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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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Are introductory phrases such as 'In walked the girl…' and 'Down the hill they went…' correct? [migrated]

I'm helping to proofread a friend's novel manuscript and I cannot find the answer to this on Google. To me, it reads oddly, but I would like to know if there are any established rules for this. Also, ...
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Should I include large tables in paper?

I am writing a computer science paper, and as part of what I did, I have a set of tests I used to evaluate my results against existing methods. In terms of preliminary raw data, I have tables of ...
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Writing advice for a junior PhD student writing a single-author paper [closed]

I am a second year theoretical physics PhD student authoring a paper on my own in a subfield completely different from my advisor's (in my free time, with his blessing). My question is specifically ...
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What is a good academic word for “verifiable by scientific data or experiments”? Is “empirical” a suitable word for that?

What is a good academic word for verifiable by scientific data or experiments? Is empirical data a suitable word for that? P.S EDIT: my question is what is A single word for "derived through ...
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Academic publishing: advanced questions about figure/table positioning

I am writing a textbook and am in the process of making final adjustments, such as the positioning of figures and tables. I know the basics: figures and tables need to be at the top or bottom of the ...
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Do academic journals ever recommend software writing tools for scientific writing that suggest better paragraph construction?

I'm helping a professor with some edits to a paper under review. Comments include advice that a better writing style be used and awkward wording be fixed. The professor is comfortable and expressive ...
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Mentioning a personal tragedy in an academic style paper. Is it allowed?

I am working as an editor for an edited book volume on covid-19. I have come across a very peculiar chapter submitted by an author. In the chapter, the author discloses a personal incident where the ...
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Is it bad-practice to have a high citation to content ratio in academic writing? [duplicate]

I'm writing a high school history textbook. While writing my book, I'm finding its becoming very heavily laden with sources. If I used Turabian's footnote style, they tend to fill half the page. ...
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Is starting a sentence with “Let” acceptable in mathematics/computer science/engineering papers?

I received a comment from a colleague that starting a sentence with "let" is not good practice. I know that starting a sentence with "let" is grammatically correct, so that is not ...
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Is using “iff” appropriate?

Is the word "iff", meaning "if and only if", recognized outside of logic? In particular, is it appropriate for a physics text? Or is this kind of abbreviation frowned upon?
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Cite or reformulate perfectly formulated sentences?

I'm just writing my bachelors thesis and I need to reference to a book for an in-depth derivation of something. The concluding sentence in this work is just perfectly formulated, there is no way of ...
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Question for review [closed]

What are the type of question you can ask someone when you send you manuscript to for review. The person may not necessarily be in your field.
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How do I properly punctuate bulleted list of mathematical equations?

Here is an example: Theorem 1 (Important Theorem). Consider f(x). If something, then 1. The function has property A: f(x) = g(x). 2. The function has property B: ...
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What actually changed in MLA 8th edition?

I cannot find enough information on what is different about MLA 8th except for citations. There is no MS Word template for the 8th edition, just the 7th edition. Is all that changed citations? Thank ...
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Is there an unwritten rule against quoting literally in some fields?

During most of an aspiring academic's schooling one (at least in my experience) is repeatedly told that quoting/reproducing other works is fine, if given credit. As long as you cite your sources, all ...
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Section heading sytle

I am writing my thesis right now and I vaguely remember that I was once told that in an English paper/manuscript nearly all words of a section title start with an uppercase letter. For instance: The ...
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Should I include a synonym in parenthesis in abstract of a PhD thesis? [closed]

Should I include in parentheses a synonym I will use in the main text already in the abstract? Example: The atomistic scale (micro-scale) shall be considered ... The atomistic scale shall be ...
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How to include guidelines from an organisation in your research paper? [duplicate]

I am including several guidelines from different organizations such as WHO in my research paper. The guidelines will be copied and pasted into my paper under the heading of their organisation. For ...
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How should I use 'the,' when referring to 'authors,' 'algorithms,' 'functions' etc.? [closed]

If I refer to authors of a publication, a specific algorithm, a specific function etc., do I have to write the definite article the? I'm confused because on the one hand, I refer to concrete authors, ...
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Does it make sense to let a colleague know about his repeated misspelling?

I have been working on a project with a collaborator for several years. I have never met my collaborator in person but we've been a part of weekly calls and sent hundreds of emails together so I feel ...
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Is it acceptable to use an acronym for a set of adjectives?

In science, it is very common to shorten nouns with acronyms (e.g. deoxyribonucleic acid -> DNA). However, I am struggling to think of any examples of sets of adjectives that are written as an ...
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Chicago or APA for draft manuscript?

I am relatively new to the writing process. I wrote my first manuscript in APA style and found it time consuming while changing it to the Chicago manual style. I am aware that most journals have their ...
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Should I add the names or skip them altogether?

I am making a presentation on the topic Coral Reefs and their Conservation. I have included much of the information with reference to National Geographic channel's blog reports and United Foundations' ...
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Active voice: Using “I” to show my contribution and “we” to include the audience?

I've read the other questions on active vs passive voice. But my question is slightly different. Let's say I'm writing in active voice and using "I" as I'm primarily writing a thesis-like ...
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In a paper with a co-author who contributed one part (say, computer implementation), where should the contributions of the authors be outlined?

If I write a paper, and another person provides a computer program that visualizes the idea, where should I mention the roles of the authors? Is the "acknowledgements" section appropriate ...
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In a paper whose I am the sole author, should I use “I” or “we”? [duplicate]

When writing a paper whose I am the sole author, should I use "I" or "we" when referring myself?
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Is it Appropriate to Include Personal Correspondence in the Appendix of a Thesis?

While conducting research for my dissertation, my collaborator and I discovered a mathematical error in published work and this error was confirmed by the author through personal correspondence. On ...
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Journal biographies: Presenting name, degree, university, etc [closed]

I'm required to include a biography at the end of a journal article written by myself, John Doe, and my supervisor, John Smith. I'm a BSc candidate in Information Systems Engineering at Piled Higher ...
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Is “flowery language” frowned upon in engineering and STEM related research?

I work in an engineering field (related to AI, machine learning, etc.) and something I found interesting is whenever I use "big words" or even long words like "substantiate" or &...
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Is it usual to write referee reports in the first person?

It is common to write papers in the third person, using sentences such as "The author(s) did this", "the author(s) thank XYZ" etc. Is the same convention true for referee reports? ...
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How to cite self-created images or pictures in thesis

When we put some images in a thesis, we provide a reference to its source where it’s located. If I have created my own images or pictures, how do I make it clear that they are my images and I did not ...
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Can you give an example in a formal definition?

I would like to give an example in a formal definition. My concern is, by giving an example, I am implicitly demonstrating that the definition is not precise/clear enough. Is it acceptable to give an ...
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Is there a rule for repeated letters when creating acronyms/initialisms/abbreviations?

I'm writing my master thesis and I've created an initialism that has the letter S repeated three times in a row (the initialism is OSSSP and stands for Optimization Search Space Scope Parameters). In ...
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Which section of a research paper is best to state that results also depend on equipment used?

I have written a paper with some interesting results. However, I would like to add one or two sentences that draw the attention of the reader to the fact that the results also depend on the ...
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Is it appropriate to speak to the reader in scientific paper (but without using “you”)? [duplicate]

This is similar to the question here, but my question is different because I'm not asking about ever using "you" in my writing. I quite like using the turn of phrase "Note that..."....
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Appropriate description of image processing algorithm in engineering

I want to write a paper in the field of mechanical engineering. For the evaluation of my experiments, I would like to use image processing. When image processing software is used in my field of ...
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Using a list to explain symbols used in an equation?

In papers, the symbols explained in an equation are usually explained like this: δ(t) = tan⁻¹⁡〖ke(t) / vf(t)〗, where δ(t) is the steering angle, e(t) is the closest point between the path and the ...
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What is the meaning of 'six-week course'?

Edit: I found the answer. In the preface to the english edition it says This book is a translation from the orginal Chinese text of notes based on a six-week course on algebraic curves and Riemann ...
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The right way to do academic writing [duplicate]

I am doing PhD in IT I have Bsc in Math (there wasn't writing in my study) and my masters was course based not research. Today I got my paper returned with many comments some of these comments are (...
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When to transliterate words in foreign languages?

I'm writing a philosophy paper relying heavily on Aristotle and discussing several of his primary terms, including their etymologies. Therefore I say words like ἐντελέχεια and θεωρεῖν a lot. Since a ...
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How to improve English quality of my paper? [duplicate]

I am in phase of writing 2nd paper. Previous paper is rejected. The one of the main objection in previous paper was English quality. As English is not my native language and reviewers only say "there ...
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How to refer to descriptive information of variables as exogenous variables

I am writing the methodology section of my paper in management and one of the models I use takes descriptive statistics, such as min, max, mean, std, of entities as its input (classification model). ...
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How to write the data section when data is reused from a previous work?

I am writing a paper where I am using the same dataset that was used in the previous work which I co-authored. I have written the data and the methodology part of that paper. In the new paper I am ...
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Does APA Style prescribe BC and AD or BCE and CE?

Does APA Style prescribe BC and AD or BCE and CE? (I couldn't seem to find information about this in their style guides/manuals.)
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Can section, subsection, or sub-subsection headings be formatted as questions in a master's thesis? (not all of them at the same time) [closed]

I am wondering if section, subsection, or sub-subsection headings can be formatted as questions. I am working on my masters thesis (Economics) and am following the Chicago Manual of Style Guide (17th ...
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Would you consider a very short, non-standard thesis that lacks a research questions, a thesis? [closed]

I recently met an artist. He was very proud of the shortness of his Master's thesis, which was published back in early 90's and has only 3 pages! He had been graduated from the California college of ...
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Dialogue in Master's thesis

In some works, as What the Tortoise said to Achilles, GEB or Invariant Risk Minimization, some ideas are conveyed by a dialogue. I find this both informative and entertaining. I would like to use a ...
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How can I introduce a fourth reason after having stated that there are three main reasons? [closed]

In an academic paper, I have written "There are three main arguments for why X is not Z." I have then discussed them like this: "First, ....​ (of medium length) The second argument is that ... (...
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How to cross-references sections in a thesis?

When using cross-references in a thesis for cross-referencing to specific sections, do we have to use section numbers or section names would be fine too? example: As discussed in the Discussion ...
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Is the personification of concepts or terms accepted in academic writing?

The subject of velocity therefore also concerns itself with the capacity to process real-time data... Would the above sentence be appropriate in an academic paper, specifically the use of the word ...

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