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Checklist-style advice on scientific presentations/essays that review literature [closed]

I am looking for one resource each for short, easily actionable advice on giving a presentation, writing a scientific essay, either of which reviews the literature rather than presenting original ...
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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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offline education or online education [closed]

I am in the final year of my high school. as we know the covid-19 pandemic has shift education online. I am taking part in a interschool debate competion ovr topic is online education vs pffline ...
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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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Writing an Original State of the Art Section When There Are Recent (Meta-)Surveys for the Topic

Problem In many fields, it is customary that every paper has a section describing the state of the art of the field, to give a background and show familiarity with related works. While sometimes, this ...
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How important is it to cite the earliest report of something?

As a general rule I try to put in some due diligence to cite the authors who first provided strong evidence of something that I'm referencing, even if I wasn't aware of their work before I started ...
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Should I send an addendum/erratum due to single error in sign?

I was reading my own paper published in 2018 and I noticed that in one of the sections I wrote "<" instead ">" to indicate greater than or greater value, although the ...
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In a paper with a co-author who contributed one part (say, computer implementation), where should the contributions of the authors be outlined?

If I write a paper, and another person provides a computer program that visualizes the idea, where should I mention the roles of the authors? Is the "acknowledgements" section appropriate ...
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In a paper whose I am the sole author, should I use “I” or “we”? [duplicate]

When writing a paper whose I am the sole author, should I use "I" or "we" when referring myself?
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Is a higher amount of literature cited in an essay generally seen as better?

I'm a postgraduate M.Sc. student at a university studying math. Currently I need to write some essay/assignment (about 10 pages) for a seminar where we revisit already published work and describe it ...
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What to do when your idea turns out to be an old one

I learned yesterday that an idea (let's call it Idea A) I came up with on my own and that will appear in a paper I'm writing actually appeared in a paper 15 years ago. (My field is math, I'm a PhD ...
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Is “flowery language” frowned upon in engineering and STEM related research?

I work in an engineering field (related to AI, machine learning, etc.) and something I found interesting is whenever I use "big words" or even long words like "substantiate" or &...
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Plagiarism and credible sources

Plagiarism is the reuse of other's materials without proper credit and acknowledgement [1] Credible sources are vaguely defined, but it can be attributed to verifiable facts in the literature [2] I ...
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Can I, when writing a book, make use of a physical model made up by someone else? [closed]

Currently, I'm writing a book about everything from A to Z [physics, the science of the brain, AI, many more scientific topics, the "philosophy" (the workings) of the sciences, economy, the ...
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How to properly describe future works in Master's Thesis?

I have developed an application for the Master's Thesis. It provides enough functionality for demonstration purposes and to explain the workings of it. However, many other areas (some major, some ...
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How do I handle inaccessible DOIs when citing papers?

When writing a paper, it's not that seldom, that I want to cite papers where a DOI is given but cannot be accessed (anymore). Quite frequently, the corresponding DOI is also presented within the PDF ...
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How to evaluate an implementation Master's Thesis in Evaluation chapter?

I am writing a Master's Thesis where I developed an application. The application was developed after the study of another similar application. My application does things differently but the principle ...
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Standard recommendations and steps for writing introductory books [closed]

Suppose I plan to write an introduction to, say, statistics that's intended both for self-learning and as a companion to a university course. Is there any standard advice about the following? ...
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Can I reference a result on a dataset without any research paper by that author as state of the art?

The best result on a given dataset has no trace in the form of research paper or any sort of analysis. We have no idea whose results were those, or what method was created. Some competition was held,...
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Can I suggest the authors to hire professional writer for scientific paper as a reviewer during second review? [duplicate]

I have reviewed a scientific paper and suggested a major revision. They corrected it but still, I think the language quality is not standard. In this case, can I ask the authors to hire a professional ...
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How can I communicate that the word limit prevents you from elaborating something in an essay?

Let's posit: You're a university student. I don't posit degree level; you can be undergraduate or postgraduate. You must not overstep the essay's word limit, whatever it is. You lose marks if you ...
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Which could be considered an appropriate number of self-citations?

I am currently writing a paper that cites other works authored by me. I was wondering which percentage of self-citations is recommendable in a journal paper.
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Does a glossary make sense in a computer science masters' thesis

This question was first asked on writing, a user pointed me at this site. I am currently writing my master thesis in computer science, more specifically on voice activity detection, a sub-area of ...
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Is there a way to see which papers have used a particular R package?

I'm a new user of an R package (tidy text mining) and I'd like to see what papers have used this package as examples for the kind of things I can do with it. Is there a way to do this?
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I've collected years of data using a defective piece of equipment. How to salvage my thesis and graduate?

I'm writing my thesis for an Engineering PhD. Our department has a tool for measuring trace metals (an ICP-OES) that I was supposed to use to collect my data. Unfortunately this equipment proved to be ...
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Which section of a research paper is best to state that results also depend on equipment used?

I have written a paper with some interesting results. However, I would like to add one or two sentences that draw the attention of the reader to the fact that the results also depend on the ...
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Would it be alright to break down the Acknowledgements into sections?

Would it be alright to break down the acknowledgements of a thesis into a few small sections with individual section headings? For example: Academic and Professional Acknowledgements Personal ...
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How do you make sure you don't plagiarize unintentionally?

Forgive my complete newbieness, but I truly don't to know the answer to this question. If you decide to write a scientific paper for possible publication in a conference/journal (in engineering, for ...
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Any tips for preventing perfectionism when it comes to notetaking?

This is a slightly seperate question from before. I was curious on hearing any tips from the community regarding: Preventing perfectionism when it comes to notetaking? It can be trying to make the ...
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Over-taking notes due to: 1) copying sentences in textbook + 2) trying to fit new understandings in previous notes which just makes things messy

So I've been having issues lately on note-taking. Written below is a slight stream of consciousness on what I have been doing, my struggles, and potential solutions (I'd like to know about your ...
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Recommendation for creating a graphical timeline representation [closed]

Can anyone recommend a site / program / software for sketching and creating a graphical timeline representation. In need of it for a paper.
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Mailing professor to inquire about his research paper [closed]

I want to ask some questions to a professor about his recently developed model. Is writing Inquiry Regarding XXX Model as email subject good?
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PhD advisor does not correct my writing: how can I get feedback?

My PhD advisor did not provide any kind of feedback or correction on my writing for the manuscript we recently submitted. My writing is good for a PhD student but for sure far from perfect. Yet the ...
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Colleague blames me for not spotting typos when I only reviewed the structure and content

I am a graduate student (PhD) in a STEM program. A fellow lab mate of mine asked me to review a chapter (basically the background/history of their project) of their graduate thesis a couple months ...
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Difference between 'Related work' and 'comparison methods' sections?

I have a method and I want to compare this with some existing ones. To my understanding, these existing methods can be regarded as 'Comparison methods'. But where should I briefly describe these ...
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The right way to do academic writing [duplicate]

I am doing PhD in IT I have Bsc in Math (there wasn't writing in my study) and my masters was course based not research. Today I got my paper returned with many comments some of these comments are (...
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How to improve English quality of my paper? [duplicate]

I am in phase of writing 2nd paper. Previous paper is rejected. The one of the main objection in previous paper was English quality. As English is not my native language and reviewers only say "there ...
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Adding a short example after explaining the part of the method

I am writing my paper's (social science) methodology part and it consists of several steps that I express mathematically. However, I have a feeling that one of the steps might be better explained if I ...
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How to write the data section when data is reused from a previous work?

I am writing a paper where I am using the same dataset that was used in the previous work which I co-authored. I have written the data and the methodology part of that paper. In the new paper I am ...
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What should I write in the preface of my master's thesis [closed]

Please note that my guide abandoned me and I am studying and preparing my masters thesis myself. There is no help from any faculty in my department as they can not bother, as they are not guide. ...
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Is my text lacking of citations?

I've started my Masters in Computer Science this year and i'm facing some questions about citations. Papers and dissertations i've seen so far have a lot of citations even for the most basic subjects. ...
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File naming conventions when sending file back and forth via email?

I often edit a manuscript draft with co-authors by sending drafts of a document back and forth via email. Depending on who I am working with, cloud-based solutions to working collaboratively are not ...
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Where to get a basic introduction to a science subject published legitimately? [closed]

I have a high school to undergraduate level introduction written for methods and applications of a particular science topic (~5000 words with tables and schematic, like a book chapter). My goal is ...
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Do I cite both sources in the following scenario?

When you have sources X and Y that are similar in content/relay similar ideas, but only choose to use source X in an essay, and then summarize/paraphrase source X, but have source Y on your mind while ...

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