high schools in the district that I live in. There have been budget cuts almost every year for the ...
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Listing rudimentary language proficiency in an application in that country despite English being working language

Should a person list his/her (very basic) knowledge of a language spoken in a country he may be working in on an application for a position in that country, even if the language really isn't necessary ...