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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 to do when you found something new, but don’t have motive/application to justify it?

Last year one of my TAs (a Ph.D. scholar) gave a problem to my undergraduate class, I found the problem very interesting and devoted a lot of time to it. Eventually, I developed a model with my TA ...
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Is it OK to publish a book as an undergraduate?

I am a CS student at 4th year in my university. I have done a lot of real-world projects, worked as a freelancer for many years, and have released a lot of software in use by thousands of people. I ...
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How can I start to write my final paper? [closed]

How can I start to write my final paper? I have been doing nothing during the whole week. I just stayed at home and slept. I'm afraid to do anything even cooking. I can't focus and can't concentrate ...
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How to make a full article out of one straightforward, but interesting point? [closed]

I have an interesting idea, and did a fair bit of writing and research, with some good examples to display the idea. However, I still feel like the whole paper is too monolithic, like an extended ...
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Plural-active, singular-active or another voice when writing a paper by yourself? [duplicate]

I'm working on a draft paper which will likely have no coauthors. I'm wondering how to phrase my paper, and the abstract especially, in terms of voice. Which of the following should I prefer? "We ...
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Does editing someone's paper improve your own writing? [closed]

You get asked to read and edit papers (more or less form the same research area) to become a co-author. The editing requires a lot of rearranging of paragraphs, rewriting sections, new/updated figures,...
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When did English come to lead in published research?

As any modern student knows, nearly all published research these days is in English. That's just the way of the world. But it didn't used to be that way. Many of the most pivotal pieces of scientific ...
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How to use similar argument of an author? [duplicate]

I'm reading a paper about specific topic. In that paper the author said "In a recent literature survey of ..... McCarthy (2010) reported that there is little work in ..... Now, if I want to write a ...
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Is citing only high-impact articles in my publication ethical?

This question is related to the articles that are often cited in introduction or motivation section of any article. Often while writing an introduction, I mostly cite the famous works that are ...
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Is there a manual of how to write an Introduction? [closed]

I was reading a Introduction in a Master's thesis, and this particular example appears to be overly lengthy. Is there a consensus on how many points can be adequately addressed in an introduction? or ...
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Can I add non-cited reference to bibliography?

I want to add non-cited references to bibliography for two reasons. Sometimes, it is not clear whether I referred to it or not. Clearly, not only citing a statement is a citation, but also citing an ...
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How do I write the methodology part of a paper if I use commercial software?

I research the aerodynamics of an air vehicle. I use commercial fluid-dynamics software (we have a commercial license). However, I noticed that most papers dealing similar research use homemade ...
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How to improve my academic vocabulary [closed]

I'm an international student and would like to prepare myself for a PhD which I will possibly be starting in 8 months' time. I need to improve my academic vocabulary and don't know what the roadmap is ...
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Is it ok to have a paper with no academic citation but just think tank and investigative journalism?

I'm writing my first paper for a conference about an issue enquired just by think tank, investigative journalism, ONG and United Nation Agencies but not directly from academic research. So, is it ...
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Drinking and writing [closed]

This may be a sensitive subject given the subject matter. But I have currently experiencing significant writers’ block when it comes to writing my statement of purpose and personal statement for ...
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Is it wrong to start your abstract with a question?

My abstracts starts with three specific questions that my proposed research will answer. But when my friend saw this, he said: "I will never start an abstract with questions, and I will never read ...
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Why are footnotes expensive for publishers to reproduce?

According to the Purdue OWL APA guide: APA does not recommend the use of footnotes and endnotes because they are often expensive for publishers to reproduce. Perhaps this question belongs on a ...
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Citing someone else's idea??? (but not published work) [closed]

I will preface that this is in regards to a Christian devotional to study scriptures from the Bible. I was tasked to put together a 25 day devotional that will be published physically and online by my ...
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Proper way of marking dimensions of a drawing in a paper [closed]

In a paper I am writing, I will give a figure that shows the mechanical dimensions of a object. I was wondering what the right way to reference the dimensions was, since I have seen multiple ways of ...
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To use bracket or footnote in the academic writing?

For example, I'd like to introduce the saliency map (also referred as human attention map in [1] and [2]). Or I'd like to introduce the saliency map1. 1: Saliency map is also referred as ...
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Reporting Results: Active or Passive voice? [duplicate]

I am writing my first publication and I heard a lot of different opinions on the matter of using passive or active voice in publications. This question focuses in particular on the results. Should I ...
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What are good strategies for not losing sight of the novelty and nontriviality of one's work?

I would like to ask this community for help in finding good strategies for avoiding an aspect of my mindset that I don't much like, which I get when I've been working on a given project for a while - ...
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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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Why do some science journals capitalize the words in a title, and others don't?

How do I know when to capitalize the words in a scientific paper's title? When I look on pubmed I see both styles. To be clear I am talking about the actual title of the paper, not a citation.
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How to effectively write a paper of N>2 co-authors? [duplicate]

We are writing a manuscript with 7 people. I am not sure what is a good tool to write a paper collaboratively. Other than overleaf or sharelatex which cost money. What do you do if you have ...
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Why should footnotes be avoided in scientific publications (natural science)?

Here are some guidelines and rules regarding the use of footnotes for different journals in Earth Science and IT: Footnotes are used only for author affiliations and tables. Incorporate all other ...
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How to avoid using “I” in a research paper in case of referring to my previous work?

As I know, using "I" and "we" should be avoided in research paper writing. But in one of my paper, I am the only one author. And in the introduction I wrote something like AA et al. proved that ..., ...
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How to interpret the phrase “experimental approach”?

I'm writing the introduction for a research proposal and am trying to express that our approach is "experimental" in the sense that it uses more exploratory and alternative methods rather than that it ...
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Having subsections in the discussion part of an assignment [closed]

Is it ok to have sub section in my discussion section of my coursework assignment? If not how should I separate different topics discussed?
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Rewriting the paper text: when does it make sense?

I have been working as a postdoc on a theoretical (computational neuroscience) paper as a first author. The funding was over at some point and I have moved to a new position in a different place. By ...
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How important is the keyword section in a paper

I am writing a computer science paper that has a keywords section that comes directly after the abstract. Currently I have just one keyword in there, how important is that section? Do I have to come ...
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How specific does a “Work Package” in a grant proposal need to be?

I'm currently polishing a grant proposal for the ERC Starting Grant scheme. As is typical doubts beset me. There aren't many samples available, and every one I was able to find exists in a niche of ...
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Is it common practice to have a separate “Further Discussion” after the conclusion in an academic article?

I received reviews of my manuscript for IEEE Transactions. One question from a reviewer, about a common misconception regarding the technology, is interesting but is not relevant anywhere else in the ...
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How to clearly lay out research ideas

A constant struggle for most graduate students is how to clearly lay out research ideas in a coherent manner. We are constantly in the "weeds" reading papers, move data around, running models, and ...
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How do I address research gaps in my Thesis (Research article)? [closed]

I have gone through some papers and Ph.D theses in my field but haven't found an explicit discussion about the 'research gap' in their field. Can anyone give me an example where the author discusses ...
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Tense for literature survey [duplicate]

I am writing a literature survey for papers from 2000 to 2017. Should I use a present tense or past tense when I am describing methods that were used in those papers?
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Is it a good practice to end a mathematical equation with a comma or a period in a scientific article?

I have noticed from different published articles that mathematical equations may or may not be ended by a comma or a period (depending on their position in the text). Which is the best practice?
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Background review in a multidisciplinary paper

I am writing a paper which will include concepts from statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, relativity, information theory, and thermodynamics. Potential readers will probably not be familiar with ...
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Must all results be commented on in the discussion section of a research paper?

I did a survey on the demand for complementary medicine among hospital patients. We used a questionnaire comprising 38 items and consequentially I have a lot of information. I am currently writing a ...
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Marking Modifications on a table

I took a table from a paper to show it in my thesis but have to modify the data in a cell (semantically) as well as adding new lines. is it ok to cross out old and replace with new? and refer to it in ...
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Are self-doubt and desperation a normal part of scientific writing?

I am currently writing a research proposal for a PhD in a very interesting field. While working on the proposal I noticed that I run through the following (emotional) stages: Enthusiasm: I think ...
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How exhaustive should I be when enumerating works in a State of the Art

I'm currently writing my PhD thesis' State Of The Art. I have subdivided the field of study. My problem is that I found my self on many occasions writing paragraphs as follows: 'Several authors ...
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Avoid plagiarizing other surveying authors when describing the work of a third

I'm currently writing the State of The Art chapter of my thesis. To my advantage, there are many good surveys in my field. My views are not equal to other surveying authors, so the structure is not ...
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Can I use less-known (but defined) abbreviations in section titles to get rid of very long expanded titles?

I'm in trouble with long section titles in my thesis. For example: I have defined the following abbreviations in a special section before the table of content, i.e., all abbreviations have been ...
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Using slang in a Scientific Paper

We are writing a paper about an algorithm that takes a group of solutions and sorts them by their likelihood of being equal to the one and only 'good solution'. Internally, we refer to this 'good ...
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How/where do I publish a 50-page-long writeup?

I've written this document developing a new theoretical model, with many definitions, some examples (with diagrams), and some fundamental uses of this model which are closely intertwined with its ...
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How to improve my Analytical Writing skills for the GRE? [closed]

I took the GRE for the first time recently and my Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning scores were somehow good. However, I've scored only 2.5 on the Analytical Writing section and I believe that would ...
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Seeking Research Opportunities

I have been a teacher for 17 years and am looking to change careers. I earned a Master's Degree in International Relations with a concentration in East Asian Regional Affairs in 2004 and want to find ...
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How to train students to write high-quality research papers?

As someone supervising postgrad students, I wonder what is the best way to train these students to write high-quality research papers? The best way seems to be through coauthorship but ... On the ...
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Using nonstandard gender-neutral pronouns to refer to myself in academic writing

I am currently preparing my first formal work for publication, which I am the sole author on. While working through final edits, I've come across a few places where I refer to myself and would prefer ...