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There are cases where real code is preferable, and cases where pseudocode is preferable. You shouldn't rely on a simple iron rule, but rather on judgement of what is appropriate to the situation. Some things to consider: Programming languages come and go. In the 60s, Fortran was considered a really nice and readable programming language, much easier to ...


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I think that the best favour you can do to your friend is to teach him how to use LaTeX, so that he can improve the look of his work by himself. In this way, you won't go against any rule and you'll teach your friend a new skill.


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I think this is probably not appropriate. You could ask the professor, but if it were me I would say no. An important part of learning math at the undergraduate level is being able to write math clearly, and this includes the low-level yet essential skill of being able to handwrite or typeset math notation. If you're typesetting the assignments for your ...


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You could try contacting the editor in chief of the journal to see if they could get the problem fixed. This worked for me when I had similar problems with a paper last year.


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Why don’t journals make alternative computer-friendly versions of the articles? They already do. It’s usually called HTML version. I couldn’t find any statistics on how widely available this is, but as far as I know, all major journals in my field (physics), all mega-journals, and Elsevier offer this.


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Because they are incompetent. That's about it, really. But don't lump all publishers/journals as one - the typesetters for one journal might not be the same as that for another journal, even one published by the same publisher, and of course there are good and bad employees everywhere.


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No. Almost no one cares. You should learn LaTeX if you intend to work mathematics and will need to write up your work. It's much simpler to typeset formulas in LaTeX than MS Word, and it's also free.


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If there is a standard in academic typesetting¹ and typesetting in general, it is to use a narrow space, i.e.: With space: 10 mA; without space: 10mA; with narrow space: 10 mA The most suitable Unicode character for this is U+202F (narrow no-break space). This is also the default setting of the LaTeX packages units and siunitx. The SI Standard says (p. ...


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This notation was more common historically, particularly in the British empire. My guess would be that the Lancet, being an old journal founded in England in 1823, is sticking with it because of tradition rather than a really good reason.


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In my research, I often write algorithms, which may contains statements like: Find a dominant subspace of a given hermitian matrix A with relative accuracy Ɛ. Find a nonnegative solution of this system of equations / inequalities. Sort these eigenvalues from large to small in modulus, discard small ones and reshuffle the eigenvectors accordingly. These ...


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Excel can produce high quality charts, but it takes a lot of work. The biggest difference between Excel and other systems is the quality of the defaults. I suspect some people are using excel charts, but they have gone to a lot of effort to tidy them up. In the example chart, you will, for example, definitely need to deal with the x-axis labels overlapping ...


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I'll venture a minority opinion (I'm in mathematics, where the culture is very possibly different than in other fields). As a referee, I have an instinctive negative reaction if I know that an author has taken the time and effort to conform to a particular journal's style. The grounds for this is that most journals employ typesetting staff for this purpose. ...


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If you do use a color CV make sure it still looks good when printed monochrome! Some people on the committee will prefer to read hard copies, and in all likelihood they will be printed in monochrome.


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I read papers, I don't hang them on my wall. That is the main objective, and your design should subdue to it. I enjoy a well crafted book, but I get extremely annoyed when some unnecessary decoration gets in the way of usage. In your case, the font of the titles requires a mental effort from my part to read them, which I find unacceptable, and thus, ...


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(I will quote a comment by kahen and a chat message by Ulrike Fischer.) You have got three qualities of the thesis production: good, cheap, fast. You can choose two. Hiring a LaTeX specialist is good (if you find a good one), fast (if you find a good one) but expensive --- typesetting a 100-page thesis can take around 20--30 hours of work, easily more ...


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I am in your exact same situation: Spanish name with 2+2. I have lived abroad for 6 years now, most of it in Ireland. There is no way out of misunderstandings, I'm afraid, and your second last name will often be assumed to be your only family name. Here is a recipe that has worked out for me so far: For a non legally-critical situation, e.g. your name on ...


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Speaking as both an editor and reviewer, I am definitely prejudiced against a paper that fails to follow prescribed submission formatting (which may or may not relate to the final published format). It is simply a matter of professionalism and prior correlation. As an editor and reviewer, you see a wide range of material submitted. Some is really good, ...


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Pseudo-code is forever; real languages change all the time. If you'd published a paper with an algorithm in Python in the Python 2 days there is a significant possibility that the "executable" code that you wrote then will no longer operate correctly if people run it under the latest release, even in less dramatic cases the advance of new libraries and ...


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The bolding trick suggested by others is fine up to a point, but eventually it will get to be silly. I'm coming from a nuclear and particle physics background and have papers with hundreds of coauthors. So I didn't take care that my name showed up. I just built my publication list using bibtex in the standard format for my discipline and assumed that ...


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Why do many universities require strict format on theses, Actually, sometimes the requirement is not as strict as you would think, and they do accept some variety. Also, if they provide a template for you to use, that's not the same as not accepting anything that diverges from it. when the most important thing in them is the content? That's the most ...


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I would say: Use tables if the actual values are of importance and use plots if trends (or similar things) are important. The rationale is simply that one cannot extract actual values of a function at specific places from plot. Vice verse its much simpler to see linear growth or periodicity from a plot than from a table.


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If I understand correctly you suggest adding your name as third regardless of where it occurs (later than third). I would not recommend such a solution since it may be thought of as inflating your own importance (assuming author order reflects that). Even if such a solution would be acceptable within a specific community, one has to consider how it can be ...


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To expand on @Anyon's answer more generally, mathematical notation is not universal between countries. Where the decimal symbol appears—and what the decimal symbol even is—varies significantly. For instance, in most of continental Europe, the period and comma are switched so that what in the US would be "24,321.12" would be "24.321,12" in Germany or the ...


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The International Standard ISO 8601 is YYYY-MM-DD. See Wikipedia and A summary of the international standard date and time notation. Sadly this is not used by everyone as can be seen in this article about date formats per country: The most popular order is day-month-year (Little-Endian, cyan in the image), used by about 57% of the world population. Next is ...


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Based on your comments, the typesetting problems are not just about ugly formatting, but they actually change the meaning of the article (and significantly increase the chance that people will misread it). This is not explained clearly in your question. Did you explain it clearly to the journal manager? He might think that you are a perfectionist who is ...


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Azor Ahai's comment about reproducibility is the most important one. I used Excel for many years in a professional but non-academic setting but gave it up when I needed auditable, reproducible results. It is extremely easy to make mistakes when you use Excel and very hard to detect that you have made them. It is effectively impossible to check an Excel ...


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Well-chosen, non-frivolous epigraphs can enhance a thesis.


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