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Msc thesis written jointly by two students

Yes, this is possible. For example it is explicitly stated in the university law codex of multiple European countries that cooperative master theses are allowed if the individual contributions are ...
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What advice would you give someone on writing style for a academic paper (vs. thesis)?

Before taking pen to paper, ask yourself what your intended readership should be. For whom are you writing? A very terse paper providing minimal introduction and using highly specialised knowledge ...
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What advice would you give someone on writing style for a academic paper (vs. thesis)?

Besides reading a lot of papers to develop your style/vocabulary, make sure when writing that all of your sentences appear in logical order and make sense for a reader outside of the field. It is much ...
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Accused of plagiarism in my master thesis, which I submitted two years ago. What now?

Assuming that you did not plagiarize, it's best to not engage with this process at university and instead start a legal process against the university. Years after students have left university, they ...
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What advice would you give someone on writing style for a academic paper (vs. thesis)?

He said I should orient me on some of the articles published in there. This is good advice. You hopefully read a lot of papers to prepare your master's thesis. Pay attention to how they are ...
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Accused of plagiarism in my master thesis, which I submitted two years ago. What now?

This can be scary. You need legal advice from an attorney who has dealt with such cases, preferably at the same university. You need at least two items from your university. You need to review their ...
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Professor wants master thesis published in journal - impostor syndrome, next steps etc

You said that your professor is a leading researcher with tons of publications. Why then not to trust him? You are expressing doubts about the value of your research. But expressing these doubts is ...
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Accused of plagiarism in my master thesis, which I submitted two years ago. What now?

I have been involved in a similar situation. A student plagiarized portions of their thesis in ways that should have been obvious to the major professor, but this professor likely didn't carefully ...
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Professor wants master thesis published in journal - impostor syndrome, next steps etc

It does not have to be worthy of some big international prize. It just has to be new and potentially useful to other researchers. Consider if you were back to the start of your grad work. If your ...
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Accused of plagiarism in my master thesis, which I submitted two years ago. What now?

I have my own views on plagiarism and they are not universally shared. I believe that true plagiarism needs to be an intentional act. I read something and decide that I want to present it as my own ...
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Accused of plagiarism in my master thesis, which I submitted two years ago. What now?

What happens next depends on the policies of your institution. However, it's likely within their power to revoke a degree for substantial academic misconduct; they may also have options for lesser ...
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Accused of plagiarism in my master thesis, which I submitted two years ago. What now?

what is the criteria for grading the Master Thesis? You'll have to refer to the rules of your university. There are no universal criteria. If the supervisor already passed me two years ago, did he ...
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How do I get better feedback from my PhD advisor and when I do move on if I can not?

I think your advisor is giving good advice and you need to look deeper for a problem. Note that building on previous work and making a significant contribution are not the same thing. The former, as ...
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My Korean professor and Korean lab members threaten me to give my research to them. Please advise me

While overall it seems prudent to minimize any future inactions with these people, getting this paper might be worth it to engage a little bit longer. You have your degree, and thereby the power of ...
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Is it acceptable to reference a talk in a thesis?

Yes, it is fine to make such a citation and you may need to do so if you rely on what they have said. Yes, give the date and the venue. The same would be true of an "over coffee" discussion ...
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how to deal with unengaged supervisor MSc thesis?

Comply With His Initial Requests Some people will respond favorably to walls of text in e-mail, or long documents through e-mail. I'm one of them. I generate them, too. It is my preferred mode of ...
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Naming a Lemma In Math Thesis

Generally, when a theorem is about a particular action or operation, it's named with the noun form of that operation. The verbs "pump" and "lift" don't have special noun forms, at ...
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Naming a Lemma In Math Thesis

Addition would seem to imply a numerical action. Adding can mean that or other things; adding carrots to the soup. But there are other possibilities with other words. How about "insertion lemma&...
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How soon should I begin my introduction for a PhD by publication?

It may matter what field your dissertation is in. I have just finished my dissertation, which comprised of 4 peer-reviewed articles, with an additional general introduction and general discussion, ...
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How do you decide whether to let a student asking for a (professor-level) advisor to be apart of their senior/junior undergraduate thesis?

An undergraduate thesis project isn't expected to produce original, publishable research. Rather, most undergraduate theses require students to demonstrate knowledge in their field and proficiency in ...
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Made a huge mistake in my bachelor's thesis

First, relax. Take a deep breath. Take another. And relax again. Second, as others have said, it is pretty unlikely that anyone on an admissions committee will ask for your thesis or hunt it down. ...
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How soon should I begin my introduction for a PhD by publication?

I don't think that there are any hard and fast rules for this, irrespective of the discipline. I do think that the discipline might make a difference, but so too does the writer. Like many writers, I ...
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Made a huge mistake in my bachelor's thesis

First of all, are you sure that the analysis is wrong? Was it confirmed by your supervisors when you reached out? In general, it is more likely that you cosupervisor knows more than you do after a ...
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Made a huge mistake in my bachelor's thesis

I'd be very surprised if anyone asks to read your undergrad thesis for PhD submission. But if they did I would add an erratum, or a postscript spelling out what happened and what the effect was. To me ...
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Do I need to sign ex-advisor's PhD dissertation?

I expect that the thing that you are being asked to sign is merely a declaration confirming the applicant's own statement regarding the relative contribution of different authors on jointly published ...
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Do I need to sign ex-advisor's PhD dissertation?

In the end, the relevant question is what it is you are signing. If you are signing an affidavit that the thesis contains some data you have collected and that you are ok with it being published in ...
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APA 7th edition. Page number of direct quote vs referenced in-text citation

I found the original source of your quotation and worked from there. The source is Hyun et al. (as you mention) and can be accessed through here. The words that appear in Hyun et al. are To achieve ...
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I think my thesis analysis sucks and I don't know how make it work

You need only 24 more Korean sentences. This is not a difficult task at all. Get on social media, such as Facebook, Tiktok, Instagram, etc. to find Korean speakers and then ask for help by using those ...
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How should a faculty deal with the problem of Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated texts?

(I'm adding another answer because it's fundamentally different from the other one I wrote) There are tools available now to detect AI-written text. One way is to get another AI to classify the text; ...
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As an outsider, how do I get academics to discuss my idea with me?

Have you considered going to a conference (such as APS March Meeting) to present your work as a poster or oral presentation? This would give you a venue to discuss your ideas with working physicists ...
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As an outsider, how do I get academics to discuss my idea with me?

At least you are not alone Gregor Mendel: Known as the father of modern genetics for his experiments with pea plants, which established the laws of inheritance, was not widely accepted as such until ...
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As an outsider, how do I get academics to discuss my idea with me?

Let me start by saying that I read your readme page and watched your YouTube videos, and I think they're very interesting. I'll give you some more details of what I think shortly. My advice to you is: ...
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I think my thesis analysis sucks and I don't know how make it work

My answer here is one applicable to many questions about difficulties during a thesis: Talk to your thesis supervisor! Writing a thesis is supposed to be somewhat challenging and unpredictable — it’s ...
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As an outsider, how do I get academics to discuss my idea with me?

Let me pick up on the points made by @astronat. First, I'm even less well known than they are as I only get crackpot letters every 6 months. The common thread to these letters is the authors don't ...
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As an outsider, how do I get academics to discuss my idea with me?

There is no conspiracy in the physics community to ignore laymen's contributions. It just extremely unlikely that such contributions are really important. However, every single good idea will be ...
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As an outsider, how do I get academics to discuss my idea with me?

This is not exactly an answer, but it got too long for a comment. Please don't take it the wrong way, I just want to try and give some context to help you understand why physicists may be reluctant to ...
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As an outsider, how do I get academics to discuss my idea with me?

First off, I endorse the idea suggested by @Nobody, in the comments, of seeking a way to publish a preprint paper on arXiv. However, I think that there is a greater problem that is exemplified by your ...
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When is a student's failure to pay their editor an ethics violation?

I'm responding as a dissertation and faculty editor with various types of relationships with universities (approved editor, designated editor, and on the payroll). First, this is not merely a case of ...
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I think my thesis analysis sucks and I don't know how make it work

In your last paragraph you ask two questions: ... how to make this thesis better so that it makes sense? and How can I incorporate those graphs, what data should I put in there? I think the answer ...
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I think my thesis analysis sucks and I don't know how make it work

... I chose 4 politeness techniques in English and found around 74 sentences. I wanted to compare them to Korean. However, my analysis has to contain around 100 elements that should be analysed and ...
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I think my thesis analysis sucks and I don't know how make it work

There is possibly a way out that is actually interesting. You have undertaken a difficult task that may not be solvable, especially in the time available. But the reasons that it is difficult or ...
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When is a student's failure to pay their editor an ethics violation?

At any point when the student attests to the school that the unpaid work is their own This answer has come to me after considering the answers and the comments from other posters, as well as my ...
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