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Over-taking notes due to: 1) copying sentences in textbook + 2) trying to fit new understandings in previous notes which just makes things messy

So I've been having issues lately on note-taking. Written below is a slight stream of consciousness on what I have been doing, my struggles, and potential solutions (I'd like to know about your ...
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Recommendation for creating a graphical timeline representation

Can anyone recommend a site / program / software for sketching and creating a graphical timeline representation. In need of it for a paper.
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Mailing professor to inquire about his research paper [closed]

I want to ask some questions to a professor about his recently developed model. Is writing Inquiry Regarding XXX Model as email subject good?
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How to write a “Related Work” section in Computer Science?

I'm a new PhD student, wrapping up my first year of coursework. To date, I haven't published any papers, and my body of work is essentially null. For this semester's class project in one of my courses,...
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PhD advisor does not correct my writing: how can I get feedback?

My PhD advisor did not provide any kind of feedback or correction on my writing for the manuscript we recently submitted. My writing is good for a PhD student but for sure far from perfect. Yet the ...
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Colleague blames me for not spotting typos when I only reviewed the structure and content

I am a graduate student (PhD) in a STEM program. A fellow lab mate of mine asked me to review a chapter (basically the background/history of their project) of their graduate thesis a couple months ...
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Is my text lacking of citations?

I've started my Masters in Computer Science this year and i'm facing some questions about citations. Papers and dissertations i've seen so far have a lot of citations even for the most basic subjects. ...
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Writing papers in language X and translating to English vs. writing papers in English to begin with?

I'm working with a group in China, and we were discussing the following question, which I would like to ask here too: Question: Is it better to write a paper in Chinese, then translate it into ...
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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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The right way to do academic writing [duplicate]

I am doing PhD in IT I have Bsc in Math (there wasn't writing in my study) and my masters was course based not research. Today I got my paper returned with many comments some of these comments are (...
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In which situations can I claim that additional data is needed for an existing research paper?

I wanted to write about a certain computer science topic, and after a while I figured out that the same research question was taken already. Still, I think that not all problems where addressed in ...
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How to improve English quality of my paper? [duplicate]

I am in phase of writing 2nd paper. Previous paper is rejected. The one of the main objection in previous paper was English quality. As English is not my native language and reviewers only say "there ...
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Adding a short example after explaining the part of the method

I am writing my paper's (social science) methodology part and it consists of several steps that I express mathematically. However, I have a feeling that one of the steps might be better explained if I ...
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How to write the data section when data is reused from a previous work?

I am writing a paper where I am using the same dataset that was used in the previous work which I co-authored. I have written the data and the methodology part of that paper. In the new paper I am ...
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What should I write in the preface of my master's thesis [closed]

Please note that my guide abandoned me and I am studying and preparing my masters thesis myself. There is no help from any faculty in my department as they can not bother, as they are not guide. ...
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File naming conventions when sending file back and forth via email?

I often edit a manuscript draft with co-authors by sending drafts of a document back and forth via email. Depending on who I am working with, cloud-based solutions to working collaboratively are not ...
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Where to get a basic introduction to a science subject published legitimately? [closed]

I have a high school to undergraduate level introduction written for methods and applications of a particular science topic (~5000 words with tables and schematic, like a book chapter). My goal is ...
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Do I cite both sources in the following scenario?

When you have sources X and Y that are similar in content/relay similar ideas, but only choose to use source X in an essay, and then summarize/paraphrase source X, but have source Y on your mind while ...
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How to deal with my PhD supervisors rudely critiquing all my draft papers?

I'm a PhD candidate in biology about three semesters in. I am co-advised by two young married principal investigators (PIs), who are just about to get tenure. Things were going great initially, as I ...
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PhD dissertation burnout duing pandemic (COVID-19)

I am in the process of writing my PhD thesis and it happens to be during the global pandemic crisis. My submission date was supposed to be June 2020 (we are in April 2020), but my supervisor has been ...
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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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When writing the paper about completed experiments, should you cite work you hadn't read before?

I (try to) do research in Computer Science/Deep Learning. I recently did some work developing a novel idea and am writing a paper on it. I have only written one paper before, and I'm currently being ...
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Can I use an Encyclopedia as a reference in an essay?

I am writing a paper that is about another culture. I need to include references about the culture in my paper. Is an encyclopedia an acceptable source for general information about the culture (...
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How can I provide proof that my paper has been proofread by a native speaker?

I have submitted my manuscript to a journal. After several weeks the editor sent me the comments of two reviewers. The editor said that "the authors should provide proof that the paper has been ...
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Can a casual comparison of phenomena and assumptions based on it be presented in a journal/conference paper? [closed]

In comparison to the size of the universe, humans on earth are like bacteria on a speck of dirt. Much like in the animated movie "Horton hears a who". When writing a journal/conference paper, if ...
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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 to to deal with advisor's criticism of my writing?

I am about to finish my PhD, which means I have to write a lot. I am also a non-native English speaker, so my English sucks a lot, especially when it comes to formal writing. In contrast, my adviser ...
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IEEE Referencing: Same source, different page numbers

I'm fairly new to IEEE referencing and have a slight dilemma. If I'm going to be citing the same paper twice in my writing but want to cite specific pages of it, do I include the source twice in the ...
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Repetitively citing studies in a literature review

I am writing my first literature review (not using a systematic methodology) and I am trying to put some thought into the underlying structure of the literature review. I have considered these two ...
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Are there any automated ways of getting PDF annotations into Word or LaTeX source code? [closed]

With my previous two submissions to Elsevier journals, I have received reviews from 5 and 4 reviewers respectively. This results in a large number of comments that needs to be addressed. Some of the ...
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PhD Advisor is lying about funding and doesn't write their own grants

I am currently enrolled in a science research PhD study in Canada. I am co-supervised by 2 people in different fields. The problem is that I started my PhD ~1.5 years ago and was told that there was ...
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Can lowlighting less important text improve readability? Are there alternatives?

I think many experience the following: Sometimes I want to get the main message of a paper within 10 min then I am annoyed by any less important details distracting me. And sometimes I spend days or ...
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Does APA style require a cover page for short student papers?

My students are required to use APA style. I'm familiar with the research paper format, which requires a separate title page (like a cover page). This makes sense for longer papers, but how should ...
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Writing a thesis about a software project

I am currently writing a thesis that is meant to revolve around an experimental software implementation I am also working on. I usually think of theses as being scientific in some way, but there is ...
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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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Should non-native speakers get extra time to compose exam answers?

Today I met with a student who had plagiarized answers on an exam from online sources. She explained to me with apparent honesty that she had spent too long answering the first two questions and then ...
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“Beyond the scope of this paper” phrase

I am writing a scientific paper and I won't be able to go in the details of a certain topic. I am considering to write something like: "The topic XXX is beyond the scope of this paper.". I know that ...
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Taking into account word lengths when writing humanities articles

I am currently writing an article that I hope to submit to a specific journal on women’s studies. The journal’s word limit is 6,000 to 9,000 words. I am still in the planning phase of writing. How ...
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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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Should I 'admit' a weakness of a paper even if it's 'obvious'?

Example: I have a simulation to run that requires social media data sets. The data sets that actually matter are too big to be able to simulate anything useful on. Instead, I picked a data set that's ...
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Simplest way to jointly write a manuscript?

As with many papers in the sciences, there are multiple authors who aren't physically close to each other. I was curious about the most efficient and simplest way to technically share the writing. On ...
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Is there an internet Git-like repository for collaboration on a paper?

I've just started using git for tracking changes in a LaTeX paper I'm writing, and for collaboration with co-authors. However, I cannot find easily private git repositories with reasonable plans for ...
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Should exploratory and incomplete work be part of a thesis?

I just finished the first draft of my thesis in computational neuroscience. It contains all the published work and some other material that is relevant to the main theme of the thesis. I deliberately ...
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Writing a journal paper based on work already published in conference paper

Im in the Applied Computer Science field (deploying technologies in different areas of society). I published a conference paper last year on one such case study and wanted to reuse this data to create ...
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To what extent should relevant background be discussed vs. just referenced?

Is is perfectly appropriate to refer reviewers to other papers for understanding a concept or writer must include the concept in his paper too? What should be done while keeping brevity, plagiarism ...
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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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Bioinformatics pipeline flow chart guidelines? [closed]

I am going to start work on the Materials and Methods for a paper I contributed to a lot in the bioinformatics processing part. I have seen some papers nowadays tend to first present the processing ...
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Journal editor made bad edits to my (accepted) paper - how do I respond?

Earlier this year I had a paper accepted to a well-recognized journal in a particular (humanities) subfield. I finally received proofs of the article, and was (more than a bit) upset at the edits. A ...
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Removing a part of a paper during major revision

I submitted a paper and got it back with a major revision recommendation. There were many revision comments, and to answer some of them, I added appendices. Now I got the paper back with a second ...
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What are the main practical complications/challenges to using Linux as your full time OS, particularly as faculty in Biology/Ecology?

I am an ecology post-doc and considering switching from Windows to Linux for my main work computer (I am not a mathematical modeller). I have used Linux before and I am aware that, with effort, one ...

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