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Questions related to initiation, preparation, editing and presentation of a research thesis. A Thesis is a long research report including personal research conclusions and outputs. A Thesis must include personal research and the proper citations from other publications in the research topic.

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Publishing parts of my thesis under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License in journals

I am about to electronically "publish" my PhD thesis under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Some chapters will eventually be published in journals, and I am wondering if that type ...
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How can I help a PhD student who's dead-set on keeping methodologically wrong results?

I am helping a STEM PhD student with a statistical approach they developed for a key thesis chapter. Unfortunately, the approach is fundamentally flawed and makes no statistical sense. (I'm a ...
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How to prepare to talk with my advisor about concluding our relationship before the defense?

I'm in the last semester of my PhD program and trying to pull together my dissertation, which has not been going well for the past 2 years. I shoulder most of the responsibility for this situation, ...
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What section of PhD thesis should my standpoint be in? [closed]

My research is at the intersection of technology and autism (but it's mostly technology focused). I'm approaching things from a particular standpoint of autism (i.e. neuroafirmative, neurocosmopolitan,...
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What should I do with my 60 page undergraduate thesis?

I recently finished my undergraduate thesis in philosophy. It came out to about 60 pages/16,000 words. Now that I'm done, I'm wondering what I should do with it - if I should send it somewhere for ...
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How can I build a research profile now?

I'm gutted. I recently graduated with a non-thesis Masters degree and always wanted to do a PhD or at least a Masters thesis. I approached several professors to convert to thesis but it never worked ...
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What should I do if I messed up my pre-thesis project and I just want to end it as soon as possible and switch a group for master thesis?

I am currently part of a research group where members work on a wide range of topics, from nuclear model calculations to quantum entanglement SPDC. Our professor has a laid-back approach and likes to ...
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Can I cite the results from my unpublished manuscript which is included in my PhD thesis?

My PhD thesis is manuscript-based, and I have 3 manuscripts (unpublished), included as 3 chapters into the thsis. The data analysis of my 3rd manuscript is mostly based on the results of the previous ...
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Anxiety before PhD thesis submission. Can reviewers send it back?

I'm in the very last stage of my PhD journey. I'm aiming to submit the thesis next month (June 2024). However, I'm feeling quite nervous and having lots of self-doubts. So basically, I sent my first ...
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In which section to introduce control variables in thesis?

In a master's thesis in psychology, in which section should I introduce the control variables used in analyses? The rationale for the inclusion of control variables in my study was based on prior ...
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I handed in my physical copies of my PhD thesis too late (Germany) - what are my options? [closed]

I am an international student who started my PhD program in 2014 in Germany. I defended my thesis in fall 2021, after having moved to a different country while writing my thesis. After the defense, I ...
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Is re-implementation of a method in another setting enough for a master thesis, especially when you didn't know that the method existed [closed]

so I am currently writing my master's thesis, where I developed a new method on how to develop a "new" type of digital circuit. I am currently done with the implementation and getting the ...
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Master Thesis Positions in Germany without University Affiliations

I live in Germany and want to pursue a PhD degree in Biology/Bioinformatics/.... I already have a Master's degree from outside the EU. However, it did not have a thesis or a research component. I do ...
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How do I systematically identify and select literature?

I want to do a content analysis on particular content published in current textbooks in my discipline specific to my country. For example, Canadian political science textbooks. I’m not sure how to ...
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Capitalize the name of software library in the heading or not?

I am writing a thesis in Computer Science. I want to have a chapter there about technologies used, with sections on different packages and libraries I used. (It is quite standard to have a structure ...
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Post-hoc changes of master thesis

This is a follow-up question linked to my previous question. Does anyone have experience with post-hoc changes to a master thesis i.e. proofreading it and changing the publicly available version after ...
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I have a really bad publicly available master thesis

I have a really bad master thesis that's publicly available. I ran out of time and submitted it without proofreading it. Now it's publicly available and it has a lot of grammatical mistakes, ...
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Why does my colleague, a PhD in anthropology and religious studies in a German public university, have to pay a publisher to publish her PhD thesis?

I've a colleague who's pursuing her PhD in anthropology and religious studies in a German public university, having one of her advisor there and another advisor from another public university in ...
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Is it acceptable to not give someone credit in a math thesis for minor guidance?

This question is related to this question. If I write a thesis and encounter a small problem that I can't resolve on my own, maybe because I didn't sleep well this day, and someone, like my mother or ...
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Can someone be awarded the title of doctor without having been a doctoral student?

I'm just still a student, and the question doesn't concern me, but I'm really curious about the answer. In class, during a break, our assistant was discussing with us (the students) the research that ...
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Why is it inappropriate to compare computer languages with natural languages in a Bachelor thesis about an assembler and emulator? [closed]

In a manuscript of my Bachelor thesis (about a PicoBlaze assembler and emulator), I made a few statements I was forced (by my mentor) to delete. These include: I was explaining what the parser (a ...
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Will writing a thesis in MS Word or LaTeX impact my future career?

I wonder what is the trend or reaction of academia towards writing a thesis in MS Word. I am in the process of finalizing my PhD thesis, which is in MS Word for now. I am equally proficient in both ...
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"All Rights Reserved" is the same as "Copyright"

In my dissertation I have mentioned Copyright © 2023 , [My Name]. All Rights Reserved. In order to upload it on the HAL Thèses website (belonging to the French government), I shoild choose a license ...
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Mentioning researcher unrelated to institution I'm applying for in motivation letter

I am writing a motivation letter for a scholarship to fund my MS thesis project at university X. However, my research interests are inspired by the work of a researcher working at a completely ...
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Copyright for PhD Thesis? [closed]

Which of the following copyrights is most suitable for a PhD thesis and how do each of them restrict the use of the ideas presented in the thesis? 1. Copyright © [Year], [My Name]. All Rights Reserved....
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Does it matter who your thesis examiner is?

I am a MS (research) student and recently finished writing my thesis. I have put a lot of time into it and tried to make it explanatory. At my institute, the advisor names five external tutors to ...
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Master's thesis on uninteresting topic not really related to my background

I have started a master thesis in applied mathematics with the aim of studying a paper of my supervisor. This paper uses some "basic" results of a theory (semi algebraic geometry i.e. SAG) ...
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Institution wide style guides for theses - rationale and context

Under this answer here on Academia StackExchange, Xander Henderson and I observed that there seems to be a large difference between the United States and, for instance, Germany regarding how specific ...
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Organisation of a math thesis

Do you think it's appropriate to introduce notational aspects right after presenting the main topic in the introductory section of your thesis? Personally, I prefer not to include notations in an ...
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Do German company sponsored Ph.D. students deserve the Ph.D. title? [closed]

Do German company-sponsored Ph.D. students deserve the Ph.D. title? I recently came across a post on social media that there's a BMW employee who got accepted to the BMW Ph.D. Program Promotion. So ...
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Structuring Cumulative Dissertation "Framework" Chapter

I have completed all the requirements of my PhD and I will now write the accompanying "framework" chapter. I am at a German University, and my work is on political science. According to my ...
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Writing a B.Sc. thesis with only failed results

I'm writing my B.Sc thesis about analysing coin cell batteries that I made by hand. Most of them give off voltage when I test them with a multimeter, but when I try to do a formation cycle I get bad ...
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Uploading PhD dissertation to ResearchGate [closed]

My PhD dissertation has already been uploaded to the HAL Theses website. Would it be beneficial to also upload it to ResearchGate?
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How important is the grade of your Maths PhD thesis if you want to stay in academia?

I would like to ask if there are people out there having made experiences regarding the following quesion: Assume you would like to stay in academia. How important is the final grade of your Maths PhD ...
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MSc Thesis supervisor wants to push paper to conferences, yet is super obscure on the topic, he just wants to rush

My supervisor pitched this idea of working on this "sms abuse" paper, he claims it will be a "breakthrough" and no one has publish something like this before. He wants me to ...
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Impact of master's thesis grade on PhD chances

I am a master's student in physics currently writing my master's thesis. I have been working for quite a while on this thesis because of various issues during the last 2 years. I handed in my draft to ...
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I am a bit confused about the thesis i am working on. I just started my research and realized that i have no idea how to publish it

I am a student who's highest academic achievement so far is high school degree. Infact I am not even a university student yet (I will be in few months though). I am working on a thesis that is related ...
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Should I include repeated code in my thesis appendix?

I'm writing up my PhD thesis and I'm not sure about the inclusion of some of the code I have written. I have a number of MATLAB scripts that I have included in the Appendix. The issue is that I have ...
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How to deal with an absentee advisor who is unreachable when trying to set up thesis defense

I'm a fifth year PhD student, which is the average year a student in my department graduates. For the majority of my time in my PhD program I've had an absentee advisor. He doesn't respond to emails ...
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Is 10 pages too long for a research methodology chapter?

First, some background: I'm currently doing a PhD/Doctorate in social sciences/education field. Usually, theses in my country (Algeria) do not justify the research paradigm nor mention the ...
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Does doing 4 vs 3 substantive chapters in a US PhD come across as a "higher quality" dissertation?

I'm a 1st year PhD student in environmental science and policy. The expectation at my institution is generally to do three substantive chapters in our dissertations. I'm set up well and have the first ...
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My thesis proposal [closed]

I'm a student in Iran studying English Language Teaching (M.A.) at University. Before pursuing English at the university level, I was an engineer, so I have a background knowledge of math. I've ...
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Is it okay to include modified source code from Github with due credit in masters thesis?

I apologize if a similar question has been asked and answered before or if the question does not belong here, however, I am in a major dilemma at the moment and extremely stressed out over plagiarism ...
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How long to get permission from publishers before reusing your works in the dissertation?

I have a few works published in the ASME and Elsevier. Those works will be my parts of the dissertation. I was wondering if anyone has experience in requesting permissions before reusing those in your ...
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My PhD supervisor gave up on me

I'm a 4th year PhD student in Germany. I started my PhD in a fully funded project and the funding will run out by next month. I'm still not close to finishing my PhD but I believe that I can finish it....
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How to do short research projects with professors?

I am a physics student looking to apply for PhD positions. To increase my chances of getting selected and to increase my exposure to research, I want to publish research papers. The only research I ...
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Do people still read monographic dissertations (in the Natural Sciences)? [closed]

I'm in the natural sciences (astrophysics) and in my experience, virtually nobody has the time to read monographs anymore (specifically dissertations). Most people don't even read entire papers. I ...
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Is it appropriate to use a QR code at the end of Thesis acknowledgements for a subtle banter?

I have seen this "thank me" motivational remark made by Snoop Dogg during his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, several times and found it hilarious. I wondered if using it at the end of the ...
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How to word request to undertake a project as a research intern rather than as a thesis, without offending potential supervisor? [duplicate]

Competitive STEM program and for our final thesis many of the potential advisors have multiple applicants per project. After being rejected for one project (initially seemed to be the top choice but ...
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Dissertation acknowledgements: thanking a professional for medical treatment?

I'm currently working on the acknowledgements section of my doctoral thesis. I suffered from severe depression during my time as a PhD student and received tremendous support from a particular nurse ...
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