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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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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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How to write final thesis [bachelor]? [on hold]

I have several questions about final thesis writing. How to find a problem? for example my final thesis topic is Marketing Which and where articles/books I can choose and use for writing? or can I ...
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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,...
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If I have a list of abbreviation at the beginning of a paper, do I still need to give the full word when I first mention the term in paper?

Do I still need to write e.g. "willingness to pay (WTP)" when there is already a list of abbreviations containing WTP at the beginning of my paper?
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How to cite when I want to use a direct quote in the same sentence as an in-text citation with no parenthesis in APA?

For example, I want to describe a paper with a direct quote from it. Would this be OK: Pieters and Wedel (2007) “revealed goal control of attention even during a few seconds of self-paced ad ...
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Is it preferable to cite the dissertation or a publication based on the dissertation?

I'm currently in the process of writing a literature review for a methodology and I came across two relevant works by the same author. The first is their dissertation which includes expanded details ...
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What tools do you use to manage writing co-authored papers? [duplicate]

What tools do you use to manage co-authored papers? This is similar to questions active 4 years ago and 5 years ago. I assume tech has changed since then. Co-authored projects I have been on have ...
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Quoting instrument prices in a scientific paper

I’m writing my first scientific paper as a PhD student and it’s a comparison of 6 different instruments that measure precipitation. The instruments differ massively in terms of cost, and their ...
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Can I have two system models in the same paper, for the same research?

I am writing a paper in the field of telecommunication. I would distribute my paper into two parts. In the first (more general) part, the system performance for all mobile-phone towers is considered. ...
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Should I cite a really bad research paper published in my small research area?

I am working on a special topic in applied math. We are trying to explore a new and largely unexplored area in our line of research. Our hope is to be the first researchers to have solid results in ...
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The best way to refer readers to other paper(s) for more details

Sometimes you need to refer readers to a reference for more details about a subject. I wonder what is the best way to accomplish this. Or if there is a specific way to do it for scientific papers that ...
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Using present tense in the evaluation section of a paper

Many scientific papers (at least in computer science) use present tense in the evaluation section to describe the setting of the evaluation (e.g., "In our experiments we use dataset A.)". Wouldn't ...
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How to improve scientific writing skills?

What do you do to write better proposals, grants, and papers? Do you think reading books about how to write scientific content is a good way to improve it?
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How to deal with poor scientific articles that seemingly reached the right conclusion?

I am writing a paper and some of our findings validate the conclusions from an already published peer-reviewed article in a respected journal. We also find things that differ. However the authors of ...
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How to write large numbers in a scientific thesis?

I know the rule of thumb is to write out numbers 1–10 in words but what if the number has a decimal (i.e 3.4 million)? And if I write it as 3.4 million don’t I have to write the other numbers, for ...
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How can I provide proof that my paper has been proofread by a native speaker?

I have submitted my manuscript to a journal. After several weeks the editor sent me the comments of two reviewers. The editor said that "the authors should provide proof that the paper has been ...
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Methods section and location of materials

This is probably an irrelevant question but curious to know because I couldn't find answers. What city, state, or country should one use when listing reagents or materials in the methods section? ...
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How to write formal letter for PhD after completion of MS

I have recently defended my MS thesis and want to continue as a Ph.D. student in the same department. Department secretary told me that I have to write a formal letter. When I asked her what things do ...
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Describing speculative challenges for a new method in a paper

When presenting a new method in a paper and you don't have any/sufficient empirical evidence of the limitations, what is the best way to introduce speculative challenges and potential mitigations? I'...
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How common is it for academics to write fiction?

I have submitted a few papers to academic journals. I love writing non-fiction articles and long form "literary" non-fiction. I also would love to write at least one novel. None of my fiction is ...
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Can I copy parts of a glossary verbatim in my thesis?

My thesis uses domain language of a (software) project that needs to be precisely defined because those words are ambiguous in the "natural" English language. This software project hosts a glossary ...
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How can I get useful feedback when collaborating on research proposals?

I'm pleased to be working on grant applications and ethics applications with my supervisors. I willingly contribute however I can - either they assign me bits to work on, or I suggest how I can help. ...
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What constitutes an academic publication for people in the Creative Writing field?

Based on my observation, Creative Writing degree programs seem to be heavily focused on learning a few timeless principles of storytelling followed by the production of a massive portfolio of stories (...
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Are you supposed to disclose all stimuli that your participants have been exposed to?

I am a master student in psychology in the US. I performed a study in which the participants had to read a story and should recall it afterwards. Now I am writing a manuscript where I only analyze ...
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How to convey your main idea in a research paper?

I am a PhD student in computer science (theory). I am currently writing a research paper. It is a short paper consisting of about 7-8 pages. I have written it two time and have taken few advice from ...
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Can I start writing my PhD thesis from the second year?

I'm going to enter my second year in my PhD after two months from now. I start to think that I can write some chapters from now instead of waiting until the fourth year. This would help me to finish ...
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Using “we” in mathematical reports

Recently, I have submitted an early draft of a report summarising the results of a year-long project at my university, to my advisor for review. We have met up for a review of the paper, and he ...
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Research paper feedback: “interesting idea but does not add scientific value”

Where is the border line between a novel, creative work and work that is of scientific value? I have received reviewer comments like: the ideas are creative and interesting but work adds little ...