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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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Is there any reason not to use a shortDOI in an APA References section?

In the recently published seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the APA, a change was made to the citation style guidelines to allow authors to use shortened URLs in the References section, ...
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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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Scientific writing: When conducting a simulation on a personal computer, what specifications should you report?

(Note: Personal Computer = Laptop) When reading papers that involves some sort of numerical simulation of a software or custom code, many authors would remark on the specifications of the laptop for ...
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Difference between 'Related work' and 'comparison methods' sections?

I have a method and I want to compare this with some existing ones. To my understanding, these existing methods can be regarded as 'Comparison methods'. But where should I briefly describe these ...
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Difference between proposing a research framework and research approach

I would like to get some concrete examples as to what is the difference between saying that I am presenting a research framework and a research approach. Take the field of robotics or any other ...
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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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Methods section and location of materials

This is probably an irrelevant question but curious to know because I couldn't find answers. What city, state, or country should one use when listing reagents or materials in the methods section? ...
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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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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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Writing a critical appraisal

My dissertation is cumulative, meaning that it basically consists of the following three sections: Introduction, Chapters, and Conclusions. The introduction gives an extended literature overview and ...
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How much should I write about the competing policies?

I'm working on a political science problem that has attracted (by my count) fourteen proposed solutions, ranging from somewhat useful to positively harmful. Some are already law in many countries; ...
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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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How to cite two different studies by the same author?

Per AMA style, what is the proper way to cite two different studies by the same author? I am currently using the numeric superscripts to denote which study it is. However, the paper is a critical ...
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Using data from results section in methods

I'm working on a sensitivity analysis for my thesis work, which involves the designing of a test bench for the experiment. In order to reduce the number of parameters in the experiment, a parameter ...
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How Should I Write a Scientific Write-up?

I am an undergraduate student in mathematics from India. I have been shortlisted in the written test of TIFR GS-2020 (a nationwide entrance), and for the second stage of selection, they are asking for ...
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How to write source information for tables if I'm using data from multiple sources?

I am using data from 3-4 different sources in my table. How to cite the source information in MLA format? As far as I know, Source information is written below tables in the MLA style. But is it okay ...
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How to get back to STEM phD thesis after a long break?

If one had to interrupt writing the phD-thesis (for various reasons, that don't belong here): What is a good strategy to get back and finish the thesis? The writing would take place while working on ...
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How to use over 40 book references in one single thesis?

It is a problem of methodology, I don't know how to contain all these books in my draft. Am I supposed to summarize them, critic them or to analyze them? Am I supposed to refer to every writer of ...
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How does one modify a statement of purpose to remain effective as the applicant age increases?

I am getting ready to apply to some biomedical engineering programs this coming fall and I am a bit concerned about explaining why I am applying so late in life. A lot has happened in the ~15 years ...
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How to evaluate an implementation Master's Thesis in Evaluation chapter?

I am writing a Master's Thesis where I developed an application. The application was developed after the study of another similar application. My application does things differently but the principle ...
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Are terms best introduced in abstract or introduction or repeated in both?

I am writing a non experimental research paper in APA format. Should I define my terms in the abstract or in the intro or both?