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How are suitable epigraphs in books found? [closed]

Sometimes we see some scientific books (for example in the fields of computer science, game theory, ...) start their chapters (mostly the first chapter) with epigraphs from famous people, movies, an ...
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Is it necessary to discuss the reason of the algorithm choice in my paper?

In my paper, I used a specific ML algorithm for modeling and I wonder if it necessary to discuss the reason why I chose this algorithm instead of the others?
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Reviews, feedback and comments from collaborators/supervisors when writing in RMarkdown

Posting here rather than on StackOverflow as the question is not code-related. I have been wanting to make the switch to RMarkdown for academic writing (as opposed to Word) for a while now, but there ...
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Should the past tense be always used in a report, and if so, why? [duplicate]

According to this video, at 1:50 it says it should be written in past tense, and according to this post on Answers.com and this post on Quora, they are required. But is that correct and if so why are ...
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What is the difference between Project's background and Project Significance?

I need to write my project's significance. I googled to find examples on project's significance, but I found article referring to project's background and significance as the same thing. https://orsp....
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How to avoid over use of “I” in papers?

I'm writing a Design Report. This is about 12k words long. Because it's about research I've done and certain choices I've made, I'm using a lot of "I". Personally I don't think this is a ...
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PhD student and slow, painstaking writer. Any advice?

I am a PhD student (in the UK, and part-time, member of faculty at the same time) But I struggle to write well and fast. To quote my supervisor: The greatest weakness [of your report] is a ground hog ...
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Is repeating a mathematical formula or equation in a scientific paper considered bad writing?

I'm writing an engineering paper which is filled with equations (physical demonstrations in the theoretical section and numerical methods demonstrations in the methods section). I want to rewrite one ...
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How do I paraphrase a table?

I have to add a table to my thesis but it is detected as plagiarism. I have used data from this table in my thesis. However I wish to prevent this table to be detected by Turnitin. Is there any way I ...
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Word “believe” in scientific context

I am trying to write a paper. We have done certain experiments and results from it are good. So, I feel that if our idea can be implemented in other sites, it can benefit those sites. Now my question ...
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Numbering sections in a two-part paper

How do you number the sections in a two-part paper i.e. a paper that is published in two parts? I wrote an expository paper for high school students and it got accepted into a magazine, only that it ...
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General Guidline in making a index for a textbook

I am currently writing a textbook in some mathematical area and now I am at the point of creating an index of words. Are there some general rules in academia on this, like there are for citing ...
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Writing advice for a junior PhD student writing a single-author paper [closed]

I am a second year theoretical physics PhD student authoring a paper on my own in a subfield completely different from my advisor's (in my free time, with his blessing). My question is specifically ...
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How to address dependencies when publishing a chain of papers

In computer systems, it's relatively common to have a large problem which is broken up into multiple sub-problems, each of which is substantial in its own right and is in the realm of different ...
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What does “inclusive page numbers” mean?

I am preparing a manuscript for submission to Journal of Cardiology. The author instructions say "Please provide inclusive page numbers, e.g., 51-9." What does that mean? How else can you ...
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overlapped results in tables for research journal

In research papers (for examples, computer science journals), may I have overlaps between multiple tables containing experiment results? My situation is like this. I have two tables Table A and Table ...
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As an undergraduate, is it alright to get help finishing my paper?

15 months ago, I improved the bounds for an open math problem which I think is worthy of publication. Later, 9 months ago, I came up with two further results that I also would like to publish. I have ...
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Do academic journals ever recommend software writing tools for scientific writing that suggest better paragraph construction?

I'm helping a professor with some edits to a paper under review. Comments include advice that a better writing style be used and awkward wording be fixed. The professor is comfortable and expressive ...
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Publishing a paper with questionable statistics

I've submitted a paper to a reasonably good journal in my field. One of the reviewers questioned the statistical methods and recommended major revisions. Without getting into the nitty-gritty of the ...
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How should I cite the ministry in my own country in APA?

In my research paper, I have cite from a curriculum published by the Ministry of Education in my country. Should I cite the name of the ministry in my own language (i.e. Milli Eğitim Bakanlığı; MEB as ...
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What facts constitutes as citation-worthy

If I were to state a fact that is simply a part of a field, do I need to cite a scientific article that supports this? Like, let's say I write something like this: "... tryptamine being a ...
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Mentioning a personal tragedy in an academic style paper. Is it allowed?

I am working as an editor for an edited book volume on covid-19. I have come across a very peculiar chapter submitted by an author. In the chapter, the author discloses a personal incident where the ...
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Do you have to cite your own pre-print?

I am writing a paper that is based on previous work I have done that I have published as a pre-print. I am submitting it to a conference. However it is significantly improved and different. The ...
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Is it bad-practice to have a high citation to content ratio in academic writing? [duplicate]

I'm writing a high school history textbook. While writing my book, I'm finding its becoming very heavily laden with sources. If I used Turabian's footnote style, they tend to fill half the page. ...
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How to refer to someone consistently who has multiple names/spellings?

I am writing a research paper in which I mention Moroccan explorer Estaban quite often. In the books I have, his name is spelled in different ways; the Wikipedia article linked above lists even more ...
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To what extent can advisors edit our writing?

When advisors edit our thesis work, what kind of changes can they make? Is there a limit to what they can do? There's proofreading and also editing for style and clarity. Is asking students to ...
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Can you use herein to refer back?

As the title suggests, I would like to know if it is correct to use 'herein' to refer back. For instance, I have used the phrase 'in this paper' several times in a document and I wish to use another ...
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Is using “iff” appropriate?

Is the word "iff", meaning "if and only if", recognized outside of logic? In particular, is it appropriate for a physics text? Or is this kind of abbreviation frowned upon?
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Question for review [closed]

What are the type of question you can ask someone when you send you manuscript to for review. The person may not necessarily be in your field.
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Can conference papers use the original words in published papers?

Conference papers are often only about 10 pages. When I was writing conference papers, some words seemed unnatural. Can I directly use the original words in someone else's paper? Not a conclusion or ...
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Do I have to cite sources for my opinion when it was formed by reading other people's opinions? (undergraduate)

So I'm new to university and have written like 5 papers in my life, please help! So basically the scenario is, I have a paper about a certain topic which I know nothing about. So I do some research on ...
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Statistical analysis plan giving away some of my results, Reviewer 2

Context: At the end of the methodology section, I explain that I will apply an ANOVA to check if at least one condition is different, then I will investigate using multiple comparisons. The reviewers ...
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How can I improve undergraduate students' writing skills?

The fact: my students write badly. The source of the problem is, most likely, low quality primary and secondary education, with little emphasis on essays. Long term solutions are beyond the scope of ...
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What actually changed in MLA 8th edition?

I cannot find enough information on what is different about MLA 8th except for citations. There is no MS Word template for the 8th edition, just the 7th edition. Is all that changed citations? Thank ...
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Acceptance rates of submitted papers by country

Is there any data source or statistic showing acceptance rate of submitted papers for publication by country?
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struggling with the discussion chapter of PhD thesis (by publication)

Thank you very much for your insightful suggestions earlier and I am back with another question and would love to hear your thoughts about this. My PhD thesis consists of three stand-alone papers (aka ...
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How can I avoid overuse of words like “however” and “therefore” in academic writing?

I am in the field of computer science (more specifically robotics), and as I am writing, I must actively avoid using the words "however", "therefore", etc... every few sentences. ...
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Rules or Laws to guide sectioning and sub-sectioning [closed]

Regardless of the field or subject, is there a website or organization that has rules on how to section and sub-section a document? I have a document on which I have randomly chosen a layout. project ...
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Is it okay to revise the research proposal to a writing sample

I'm applying for an economics Ph.D.in Europe. The program I'm going to apply needs writing samples for application. But I don't have any first-authored English publications. I've finished the research ...
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Where can I easily find best-paper-award-paper of a conference?

Recently I read an article on tips for PhD students to improve their scientific writing skills. There, one suggestion was to find and read the best-paper-award-papers in highly reputed conferences in ...
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Tone to use in describing your “research project”

This is an extension question for this What exactly is "briefly explain your master research project" in a PhD application? (CS field) Suppose I am writing a brief description for my ...
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Writing sample requirement for PhD application - submit something you assisted in writing?

I'm applying to PhD programs and some require writing samples with a reminder of prioritizing works that are related to the phd program or to my research proposal. The only related writing I have is ...
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Is it appropriate for peer-reviewer to look for possible plagiarism?

I'm in the second year of a post-doc, and currently participating in my first experience as a peer-reviewer (my lab PI recommended me to the editor because he's too busy to do it right now). I noticed ...
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What is the best way to add the results of the Master thesis in the Latex report

I am writing my Master thesis report. My thesis was research and development of a test data generator for a particular domain in an organization. The developed application will generate test data in ...
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Difference between Related work and Background section?

I am writing my first Computer Science conference paper. The thing I don't understand is the difference between "related work" vs "background", could someone explain this? I have ...
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Collaborations as a postdoc [closed]

I am a postdoc and would like to collaborate (proposal - yes) with a scientist in another country. He (the foreigner scientist) want to collaborate with me due to my subject expertise. As postdoc, I ...
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Chicago or APA for draft manuscript?

I am relatively new to the writing process. I wrote my first manuscript in APA style and found it time consuming while changing it to the Chicago manual style. I am aware that most journals have their ...
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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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How to justify research assistant's role in the grant application

How can we justify the role of Research Assistant in the grant application? Everyone knows that faculty members are busy with teaching, admin tasks, writing grants etc. so they actually seek PhD and ...
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Active voice: Using “I” to show my contribution and “we” to include the audience?

I've read the other questions on active vs passive voice. But my question is slightly different. Let's say I'm writing in active voice and using "I" as I'm primarily writing a thesis-like ...

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