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What hypothesis should I raise when literature goes for two sides?

I am a finance student. I am learning the impact of bribery laws on dependent variable Y. The literature supports both sides: some studies support that Y will increase after the laws, others support ...
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How to deal with a PhD advisor who makes mean comments?

I’m one year into my PhD program, and I recently drafted my first review article. I’m a native English speaker, and was often applauded for my writing during high school and college. My advisor made ...
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Overuse of i.e. and e.g

I got used to using 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' to give more details or give examples, but I have been told that I overuse them. When is it appropriate to remove them? When should I absolutely use them? I feel ...
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Choice of I vs we in job applications and grants

In mathematics, it is standard to use "we" instead of "I", even in single author papers. Is this the case for job and grant applications as well? For instance, suppose I wish to ...
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What are the characteristics required for a PhD thesis?

PhD days are important in ones life. They influence the research career as well as the academic career of a person to a great extent. In many cases it influences the personal life of a person to a ...
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How to deal with large figures in draft of a paper

I am working on a draft of a paper and I have large figure that does not fit into 1 page. I can split the figure into two, but I wonder what is the appropriate way of doing it. Two ways that I ...
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Rewriting book in Bachelor Thesis

Is it okay to just rewrite whole chapters from a book while describing a theory you are using in your Bachelor Thesis? Is it okay to only have two books as references and few (3-5) papers on arxiv to ...
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Writing a postdoctoral fellowship proposal

This is not going to be a specific question and may be off-topic for this site: I'm looking for advice, tips, or a template for writing a fellowship proposal. I'm in my first computer science postdoc, ...
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Is the practice of providing simple examples in research papers recommended?

This question is restricted to the domain of Cryptography. While reading research papers from the Cryptography domain, I came across papers that provide examples for the schemes or algorithms they ...
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What to use to denote numbered list with hierarchy in Academia (ie. numerals, alphabets, roman numerals) [closed]

Perhaps I'm missing the right search words/terms. I recall there was a way to use a numbered list and how to structure it's hierarchy but can't seem to find the recommended way on the internet. How ...
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Capitalize "Ref." or not?

I have just learned to capitalize "Chapter" and "Section" when referring to specific chapters or sections. Is this also the case for "Ref." as in "As shown in Ref. [...
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Which is Highest Content Level of Academic Papers: Chapter or Section?

Is there a rule or common agreement on which one to use on Academic Papers? Chapters > Sections > Subsections ...; or simply Sections > Subsections > ... ? Is it the case that chapters ...
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Suitable citation style for dealing with many de-identified sources, interviews and personal correspondence?

Background: I am writing a paper analysing various organisations that I need to de-identify. For my analysis I need to cite three types of sources: Publicly available published works that identify ...
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Ethics about hiring writer for partial research paper writing

I want to hire someone to do partial research writing for me, particularly the introduction section. I will do the rest of the work. All the practical work is completed. This is non-graded work. It's ...
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What are the potential pitfalls of using non-Greek/non-European characters as symbol in scientific writing?

So I am in a dilemma in that a recent publication literally has used up every (legible) character on this page. We have checked thoroughly and every single character is necessary and this many ...
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Is it possible to follow notations/terminologies from a previously published article in a new paper without re-explaining them (in Computer Science)?

As I understood correctly, in the field of computer science, there is no "standard notation" in scientific publications for explaining various aspects of a computer system. Even though in ...
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Quoting a book whose title contains a racial slur

I'm writing a paper on the Front de Liberation du Quebec; a homegrown Quebec terrorist organisation in the 1960s. As research, I've extensively studied a book by one of the intellectual leaders of the ...
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Journal articles — Is it okay to break down the introduction in subsections?

I am writing an article for publication in a journal, and I couldn't find the answer here on Stack Exchange or in the journal guidelines. The field in question is electrical engineering. As I'm ...
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Results presented in order not monotonous in importance

I am writing a paper in theoretical computer science about two closely related problems A and B and a variant of A which I call A'. I am now planning to order the results as follows: Solution to ...
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Why is there still so much academic gibberish? [duplicate]

I was checking a paper that was posted on Twitter where everyone seemed to be so enthusiastic about, so I had a short check on it. Here is the first line: Post-Cartesian frameworks, including ...
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Writing an arXiv paper without "Introduction" or "related work" sections

Many conferences and journals demand that a paper must follow certain guidelines; otherwise the paper will not get accepted. For example: Writing introduction section Writing previous related work ...
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Where should I place the citation in this sentence?

I have the following sentence, where the citation refers to the first part of the sentence. Because of how it appears in the formatting of my paper, and how it reads, I would like to have the citation ...
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How to properly cite (and write a paragraph) that a paper is based upon another paper but proposes different contribution?

I have a paper A which is already published. Now I want to write paper B which will use data from the same expirement conducted in A but with results which were not mentioned in paper A. Basically, ...
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Re-did my experiment, how to properly mention it?

After doing and evaluating my experiment/model, I decided to redo it (changed some small things based on the results of that experiment), because I believe that this new way would give me even more ...
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Where should I place my figure if it will break essay layout?

I've been struggling with the placement of a figure in my essay (using APA style if that helps). Basically, I reference it in a paragraph that is fairly close to the bottom of the page, but probably ...
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How to respond to "unfair to write English" comments?

I teach mathematics and computing; for example, our department's discrete mathematics course. As is customary for that course, it's used as the first foray into formal mathematics, including a heavy ...
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Why do formal research papers keep statements that should be interpreted informally?

In several domains, I came across many popular research papers that do contain statements that should be interpreted informally. If someone interprets them formally, it leads to a totally wrong ...
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Alternatives to IMRaD for journal papers

IMRaD (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion) seems to be the standard structure of scholarly journal papers. Are there also alternative standardized paper formats that are known to obtain ...
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Where to put the interpretative mathematical derivations in my research paper?

In my research, I've got some new data and there should be some mathematical derivations to interpret the results of previous work. Is it appropriate to put this part of content in the Discussion ...
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Was my research topic poorly motivated? And how do I now turn it into a paper?

I finished my master’s program last year. The topic of my thesis was suggested to me by one of the PIs at the faculty, who then supervised my project. The question seemed perfectly reasonable at the ...
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Research team writing using different tools

I work on a research team of four people. However, different members use different tools and this makes working together more challenging. I'm wondering if there are any solutions to this problem (...
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What should a technical thesis' conclusion entail of?

I can't speak for other CS students but I personally don't have much imagination regarding what to write sometimes. I have nearly finished finalizing my thesis regarding a Rubik's Cube Solver I have ...
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Did they do some of the project without telling me?

So I am doing this bachelor thesis for a research institute and they wanted me to do different kinds of development. Like conversions of files and implementing a system (I call it system A for ...
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Should I include all relative publications in my manuscript?

I am a PhD candidate and when i'm writing a manuscript for a conference or journal i have the same question. Let's say my manuscript is about a topic A. When i'm doing my bibliographic research i find ...
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Is it good to leave hyperref activated on a conference paper?

It is recommended to send a copy to an IEEE conference with the hyper-references activated? This includes hyperlinks to sections, equations, tables, references, etc. The paper was written using LaTeX.
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How are suitable epigraphs in books found? [closed]

Sometimes we see some scientific books (for example in the fields of computer science, game theory, ...) start their chapters (mostly the first chapter) with epigraphs from famous people, movies, an ...
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Is it necessary to discuss the reason of the algorithm choice in my paper?

In my paper, I used a specific ML algorithm for modeling and I wonder if it necessary to discuss the reason why I chose this algorithm instead of the others?
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Reviews, feedback and comments from collaborators/supervisors when writing in RMarkdown

Posting here rather than on StackOverflow as the question is not code-related. I have been wanting to make the switch to RMarkdown for academic writing (as opposed to Word) for a while now, but there ...
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What is the difference between Project's background and Project Significance?

I need to write my project's significance. I googled to find examples on project's significance, but I found article referring to project's background and significance as the same thing. https://orsp....
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How to avoid over use of "I" in papers?

I'm writing a Design Report. This is about 12k words long. Because it's about research I've done and certain choices I've made, I'm using a lot of "I". Personally I don't think this is a ...
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PhD student and slow, painstaking writer. Any advice?

I am a PhD student (in the UK, and part-time, member of faculty at the same time) But I struggle to write well and fast. To quote my supervisor: The greatest weakness [of your report] is a ground hog ...
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Is repeating a mathematical formula or equation in a scientific paper considered bad writing?

I'm writing an engineering paper which is filled with equations (physical demonstrations in the theoretical section and numerical methods demonstrations in the methods section). I want to rewrite one ...
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How do I paraphrase a table?

I have to add a table to my thesis but it is detected as plagiarism. I have used data from this table in my thesis. However I wish to prevent this table to be detected by Turnitin. Is there any way I ...
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Word "believe" in scientific context

I am trying to write a paper. We have done certain experiments and results from it are good. So, I feel that if our idea can be implemented in other sites, it can benefit those sites. Now my question ...
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Numbering sections in a two-part paper

How do you number the sections in a two-part paper i.e. a paper that is published in two parts? I wrote an expository paper for high school students and it got accepted into a magazine, only that it ...
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General Guidline in making a index for a textbook

I am currently writing a textbook in some mathematical area and now I am at the point of creating an index of words. Are there some general rules in academia on this, like there are for citing ...
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Writing advice for a junior PhD student writing a single-author paper [closed]

I am a second year theoretical physics PhD student authoring a paper on my own in a subfield completely different from my advisor's (in my free time, with his blessing). My question is specifically ...
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How to address dependencies when publishing a chain of papers

In computer systems, it's relatively common to have a large problem which is broken up into multiple sub-problems, each of which is substantial in its own right and is in the realm of different ...
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What does "inclusive page numbers" mean?

I am preparing a manuscript for submission to Journal of Cardiology. The author instructions say "Please provide inclusive page numbers, e.g., 51-9." What does that mean? How else can you ...
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overlapped results in tables for research journal

In research papers (for examples, computer science journals), may I have overlaps between multiple tables containing experiment results? My situation is like this. I have two tables Table A and Table ...
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