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Questions about the tones, turns of phrase and other writing patterns that are appropriate for writing in an academic context.

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How to mention a coding style guide in thesis or scientific text

Is there a best practice where or how to introduce a style guide inside a thesis? (Meant is a style guide for programming languages) I write a scientific text which contains some code samples. My ...
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Main result in the first figure

I am planning to submit my paper to a journal. But as I circulate my draft paper to my student peer, one of them ask me why I put my main result in the very first figure. I was silent without any ...
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When referring to a gender-neutral entity in a paper such as an "agent", what pronouns and conjugation style should I use nowadays? [migrated]

I'm writing a theoretical (control theory) paper. I'm not a native English speaker and I need guidance about the following. Often, the subject of my sentences is "an agent", or "...
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How to write two different proofs for the same theorem?

I am writing a research paper in mathematics. I am proving a theorem. I have two proofs for the same statement i.e., the theorem. I want to embed both proofs. How should I do this? Do I make it two ...
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Meaning of "cosupervisor"

I graduated under the supervision of two professors, one of whom acted as main supervisor. To indicate this, I wrote the following sentence: "I graduated under the supervision of Prof. A and the ...
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How should I quote a translation that includes brackets from the translator?

I would like to use a quotation of a translation. However the translation contains bracketed material inserted by the translator (a gloss?). What should I do with the bracketed material since brackets ...
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Academic Papers - Language Translation and Writing Standards

I'm an undergraduate student, and I've been reading various academic papers for a Computer Security module I'm currently taking. Occasionally I run into papers with very strange/difficult to read ...
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Past or present tense, when reporting results?

There are several questions about tense use in paper writing. My question is specific to the results section. What tense should it be used when reporting the results of the paper itself? "Two ...
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What questions should be answered in a paper by sections?

I am trying to find a way to "systematize" the writing process of a paper by answering questions in each section of the paper. I am thinking of an example with the following sections (which ...
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What are some examples of research papers that are very generally viewed as "well-written"? [closed]

What are some examples of research papers that are very generally viewed as "well-written"? And by "generally" I refer to something which is not dependent so much on "...
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Do people intentionally make papers shorter in order to avoid grammar or reference errors?

Does anyone intentionally make papers shorter in order to avoid grammar or reference errors? I've pondered this, because it seems like it could be a good strategy. However it may come with pitfalls, ...
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acceptance of precision in research papers [closed]

I am implementing a few numerical examples in MATLAB, and I am getting some solutions in which instead of getting exact value 0, I am getting a very small number, such as $10^{-6}$. This seems to be a ...
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Use of casual writing in scholarship applications

I'm reviewing a scholarship essay for a younger cousin. In the essay, she has taken a tone that I would consider too "casual". I don't know if "casual" is the right word, but it is ...
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Should we capitalize the initials of an acronym in scientific papers?

Suppose we define an acronym in a scientific paper. Should we do it like this? (...) We call this approach the First Output Once (FOO) (...) Or like this? (...) We call this approach the first ...
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What is a Good Alternative to the Word "Novel" in Engineering Publications?

When writing papers for engineering conferences and journals, it is important to highlight how one's work is novel/new. I often find myself repeating the word "novel" is sentences such as: ...
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Should I use a uniform plot style in the charts of the same paper?

I plotted some of my charts with R's ggplot package and the other with Python's seaborn package so that there are relatively big differences in the plot style of those charts. I'm familiar with Python ...
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Should religious (or other kind of) titles be used when citing authors?

I'm writing an article that cites some scientific works of a religious sister. I noticed that some authors cite her works including the title "Sister", as in "Sister Surname [ref] was ...
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What should an academic disclosure statement look like [duplicate]

Nowadays journals require people to disclose conflicts of interest by submitting a disclosure statement. I wonder how this statement should be written. I found a lot of examples of disclosure ...
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How to include both acronym/abbreviation and citation for a technical term in the same sentence

I'm having a hard time with a writing issue. I'm trying to write a paper on time-frequency transforms. These typically have a well-known abbreviation/acronym, and also a reference for their origin, e....
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Rebuttal: directly address reviewers with "you"?

I'm writing a rebuttal (response to the reviewers) with a group of co-authors. Someone in this group changed all the formulations referencing the text of the review (e.g., "To address this point, ...
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When should I use capitalization in presentations? [closed]

I am always confused with should I capitalize something or not. Take the talk by Jeremy Avigad for instance, on page 8, he uses "Formal methods" and "Interactive theorem proving", ...
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Explaining an observation in thesis having no reasoning

During my machine learning master thesis, I came across some observation which increased accuracy of my result. For the observation, I am unable to find the theoretical justification. How to approach ...
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Is a nomenclature section really necessary in a scientific paper?

I was wondering if a nomenclature section is necessary, especially when you have described parameters in the body of the paper right after the formula. Personally, I don't think it is a good idea to ...
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What format do scientific research papers use? [duplicate]

I was wondering what kind of association format scientific researchers use to publish their work/papers. Is it MLA or APA? Which is more commonly used? If I wanted to write a research paper, on, say, ...
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Should we mention all the hypotheses in the results part in an academic paper?

Normally, in an academic paper, we can see that in the Hypothesis development section, researchers normally raise some hypotheses. For example: H1: A affects B After running empirical regression, I am ...
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How should we use possessive form in research paper?

In daily writing, I normally use the possessive form as "shareholders' wealth" or "firms' cash holding", but it seems that in research, I did not see people use the " ' " ...
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How to deal with a PhD advisor who makes mean comments?

I’m one year into my PhD program, and I recently drafted my first review article. I’m a native English speaker, and was often applauded for my writing during high school and college. My advisor made ...
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Using single letter aliases in APA style

Given a lettered list like this one: Because in simplified terms all the possible solutions to a problem can be categorized into two types: (a) a simple and fast solution, which will likely ...
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Overuse of i.e. and e.g

I got used to using 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' to give more details or give examples, but I have been told that I overuse them. When is it appropriate to remove them? When should I absolutely use them? I feel ...
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Choice of I vs we in job applications and grants

In mathematics, it is standard to use "we" instead of "I", even in single author papers. Is this the case for job and grant applications as well? For instance, suppose I wish to ...
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What is general style to write theorem and proof?

In the amsthm LaTeX package guide -written by the American Mathematical Society-, there are three default styles to write Theorem | Proposition | Lemma | Corollary | Definition | Example | Exercise | ...
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How to use the IMRAD paper structure correctly?

I am a little confused about the following structure which is now demanded by many journals: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion (IMRAD). It seems difficult to use. For example, equations. ...
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How do I justify studying an effect found in an underdeveloped country when it has been found and studied in developed countries? [closed]

I am finding it challenging to motivate my chapter, in particular, why I have to study for a behavioral effect that influences prices in a underdeveloped country, when it has been reported in other ...
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Why aren't more research papers/textbooks written in a "thought process" style?

This may be a weird question, but I often wonder why the default way of writing about a given methodology is describing the method as if it "fell out of the blue". Admittedly, not all ...
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What to use to denote numbered list with hierarchy in Academia (ie. numerals, alphabets, roman numerals) [closed]

Perhaps I'm missing the right search words/terms. I recall there was a way to use a numbered list and how to structure it's hierarchy but can't seem to find the recommended way on the internet. How ...
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Suitable citation style for dealing with many de-identified sources, interviews and personal correspondence?

Background: I am writing a paper analysing various organisations that I need to de-identify. For my analysis I need to cite three types of sources: Publicly available published works that identify ...
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Is it possible to follow notations/terminologies from a previously published article in a new paper without re-explaining them (in Computer Science)?

As I understood correctly, in the field of computer science, there is no "standard notation" in scientific publications for explaining various aspects of a computer system. Even though in ...
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Journal articles — Is it okay to break down the introduction in subsections?

I am writing an article for publication in a journal, and I couldn't find the answer here on Stack Exchange or in the journal guidelines. The field in question is electrical engineering. As I'm ...
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Notation of award length on CV

If you were to receive a 12 month award, say, starting 1 September 2021, what would be the best or preferred way to notate this on a CV? Would you write Sep 2021 - Aug 2022 or Sep 2021 - Sep 2022?
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Results presented in order not monotonous in importance

I am writing a paper in theoretical computer science about two closely related problems A and B and a variant of A which I call A'. I am now planning to order the results as follows: Solution to ...
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Writing an arXiv paper without "Introduction" or "related work" sections

Many conferences and journals demand that a paper must follow certain guidelines; otherwise the paper will not get accepted. For example: Writing introduction section Writing previous related work ...
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Where should I place the citation in this sentence?

I have the following sentence, where the citation refers to the first part of the sentence. Because of how it appears in the formatting of my paper, and how it reads, I would like to have the citation ...
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Is being a poor writer a serious impediment as a researcher? [duplicate]

Is being a poor writer a serious impediment as a researcher? I mean if you're particularly bad at writing reports and always get bad feedback as a student for your reports, does that mean my research ...
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Should I correct grammatically incorrect quotes when using them in a paper? [duplicate]

As a researcher, I often need to quote from the previous authors. Sometimes, it happens that there are spelling mistakes in the part I want to quote. I treat this as a human error and write the ...
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Where should I place my figure if it will break essay layout?

I've been struggling with the placement of a figure in my essay (using APA style if that helps). Basically, I reference it in a paragraph that is fairly close to the bottom of the page, but probably ...
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Alternatives to IMRaD for journal papers

IMRaD (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion) seems to be the standard structure of scholarly journal papers. Are there also alternative standardized paper formats that are known to obtain ...
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Writing style when discussing other people's research in discussion/introduction

I was editing a friend's manuscript and I noticed that they do something similar to what I have been told not to do when referring to previous work done in the field of interest being discussed. I ...
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Does poor grammar on a shared message board for school annoy teachers?

From the experience of a student, these are the types of people I notice on class messaging boards: Person 1. Writes almost six-seven paragraphs for a single question that could be asked in two ...
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How are suitable epigraphs in books found? [closed]

Sometimes we see some scientific books (for example in the fields of computer science, game theory, ...) start their chapters (mostly the first chapter) with epigraphs from famous people, movies, an ...
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Is my Major Professor Counted as a Co-Author?

According to the APA style manual, the editorial "we" is used to refer to the author and co-authors but should not be used if there is a single author. However, in writing my mathematics ...

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