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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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Should the first letter of the axis label be uppercase?

Suppose you have a diagram in a bachelor's thesis (which is written in English) with one axis "mean stroke count" and the other "standard deviation" Should the first letter of "mean" and "standard"...
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How can my students learn to value the rules of academia?

I teach a course in academic writing covering the writing aspects, the very basics of research skills, such as referencing works, plus related college skills. At this point in the term, quite a number ...
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Is it reasonable to use full word and abbreviation in parenthesis in a chapter title?

Can I use full word plus its abbreviation in parenthesis in a chapter title? here is my case: Chapter 2 Human Immune System (HIS) is it correct? Is there any differences if the the full word have ...
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How do computer science admissions committees process GRE essays sent with the scores?

I am currently studying for my GRE exam and I came across a book which states that GRE essays are sent with the official score reports. How does the admissions committee process these essays? I am ...
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Can I write a paper on a method that is novel but yields similar results compared to existing methods?

I have developed a method that gives similar results (in few cases: better) compared to existing methods and I want to publish it. Can I do this and if yes, how do I motivate it? More specifically: I ...
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Pros and Cons of including less interesting results

For the problem I am trying to solve, I considered 2 base algorithms and devised about 30 variations on each. I then threw about 2 CPU-years and ran a number of simulations to see how they went. ...
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The best ways to cite a theorem whose assumptions/conditions are written earlier in the source?

When one cites a theorem from a source in mathematics, the following problem usually arises: some assumptions/conditions of the theorem are written much earlier in the source, which do not appear in ...
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Creating paper on software tool

In my master thesis I developed a software tool that improves a common workflow used in a certain industry. Currently, no such tool exists, and this workflow is conducted manually all around the globe....
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What's the ethics of (paid) proof-reading college admission essays?

A friend of mine is looking for undergraduate or graduate students in the US to proof-read college admissions essays from high school students back in my home country. There will be pay, but the proof-...
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What to include in a letter of support for an academic assessment?

I have been asked to write a short note that includes comments about the impact and importance of a colleagues' work over the course of the past year - for a pre-tenure review. I could discuss a ...
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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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Is there a lot of writing in PhD programs in top-rank US schools?

I am an M.Sc. student in a university in a developing country, and I am frustrated with the volume of useless writing that we are supposed to do in my program. Every single course has a class project,...
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Why are all these papers exactly 10 pages long?

I've been reading papers authored by professor A's PhD students. I have read about a dozen of papers by now, and realized that all of them are exactly 10 pages long. These papers were written by ...
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Writing a thesis acknowledgement: should I address the person as “you” or use 3rd person?

I'm writing an acknowledgment for my thesis. I looked at several written acknowledgments and realized that the people who are acknowledged are addressed by "you" rather than "He/She". For example, "...
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Expletives in academic writing for coursework?

I was just wondering if I should include an edited expletive in an essay I have to write for a Software Development class. I'm currently writing a paper about debugging techniques and I wanted to talk ...
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Is citing only high-impact articles in my publication ethical?

This question is related to the articles that are often cited in introduction or motivation section of any article. Often while writing an introduction, I mostly cite the famous works that are ...
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Is writing short proofs inline bad form?

I'm TeXing up a paper right now and I would like to ask for a sanity test about proper form. In the paper, there are some statements which seem too simple to be called a Proposition or Lemma, let ...
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How to handle citing duplicate publications?

I am writing a review article and have come across a number of references which were published verbatim in their entirety in more than one place (same author(s) and the same content; Duplicate ...
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Paper ending: conclusion vs. conclusions

What should the last section of a scientific paper be called? Conclusion or conclusions? I always felt like conclusions were things to take away from a paper, and a conclusion was the end of ...
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How to clearly lay out research ideas

A constant struggle for most graduate students is how to clearly lay out research ideas in a coherent manner. We are constantly in the "weeds" reading papers, move data around, running models, and ...
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How to publish two sequential research papers non-chronologically?

I am in an engineering field in which conferences are roughly grouped in two types: theoretical conferences with fundamental concepts and related stuff (for instance, algorithms), and application-...
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Is it OK to reuse part of the related work section published in a previous paper?

We published paper A before. Now, we are writing the camera-ready version of paper B, which is closely related to paper A. Therefore, we currently reused around 50% of the related work section from ...
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Author order when senior and lead author same person

I have an article I'm writing where I'm the senior author, but I also did the majority of the work and wrote the paper. I have two co-authors who have also contributed. In my field (physical sciences)...
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How do I write a good abstract?

So, I'm sitting here, rewriting the abstract of a paper I hope to submit shortly. The abstract I had was old and not very good. I have on good authority that an abstract is an important part of a ...
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How to treat papers or other work from dyslexic students?

I know that as a student with dyslexia you get all kinds of benefits such as extra time for work, exams, access or licenses to spell checkers, etc. (Never used or been offered any, not that I needed ...
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Using a software screenshot in a paper

When writing a paper which, as an aside, talks about the design of a user interface on a particular piece of software, can one insert a (correctly labeled and referenced) screenshot of the software to ...
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Difficult adviser and personal improvements: How do I move forward?

I am a second year clinical psychology PhD student. I have had some difficulties with my adviser in terms of never feeling good enough or that my efforts are acknowledged. The adviser has recently ...
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How should I cite a conjecture to which no written record can be found?

Suppose that a famous mathematician E (long deceased) made a conjecture (C), but no written record of this can be found (either because none exists, or because it exists in a very obscure source). ...
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Why does the APA/MLA format suggest the use of double-spacing?

For someone used to reading the typical single-spaced double-column ACM-styled papers, this format seems odd. At first, I thought it's maybe because some people read better with it. However, I haven't ...
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How to deal with poorly written and formatted papers (as a reviewer)? [duplicate]

From time to time I receive papers to peer review that, in my view, fail to attain an acceptable level of writing and text formatting. Examples of usual issues are: common erratum, poor use of English,...
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What is the Latin term “pace” used for when referencing other scholars?

I frequently come across references to other scholars like: In period P, syntactic construct C did not have function F (pace Smith 2000). I understand that pace here signals that Smith (2000) ...
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Should I normalize inconsistent proceedings titles?

I work in a discipline where titles of published conference proceedings are notoriously inconsistent. (Perhaps all disciplines are like this?) For example, various years' proceedings of the same ...
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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 reference studies mentioned in a paper without having to read the original papers?

I'm review the literature at the moment. Now I'm reading a paper that mention other studies. How can I reference them without reading the original papers?
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Using typographical variants of the same letter as mathematical symbols in a paper

Sometimes I struggle in choosing notations for a mathematical paper. There are probably no explicit rules, but unwritten conventions. In a discussion, is it proper to use different typographical ...
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Citing papers, that are cited within a paper?

I am reading a paper which discussing the change in a specific idea in a field of science over time. I would like to basically summarize the points in the paper but in a smaller fashion by taking some ...
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Academic writing software

General-purpose word-processing programs are OK for academic writing. But I feel the experience can be much improved with some specialized software that takes better care of the special needs of ...
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Choose journal before writing paper?

I want to write three papers from my thesis. But actually I am stuck. What is the first step to do? Do I first choose the journal (more precise scope) and then I move on to write the article ...
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How best to present long equations in two-column papers?

How best to present long equations in two-column papers? I've tried splitting them in two or more lines along operators, but that still looks a bit weird to me, especially when parentheses have to ...
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Half good and some not good results in a research paper?

I have made some research about a computer science topic. The initial idea seemed good, but when I implement the idea; this works in some cases and in some others it does not bring conclusive results. ...
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Referring to non-enumerated (sub)sections of a paper

What is the most appropriate way to refer to the preceding/succeeding (sub)sections within a paper? In my case, the paper style does not allow enumeration of the (sub)sections.
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How to extend and convert a conference paper into a journal submission?

I have been asked to develop a extended version of an accepted conference paper. This extended version will be submitted to a journal for review. Please tell me how to develop the same. Is there any ...
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How can I make sure that the words I write are my own?

Well, I don't know how to confirm to myself that the words which I'm writing are my own words. Now, maybe those words are based on what I have read recently because if not there won't be anything to ...
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Building my personal phrase bank, would this be considered plagiarism?

I have started to build my personal phrase bank since I’m a non-native speaker and struggling to build my arguments and sentences correctly. So I decided to mimic the structure of native authors who ...
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How much background detail should go in the introduction section in a paper?

I have been trying to write a paper. Reading the introduction part I am getting different behaviours from different papers. Some papers cover themselves more than 50% with introduction content as if ...
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How to deal with poor scientific articles that seemingly reached the right conclusion?

I am writing a paper and some of our findings validate the conclusions from an already published peer-reviewed article in a respected journal. We also find things that differ. However the authors of ...
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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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How to structure the personal statement?

Note: personal statement is a different to SOP/research statement. Some universities require this, while the others don't. Unlike the research statement (SOP), the personal statement fragments into a ...
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Using “Smith et al” when another Smith is also referenced

My name is John Smith and I'm writing a paper. In the discussion of the existing literature, I cite quite a few papers from another team, including many whose first author was a David Smith. I usually ...
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Time employed for writing

I am looking for any indication of how long should it take to write, let's say, a paragraph, for a non-native English speaker (with a good knowledge of English). I know that for the writing process of ...