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Can a casual comparison of phenomena and assumptions based on it be presented in a journal/conference paper?

In comparison to the size of the universe, humans on earth are like bacteria on a speck of dirt. Much like in the animated movie "Horton hears a who". When writing a journal/conference paper, if ...
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Using data from results section in methods

I'm working on a sensitivity analysis for my thesis work, which involves the designing of a test bench for the experiment. In order to reduce the number of parameters in the experiment, a parameter ...
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How to to deal with advisor's criticism of my writing?

I am about to finish my PhD, which means I have to write a lot. I am also a non-native English speaker, so my English sucks a lot, especially when it comes to formal writing. In contrast, my adviser ...
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Repetitively citing studies in a literature review

I am writing my first literature review (not using a systematic methodology) and I am trying to put some thought into the underlying structure of the literature review. I have considered these two ...
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Are there any automated ways of getting PDF annotations into Word or LaTeX source code? [closed]

With my previous two submissions to Elsevier journals, I have received reviews from 5 and 4 reviewers respectively. This results in a large number of comments that needs to be addressed. Some of the ...
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Can lowlighting less important text improve readability? Are there alternatives?

I think many experience the following: Sometimes I want to get the main message of a paper within 10 min then I am annoyed by any less important details distracting me. And sometimes I spend days or ...
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Does APA style require a cover page for short student papers?

My students are required to use APA style. I'm familiar with the research paper format, which requires a separate title page (like a cover page). This makes sense for longer papers, but how should ...
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Writing a thesis about a software project

I am currently writing a thesis that is meant to revolve around an experimental software implementation I am also working on. I usually think of theses as being scientific in some way, but there is ...
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How Should I Write a Scientific Write-up?

I am an undergraduate student in mathematics from India. I have been shortlisted in the written test of TIFR GS-2020 (a nationwide entrance), and for the second stage of selection, they are asking for ...
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“Beyond the scope of this paper” phrase

I am writing a scientific paper and I won't be able to go in the details of a certain topic. I am considering to write something like: "The topic XXX is beyond the scope of this paper.". I know that ...
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Is there any reason not to use a shortDOI in an APA References section?

In the recently published seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the APA, a change was made to the citation style guidelines to allow authors to use shortened URLs in the References section, ...
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Should exploratory and incomplete work be part of a thesis?

I just finished the first draft of my thesis in computational neuroscience. It contains all the published work and some other material that is relevant to the main theme of the thesis. I deliberately ...
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Writing a journal paper based on work already published in conference paper

Im in the Applied Computer Science field (deploying technologies in different areas of society). I published a conference paper last year on one such case study and wanted to reuse this data to create ...
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To what extent should relevant background be discussed vs. just referenced?

Is is perfectly appropriate to refer reviewers to other papers for understanding a concept or writer must include the concept in his paper too? What should be done while keeping brevity, plagiarism ...
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Should I 'admit' a weakness of a paper even if it's 'obvious'?

Example: I have a simulation to run that requires social media data sets. The data sets that actually matter are too big to be able to simulate anything useful on. Instead, I picked a data set that's ...
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Taking into account word lengths when writing humanities articles

I am currently writing an article that I hope to submit to a specific journal on women’s studies. The journal’s word limit is 6,000 to 9,000 words. I am still in the planning phase of writing. How ...
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Bioinformatics pipeline flow chart guidelines? [closed]

I am going to start work on the Materials and Methods for a paper I contributed to a lot in the bioinformatics processing part. I have seen some papers nowadays tend to first present the processing ...
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Removing a part of a paper during major revision

I submitted a paper and got it back with a major revision recommendation. There were many revision comments, and to answer some of them, I added appendices. Now I got the paper back with a second ...
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What are the main practical complications/challenges to using Linux as your full time OS, particularly as faculty in Biology/Ecology?

I am an ecology post-doc and considering switching from Windows to Linux for my main work computer (I am not a mathematical modeller). I have used Linux before and I am aware that, with effort, one ...
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Can I use 'Fortunately' in an academic paper

When using "Fortunately" in a technical paper, the appending statement can appear subjective; and hence shouldn't be used in an academic context (?). When used to highlight, for instance, the solution ...
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Digressing in Footnotes

I am currently writing my thesis. At times, I find it may be helpful to add additional context to a quotation or I may want to include an additional, interesting fact that complements the main body of ...
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Is Manuscripts.io a legit tool? Any experience with it?

A colleague just tipped me about manuscripts.io which advertises itself as a collaborative writing tool, with some really sweet features like importing docx and LaTeX; searching and adding citations ...
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How do I improve a paper if they haven't published any code?

I am new in the field of research and am trying to publish my first paper. I am working on improving a paper that involves Machine Learning. However, in order to make changes to it, wouldn't I need ...
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Journal editor made bad edits to my (accepted) paper - how do I respond?

Earlier this year I had a paper accepted to a well-recognized journal in a particular (humanities) subfield. I finally received proofs of the article, and was (more than a bit) upset at the edits. A ...
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How to write source information for tables if I'm using data from multiple sources?

I am using data from 3-4 different sources in my table. How to cite the source information in MLA format? As far as I know, Source information is written below tables in the MLA style. But is it okay ...
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State-of-the-art writing in machine learning [closed]

According to Wikipedia, State-of-the-art is as follows State-of-the-art (sometimes cutting edge or leading edge) refers to the highest level of general development, as of a device, technique, ...
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Referring to a result that comes later

So in writing a math paper, if I am writing a proof of a theorem and I need to refer a lemma that comes later in the same paper. What is the proper way to say that? For example if I am proving a ...
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What is the best/most important form of publication in applied linguistics/language teaching? [closed]

I'm wondering what it is commonly considered to be of high value/importance amine the types of publications in applied linguistics/language teaching ? Is it journal article, conference paper, book ...
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When writing a textbook, what percentage of the material should be already known and what should be novel?

When I am reading a textbook, especially on some esoteric subject, I sometimes wonder what percentage of the textbook consists of known, published material, and what percentage is the author's own ...
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Should a citation be included when answering a question regarding a specific source?

For example, "How do the six types of shenanigans relate to the ethical use of a flux capacitor according to Smith and Smith?" (Smith and Smith are authors of the textbook). For this type of ...
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Are terms best introduced in abstract or introduction or repeated in both?

I am writing a non experimental research paper in APA format. Should I define my terms in the abstract or in the intro or both?
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Where do I place citations

I'm writing a math paper using TexShop that is almost entirely original but I got help with a trig proof; I found a formula in a book that I improved upon, and then got help finding a number series ...
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When is it appropriate to wrap text around an image in a scientific paper?

I am working on a paper and the prescribed style dictates that we should use a single column of text; however, we have some relatively tall and thin images. If they are included in the paper in line ...
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Go to grad school or not? Help! [closed]

I'm having a hugely difficult time deciding on grad school. I'm almost 25 and I'm working for a non-profit, which I love, but I love the people and the mission... I'm not too passionate about the ...
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If I wanted to quote a joke from a website in verbatim in a formal academic essay, how would I do that?

The assignment is to evaluate humor in movies. I am unsure how to incorporate a joke quote in there. Would it be classified as plagiarism? Quote: “I have an Epi-Pen. My friend gave it to me as he ...
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How do I properly cite a research paper?

I know this question already has a similar answer but, please bear with me. I am writing my thesis and I realize there are cases I do not know how to properly cite, as illustrated in the following ...
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What are the advantages of writing a thesis with rMarkdown? [closed]

I think the question is self-explanatory but to add a bit of a background, I'll be starting my M.Sc. research quite soon and I want to create and maintain a workflow that allows me to devote my time ...
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The decoration of language in proposal writing [closed]

I am a newbie to proposal writing although have been writing research papers for several years. After the rejection of my first NSF proposal, I am becoming aware that the proposal language is quite ...
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How to overcome losing of appreciation for the work done during manuscript preparation?

As a fifth year PhD student, I am currently finalizing my manuscripts for submission having worked on them for over the past two years. However, everytime I am editing my manuscripts based on the ...
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Professional writing tips

I just started my post doc and currently writing a paper but I don't have any professional writing experience. Is there a learning curve or forums that can help with improving writing skills? E.g. I ...
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Advices for writing the research statement

I am writing my first research statement to apply for a faculty position. what are the most important parts to focus. I am thinking of dividing it into 3 sections. One for current Research, the second ...
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How to write about the history of a new line of research in a grant application?

I'm a Ph.D. student and my advisor has asked me to write a few paragraphs about the history and the existing literature of a relatively new line of research (the first paper on this topic was ...
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APA location/address of publisher vs location of conference

I need some clarification of the parameter location specified in the APA manual regarding papers published in the proceedings of conferences. Virtually all online data banks for papers that I came ...
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writing a brief description of yourself [closed]

I have just started my first job in a company as an engineer, I was asked to write a brief description of myself which will be sent to all the staffs. Could you please provide some template? how we ...
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How to avoid generalization? [closed]

One of the tips I learn when writing academic papers is to avoid generalizing, and by that, it means we, as writers, need to understand the difference between fact and opinion and try to express ...
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Does the related work section need to be strictly about other's work only?

I would like to clarify a writing style issue concerning separating related work from my own work: Does the related work section need to be strictly about other work only? Or may you also explicitly ...
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APA reference same author, one dated, one not dated: which order? [closed]

If I have the same author twice in my reference list, and one work is dated and the other is not, which comes first in the list? E.g.: Lastname, F., (n.d.). Title [etc.] Lastname, F., (2019). ...
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Remarks/Comments inside a translation

I'm currently writing up my Masters Dissertation and in one of my sections I have translated an article that was written in German. To the best of my knowledge no current translation of this specific ...
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How to refer to the empirical study involved in the thesis?

Should I always refer to it as "the empirical study of/ involved in this thesis"? I found it too lengthy when I need to refer to it frequently in the thesis. Is there another shorter term to refer to ...
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Credit for republished writing

I recently had an essay published in a semi-academic journal. It was widely shared and consequently got picked up by a few other online magazines who republished it. How do I list this on a CV? As ...

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