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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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" &...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? "...
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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 ...
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Do most conference papers get written last minute?

When I began my PhD (in a STEM field; somewhat relevant), I had heard from a few people that most papers in my field get written at the last minute. I kind of took that as a personal quirk that those ...
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how to indicate permission when reusing a figure from a published study [duplicate]

This is a follow-up to my previous question regarding the inclusion of a figure in my grant proposal. I followed the necessary steps and obtained permission, which was granted free of charge. I ...
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using a simple figure in a published paper in a grant proposal

I want to use a figure from a published paper (in a Wiley journal) in a grant proposal. Since the raw data is not available, I have directly copy-pasted the image of the figure. In addition to ...
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Can I provide citations in the abstract of a project proposal [duplicate]

I am writing a project proposal for the first time but I am in dilemma whether I should add the citation in the abstract as well or not. Any suggestions?
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How to shorten references [duplicate]

How to shorten the reference format to maximum one line per reference so that it fits to the guidelines. I have already used APA format. But is there any other format for doing so?
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Should I decline a PhD offer due to writing problems?

I finished my masters with a good GPA, it is an 4.0 equivalent to US grading system. However, I know that a PhD is heavily related to writing a lot and writing is by far the most important thing in ...
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Which software can check on false references and incorrect citation on student papers?

I'm a TA at a medium-sized university in Asia, and as part of my routine, I randomly review student papers before using Turnitin for plagiarism checks. During these reviews, I've come across numerous ...
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How to write a good introduction for a software package in a paper?

There are several algorithms in my research area, and I'm the first to implement them all together in a R package with Rcpp. I'm working on a paper in which I'd like to compare those algorithms as ...
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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 ...
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In a small dissertation text of 3 or 4 pages, is it possible to divide the text into sections and/or subchapters?

I'm going to do a public contest whose proof is a dissertation text. To better organize ideas and present them clearly, I intend to divide them into a few sections. However, if they reject the text ...
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Does it make sense to send fanmail to scientists whose works I enjoyed? How to make it make sense? [duplicate]

While writing my PhD I've come across some writings that were OUTSTANDINGLY well written, handy and helpful. Obviously I cited them, but as I understand, thesis citations aren't counted by various ...
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If you introduce an abbreviation/acronym in the abstract, should you reintroduce it in the introduction to be safe? [duplicate]

For instance, say I introduce the term "macular degeneration" in the abstract and follow it with (MD) to establish the abbreviation. Should I just use (MD) from then on, including in the ...
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MSc Dissertation - Model may have been flawed from the start, how do I deal with writing about it?

I'm currently writing my MSc dissertation for an MSc in Artificial Intelligence. My university allocates a 3-month period for the whole project. At this point in the project, I realised my reasoning ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What are the correct English tenses in a manuscript?

The following examples are representative situations in scientific writing. I hope to understand whether there are any preferred or correct tenses, and whether there are grammatical reasons and ...
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Co-author uses ChatGPT for academic writing - is it ethical?

I am writing a paper with a co-author. I spent a considerable amount of time (several months) writing a first draft of the paper. I then sent it to co-author asking them to revise the draft and add ...
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Interpretation and compliance with IEEE guidelines regarding the use of AI-generated text in research papers

I am in the process of submitting a research paper to an IEEE journal. While going through the submission guidelines, I came across the following instruction: The use of artificial intelligence (AI)–...
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Do spelling changes count as translations for citations when using different English dialects?

Please assume I have a direct quote that contains: "found in the neighborhood". I wish to use this as a direct quote in my paper. My spelling checker flagged on "neighbourhood" ...
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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 ...
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how to avoid procrastination of writing manuscript?

Let me ask an academician who knows lifehacks well. I'm thinking of ways to avoid the following vicious cycle related to writing manuscripts. Go straight to one's keyboard or terminal → people can't ...
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Software Citation APA 7 - RStudio and Qualtrics

As part of my social psychology academic research paper, I have difficulty finding information about Software citations. I used the 'R Studio' IDE to do the statistical analysis, and used 'Qualtrics' ...
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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 ...
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What do you call a paper without solid analysis and discussion?

I find in my reviewing activities that the last few years I've encountered more and more papers that are "data dumps". They tend to be papers with lots of data but very little analysis, ...
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Program/Process for updating calculation results in manuscripts

When writing a manuscript, my current practice is to conduct whichever calculations needed in one specific program (e.g. Python or Matlab) then copy and paste the result of the calculation into the ...
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How to refer to the work you are presenting in a scientific paper?

I am co-authoring a scientific paper. In the related works section, we discussed how our work addresses some of the limitations not evaluated in the literature. To keep style more formal, we ...
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Sending paper to a journal while proposing its shortening right away

The Setup I hold a prepared and written manuscript (10 500 words of text) focused on argumenting about specific problem in my field of study. This paper has been rejected few times from the most ...
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Does a problem statement chapter contributes / addressing a research question by establishing a deeper problem understanding?

Considering a PhD thesis that use a problem statement chapter in the middle of the thesis. The reason for the chapter is that the required background information is only, fully available at this point....
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Is the use of we / us (in the sense of the reader and writer exploring the topic) accepted in a PhD thesis or bad style? [duplicate]

Before, referring just to some other question that sounds likely to be the same, e.g., about can I write: "I/We have developed X?", what I am asking about is: "Let us (you the reader ...
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Best way to write an equation while explaining something in a paper

I have found it difficult sometimes to write properly an equation in the middle of some explanations on a research paper, for example: This can be rewritten by a change in parametrization a = m as, E ...
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First authorship dispute between the research leader and the person who did the most important analysis. What is the solution?

I'm involved in a research with a first authorship dispute between the one who lead the research and the one who did the most important part of the analysis. I give you the facts from a neutral ...
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Should I reproduce figures from other publications in my thesis to make it more self-contained?

I am working on a computer science master's thesis wherein I occasionally cite figures and tables from other works. Currently, the way I am doing this is something like Foo et al. (2021) visualise ...
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Can I get into a career that specialises in mathematics writing?

Ever since I learned about math writing in LaTeX, I have really enjoyed it. Over the summer before my freshman year of college, I spent hours rewriting a few papers I had written in google docs (yes ...
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How to make a Diagram like these for research papers? [duplicate]

im writing a research paper and as part of it I am discussing methods of calibrating a 3D camera. I found this image from another paper i was reading and was wanting to replicate it for my own paper ...
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Adding new experiment in results and discussion section

I'm writing a paper and found some straightforward additional things to do based on what I wrote in the Results and Discussion section. I want to add a new experiment based on the findings and I am ...
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Giving instructions on how to use ChatGPT in academic homework

I am currently noticing that students are submitting essays where they have used ChatGPT to produce the text of their essay assignments. On some occasions, they have used it to correct the writing of ...
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Motivation of a paper from referee reports

I have been working on an article (in mathematical economics) for some time now and received many comments from referee reports on the use of a functional form that is commonly used in the literature ...
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