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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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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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Paragraph length in IELTS discussion essay [closed]

Yesterday, I took IELTS academic exam. The topic for writing task 2 was a discussion essay where it asked to discuss both sides and give your opinion. my essay outline was: Intro (55 words ) body ...
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Experience with paid English grammar and style software for writing papers?

I'm looking to suggest to our institute to invest in a paid software for helping writing, along the lines of Grammarly Premium, Antidote 10 or something similar. Does anyone have any experience with ...
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Resubmitting a Paper to a Mathematics Journal After Questionable Rejection

Summary I have recently submitted a paper to a fairly prestigious journal in my subfield of mathematics, along with a co-author. I am a junior author, but my co-author is well-established. It's not ...
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Limitations of method and evaluation

A (master) thesis about the development and assessment of an algorithm has some limitations. The method chapter is organized as follows: Algorithm Description Simulated Scenarios Evaluation method ...
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How acceptable is it to ask a professor a question such as “so you think it's justifiable to take points off my proof for this?”? [closed]

TLDR: Professor apparently only takes at most one look at a student's answer to determine correctness, doesn't award full marks kind of unfairly (clarifications below), is offended by hearing the ...
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Should I learn to use LaTeX to write up a History Masters Thesis?

So I reviewed the "What are the advantages or disadvantages of using LaTeX for writing scientific publications?" question on this forum and am sitting on the fence at the moment whether or not to use ...
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In the absense of writing experience in my target field, how do I find assignments and evaluate them?

A while ago I posted a question wondering if a CS major would be accepted into a Political Science MSc programme and it turned out possible. I am starting next October. My goal is now to get into an ...
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What to use instead of academic 'we' when describing an experiment?

My research is in software engineering, but in a sub-field which is very close to social science. My papers normally contain sentences like "We conducted a study with 56 participants." and "Our ...
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PhD Advisor is lying about funding and doesn't write their own grants

I am currently enrolled in a science research PhD study in Canada. I am co-supervised by 2 people in different fields. The problem is that I started my PhD ~1.5 years ago and was told that there was ...
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Should a figure/table go before or after the first paragraph that references it?

Should a figure/table go before or after the first paragraph that references it in an academic paper? I cannot find a definitive answer on this. The general advice is to place the figure/table as ...
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Where to find easy research topics any student could write about?

I teach a writing course designed to prepare international students for graduate school, mostly social science majors. The students have no experience writing academic papers. I have found that lists ...
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Referencing a report chapter using Mendeley

I am not sure when referencing a specific report chapter in Mendeley, do I select book chapter from the drop down menu and fill the information in since there is no report chapter in the selection? ...
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see/cf. followed by e.g. / for example

Consider the following sentences: foo is bar (see, for example, baz). foo is bar (see, e.g., baz). foo is bar (cf. for example baz). foo is bar (cf. e.g., baz). Which of these are valid to use, and ...
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How to write your research work in simple way [duplicate]

I am a PhD student works in the theoretical computer science. I am facing a difficulty while I have to write my work in a good manner. I try to write but when other students, collegues read my drafts ...
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Convince coauthors of reducing self-citations

I am writing a paper jointly with coauthors from another research group. In their contributions to the paper they include a lot of self-citations, many of which are (in my opinion) irrelevant. How ...
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Issue tracking when writing a paper

When writing papers (and even more - when revising after collaborators', or reviewers', remarks) it's hard to keep track what is done, what needs to be fixed, what cannot be fixed, when opinions of ...
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Thesis: including an information not officially accepted (legal issue)

In the preface of my thesis, I have written an information that involves me, my supervisor, and my university, in a project driven by a government agency. I say in the preface that I have designed the ...
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Is use of the word “via” appropriate in an academic essay? [closed]

In many cases the words via and through are interchangeable. However, is via viewed as acceptable to use among the academic community, typically? I personally have a distaste for it, but that doesn't ...
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How to reference to a statement that itself is referenced by a paper other than original paper? [duplicate]

When I read a statement in a paper that is itself derived from another paper, how should I reference it when I use it in my own article? Should I reference the original article or the second article, ...
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How best to present long equations in two-column papers?

How best to present long equations in two-column papers? I've tried splitting them in two or more lines along operators, but that still looks a bit weird to me, especially when parentheses have to ...
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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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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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When to use “I” in a master's thesis

A similar question exists here however I don't feel that answers my specific question. Other questions on this topic seem to explain why "we" is primarily used in academic writing, which I understand. ...
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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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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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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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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 are some good books to read in order to improve my academic writing?

So I am going to write my master thesis in psychology. It is expected to be of roughly publishable quality since I am a research master student. I always struggled with writing and am often ...
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Is there a difference in academic writing styles between engineering and women's studies?

Coming from engineering, when you write a paper, the goal is to be objective and analytical. We use references and try to define terms for a clear understanding. The goal at least is to provide ...
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Are spelling and/or grammar mistakes a cause for submitting Errata?

During my studies I've read a number of published articles where spelling mistakes have somehow squeaked through the review process. For example, I have found a paper with a section entitled ...
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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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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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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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How to keep track of line numbers in response to reviewers?

I am working on resubmitting a paper to a journal and am working on my response to reviewers. I need to refer to a bunch of line numbers in my response to reviewers and it is frustrating because every ...
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Practice for publications in foreign language

I'm an assistant professor in a non-English country. I work in control system and signal processing. I write publications in my native language. But I want to get experience in publications in ...
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What are good reasons to write my thesis in English?

I'm studying in Germany. German and English are not my native tongue, but I prefer to write my thesis in English for the following reasons: My English is better than my German (not a good reason). My ...
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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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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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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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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?)