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Academic advisor asks me to rewrite text (too?) many times

I have to write a report about my academic progress every year, upload it in my university account (before May 15) and schedule a meeting with my thesis committee (before May 31). I started working on ...
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In which section of a paper/thesis to report tercile split and dummy coding of variable? [closed]

I'm writing my thesis in psychological research. On one variable I did a tercile split because in other empirical work it is often done so and literature says that most likely there will be effects on ...
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In which section to introduce control variables in thesis?

In a master's thesis in psychology, in which section should I introduce the control variables used in analyses? The rationale for the inclusion of control variables in my study was based on prior ...
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Help me with my motivation letter [closed]

What tips could you give for my motivation letter? I’m a 2nd yaer from Gaza who couldn’t continue. So I’m trying to write a motivation letter to apply for universities abroad and start from 0. What ...
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How to find a co-author for a paper I can’t complete?

I am writing a mathematical paper, and I have been able to complete 2/3 of the paper’s main proof. However, I have been stuck with the last third for more weeks than I can count, and I am getting to ...
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Should I include papers in a literature review that might overshadow my own results?

I'm composing a literature review on the use of air bubbling carriers in direct contact membrane distillation. I've encountered various papers with promising findings, some of which might overshadow ...
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"Inaccurate Content in Literary Analysis"

I've received a couple of literary analyses that quotes dialogue and refers to events in the short story that literally doesn't occur. How does one evaluate such submissions?
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How to write a paper with word count limit? [closed]

What your preferred approach to writing a paper with a word count limit? The two obvious approach are to Try to write so that you don't exceed the word limit in the first place write however you want,...
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Should the information within a caption be repeated into the main text?

My understanding is that a caption should be here to help someone read a caption independently from the text (without reading the paper/book/etc for example). This question answers whether a long ...
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Do you write about known code bugs in your publications?

I am a PhD candidate working with a large computer code (my code plus others, well over 100,000 lines). I am starting to realize that the code will always have bugs in it, no matter what I do. I'm in ...
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Writing a B.Sc. thesis with only failed results

I'm writing my B.Sc thesis about analysing coin cell batteries that I made by hand. Most of them give off voltage when I test them with a multimeter, but when I try to do a formation cycle I get bad ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

A friend of mine teaches German at a university outside the EU and has observed a rise of the quality of essays written by students, comparing the same years of study: first-year students now compared ...
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What opportunities are there to write casual articles in math?

I am wondering how to find good opportunities in editorials that publish work to educate younger readers and invite them to be curious about mathematics. For context, I have recently produced many ...
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Question about making footnotes for material taken from a class handout that has original sources

This is my first time writing a paper that requires footnotes, and in the instructions the professor has stated he wants the exact reference when we use materials from one of his class handouts. An ...
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Researchers nowadays communicate via screens, not papers. LaTeX is not the right tool to write for screens. Why is it still the go-to for writing?

Web format is interactive, easily to read on the phone, and the editors are as WYSIWYG like Word, but as customizable as LaTeX. Learning HTML/JS is much more useful than learning LaTeX. (Searching ...
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My footnotes are too long and too many due to my anxiety. How to shorten/reduce them?

I am a historian and I have noticed over the last few years that my footnotes have become too long. It goes so far that for a recent article manuscript the word count of my footnotes is only slightly ...
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How many related concepts should I try to fit into a research article?

When writing a journal article, I've noticed I have a habit of name-dropping concepts that are related to my argument. This has the benefit of increasing the links between my paper and other research, ...
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Etiquette regarding mathematical writing

This is a question about etiquette regarding writing mathematical papers, but I feel like this venue is more appropriate than MathOverflow (though I could be mistaken). The question is as follows: If ...
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How to Properly Reference Equation Steps from Source X in Your Work?

I want to avoid writing something like: However, calculating the variable X and solving this equation requires iteration using the Newton-Raphson method [22, p. 45][15, p. 152]: "equation" &...
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What is the verb for first-authorship?

I am helping someone write his CV. In the publications section, he wrote the following. Authored an article titled "Dense Neural Network ... Now, he was the first/main author for said article. ...
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Seeking Guidance on Comparing Algorithm Performance Metrics in Research Compilation

I am currently working on a research problem where the existing literature proposes an algorithm that is tested on data generating 100,000 integer values within the range of 0 to 20. The common ...
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May have embellished my CV and resume by mistake after I was admitted to MA and Ph.D programs. Could either of my degrees be revoked? [duplicate]

I am a doctoral candidate in a Ph.D program right now. I reviewed my old resumes recently to see if there was anything relevant I could include from undergrad (as I am about to graduate with my Ph.D ...
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Publishing in a field that I am not an expert in

To give you some backstory, there is a particular publically-available hospital dataset that has been published about by other groups. I have recently come up with a novel machine learning method for ...
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ChatGPT-alike for local abundant PDFs

I have a lot of PDF files collected using such tools as Mendeley or Zotero (thousands of files). I want to use ChatGPT-like to ask questions based on these PDF files (for example: "What is the ...
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Problems evaluating a system with unexplainable results

I am writing a master's thesis in a Machine Learning domain. I created a system and I am now testing it. I designed most of my system while validating on benchmark set A. The results are good and ...
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A name for the subsection about the paper structure

If one wants to have a separate name for the subsection which goes like, 'Section 2 is dedicated to... In Section 3, we discuss... Finally, in Section 4...', then what is the best option? "...
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Asking professor about extending word limit for term paper

I'm currently in my 3rd semester of my Bachelors program and have to write a term paper with a word range of 4000 words ± 5-10%. I'll be writing about Zero‑Trust Network Architectures and the way they ...
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Do most conference papers get written last minute?

When I began my PhD (in a STEM field; somewhat relevant), I had heard from a few people that most papers in my field get written at the last minute. I kind of took that as a personal quirk that those ...
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how to indicate permission when reusing a figure from a published study [duplicate]

This is a follow-up to my previous question regarding the inclusion of a figure in my grant proposal. I followed the necessary steps and obtained permission, which was granted free of charge. I ...
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using a simple figure in a published paper in a grant proposal

I want to use a figure from a published paper (in a Wiley journal) in a grant proposal. Since the raw data is not available, I have directly copy-pasted the image of the figure. In addition to ...
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Can I provide citations in the abstract of a project proposal [duplicate]

I am writing a project proposal for the first time but I am in dilemma whether I should add the citation in the abstract as well or not. Any suggestions?
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How to shorten references [duplicate]

How to shorten the reference format to maximum one line per reference so that it fits to the guidelines. I have already used APA format. But is there any other format for doing so?
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Should I decline a PhD offer due to writing problems?

I finished my masters with a good GPA, it is an 4.0 equivalent to US grading system. However, I know that a PhD is heavily related to writing a lot and writing is by far the most important thing in ...
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Which software can check on false references and incorrect citation on student papers?

I'm a TA at a medium-sized university in Asia, and as part of my routine, I randomly review student papers before using Turnitin for plagiarism checks. During these reviews, I've come across numerous ...
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How to write a good introduction for a software package in a paper?

There are several algorithms in my research area, and I'm the first to implement them all together in a R package with Rcpp. I'm working on a paper in which I'd like to compare those algorithms as ...
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Conference paper collaboration problem, course of action

A while ago I presented at a conference where a recent PhD gave a presentation co-authored with his professor. The talk, which was about a topic similar to that of my own talk, was good. The presenter ...
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In a small dissertation text of 3 or 4 pages, is it possible to divide the text into sections and/or subchapters?

I'm going to do a public contest whose proof is a dissertation text. To better organize ideas and present them clearly, I intend to divide them into a few sections. However, if they reject the text ...
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Does it make sense to send fanmail to scientists whose works I enjoyed? How to make it make sense? [duplicate]

While writing my PhD I've come across some writings that were OUTSTANDINGLY well written, handy and helpful. Obviously I cited them, but as I understand, thesis citations aren't counted by various ...
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If you introduce an abbreviation/acronym in the abstract, should you reintroduce it in the introduction to be safe? [duplicate]

For instance, say I introduce the term "macular degeneration" in the abstract and follow it with (MD) to establish the abbreviation. Should I just use (MD) from then on, including in the ...
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MSc Dissertation - Model may have been flawed from the start, how do I deal with writing about it?

I'm currently writing my MSc dissertation for an MSc in Artificial Intelligence. My university allocates a 3-month period for the whole project. At this point in the project, I realised my reasoning ...
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Writing a six-year individual (group leader) research proposal (in machine learning)

I am planning to apply for a young research group leader grant. (Specifically: the DFG Emmy Noether program.) This is for a six-year funding period, including funding for myself as a group leader and ...
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Can a statement of interest be a narrative storytelling kind of style?

I'm doing this for a program. More specific is the prompt here: Share why you want to serve on this committee! Your statement of interest should describe your background, knowledge, and any ...
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What's the proper name for the section of a research paper introduction where you propose a method? Not to be confused with actual Methods section

I realize there are many ways to structure an introduction. This research paper's introduction has 3 sections: Background and Significance, Relevant Literature, and a third section where I actually ...
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What are the correct English tenses in a manuscript?

The following examples are representative situations in scientific writing. I hope to understand whether there are any preferred or correct tenses, and whether there are grammatical reasons and ...
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Co-author uses ChatGPT for academic writing - is it ethical?

I am writing a paper with a co-author. I spent a considerable amount of time (several months) writing a first draft of the paper. I then sent it to co-author asking them to revise the draft and add ...
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Interpretation and compliance with IEEE guidelines regarding the use of AI-generated text in research papers

I am in the process of submitting a research paper to an IEEE journal. While going through the submission guidelines, I came across the following instruction: The use of artificial intelligence (AI)–...
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Do spelling changes count as translations for citations when using different English dialects?

Please assume I have a direct quote that contains: "found in the neighborhood". I wish to use this as a direct quote in my paper. My spelling checker flagged on "neighbourhood" ...
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On the merit of text-to-speech system during manuscript writing [closed]

Background - I am an educative staff in an university. In my country, there is not a tenure system, but I can work here until the specified retired age. I am suffering from every kind of ...
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how to avoid procrastination of writing manuscript?

Let me ask an academician who knows lifehacks well. I'm thinking of ways to avoid the following vicious cycle related to writing manuscripts. Go straight to one's keyboard or terminal → people can't ...
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Software Citation APA 7 - RStudio and Qualtrics

As part of my social psychology academic research paper, I have difficulty finding information about Software citations. I used the 'R Studio' IDE to do the statistical analysis, and used 'Qualtrics' ...
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