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Academic writing is intended for a critical and informed audience, based on closely investigated knowledge, and posits ideas or arguments.

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Hyperbole language [on hold]

I received feedback from my tutor saying that my use of “in other words” was hyperbole. My understanding of hyperbole is that it’s exaggerated language. How is “in other words” an exaggeration?
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How to deal with my PhD supervisors rudely critiquing all my draft papers?

I'm a PhD candidate in biology about three semesters in. I am co-advised by two young married principal investigators (PIs), who are just about to get tenure. Things were going great initially, as I ...
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I have 3 months to submit my PhD thesis. What should be my strategy be like?

I am going to write a manuscript based thesis. It will be having 4 manuscripts as chapters 3,4,5,6. Chapters 1 and 2 will be introduction and literature review. While 7 will be on conclusions. Now, I ...
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Do I need to cite a chemical formula?

I want to include the chemical change that occurs when calcium carbonate is heated within the background section of the thesis I'm writing. I've seen it included in other's work on the topic, but I ...
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Are good writers are good theoreticans? [closed]

I am Ph.D student works in theoretical computer science (algebra). I will be graduating next year. I have been able to publish 2 paper currently writing a paper. Idea's are comming into my mind these ...
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How to get back to STEM phD thesis after a long break?

If one had to interrupt writing the phD-thesis (for various reasons, that don't belong here): What is a good strategy to get back and finish the thesis? The writing would take place while working on ...
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How to write papers efficiently when English isn't my first language?

I am a PhD student from China. I can read papers relatively fast and get the main point. The problem is that I cannot write efficiently. I don't know how to express myself or I forget the appropriate ...
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How to find an editor for a statistics book?

I am writing and self-publishing a book on statistics. More specifically, it is titled "The general linear model: Assumptions, violations and remedies (or what to do wen your dependent variable won't ...
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How to use over 40 book references in one single thesis?

It is a problem of methodology, I don't know how to contain all these books in my draft. Am I supposed to summarize them, critic them or to analyze them? Am I supposed to refer to every writer of ...
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How to cite ebooks that have no pagination in intext cittion in MLA7?

I'm writing my dissertation and the novel I'm working on is an ebook. I tried looking for the paperback, but the English version is not available in my country. I tried checking on the web but all ...
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How to refer to a methodology that consists of jumping from reference to reference?

I got a paper accepted for a data science conference. It has a more "philosophical" tone and does not talk about any concrete method from data science, but more about how data science should be ...
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Is is okay to write “awarded” when the selected list is released online, but final offer yet to receive?

Is it okay if I write in letter/e-mail, the following? "I have been awarded recently ..." when the final selected list for the award is published online, but the actual award offer letter is yet to ...
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Are literature reviews necessary for journal articles?

A journal states that literature reviews should be 5000-8000 words, but mine is 10k. Should I omit the literature review and only state the problem?
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Do authors have to be politically correct in article-writing?

My colleagues and I have recently submitted an article in a biology-oriented journal about a new technological system. While describing the interaction between the different modules of the system, we ...
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Experience with paid English grammar and style software for writing papers?

I'm looking to suggest to our institute to invest in a paid software for helping writing, along the lines of Grammarly Premium, Antidote 10 or something similar. Does anyone have any experience with ...
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Resubmitting a Paper to a Mathematics Journal After Questionable Rejection

Summary I have recently submitted a paper to a fairly prestigious journal in my subfield of mathematics, along with a co-author. I am a junior author, but my co-author is well-established. It's not ...
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Limitations of method and evaluation

A (master) thesis about the development and assessment of an algorithm has some limitations. The method chapter is organized as follows: Algorithm Description Simulated Scenarios Evaluation method ...
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How acceptable is it to ask a professor a question such as “so you think it's justifiable to take points off my proof for this?”? [closed]

TLDR: Professor apparently only takes at most one look at a student's answer to determine correctness, doesn't award full marks kind of unfairly (clarifications below), is offended by hearing the ...
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In the absense of writing experience in my target field, how do I find assignments and evaluate them?

A while ago I posted a question wondering if a CS major would be accepted into a Political Science MSc programme and it turned out possible. I am starting next October. My goal is now to get into an ...
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PhD Advisor is lying about funding and doesn't write their own grants

I am currently enrolled in a science research PhD study in Canada. I am co-supervised by 2 people in different fields. The problem is that I started my PhD ~1.5 years ago and was told that there was ...
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Referencing a report chapter using Mendeley

I am not sure when referencing a specific report chapter in Mendeley, do I select book chapter from the drop down menu and fill the information in since there is no report chapter in the selection? ...
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How to write your research work in simple way [duplicate]

I am a PhD student works in the theoretical computer science. I am facing a difficulty while I have to write my work in a good manner. I try to write but when other students, collegues read my drafts ...
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see/cf. followed by e.g. / for example

Consider the following sentences: foo is bar (see, for example, baz). foo is bar (see, e.g., baz). foo is bar (cf. for example baz). foo is bar (cf. e.g., baz). Which of these are valid to use, and ...
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Convince coauthors of reducing self-citations

I am writing a paper jointly with coauthors from another research group. In their contributions to the paper they include a lot of self-citations, many of which are (in my opinion) irrelevant. How ...
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Thesis: including an information not officially accepted (legal issue)

In the preface of my thesis, I have written an information that involves me, my supervisor, and my university, in a project driven by a government agency. I say in the preface that I have designed the ...
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How to reference to a statement that itself is referenced by a paper other than original paper? [duplicate]

When I read a statement in a paper that is itself derived from another paper, how should I reference it when I use it in my own article? Should I reference the original article or the second article, ...
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Writing sample for Economics PhD: empirical or literature review

I am applying for an Economics PhD and I need to submit a writing sample of 2,000 words. I am planning to take an extract from an article I published, but I am unsure about whether I should take the ...
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What are good platforms for collaborative writing with multiple senior authors with limited technical background?

I am taking part in a project that involves several authors with so many back and forth in writing. I am curious to know what usually are digital platforms or role of thumbs in term of managing ...
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Introducing similar topic in two papers

I've already published a paper on a topic (let's call it topic A). In that paper I reserved a chapter/section right after the introduction to introduce a topic C that is important to understand before ...
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How to improve the skill at storytelling and paper writing? [closed]

I have come to see a comment on twitter: "If you define “good ML paper” as “ML paper accepted at NeurIPS/ICML/etc” then writing a good ML paper is probably much more about how skilled you are at ...
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How to write a PhD thesis in three months? [closed]

I am planning to write a thesis in three months. How to be more organised towards writing and get the first draft ready in three months? Has anyone written the first draft of the thesis in three ...
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How to Use a Result Already Under Review in Another Paper?

This may apply to any mathematical scientists. I am working on a paper, which (as far as I can tell) needs a result that I obtained. The result needed is a part of another paper of mine that is ...
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Advice on writing a research paper in a less time

I am a PhD student works in theory of computer science. I am worried about the timing, I have taken in writing a one paper.In last semester, I have few ideas, I told those idea to my supervisor then ...
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Properly cite a document from the WHO assembly

I want to cite a document from this years WHO World Health Assembly. The document in question can be found by clicking on "Main Documents" on their page and then selecting the document with the title ...
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More or less sections/subsections in a journal article?

When writing an academic paper, sections help organize the paper and make it more navigable for the reader. I can imagine a number of pros/cons of having more or less sections in a paper, but I'm not ...
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Italicization of mathematical symbols: quantity symbols vs units symbols

The SI conventions state that variables and quantity symbols should be italicized, while unit symbols should be roman (see, e.g., this useful reference/cheat sheet). For example, Here the proton ...
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Can I reuse parts of a chapter from a text book in my thesis?

This question is related to this one. Only this time it's not about a journal paper but a chapter in a text book. I am first author of the chapter in the text book that was published by a renowned ...
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When writing a literature review, more specifically writing a summary for a source, is the use of quotes frowned upon versus paraphrasing?

Whereas I normally paraphrase information when I use a source for my literature review, I occasionally insert quotes (not to emphasize the information within the quote). All the reviews I've looked at ...
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How to decide on what citation format to use when writing on legal history?

I am an amateur historian who is considering writing a book about the history of Treason in the United States. I have a dilemma with how to format citations. The book, by nature of being history of ...
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What tense should we use when referring to a paper or experiments from other researchers?

While writing the literature review section, I am confused about which tense should I use (past, present perfect, or present) while referring to other people's work. I understand that established ...
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Correct use of abbreviation [closed]

I am writing a scientific paper and I introduced the abbreviaton: Underfloor heating system (UFH). Can I now use UFH to talk about the underfloor heating system or do I have to write: UFH system? I ...
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Scientific character in tech related bachelor thesis [closed]

So I am currently on the task to find a question or specific topic for my bachelor thesis. The field I am looking in is the micro service approach. There are few topics I consider writing about, e.g. ...
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Is it okay to cite the same source in two consecutive sentences?

I am writing a paper (about the usage of renewable energies) and I have the following sentences: "In 2016, wind and PV contributed about 12% of Europe's electricity supply [SOURCE1]. A study carried ...
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Why is my motivation letter not successful? [closed]

I have applied for several PhD positions but I was never able to reach to even interview stage. Now I wonder if my motivation letter is strong enough or not. I have written the following letter for a ...
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How to use “can” or “could” when referring to a methodology?

If I say "This methodology can/could be used in the research in this area, e.g. (the relevant paper)", should I use can? If no examples is given, should I use could? (to emphasize possibility?)
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Is it OK to use “/” in scientific writing?

For example, would it be OK to write: Many of these articles belong to School of Thought A and/or School of Thought B. What about the other cases in general just to replace "or" with "/"? E.g. This ...
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Is it a good idea to spend one year on a pre-PhD diploma to learn advance research methods?

I am recently graduated with a degree of MS in Physics. I am very interested in condensed matter physics, that is why I chose a topic from this field for my MS thesis. But it was very hard for me to ...
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How to italicize technical which is explained in Introduction but defined in another section later according to APA?

I am currently writing a paper, which starts with an "Introduction" which is followed by a "Definition" section. I plan to briefly explain a technical term in "Introduction" and define it more ...
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How can we measure the subjectivity in the scientific papers? [closed]

The subjective decisions come up many times in the process of paper writing/doing research. These decisions' consequences are added up at the end. I didn't find research that would actually measure ...
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How to properly write a brand, corporations in my report?

I have a lab report where I have to show my results using PSpice simulation software. I take screenshots from my screen to illustrate my results and paste those images inside my report. Below a figure,...