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How should special terms be styled according to the IEEE style guide?

You can see IEEE's style guide here; however, it does not state a policy for "special terms." It does contain many examples, all of which show common technical words used with no quotes or ...
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Is it a good idea to omit the structure of a paper from the introduction?

This is easy to test and will apply to conventions in your field. Write the introduction as you like, omitting the structure phrases if you like. If no reviewer objects then it isn't a problem. But if ...
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Unit Symbols for Equations

Some engineering papers assume a specific background set of units, and then omit all units from numeric constants. Thus (for example) one might say that an object falling with negligible air ...
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Unit Symbols for Equations

It might be worth pointing to items 3.21 and 3.22 of the ISO 80000-1:2013 standard. It's clear to me from those two items that the referee is wrong to ask for this, although I can't guarantee that it ...
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Unit Symbols for Equations

Before considering a reply, I would first try to work out if the reviewer has misunderstood something about your paper/calculations which have resulted in them asking this question. If this is ...
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Should tables have variables in columns or rows?

Wrong question. The right question is: How do I present data in such a way that it is easiest to understand for my readers. Rules for presentation are always superseded by aiming to make it easy to ...
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Scientific writing: attributing actions to inanimate objects

These are questions of taste more than questions of grammar. "This paper describes ..." isn't wrong, but it does put the paper rather than what's being described first. If possible, start ...
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Scientific writing: attributing actions to inanimate objects

This answer suggests writers should prefer inanimate actions. I agree with Dan's answer, that a paper can describe or explain something. I'd even say it can conclude something, that is what the ...
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Scientific writing: attributing actions to inanimate objects

Your premise that inanimate objects are not capable of action is false. Does the Earth not revolve around the sun? Do leaves not fall on the ground? Is the book “Crime and Punishment” not a thought-...
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Scientific writing: attributing actions to inanimate objects

This is a matter of style, so I doubt there's a concrete rule. You could certainly use the APA Style & Grammar guide to support your point, specifically Section 4.11. However, this is more nuanced ...
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