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How to learn writing a scientific publication? [duplicate]

I'm halfway through my PhD in theoretical physics and so far, I have never written a paper on my own. At best I wrote short parts for an article published with my advisor. I am currently taking part ...
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Do you worry about using certain words too frequently in your research paper?

I'm working on a paper and found myself using certain words very frequently. For instance, the word "condition" or "study" or "group" or "participants" or "...
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What's a good tool to help students perform peer review as a graded assignment?

I am teaching an academic writing course for grad students and part of the course content involves peer review activities on one another's writings. These peer reviews will receive a letter grade. Do ...
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How do you name your LaTeX files? [closed]

I would like to ask those of you who have a lot of experience writing research articles with LaTeX about the way you find most logical and convenient to name your files. I am wondering about a single-...
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Is 2500 words an appropriate length for Statement of Purpose?

Usually, for Statement of Purpose (Ph.D. application), the standard length is 1000 words or 2 pages. However, the University of California, San Diego asked for a 2500 words limit. Does this mean I am ...
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Who are good readers to ask for opinions regarding the "readability" of papers?

Who are good readers to ask for opinions regarding the "readability" of papers? https://typeset.io/resources/how-to-become-good-at-academic-research-writing/ Share your paper with your ...
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Past or present tense, when reporting results?

There are several questions about tense use in paper writing. My question is specific to the results section. What tense should it be used when reporting the results of the paper itself? "Two ...
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I left a PhD program to take a permanent position that offered full funding for my education. How to explain this when re-applying for PhD programs?

I am an international STEM major graduate. Immediately after I obtained my BS degree in the spring semester, I went on a funded Ph.D. program in the following Fall semester. However, 2 months into the ...
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What questions should be answered in a paper by sections?

I am trying to find a way to "systematize" the writing process of a paper by answering questions in each section of the paper. I am thinking of an example with the following sections (which ...
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What are some examples of research papers that are very generally viewed as "well-written"? [closed]

What are some examples of research papers that are very generally viewed as "well-written"? And by "generally" I refer to something which is not dependent so much on "...
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Should I say "I" in a paper, as the sole author? [duplicate]

I am the sole author of a paper which I would like to publish in a journal. Is it better to use "I" for example "In this paper, I present xyz" Or is better to avoid "I" ...
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NSERC (canadian institution) asks for Times New roman, can I use another font? [closed]

I need to write an outline of my research for a grant. The orginization I am applying to, NSERC asks for: "Body text in a minimum 12 pt Times New Roman font" Well here's a little problem, I ...
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Change of tense in paper by editor

I received my paper back from the editor of a journal. They changed the present tense in the abstract in my paper into past tense. So they changed: "Something is shown/developed/proposed" ...
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How to address group member's poor writing skills

I am a STEM undergrad. Many of my upper division assignments are group reports with a lot of writing (literature reviews, lab reports). A lot of my cohort does not seem to have college level writing ...
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Good way to present long questionnaires in methods?

I'm writing a paper (my first one) in a standard article form. I must use A4 pages and a single text column. In Methods and Materials, I must present a 23-Likert item long questionnaire that was used ...
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What is the need for a "related work" section in state-of-the-art papers?

The process of paper writing is intended to communicate our proposed model to a peer. The peer is assumed to have solid knowledge of the particular topic. If one comes up with a state-of-the-art model ...
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Referencing a table and figure in same sentence

Currently editing a report written by someone else, and one of the bullet points references a table and a figure in the previous page. Here's how it's written: The ten most frequently reported ...
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Should we capitalize the initials of an acronym in scientific papers?

Suppose we define an acronym in a scientific paper. Should we do it like this? (...) We call this approach the First Output Once (FOO) (...) Or like this? (...) We call this approach the first ...
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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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Should I send a critical position paper or an empirical study as my PhD writing sample?

For PhD programs in educational sciences/studies, which is a better writing sample? A critical position paper which applies a theory to other researchers' published data and comes up with an ...
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Is a painting a text? [closed]

Can any piece of media be described as a text to be discussed in academic research? I have found several conflicting definitions online. Those that disagree seem to be working on a different ...
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World-famous Eastern European (and non-Western) academics not educated in the West who published one or more well-read text in English after year 2000 [closed]

For a study, I want to analyse the writing style of (contemporary) world-famous academics who were not educated in the West, yet I can find few examples. My focus is on Eastern Europe, but I will be ...
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Co-author keeps rewriting the article in poor English

I am writing an article with a senior colleague. Although English is not their first language, they keep re-writing the entire article in their own words. I would not normally care, but the way he re-...
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Is it good to postpone part of the related work section and experiment result tables to the appendix to fit the page limit?

I am currently submitting a paper to ICLR. ICLR 2022 has a 9-page limit for the first submission but my paper has 14 pages under the official template. So I am trying to shrink it. Apart from doing ...
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What should an academic disclosure statement look like [duplicate]

Nowadays journals require people to disclose conflicts of interest by submitting a disclosure statement. I wonder how this statement should be written. I found a lot of examples of disclosure ...
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What online writing software is used in your country for academic papers? [duplicate]

I am looking for ideas to understand what is out there. I am familiar with overleaf, word online and google docs. I understand this is not really scientific but if you are familiar with general habits ...
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Is it okay to mention my country's situation in PhD applications?

I am applying for some PhD programs, and I don't know if I should mention my country's situation in those letters, like the difficulty in being a female scientist without having a friend at court or ...
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Ways to improve writing, so that one needs less time spent on proof reading?

Ways to improve writing, so that one needs less time spent on proof reading? I've been a bit annoyed, because it seems that using a "write, then proof read" -approach seems ineffective, ...
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Explaining an observation in thesis having no reasoning

During my machine learning master thesis, I came across some observation which increased accuracy of my result. For the observation, I am unable to find the theoretical justification. How to approach ...
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Acknowledgements chapter of master's thesis

Hi due to the pandemic and my supervisor not using skype or zoom etc, I ended up writing my master's dissertation by myself. I had 2 meetings with him and we exchanged about 6-7 emails in total. I'd ...
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What to put in the Discussion section of a paper in this case? [closed]

From what I know in the Discussion section, it is recommended to establish a comparison between one's proposal with what other authors have done. For example, in the CS field, I have seen that this is ...
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One-sided vs two-sided hypothesis testing - Should the hypothesis reflect this? [closed]

I had written a hypothesis that we expect x outcome variable to increase when y treatment is applied. A reviewer commented that based off of the hypothesis, we should be doing a one-sided test. ...
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What is the conventional way of presenting combinations of things in a table?

For a paper I am writing, I need to name several combinations of things (specifically, certain combinations of mathematical equations/inequalities that impose specific constraints on certain variables)...
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Part of my MA thesis or empirical paper for PhD writing sample? None seem to fit the criteria

I am applying to PhD programs in educational sciences and they sometimes ask for a writing sample. I am undecided about sending part of my MA thesis or an empirical paper that is in preparation. Each ...
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What hypothesis should I raise when literature goes for two sides?

I am a finance student. I am learning the impact of bribery laws on dependent variable Y. The literature supports both sides: some studies support that Y will increase after the laws, others support ...
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How to deal with a PhD advisor who makes mean comments?

I’m one year into my PhD program, and I recently drafted my first review article. I’m a native English speaker, and was often applauded for my writing during high school and college. My advisor made ...
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Overuse of i.e. and e.g

I got used to using 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' to give more details or give examples, but I have been told that I overuse them. When is it appropriate to remove them? When should I absolutely use them? I feel ...
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Choice of I vs we in job applications and grants

In mathematics, it is standard to use "we" instead of "I", even in single author papers. Is this the case for job and grant applications as well? For instance, suppose I wish to ...
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What are the characteristics required for a PhD thesis?

PhD days are important in ones life. They influence the research career as well as the academic career of a person to a great extent. In many cases it influences the personal life of a person to a ...
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How to deal with large figures in draft of a paper

I am working on a draft of a paper and I have large figure that does not fit into 1 page. I can split the figure into two, but I wonder what is the appropriate way of doing it. Two ways that I ...
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Rewriting book in Bachelor Thesis

Is it okay to just rewrite whole chapters from a book while describing a theory you are using in your Bachelor Thesis? Is it okay to only have two books as references and few (3-5) papers on arxiv to ...
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Writing a postdoctoral fellowship proposal

This is not going to be a specific question and may be off-topic for this site: I'm looking for advice, tips, or a template for writing a fellowship proposal. I'm in my first computer science postdoc, ...
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Is the practice of providing simple examples in research papers recommended?

This question is restricted to the domain of Cryptography. While reading research papers from the Cryptography domain, I came across papers that provide examples for the schemes or algorithms they ...
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What to use to denote numbered list with hierarchy in Academia (ie. numerals, alphabets, roman numerals) [closed]

Perhaps I'm missing the right search words/terms. I recall there was a way to use a numbered list and how to structure it's hierarchy but can't seem to find the recommended way on the internet. How ...
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Capitalize "Ref." or not?

I have just learned to capitalize "Chapter" and "Section" when referring to specific chapters or sections. Is this also the case for "Ref." as in "As shown in Ref. [...
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Which is Highest Content Level of Academic Papers: Chapter or Section?

Is there a rule or common agreement on which one to use on Academic Papers? Chapters > Sections > Subsections ...; or simply Sections > Subsections > ... ? Is it the case that chapters ...
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Suitable citation style for dealing with many de-identified sources, interviews and personal correspondence?

Background: I am writing a paper analysing various organisations that I need to de-identify. For my analysis I need to cite three types of sources: Publicly available published works that identify ...
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Ethics about hiring writer for partial research paper writing

I want to hire someone to do partial research writing for me, particularly the introduction section. I will do the rest of the work. All the practical work is completed. This is non-graded work. It's ...

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