Skip to main content

Questions tagged [writing]

For questions on the process of writing. For questions on the content of writing, use [writing-style].

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2 votes
2 answers
226 views

Writing abstract

I want to submit an abstract for a call for papers for a good journal in my field. I don't have the paper ready yet, but I have a vague idea for a paper that I would like to propose to the journal ...
48 votes
19 answers
13k views

Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

A friend of mine teaches German at a university outside the EU and has observed a rise of the quality of essays written by students, comparing the same years of study: first-year students now compared ...
17 votes
5 answers
4k views

Is it bad form to use the word exciting in a paper, when discussing other people's results?

When writing a paper with a collaborator, they didn't like that I used the word "exciting" in the abstract since they said that they don't like when people use personal qualifiers in writing ...
0 votes
1 answer
353 views

Conference paper collaboration problem, course of action

A while ago I presented at a conference where a recent PhD gave a presentation co-authored with his professor. The talk, which was about a topic similar to that of my own talk, was good. The presenter ...
2 votes
0 answers
967 views

What section of PhD thesis should my standpoint be in? [closed]

My research is at the intersection of technology and autism (but it's mostly technology focused). I'm approaching things from a particular standpoint of autism (i.e. neuroafirmative, neurocosmopolitan,...
6 votes
4 answers
1k views

Is it common to cite the numbers of results a search engine yields as evidence for the prevalence of something online?

Is it common in academia to include the number of results a Google search on a keyword yields as an evidence for the prevalence of something online? I'm not intending to base my research paper on ...
51 votes
10 answers
31k views

The use of words such as "clearly", "obviously" etc. in a technical paper

Is there any hidden rule for using the words "clearly", "obviously" or similar ones in a technical paper? It can be offensive to the readers in many cases (especially in mathematical proofs), since ...
10 votes
2 answers
2k views

Academic advisor asks me to rewrite text (too?) many times

I have to write a report about my academic progress every year, upload it in my university account (before May 15) and schedule a meeting with my thesis committee (before May 31). I started working on ...
5 votes
1 answer
268 views

Writing a six-year individual (group leader) research proposal (in machine learning)

I am planning to apply for a young research group leader grant. (Specifically: the DFG Emmy Noether program.) This is for a six-year funding period, including funding for myself as a group leader and ...
0 votes
2 answers
96 views

In which section of a paper/thesis to report tercile split and dummy coding of variable? [closed]

I'm writing my thesis in psychological research. On one variable I did a tercile split because in other empirical work it is often done so and literature says that most likely there will be effects on ...
73 votes
12 answers
23k views

Is it OK to generate parts of a research paper using a large language model such as ChatGPT?

Large language models (LLMs) are complex neural networks that can capture and represent world knowledge present in the human-generated text as their weights. LLMs are trained on a large collection of ...
1 vote
1 answer
98 views

In which section to introduce control variables in thesis?

In a master's thesis in psychology, in which section should I introduce the control variables used in analyses? The rationale for the inclusion of control variables in my study was based on prior ...
17 votes
3 answers
4k views

How to find a co-author for a paper I can’t complete?

I am writing a mathematical paper, and I have been able to complete 2/3 of the paper’s main proof. However, I have been stuck with the last third for more weeks than I can count, and I am getting to ...
89 votes
10 answers
55k views

What are the advantages or disadvantages of using LaTeX for writing scientific publications

What are objective advantages or disadvantages of using the markup language LaTeX instead of a WYSIWYG word processor like MS Word or LibreOffice Writer? Please use objective arguments to prevent a ...
11 votes
3 answers
2k views

Should I include papers in a literature review that might overshadow my own results?

I'm composing a literature review on the use of air bubbling carriers in direct contact membrane distillation. I've encountered various papers with promising findings, some of which might overshadow ...
0 votes
2 answers
334 views

If I copy from any source do I also have to use inverted commas along with the source?

I am writing a report in which I have to define some terminology. If I copy from any source and paste it and mention the source will it be enough or do I also have to mark inverted commas along with ...
0 votes
0 answers
110 views

"Inaccurate Content in Literary Analysis"

I've received a couple of literary analyses that quotes dialogue and refers to events in the short story that literally doesn't occur. How does one evaluate such submissions?
6 votes
7 answers
3k views

How to write a paper with word count limit? [closed]

What your preferred approach to writing a paper with a word count limit? The two obvious approach are to Try to write so that you don't exceed the word limit in the first place write however you want,...
2 votes
1 answer
117 views

Should the information within a caption be repeated into the main text?

My understanding is that a caption should be here to help someone read a caption independently from the text (without reading the paper/book/etc for example). This question answers whether a long ...
4 votes
2 answers
3k views

What opportunities are there to write casual articles in math?

I am wondering how to find good opportunities in editorials that publish work to educate younger readers and invite them to be curious about mathematics. For context, I have recently produced many ...
25 votes
9 answers
7k views

Do you write about known code bugs in your publications?

I am a PhD candidate working with a large computer code (my code plus others, well over 100,000 lines). I am starting to realize that the code will always have bugs in it, no matter what I do. I'm in ...
2 votes
1 answer
249 views

Writing a B.Sc. thesis with only failed results

I'm writing my B.Sc thesis about analysing coin cell batteries that I made by hand. Most of them give off voltage when I test them with a multimeter, but when I try to do a formation cycle I get bad ...
0 votes
0 answers
46 views

Question about making footnotes for material taken from a class handout that has original sources

This is my first time writing a paper that requires footnotes, and in the instructions the professor has stated he wants the exact reference when we use materials from one of his class handouts. An ...
-5 votes
6 answers
9k views

Researchers nowadays communicate via screens, not papers. LaTeX is not the right tool to write for screens. Why is it still the go-to for writing?

Web format is interactive, easily to read on the phone, and the editors are as WYSIWYG like Word, but as customizable as LaTeX. Learning HTML/JS is much more useful than learning LaTeX. (Searching ...
80 votes
17 answers
15k views

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 ...
1 vote
3 answers
824 views

Struggling with the discussion chapter of PhD thesis (by publication)

My PhD thesis consists of three stand-alone papers (aka PhD by publication) which are interrelated and aim to address an overarching research question (RQ). Each of the paper answers its own research ...
2 votes
1 answer
363 views

My footnotes are too long and too many due to my anxiety. How to shorten/reduce them?

I am a historian and I have noticed over the last few years that my footnotes have become too long. It goes so far that for a recent article manuscript the word count of my footnotes is only slightly ...
3 votes
3 answers
416 views

What's a good tool to help students perform peer review as a graded assignment?

I am teaching an academic writing course for grad students and part of the course content involves peer review activities on one another's writings. These peer reviews will receive a letter grade. Do ...
-1 votes
2 answers
141 views

How to Properly Reference Equation Steps from Source X in Your Work?

I want to avoid writing something like: However, calculating the variable X and solving this equation requires iteration using the Newton-Raphson method [22, p. 45][15, p. 152]: "equation" &...
128 votes
17 answers
141k views

Software to draw illustrative figures in papers

I would like to have suggestions of good software for drawing illustrations in research papers. I already know about Xfig, but this works only on Linux and is at times, clunky when it comes to text. ...
0 votes
1 answer
153 views

How many related concepts should I try to fit into a research article?

When writing a journal article, I've noticed I have a habit of name-dropping concepts that are related to my argument. This has the benefit of increasing the links between my paper and other research, ...
6 votes
4 answers
1k views

What's the proper name for the section of a research paper introduction where you propose a method? Not to be confused with actual Methods section

I realize there are many ways to structure an introduction. This research paper's introduction has 3 sections: Background and Significance, Relevant Literature, and a third section where I actually ...
3 votes
2 answers
294 views

Etiquette regarding mathematical writing

This is a question about etiquette regarding writing mathematical papers, but I feel like this venue is more appropriate than MathOverflow (though I could be mistaken). The question is as follows: If ...
0 votes
1 answer
103 views

Can a statement of interest be a narrative storytelling kind of style?

I'm doing this for a program. More specific is the prompt here: Share why you want to serve on this committee! Your statement of interest should describe your background, knowledge, and any ...
2 votes
3 answers
1k views

What is the verb for first-authorship?

I am helping someone write his CV. In the publications section, he wrote the following. Authored an article titled "Dense Neural Network ... Now, he was the first/main author for said article. ...
4 votes
8 answers
517 views

What is the best way to improve English vocabulary for academic writing?

As a non-native English speaker, I struggle sometimes during my academic writing because of lack of some academic vocabulary. I have bought many books for academic vocabulary, but I found them to be ...
9 votes
4 answers
2k views

Shall acronyms in scientific papers be expanded exactly once?

There's no way to evade having a lot of acronyms in a scientific paper, often already in the title. I use the latex package glossaries to automatically expand the first use of every acronym (except ...
2 votes
3 answers
1k views

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 ...
2 votes
4 answers
366 views

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 ...
3 votes
1 answer
2k views

Put a forward reference in the introduction

I'm currently writing a paper and in the introduction I have something in this vein : [...] Algorithms of this type have the following characteristics (we discuss this in Section 6). [...] The ...
7 votes
1 answer
3k views

Should 'Equation' as a word start with a capital letter if it is not starting a sentence?

I am writing a mathematical seminar, in it, I reference equation numbers a lot. Should I write something like “see Equation 1” or “see equation 1”? It is now normal for me to write like “...see Table ...
2 votes
2 answers
109 views

Seeking Guidance on Comparing Algorithm Performance Metrics in Research Compilation

I am currently working on a research problem where the existing literature proposes an algorithm that is tested on data generating 100,000 integer values within the range of 0 to 20. The common ...
0 votes
2 answers
408 views

May have embellished my CV and resume by mistake after I was admitted to MA and Ph.D programs. Could either of my degrees be revoked? [duplicate]

I am a doctoral candidate in a Ph.D program right now. I reviewed my old resumes recently to see if there was anything relevant I could include from undergrad (as I am about to graduate with my Ph.D ...
3 votes
1 answer
203 views

Should I explain abbreviations after table of abbreviations in research paper?

I have table of abbreviations at the end of the introduction section. Should explain an abbrevation if it was explained in that table, at other sections of the paper.
5 votes
1 answer
3k views

Publishing in a field that I am not an expert in

To give you some backstory, there is a particular publically-available hospital dataset that has been published about by other groups. I have recently come up with a novel machine learning method for ...
1 vote
2 answers
171 views

On the merit of text-to-speech system during manuscript writing [closed]

Background - I am an educative staff in an university. In my country, there is not a tenure system, but I can work here until the specified retired age. I am suffering from every kind of ...
2 votes
0 answers
330 views

ChatGPT-alike for local abundant PDFs

I have a lot of PDF files collected using such tools as Mendeley or Zotero (thousands of files). I want to use ChatGPT-like to ask questions based on these PDF files (for example: "What is the ...
0 votes
1 answer
107 views

Problems evaluating a system with unexplainable results

I am writing a master's thesis in a Machine Learning domain. I created a system and I am now testing it. I designed most of my system while validating on benchmark set A. The results are good and ...
0 votes
1 answer
165 views

A name for the subsection about the paper structure

If one wants to have a separate name for the subsection which goes like, 'Section 2 is dedicated to... In Section 3, we discuss... Finally, in Section 4...', then what is the best option? "...
1 vote
4 answers
361 views

Asking professor about extending word limit for term paper

I'm currently in my 3rd semester of my Bachelors program and have to write a term paper with a word range of 4000 words ± 5-10%. I'll be writing about Zero‑Trust Network Architectures and the way they ...

1
2 3 4 5
25