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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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Should I use `is ranked ...`, `was ranked ...`, or `ranked ...` in the awards section of my CV? [closed]

Should I use is ranked ..., was ranked ..., or ranked ... in the awards section of my CV? E.g., Ranked second (out of at least 11k students) in the Iranian national graduate entrance exam in AI & ...
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Consecutive sentence citation in Chicago date-author style

I am writing a paper in which I repeat a newspaper article citation. "The New York Times article discusses the introduction of the AFB mainframe computer (Stevens, 1984). During an interview with ...
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Should I argue why my model is relevant when it is presented, or in a later discussion section?

I'm writing my master thesis on simulation of active matter. The Chapters of my thesis are currently: Introduction, Theory, Simulations, Discussion, and Conclusion. In my simulation chapter I ...
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What level of audience should one aim for in the introduction of a STEM thesis?

I am writing my STEM thesis, 90% percent of which is about mathematical modeling. However, I am unsure at what level I should write for the introduction. Should I write it so it is accessible for ...
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Where to put proofs in a thesis?

When writing mathematically oriented thesis, e.g., math, cs, engineering, I am wondering where would be the most appropriate place to put your proofs. There are several ideas: put them right after ...
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How to structure an academic paper using basic statistical techniques?

I am teaching a class on introduction to academic research. The papers that I've written have mostly been according to a style that I "just picked up" from reading academic papers, and most ...
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Do UK Academic Journals Generally Use Formatting Styles Based on APA, MLA, or Chicago?

I'm working on an online formatting problem with a UK programmer who is not familiar with academic style requirements. The styling problem in one that is frequently encountered in APA and some Chicago-...
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Formatting APA Style Headings for HTML in Online Publications [closed]

I do not see any questions here about how to convert APA (or MLA, Chicago, Turabian, etc.) style into HTML (edit: styled with CSS) for online publication. Since HTML is perhaps the most accessible ...
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Filling the page limit with proofs Vs Neat smaller paper with dense appendix?

So I am trying to submit to a top-tier conference in AI. It is focused towards theoretical work. I have a couple of theorems which are the main results and I prove some other completely unrelated ...
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Replacing academic "we" in direct quote

I have a direct quote in my academic work that is from another academic work. It's something like "We can analyze the execution time as follows." I had a reviewer say that, since it's now ...
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Is it self-plagiarism, new paper using the original paper as a template

I am writing a new paper based on my old paper. They are very similar, but different in three 1) They study the different problems. 2) The method changed 50%. 3) They have totally different ...
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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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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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