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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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What are some tips for passing qualifying written exam (i.e., writing a lot in a week)?

My school's comprehensive qualifying procedure has thee parts. A paper that is a synthesis and analysis of the literature on my topic, A written exam that lasts 5 days, and An oral exam on my topic....
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Can future works sections be similar in different papers?

A simple analysis method was proposed in an already-published paper. I am working on a more complicated version of the same method. The future works section of the published paper and my future works ...
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Citations in a math blog

I am an incoming math PhD student in the US. I am thinking of starting a math blog. The intended audience is myself plus maybe other math graduate students. I am a little concerned about citations to ...
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Does writing matter a lot in research?

I am a PhD student (mid stage) and my work includes the use of mathematics. I try to learn as much as possible. I am facing a problem: I spent enough time on the mathematics required for my research, ...
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What tense to use in thesis when describing complex simulation models?

I've researched the "rules" regarding use of tenses in scientific writing. However, I'm still not sure how to describe the simulations I've done during my thesis. Just a simple example: 1: An ...
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Where can i study academic english in an English-speaking country? [closed]

I am an electrical engineering PhD student, from an African country and the official language here is French, but since most of journals and revues are in English, I always struggle to write my papers ...
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Editing photographs in paper

When using photographs for papers (assuming they've been taking by the author), to what extent can they be retouched and (a) be used without mention of retouching or (b) used but require mention of ...
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Is 15 sections too many for a journal article?

I am planning to write a journal article about real-world algorithms solving a practical problem for an IEEE Computer Society transactions journal. The section outline currently is as follows: ...
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How do I quickly describe the timeframe a topic became relevant?

In a single sentence in a homework for a historical overview I mention that: Video games [in academia] became relevant only after the new milennium. Before that, topics concerning video games ...
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I am writing a briefing paper, and it only consists of facts and citations

I am writing a briefing paper, and it only consists of facts and citations. Literally every sentence is a quote or a link to another source. The topic of the paper is pretty much covered and there ...
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How to improve student seminar presentations and seminar papers

During the last semester my supervisor Prof. X held a seminar for bachelor and master students (mostly computer scientists). According to the study regulations the students have to give scientific ...
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How to express success of the found solution in a thesis?

I currently write my thesis, therefore I develop and later implement a solution for a problem and do a performance & security evaluation afterwards. The results of the evaluation are quite good ...
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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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Repeat acronym in conclusion

Can I use acronyms and abbreviations in the conclusion of a scientific paper or should I avoid them? Even though the main idea of acronyms and abbreviations is to avoid repetition, my impression is ...
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How to know a community of researchers in order to be more successful in research and getting papers accepted? [closed]

Knowledge is what lies between heads of people in a community; This is an idea, I recently learned from a video tutorial on writing research papers in a youtube video. In this video, a professor ...
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What causes some students to be selectively impervious to supervision of their thesis writing?

Background In my academic surrounding, we follow the following approach for supervising the actual writing of a bachelor’s and master’s thesis: Whenever the student has written something more than a ...
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Citing different papers which use different notation for the same concept,

Not sure if this is the place to ask about this. But for lack of knowledge of a better resource, I turn here. When citing papers which use the different notation for the same model, is it better to ...
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Should I always force the use of active voice in my dissertation?

I decided to use first person ("we") and active voice as the primary style of writing my dissertation in the domain of Computer Science. I have read some discussions about this topic and the people ...
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Should I add a non-requested work to my major revision of a scientific journal paper?

I am wondering if I should follow the advice of my co-advisor or a relative of mine who is also a researcher and used to write a scientific paper in the same field (but currently with less experience ...
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What computer specs should be included in numerical results section, when, and why?

Generally in the numerical section for papers I read, they include (if at all) computer specs like how much RAM, CPU speed, or type of processor. What kinds of computers specs should I include? When ...
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Presentation of an algorithm

Background: I recently wrote a paper on the algorithm A that I developed for predicting fault events in the machine. The algorithm is tested, evaluated on a machine data set. I developed another ...
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Is this kind of email formal or beneficial to use in a submitted manuscript? [closed]

Is this kind of email formal or beneficial or even acceptable to use in a manuscript: yours@xxx.edu? yours@xxx.edu or authorname@xxx.edu? which is better? can it increase the acceptance rate?
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Best practices when refering to above section

I'm wondering about how to refer to sections right above or below the piece of text referring. I know that I'm supposed to use section numbers almost all the time, but personally feel that this might ...
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Writing papers: do I include citation into an unrelated parenthesis?

Consider the following sentence: "We can also divide calls into stereotyped (discrete) and graded (continuous) (Marler & Mitani, 1988)" My supervisor corrected it including the citation in the ...
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Differences between writing a report for a company and for an academic reader

I have been hired for a small consulting gig and need to write a report. The people reading this report are not scientists, but rather process engineers and in general people with a more business-like ...
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Supervisor/advisor ignores me regarding my paper

I did an honours degree last year (4 year undergrad study with a research thesis). My supervisor shafted me towards the end of that year when I was coming up to submit my thesis by being absent with ...
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Can a thesis contain preface?

Usually preface is written in books and myself personally have not seen it in a thesis. But, can a master's or doctoral thesis contain a preface? Thanks
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How to write a personal statement for a “PhD orientation program” (in mathematics)?

I'm about to apply for a short "visiting and orientation program" at a large prestigious university where I may be interested in applying for graduate school. This program lasts a couple of weeks ...
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Can we write a case study by referring our previous work instead of re-writing?

I have been writing some papers for a while in computer science. Now when I look at my case study, I found it too long to be as a section in a paper. Instead, i want to write a separate paper for the ...
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In which section of a research paper is it best to justify the choice of methods?

I'm currently writing the methodology section of my thesis and wondered if I was including too much. In the methodology section I have currently included: Alternative approaches I considered The ...
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What are the common guidelines for writing a thesis in European and English-speaking countries? [closed]

Currently I'm a student at one of the russian universities which obviously requires me to write theses and similar academic papers in Russian. Most russian universities (and CIS unis, in my ...
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Why is citing to old publications seemingly the norm even in fields where much research becomes obsolete as technology progresses?

While doing literature review towards my Master's dissertation I noticed that many recent papers in my field (robotics/computer vision) frequently cite publications produced a decade or even more ago. ...
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Is the usage of “vice versa” appropriate in academic writing?

I have written: In an oil-water system, if the particle contact angle is larger than 90°, showing greater affinity for the oil phase, then the system is likely to be a W/O emulsion and vice versa. ...
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How to reference self-collected corpus

In the writing of a research paper, I've collected a large quantity of public blog posts and ingested them into a LDA and a word2vec data model. When I'm using terms from within these models, how can ...
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Tips for revising manuscripts months later

While I tend to write articles quite quickly, whenever revisions come back from a journal, I find myself taking forever to finish them. Part of the problem is just that my mind is no longer in the ...
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Ought mainstays (people recurring in a piece of academic writing) be abbreviated?

Presume that these mainstays (even if their names are short) can all be named publicly. I fancy referring to them only with my abbreviations that I introduce on the first page, to save space and ...
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Would peer-reviewed articles of single author give insights into the author's collaborative skills?

I was searching a specific person (scientist) online to seek for potential collaboration. I retrieved his/her peer-reviewed publication list and found out that more than 70% (I just did the ...
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Why are reports written in the third person passive? [duplicate]

Generally it is considered to be "good practice" to write reports in the third person passive voice for a wide array of academic writing. It is even a requirement of publication in several journals. ...
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Can a journal article contain a personal circumstance description as motive for justifying the literature approach?

I was recently invited to have a paper published. Unfortunately, a similar paper is about to be published on the practical/fun aspect of the project so I've had to re-frame the topic to focus on ...
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Deciding on which equations to number

I’m writing a master’s thesis in theoretical and mathematical physics, specifically in general relativity. To better organize the thesis, I’m using the well-known division in works in mathematics to ...
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Shows vs. suggests: Is there a substantive difference?

Research is sometimes described as “showing” or “suggesting” a result. Is there any substantive or objective difference between the two descriptions? One example is here, in this answer it is said ...
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Normalizing other people's data on number of significant figures

I am presenting a table in my paper which summarizes and compares data from other papers. I'd like the data to be presented uniformly, with the same number of significant figures for all data. However,...
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How long to get confidence in writing a decent academic paper? [closed]

I am an early-career scientist within the applied physical sciences. I have got good ideas that I want to explore, but it is really difficult for me to decide how much analysis is needed for a decent ...
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Typographical emphasis on text is ambiguous

I am writing a paper and part of my thesis, and I need some advice to improve the readability of my manuscript(s). Working in computer science and machine learning, there is a lot of technical stuff ...
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Scientific research paper – how broad should the introduction be?

My research answered a very specific question. But the hypothesis I was testing will also likely have very broad application. I want to make sure to convey that importance in my paper. Is the first ...
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Do we explain a graph in results or discussion?

My project is to characterize a behavior and I have several graphs for the same, that I have put in my results section. Should I explain the graph in the results section or the discussion section of ...
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Proper pronoun in a response letter for a single author manuscript

I am currently in the process of responding to reviewer comments for a journal article submission, and I realized I was using the scientific/royal "we" in my response letter, even though I am the only ...
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How to publish a simple machine-learning approach that cannot compete with the state of the art? [closed]

I am proposing an approach which is simpler than current approaches, but does not come close to the state of the art on benchmark metrics. But, I think my approach is still cool and much simpler in ...
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Matrix / vectors notation [closed]

Is there any standard to represent Matrix / vectors symbols like using bold fonts, bar, underline or arrow notation?
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Building my personal phrase bank, would this be considered plagiarism?

I have started to build my personal phrase bank since I’m a non-native speaker and struggling to build my arguments and sentences correctly. So I decided to mimic the structure of native authors who ...