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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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How many references should be included in the bibliography of a Master thesis?

Surprisingly, I have not found a similar question to mine - all I found was a question about the maximum number of citations per sentence. However, I am more interested in the total number of ...
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Will one flawed grade outside of my major from my freshman year affect graduate school? [duplicate]

I'm an English major and planning to apply to graduate schools. My freshman year I originally planned to be a bio major due to pressures from my family. I had to take chemistry and biology, which soon ...
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How do I correctly show price differences in academic writing

I am writing a text about a new technology in electronics systems. Here is a problem that I am addressing in the text: There are people that want to use high frequencies in electronics, but at ...
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Is there an academic\ethical reason for omitting place names in environmental science papers?

I hope this is the right SE site for this question. To be clear, I am not asking anything about the contents of the paper, but on the practice of omitting certain information that I thought should be ...
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U.S. abbreviation in APA style

APA says that "U.S." should be typed out with periods if the abbreviation is being used as an adjective. If you are using this "common" abbreviation, do you need an earlier parenthetical explanation ...
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Why are footnotes expensive for publishers to reproduce?

According to the Purdue OWL APA guide: APA does not recommend the use of footnotes and endnotes because they are often expensive for publishers to reproduce. Perhaps this question belongs on a ...
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Does anybody have some research papers writing advices?

I am writing a biology research paper. My topic is related to organs transplantation (current issues, ethical problems etc). I have written a draft and showed it to my professor. She was satisfied ...
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Can I copy text from a scientific paper onto my website without directly referencing?

I am writing a text for a website where I'm going to sell nootropics. I was wondering if it is illegal/fraudulent to copy the text directly from the scientific papers onto my website without directly ...
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How to efficiently find citations for quotations after writing?

I wrote a long document about mathematics with a lot of quotations. I must provide a citation for every quotation, but did not do this so far. Now I’m stuck because I can’t efficiently find the ...
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Lord and Prof titles

Someone has a title Lord and is a Professor. How will I address a letter? And what will the correct manner be after Dear?
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How to get work done whilst feeling crippling shame?

In academic work, when we are writing or have written a paper for example, there might be strong feelings of shame about the work done or to be done. These feelings can get in the way of finishing or ...
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What year to use when citing second editions of books

This seems like a silly question, but I can't find a clear answer online. If Dr. Brainiac's Big Book of Science was first published in 1974, but I have the second edition, published in 1996, should I ...
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Editing photographs in paper

When using photographs for papers (assuming they've been taking by the author), to what extent can they be retouched and (a) be used without mention of retouching or (b) used but require mention of ...
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How to avoid the “you didn't consider this” review in a scientific publication?

I am a 5th year PhD student, and I have been writing scientific papers for conferences for a few years now. One constant in the feedback that we get from reviewers is what I call, for lack of a better ...
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Introducing abbreviations in an abstract for a repeated term

I use a long term (e.g. "artificial neural network") more than once in the abstract of a paper. Is it best to introduce the abbreviation (e.g. "ANN") after the first occurrence, or repeat the non-...
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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 ...
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How do I find references and how do I know that they are valid?

I took a pause from school during personal problems and started it again half-year ago. Now that I've finished almost all of it, the last thing I have left is to finish my thesis-work. My professor ...
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How to compile an index for a book efficiently, if at all possible?

My book manuscript of ca 250 pages was accepted by a publisher. The book contract obliges me to either prepare an index myself or to delegate the task to the publisher, who in turn would hire a ...
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I want to switch PhD programme [closed]

I started a PhD programme 6 months ago. During the selection process you were asked which areas would u like to work in. My studies specialization is in microbiology and molecular biology, I clearly ...
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Should I put a theorem statement with a lot of hypotheses and notation in the introduction?

I have a theorem which requires a lot of notation and explanation and hypotheses in order to state. I usually tend to put all theorem statements in the introduction of the paper so that someone can ...
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What causes some students to be selectively impervious to supervision of their thesis writing?

Background In my academic surrounding, we follow the following approach for supervising the actual writing of a bachelor’s and master’s thesis: Whenever the student has written something more than a ...
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Differences between SSRN, arXiv, academia.edu, NBER working papers, et al [closed]

Posting papers on depositories for working papers may lead to higher visibility than posting on a personal website. The depositories send out updates about new papers and people browse uploaded papers....
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What to do if you forgot some proofs while writing your thesis?

I am currently writing my master’s thesis. It is like a survey and contains lots of theorems with or without proofs. Everything that I am writing, I studied and proved before. However, I see that I ...
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How to know a community of researchers in order to be more successful in research and getting papers accepted? [closed]

Knowledge is what lies between heads of people in a community; This is an idea, I recently learned from a video tutorial on writing research papers in a youtube video. In this video, a professor ...
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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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What are some tips for passing qualifying written exam (i.e., writing a lot in a week)?

My school's comprehensive qualifying procedure has thee parts. A paper that is a synthesis and analysis of the literature on my topic, A written exam that lasts 5 days, and An oral exam on my topic....
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Can future works sections be similar in different papers?

A simple analysis method was proposed in an already-published paper. I am working on a more complicated version of the same method. The future works section of the published paper and my future works ...
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Citations in a math blog

I am an incoming math PhD student in the US. I am thinking of starting a math blog. The intended audience is myself plus maybe other math graduate students. I am a little concerned about citations to ...
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Does writing matter a lot in research?

I am a PhD student (mid stage) and my work includes the use of mathematics. I try to learn as much as possible. I am facing a problem: I spent enough time on the mathematics required for my research, ...
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Ought mainstays (people recurring in a piece of academic writing) be abbreviated?

Presume that these mainstays (even if their names are short) can all be named publicly. I fancy referring to them only with my abbreviations that I introduce on the first page, to save space and ...
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What tense to use in thesis when describing complex simulation models?

I've researched the "rules" regarding use of tenses in scientific writing. However, I'm still not sure how to describe the simulations I've done during my thesis. Just a simple example: 1: An ...
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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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How to improve student seminar presentations and seminar papers

During the last semester my supervisor Prof. X held a seminar for bachelor and master students (mostly computer scientists). According to the study regulations the students have to give scientific ...
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Where can i study academic english in an English-speaking country? [closed]

I am an electrical engineering PhD student, from an African country and the official language here is French, but since most of journals and revues are in English, I always struggle to write my papers ...
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Is it acceptable to criticise papers when writing a related work section

When writing a paper it is important to discuss related work. I am working on a problem where two research fields meet. When I did a literature review I noticed that related papers often omit ...
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Is 15 sections too many for a journal article?

I am planning to write a journal article about real-world algorithms solving a practical problem for an IEEE Computer Society transactions journal. The section outline currently is as follows: ...
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How detailed should one be in writing the referee's report?

When writing a referee's report for an editor of a journal, does one always aim and try to be as brief as possible, saying yes or no to the publication (giving a couple of sentences in support of one'...
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How do I quickly describe the timeframe a topic became relevant?

In a single sentence in a homework for a historical overview I mention that: Video games [in academia] became relevant only after the new milennium. Before that, topics concerning video games ...
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I am writing a briefing paper, and it only consists of facts and citations

I am writing a briefing paper, and it only consists of facts and citations. Literally every sentence is a quote or a link to another source. The topic of the paper is pretty much covered and there ...
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How to express success of the found solution in a thesis?

I currently write my thesis, therefore I develop and later implement a solution for a problem and do a performance & security evaluation afterwards. The results of the evaluation are quite good ...
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Repeat acronym in conclusion

Can I use acronyms and abbreviations in the conclusion of a scientific paper or should I avoid them? Even though the main idea of acronyms and abbreviations is to avoid repetition, my impression is ...
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Do the top journals actually read papers? [closed]

Let's say there is a physicist who is merely 21 years old, has no relation with academia and is only beginning, but has came up with a contradiction/refutation in the theory of relativity. His 25-page ...
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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 ...
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Citing different papers which use different notation for the same concept,

Not sure if this is the place to ask about this. But for lack of knowledge of a better resource, I turn here. When citing papers which use the different notation for the same model, is it better to ...
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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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What computer specs should be included in numerical results section, when, and why?

Generally in the numerical section for papers I read, they include (if at all) computer specs like how much RAM, CPU speed, or type of processor. What kinds of computers specs should I include? When ...
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Is it ok to have a paper with no academic citation but just think tank and investigative journalism?

I'm writing my first paper for a conference about an issue enquired just by think tank, investigative journalism, ONG and United Nation Agencies but not directly from academic research. So, is it ...
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Scientific research paper – how broad should the introduction be?

My research answered a very specific question. But the hypothesis I was testing will also likely have very broad application. I want to make sure to convey that importance in my paper. Is the first ...
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Should I always force the use of active voice in my dissertation?

I decided to use first person ("we") and active voice as the primary style of writing my dissertation in the domain of Computer Science. I have read some discussions about this topic and the people ...
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Should I add a non-requested work to my major revision of a scientific journal paper?

I am wondering if I should follow the advice of my co-advisor or a relative of mine who is also a researcher and used to write a scientific paper in the same field (but currently with less experience ...