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Is paying someone to fix LaTeX issues in one's thesis ethical?

I do not see any unethical point in this. You were supposed to make an original contribution to your thesis in terms of your research. With respect to writing, you can take help from your friends, ...
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Is LaTeX an implicit prerequisite in Undergraduate Mathematics?

This likely depends on individual school, but for what it is worth: I teach at a large research university with a sizable undergraduate program. None of the faculty in my department will expect ...
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Will plagiarism software find my drafts in Overleaf?

I'm Tom and I work for Overleaf as a Support Manager. Overleaf does not make any data you have on Overleaf public, unless you explicitly choose so by enabling link-sharing and sharing the link on the ...
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Will plagiarism software find my drafts in Overleaf?

Overleaf doesn’t make any documents public. ArXiv hosts preprints, whereas Overleaf is an online LaTeX editor where the files owned by a user are secure and private, equivalent to how nobody from ...
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What is the de facto standard while writing equation in a short email to professors?

I've frequently send and received emails with LaTeX code in them. I don't think I've ever received an extremely short pdf (ie a single line or so). Formulas as image is something I've seen only ...
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Which software is used to write scientific textbooks, especially in engineering?

What publishers and authors choose or prefer for document processing really depends on the discipline. Your profile says you are interested in "Electronics and Communication Engineering". ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for the original bibtex file of a paper?

I would consider this a perfectly reasonable, if unusual, request. That probably has a lot to do with the culture of my field; most papers in particle physics are uploaded to arXiv as LaTeX source (...
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Is it good to leave hyperref activated on a conference paper?

Yes, with a caveat: make sure that the hyperrefs don't include any information that can't be gleaned from the text itself. For example, a common mistake is to use \href to hide a URL, as in: Our tool ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for the original bibtex file of a paper?

My feeling about this is that if you don't personally know the author, it's weird and tacky and will probably result in being ignored. Even if you do personally know the author, it's still kind of ...
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Would it be well-received to ask for the LaTeX source of a textbook?

Slight frame challenge: Instead of just asking for a LaTeX source, which might indeed come across very strange, tell the author what you told us: Your screen reader is struggling with the PDF, and you'...
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Is LaTeX an implicit prerequisite in Undergraduate Mathematics?

Willie Wong wrote a very informed answer. I am not a math professor, and won't dispute any of his points. I'll just add that learning enough LaTeX to be able to use it in homework assignments and ...
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Which software is used to write scientific textbooks, especially in engineering?

I've written several books, maybe a bit "advanced", in mathematics, and I've used plain TeX in all (due to getting committed to plain, as opposed to La-, TeX, to be able to manage small ...
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What does the editor mean by 'removing unnecessary macros' in a math research paper?

Presumably part of what they are asking you to do is to remove macros from the preamble that are not used in the paper. It might also mean that if you defined your own command \ABC as an abbreviation ...
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Is it plagiarism using an AI to do the bulk of my LaTeX?

Overall, no. The tool you use to write something hasn't got the same status as another author. I think it definitely would be treated differently if it was "found out". One thing, be careful ...
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Is it good to leave hyperref activated on a conference paper?

Yes: They help navigate the document. (Except if the conference forbids them, then no.)
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Is paying someone to fix LaTeX issues in one's thesis ethical?

This is quite common. Some Universities in the UK are hiring private companies to improve the presentation of grant proposals, which includes typesetting, proofreading, professional preparation of ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for the original bibtex file of a paper?

As an alternative solution, if your institution has access to Scopus, you can find the paper there and see the citation list and export it in Bibtex. Web of Science has a similar feature. To answer ...
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What does the editor mean by 'removing unnecessary macros' in a math research paper?

I would interpret "macros" as any user-defined commands, i.e. things that appear in your preamble using \newcommand, \renewcommand, \providecommand or \def. (You should probably not be using ...
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Handwritten vs printed assignments

I've seen it done by some students at Utrecht University, while I was a fellow student, and as Master/PhD teaching assistent. I think this was never frowned upon, and personally I'd have a slight ...
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Is it an invasion of privacy to ask a lecturer for details on their LaTeX editor setup?

I don't think anybody would look on such a request as an "invasion of privacy"; if anything, most people are happy to share the names of tools they use. I wouldn't worry about it, but don't be alarmed ...
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Will writing a thesis in MS Word or LaTeX impact my future career?

I think LaTeX is more appreciated especially in some STEM fields I'm going to agree with this and disagree with some of the other top answers. I don't know your field, but generally in fields like ...
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Advisor suggested me to typeset my thesis with a software that I don't know

Learn how to use LaTeX. LaTeX is not hard. If you have any experience programming you'll probably find LaTeX extremely elementary. You can conceivably have issues rendering certain characters or ...
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Would it be well-received to ask for the LaTeX source of a textbook?

It is certainly uncommon to ask for LaTeX sources of textbooks, and while some authors may provide them for you, it is fair to expect that this will rarely work out, for a variety of reasons. The ...
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Is it plagiarism using an AI to do the bulk of my LaTeX?

A very interesting issue! Although I do pay a bit of attention to various tech advances, I was not aware that there was any mechanism/app/device that could convert handwritten to TeX. If any of my ...
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Is paying someone to fix LaTeX issues in one's thesis ethical?

I also see no big problem here. Generally, there is nothing wrong with accepting help for any part of your thesis, I would even encourage everybody to discuss and refine their work with others from ...
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Which software is used to write scientific textbooks, especially in engineering?

A few years ago I was the lead editor for a business engineering textbook. Right at the beginning of the project we had to clarify the question of which software to use. In this field, LaTeX is ...
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Will writing a thesis in MS Word or LaTeX impact my future career?

The only people who will care about what you use to write your dissertation are the people who will be helping you along the way. If your environment involves passing draft documents around and people ...
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Does submitting a paper in Latex format enhance the chances of acceptance?

If both are allowed then both will be fine. I would choose the one I am most comfortable with. Using a program you are less familiar with increases the chance of making a silly error. Such errors are ...
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Researchers nowadays communicate via screens, not papers. LaTeX is not the right tool to write for screens. Why is it still the go-to for writing?

Several major commercial publishers (e.g., Springer, Elsevier) do publish both PDF and HTML versions of articles, so the end format is either. I know that we still need to use paper as the medium ...
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Does submitting TeX sources to arXiv increase risk of plagiarism?

is it really true that this does not make plagiarizing data easier than the simple PDF submission? The Arxiv doesn’t claim this. All they claim is that plagiarism is pretty easy anyway. The ...
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