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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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Citing a passage which includes added words by the translator?

I have the translation of a work in front of me and want to quote it. The translation reads: "This is the right decision, and yet it is the wrong [one]" The translator added the 'one' in brackets ...
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Text between a Topic and Subtopic in a Thesis

I wonder, which one of these structurings is to prefer for a thesis. To write text between a topic and subtopic, e.g. A. Main Topic Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. ...
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How to Refer to Enumerated Subsections and Subsubsections?

Body There is Subsection 1.2. There is Subsubsection 1.4.1. Referring in the body now See Subsection 1.2. See Subsubsection 1.4.1. I would like to replace all sub parts simply by section etc the ...
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Uncited general claims followed by cited specific claims – is this an accepted writing style?

I’m currently reviewing a paper and thought it may be good to consult more people on this issue. I’m wondering where exactly should we include citations in article main text (in a science/psychology ...
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Proper citation of equations in scientific papers - terminology

Most scientific papers refer to almost any formula that contains the "=" sign by the word "equation". Consider this case: Let value = function(input) (1) where input is a known input value and value ...
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Sub-Hypothesis Notation?

What is a standard way of notating sub-hypotheses? Should it be H1, H1b, H1c? I’m revising a paper for a French author, and she’s written them with bis and ter, as in: H1 (“cultural assimilation” ...
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Explaining inconsistencies in literature in thesis and/or supporting information of journal article

I've found a model which explains my results excellently. However, the actual equation and parameters of the model have been interpreted and treated differently by different authors, sometimes leading ...
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When money is discussed in a book, what currency should be used for a book translation covering many countries?

For book translations, what currency does one reference when translating for one language that covers a bunch of countries? What I am alluding to is this: suppose someone is referring to something ...
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How one can learn to write successful cover letters and rebuttals to referees?

Having a good scientific idea and writing a good paper out of it are the most important steps in order to publish in high-ranking journals, but they are not the only steps needed. The other steps are ...
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Bad style to start text in subsection?

Is it considered bad style if I have a section with multiple subsections and start my text only in the subsection (no text below the section heading)? 1. Section 1.1 First subsection ...
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Are there writing style guidelines as to the use of “some of us” in a journal paper?

I wonder if there are any arguments for or against the use of "some of us" in a research paper. In a paper by "(myself), S. E. Cond, and A. U. Thor" about an "Update on previous research", I wonder if ...
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Are the words “I, we, us, his, her, he, she” all prohibited in thesis writing? [duplicate]

I am writing my masters thesis. My instructor told me not to use "I, we, us, his, her, he, she" in the thesis anywhere. Are all these words prohibited in thesis writing? I am writing my thesis ...
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Is it possible to write the abstract in more than 2 languages [closed]

I am almost at the end of writing my Ph.D. thesis. I study in Germany, the language of the work is English and my mother tongue is Turkish. The doctoral study was a result of an international project, ...
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Abbreviation usage in PhD Thesis

What is the best way of using abbreviations? Can I use them frequently or rarely? For example, I use "Expectation Maximization" 4 times in first 3 sections, but I have to use it 10 times in section ...
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Should I use ‘adapted from’ in an illustration of conclusions based on the results of others

Suppose, you cite some particular ideas, analyze them, and come up with a few conclusions, which you illustrate in a figure that is totally yours. The labels or conclusions represented in the ...
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Citation and reference to a figure: which comes first?

This may be a bit of hair-splitting, but maybe there is a proper way to do this: In my thesis I present an external application. I want to give a literature reference to the application and a ...
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Citing the same idea in different studies

Say like you have an idea that says: 'X is a cheap alternative to Y' (Smith 2010, p. 2). Now you write a paper about ABC and paraphrase Smith's idea. Next week, you write another paper which happens ...
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Discussing Related Work: Use of the phrase 'the authors'

I just got feedback on my thesis. When discussing related work, I tend to often use the phrase the authors do this and that. For instance: In [1] a system is described which approaches problem x by ...
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Emphasis on new terminology in technical paper: title, abstract and body

I have two new terms that I introduce in my paper: resource security and CerberOS (the second is the name of the system). I use these terms in the title, abstract and body. How and where is emphasis ...
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What is too obvious to explain in a scientific paper?

Recently I had my paper reviewed for potential publishing. With no big surprise I need to make some adjustments to my paper. One of the criticisms was that my work lacks "textbook explanations" (e.g. ...
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Use the keyword 'Internet' or 'internet' in our publications? [closed]

So far all research papers I read and wrote I used the word 'Internet' instead of 'internet'. I did see an online article about the fact that people are using 'internet' more often nowadays, so should ...
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More formal way to write “canned algorithm”

This question pertains to English writing; although a English Language and Usage SE Community exists, I thought I would post here as I am writing academic literature, and most academics are on this ...
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Using acronyms as paper keywords

I know that keywords do not matter that much any more, however they are still required by some conferences and journals. Is it a good idea to include acronyms in the keyword field that are not self-...
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How can I obfuscate my writing style when I review papers?

Does anyone have any good advice for obfuscating one's writing style when reviewing papers? I have a fear that I would inadvertently use the same turn of phrase in a referee report as in some ...
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Is this a good way to finish a PhD current status conference?

First of all sorry if I commit any mistake in this question, I read all the instructions but it´s my first one on this useful site: I am finishing some diapositives for a PhD current status ...
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Unsure of Convention for In-Text Citations

I'm writing a longer paper for a course as part of a final project. The paper is on a topic we didn't cover in class and is obviously intended as a way to let me teach myself something we didn't have ...
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150%, 1.5 times, 1.5× or 1.5-fold

If some measure of quality improves to 150 % of its original value in a study from condition A to condition B, would it be most appropriate, in terms of scientific writing (computer science ...
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Citation policies: original papers or recent monographs?

When referencing previous results, should one cite the original paper(s) or a recent comprehensive monograph? Specifically, in my area of interest (a relatively recent branch of mathematics), in ...
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Abstract, Preamble, Acknowledgements and Introduction all in Thesis, how to order them?

This might be a bit of a complex situation (to explain), so bear with me: For my Bachelor degree, I am currently carrying out a nature management project. A nature management project normally ...
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How to refer to myself as a subject of study in a research paper?

Okay so I have collected personal spending data of myself and significant other over a period of 6 months. I'm quite happy with the data and would like to present it and write it up as a research ...
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Strong opening and closing paragraph

I'm going to apply for graduate studies and one of the SOP outline points says Have strong opening and closing paragraph What could be considered a strong paragraph? In my case, the opening ...
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Which is better, a paper with pedantic vocabularies or a paper easy to read? [closed]

Many say that A good paper is a paper which is easily understandable by a reader. Actually when I am reading lots of papers in good journals, however, they are written with a sort of pedantic ...
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What to do with long equation-heavy solutions?

I am writing a paper about a problem that involves solving a certain equation. The problem is that the solution is very long and there are a lot of terms. My question is: Is there a way to present the ...
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grid line is necessary for CS academic paper?

Is it necessary to add grid lines to a line chart in academic paper? (I'm interested especially in computer science field.) Is there any rule, say, not necessary for time axis? Google tells me that ...
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Why include a table of figures?

Many postgraduate theses include as part of their front matter a List of Figures and a List of Tables, plus lists of various other special environments. Many institutions, including my own, directly ...
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To what extent should a reader be required to read a paper to understand a chapter?

I am doing a master thesis and have more or less written my report. My supervisor has from time to time read my paper and from the feedback I get she wants to be able to skip to a later chapter and ...
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As a student, is it appropriate to use my university's letterhead for a letter I write, to give it extra weight?

A program I participated in for six years, while I was in junior high and high school has just had a huge chunk of their funding removed by the school. I credit this program with the majority of my ...
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Uncertainty in Essay Writing: How do I know I will find a good argument?

I have a few things that I would like to explore for my Masters thesis. However, I don't know yet whether I am good at this kind of topic, its more historical than what I am used to etc. But my ...
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Formal letters: is it okay to list your credentials in a long sentence?

In the context of writing formal letters, usually it is required to mention person's credentials, e.g., their degree along with the dat on which the degree was conferred. I was wondering if it would ...
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What is the impact of using complex words on the paper acceptance probability?

Oppenheimer, Daniel M. "Consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity: Problems with using long words needlessly." Applied Cognitive Psychology 20, no. 2 (2006): 139-156. ...
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What are the best sites or free software for rephrasing sentences? [closed]

While writing my thesis, I'm looking for some sites or free software that can help in rephrasing some sentences used in scientific papers. Any recommendation? And is it effective to use such sites to ...
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Using second person in cover letter for a publication

I'm writing a cover letter for a study discussing a particular cognitive phenomenon. I'd like to begin with directly inviting the editor to consider this phenomenon in his own daily experience. My ...
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How would I preface being on the president's list in the same way that someone can be a “winner” of an award, on a bullet list

(Referred here from English SE) I'm trying to write a bullet list of accomplishments for a scholarship renewal, and I'd like to include that I am on the University President's list. Typically in a ...
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Writing a thesis acknowledgement: should I address the person as “you” or use 3rd person?

I'm writing an acknowledgment for my thesis. I looked at several written acknowledgments and realized that the people who are acknowledged are addressed by "you" rather than "He/She". For example, "...
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Is it okay to begin a chapter without an “introduction section”?

I'm writing my phd thesis. In some chapters I simply begin the chapter with one or maybe two (at most) paragraphs that mostly gives the outline, and then I begin the sectioning. That is, this ...
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Learn to write scientific papers in medicine

I'd like to learn how to write scientific papers in medicine. I saw searching on google that there are many books regarding scientific writing but reading reviews it seems they are more oriented to ...
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Choosing appropriate words for lay summary of a health research project

The lay summary of a research proposal is often needed to secure grants and get wide public support and engagement, especially in health research. I understand that the more a scientist understands ...
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Masters Thesis: Self-containment

So I am currently writing my thesis in nanophysics (in particular, applications of nanomagnetism). My adviser and I had a few discussions about the inclusiveness (i.e., self-containment) of the ...
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“Very Similar” vs “Based On” for purpose of paper “narrative”

I was trying to solve a sub-problem as part of a greater problem for which I am writing a paper to propose a solution. I'd been working on it for quite a while, when I had the thought that it could ...
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Layout for a thesis chapter describing an undergraduate course

I am writing a chapter in my degree thesis which describes a new undergraduate course I designed. I want to be as specific as possible with this course, like outlining what topic should be covered in ...

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