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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 include in a Festschrift (memorial publication)?

A now deceased professor would have turned 100 year this year. What is the best way to honor his achievements? Should a Festschrift (memorial publication) include: Personal anecdotes on how you ...
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My PhD advisor is writing most of an article without considering some of my inputs

We are currently writing a first article with my PhD advisor. The research was mainly designed by him; I performed all the experiments and found a model to explain the results. The article is soon to ...
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What to add to paper where another team just beat you to the novelty

I want to know what the best option is for adjusting an article in prep under the following circumstances: I've been working on this new model of a natural system for a while. I established the ...
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Is it okay to include a historical summary of your research area in a MSc thesis?

I am doing my MSc in mathematics/statistics, and a large part of it concerns fractal geometry. I want to include some background of how early geometry arose, why fractals were largely neglected, and ...
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How to decide whether to write a “methods paper” or a “results paper”? [closed]

I'm a grad student in planetary science, and I'm writing my first academic paper. This will be the first paper from my numerical model. My results are timely: recent rumors in my community indicate ...
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Past vs. Present Tense in APA Format when discussing other's work?

When I am discussing previous work, according to APA formatting, it is clear I should use past "Alicke (2000) described....". However, what tense do I use to explain their results? Aka "The model ...
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Study expanded from three to five rounds: How to write this down?

Update I will suggest treating the email communication as a figure and adding a note to the figure caption. IMO a caption is overkill when the appendix title is sufficient, but it's an ok tradeoff to ...
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Am I violating authors copyrights?

I simplified a publication into a method scheme and then published it on ResearchGate. I added a reference to the original publication in my method paper. My question is: am I violating the ...
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What is the correct manner to make it clear that your passage is paraphrasing a reference, that itself is refering to another reference?

I'm sure that this must come up a lot when writing papers. Reference A1 gives a lit review of a field. A passage talks about paper B1, and I summerise B1 also. How do you make it clear in your ...
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Which limits to draw for speculations in an scientific publication? [closed]

Let's take an example from geology. I describe an area (A) using a topographic map not really well detailed (50m of resolution). In this area, I study variably-sized shapes of geologic structures (e....
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The usage of a literally incorrect phrase to simplify the meaning in manuscripts

I am writing a survey paper in computer science, where I frequently use the sentence: ....videos that are taken from uncalibrated monocular moving cameras.... In long sentences, the above phrase ...
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When do you consider the writing of a theoretical framework to be complete?

As I am writing the proposal for my thesis, I am finding a lot of works to include in my theoretical framework with some items that take the spotlight because they are tied into my methodology. I'm ...
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What tense to use when writing a thesis?

I am well aware of the fact that there are a number of questions that talk about tenses in research, but I still have not found exactly what I am after. Basically my question is this, in a Master ...
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How to explain my methods and results?

I currently am writing a paper which uses regressions (from statistics) heavily. The objective is to show (as far as possible) that A causes B. The main analysis of my paper uses regressions to show ...
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Non-English content in English paper

I want to include an image in my lecture-note paper written in English. The image elements are fully made with non-English language. Below I show a part of the image: . I use this image because a ...
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Citing two authors with the same surname – is it worth noting that they are distinct people?

In the paper I am currently writing I cite works by Bill Smith and Fred Smith. I refer to them both several times, as several of Bill Smith’s papers provide the basis for some of the techniques I am ...
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In a thesis, is it appropriate to allude to results obtained later on?

I am writing a math thesis. I want to provide a result in chapter 2, but formally prove this result in chapter 8. This is because I am introducing a bunch of definitions in between these chapters and ...
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Is it plagiarism to copy an ethics statement on animal research?

There are only so many ways you can say "This research was conducted in strict accordance with the guidelines of XX." I'd had the fear of plagiarism burned into me since high school (I think the rule ...
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hide original name in academic writing [closed]

Example: Full name is Mrs.Hanna James. How I can write in my essay, if I want hide her original name. Please guide me how to write. It is Mrs.H.J. or Mrs.HJ
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Should the first page of a thesis chapter have a header and footer?

I am writing my Master's thesis. I find it unprofessional to prevent the first page of the chapter to take headers and footers. Should the first page of a thesis chapter have a header and footer?
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How to Cite Hardware in Scientific Articles?

I am writing a scientific article. In the "materials and methods" section I must specify the hardware I used, namely an HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC (I also specified the details of its features). Now ...
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Attribution of authorship within undergraduate group project reports

I teach a senior design course for undergraduate engineering students at a public university. Our senior design projects are all team based, usually with three to five engineering students per team. ...
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How should undergraduate student respond when the PI of their lab asks them to provide feedback on a research paper?

I worked on a research project earlier this year with a group of people. The paper has been written up (not by me) and sent to the team to review it, give feedback and approve it before it is ...
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Dimensionless axis plots

How to properly label graphs that can be dimensionless? One of reviewers of my document strongly emphasised on labelling plots with which I generally strongly agree. On this occasion, however, I was ...
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Is it ok to talk about next chapters in a chapter's introduction?

Context: I am writing a thesis that is divided in a few parts (e.g. "Context and motivations", "Literature review", "Experiments", etc.). Each part starts with a 100-200 words-long introduction (or ...
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Is it beneficial to prefer keywords complementary to words in the title?

This was some advice given by an editor in a writing course: If there is a limit to the number of keywords, don’t use terms already used in the title. Rather, use terms that are complementary, ...
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In writing, do I need to define an abbreviation when it is already an industry standard term?

When writing academic and scientific literature, are there any good guidelines to when you can omit defining an industry standard abbreviation? Are there any guidelines to where you can draw the line? ...
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How to (gently) pressure a collaborator?

During my PhD I had an awesome collaborator that taught me a lot in an area that my main advisor had no experience at all. I have a paper draft with him that's getting more than 3 years to get ...
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How to organize research notes? [duplicate]

Background: I'll start to write my (cumulative) dissertation in two months. I'm currently struggeling to find a good technical solution to organize research-related thoughts for my dissertation. For ...
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Using first person in literature recommendations in a masters thesis?

I am currently writing my masters thesis in computer science. I've heard that one should avoid writing "I". In cases where one describes what was done and it doesn't matter who did it, I understand ...
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Differences in the culture of writing and publishing papers in various fields [closed]

I have not published any papers yet, and I was wondering on the process of writing and publishing an academic papers on different fields, and their differences. I have seen some related posts here, ...
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If the same paper had many contributions in many fields, can I cite each contribution separately?

I am writing my thesis in computer science and have some issues. I have several papers with more than one contribution in many fields (enhancement on several algorithms). I want to mention each ...
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thesis: a plethora of technical parameters, how to present it concisely? [closed]

I'm writing my masters thesis at the moment. The topic of my thesis is the evaluation of one classification algorithm. Due to its technical nature I have to give a lot of context for each experimental ...
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Author order when senior and lead author same person

I have an article I'm writing where I'm the senior author, but I also did the majority of the work and wrote the paper. I have two co-authors who have also contributed. In my field (physical sciences)...
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Changing an experiment due to preliminary data

I'm writing a paper comparing the performance of 2 algorithms (lets call them A and B). A performs better than B, however preliminary data suggested a way to significantly improve the performance of B....
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What is the goal of research questions in a paper?

I'm a PhD student about to begin writing my first research paper for a software engineering conference. My research is about an approach to measure the performance of software systems. I will evaluate ...
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Is it okay to discuss personal experiences or observations in literature review?

Is it okay to discuss personal experiences or observations in literature review as long as they are relevant and contribute to the presentation of the summary of literature? In other words, I am not ...
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Why writing about experimental results is difficult? [closed]

When writing about experimental work, you either describe other people's work or your own. In both cases you're not inventing anything new (at the stage of writing). Then why is it so difficult?
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Another way to say probability

In a paper I want to state that a certain course of action increases the "chances of success" - with success defined earlier in the work. In my field, words like "probability", "odds", and "...
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Present model calibration results in methods section or results section?

I am putting together a paper regarding a fish habitat study. Habitat was modeled based on river hydraulics using a program called River2D for a wide set of environmental conditions. The models were ...
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Should you justify or left-align text when writing?

I've written a 5,000 word essay on a topic of my choosing. While reading through my writing, my teacher suggested I justify my text, as opposed to left-aligning it, as this looks neater. I agree, ...
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Where to define a symbol that also has an abbreviation

I have a symbol μ, which is the linear attenuation coefficient for a material (X-ray tomography). I've already defined that symbol in my document's list of symbols, but the problem is that I also ...
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Why is it bad practice to write “In [1], it is shown that…” [duplicate]

I don't remember where, but I read that it is not recommended to write, in a article, something like [...], as detailed in [1]. Instead, we should write [...], as detailed by Someone [1]. In ...
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Colloquial language in research papers

I recently read an article suggesting that you should write in the same way that you would talk. I agree with the ideas but I wonder how much it applies to formal venues like journal publications ...
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Is it advisable to use non-scientific method to teach science courses? [closed]

This question is motivated after reading a pop-science book from a famous researcher about physics and some implications. I find the content very amusing but I was utterly frustrated at the lack of ...
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Using parts of previous work in dissertation

I'm currently getting towards the end of my Master's year, and so I am working on my dissertation. I completed a couple of projects for a module (assessed by report) in my third year that are ...
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Would it be looked upon negatively to intentionally employ a writing style uncommon in my field to express what I see as key values in the field?

I am interested in answers to this question particularly as it pertains to mathematics. To be more specific, I am interested in using the passive voice in mathematical proofs as I feel that this ...
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In a research paper, is it acceptable to include expletives in the results of a text analysis? [duplicate]

Currently, I am doing a research paper and as a result from my text analysis, I found a record which contains a (*UCK) word. Is it ethical if I submit it as it is to a conference? Hereby in the image (...
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Any shame in copying from a grant proposal body to create an abstract?

I have to write an abstract for a grant proposal's cover page. Is there any shame in strategically copying/pasting entire sentences from the body of the grant proposal and arranging them coherently ...
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Can you exclude issue numbers in references based on APA 6th edition?

I'm currently working on my thesis (communication science), and I'm wondering about the issue number in the reference list. A teacher told me that I don't need to include the issue number. But I ...