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Writing texts in a scientific or educational setting: peer-reviewed articles, theses, text books, and others. Use the tag [scientific-publishing] in addition, if relevant.

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Formatting used when introducing a term

I found a previous post about introducing terms, but it doesn't quite answer my question. I have a more specific question about the punctuation used when introducing a term, and not how to ...
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How to format code in an academic report

I write a report and must think about the reader. The report has some code and some illustrations. I wonder how to display the code readably. I now mix the fonts Times New Roman 12 for normal text ...
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Preferred way of handling bibliography in academic writing

I write a B.Sc. thesis in google docs. They don't have a good way for references. They have something called citations which is not good for thesis. I've done my bibliography the IEEE way (IIUC) and ...
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How to reference a report from multiple universities using Vancouver style?

I need to to reference the report What leads developers towards the choice of a JavaScript framework?. The authors are A. Pano, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano D. Graziotin, University of ...
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What do you do to prevent dips during which you're not writing anything?

I'm currently a student and I write non-fiction every day. I've committed myself to writing 1000 words every day, and I am successfully doing this. However, I'm trying to improve a particular aspect ...
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Is the page after the title page numbered page 1 or page 2 in MLA7?

When writing a paper in MLA7 with a title page as the first page, would the second page of the document be numbered as such, or would it be numbered as page 1?
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Cite letter and article separately even though both are on the same webpage?

I am writing a formal research paper (for a competition called National History Day), using the Chicago citation style. I am using as a source this article. I would like to quote/reference the letter ...
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"Quote" within a quote MLA

So I have a quote that has double quotation marks inside it. Would I leave those in? Or replace them with single quotes? In Carolyn Gregoire’s article “What Your 'Life Story' Really Says About You”...
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Does order matter in an MLA7 header

In A Pocket Style Manual, 7th ed., it says that, although MLA doesn't require a title page, you need to have a header with you name, instructor's name, course title, and the date. Title and ...
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MLA8 Refer to Multiple Subpages with One Citation

Is there a way to refer to different subpages of a website in text while only citing its main directory in the works cited? For example, the hypothetical webpage, www.example.com, has the following ...
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How can I rephrase that that? [closed]

I know its okay to leave it as "that that's why" but it sounds awkward. This is the sentence "It is very possible that since the armadillidium are not exposed to processed alcohol based scents daily ...
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How to properly reference a figure or table from another paper in APA style without copying the image?

I just want to mention a picture/table in my text in APA style, without using the image in my work. I think of something similar as follows: Page and Brim (2016) show in Figure 99 "Description of ...
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Academic books published by university presses: How much expertise do the editors have?

I'm talking about books on specific academic topic, e.g. history of the Aztecs before colonialism, which are published by university presses like the Oxford University Press. How expert are the ...
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How to write more clearly and with shorter sentences?

I struggle with writing an awful lot and would like to improve. One of my main problems (and the reason why writing seems to take me a very long time) is that I seem to be unable to write in shorter ...
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MLA Background Research Paper: Noting a citation in the text?

I need to write a background research paper on a science fair experiment, but it needs to be formatted in MLA. I looked up some examples of a MLA essay and research paper but there seems to be ...
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Should I layout my academic paper in one or two columns?

Many scientists obtain papers in electronic format and read them on a computer, tablet, or mobile phone screen. In print, a two column layout looks great and is easier to read than a broad single ...
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Correct spacing for "Smith et al. (2008)"

An academic paper is referred to as using the authors name and publication year. For example, Smith (2008) studied the property of blah-blah Smith and Johnson (2013)'s article investigated blah-...
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How does one evaluate his own writing ability?

I'm considering working in writing. I'd like to save myself some time in case I'm not up for the job. How do I go about evaluating myself as a professional writer? I was going to ask for a peer ...
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Multiple continues references in Microsoft office word 2013

I'm writing a paper for IEEE using Microsoft office Word 2013. I want to use dynamic reference which is available in this version of Word. In a place of my article the references are similar to: ...
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Numbering of Figures in a Calculus textbook

My question is regarding he numbering of Figures across an entire textbook. If a textbook contains chapters and each chapter contains sections, should I reset the counts in each section? Or should I ...
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An educational ‘roadmap’ to become a proficient writer? [closed]

I need both information about the material as well as about the time it requires to learn to write. What could be a comprehensive reading list of exemplary works for a solid base? And a good reading ...
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Writing guides for writing like the Oxbridge tradition?

I would like to know how to write in accordance with the Oxbridge tradition. I would like to know more about their writing style and if possible get a book that teaches it, or something similar to it. ...
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Is it a good practice to add thesis statement to non-academic writing? [closed]

Having thesis statement in the intro; what would you think is it a good practice to have in non-academic writing Thanks
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Finding literary critiques

I have been finding it very difficult to come up with topics/ theses for my essay assignments and I think reading the works of more experienced scholars may be useful. However, I haven't been able to ...
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APA parenthetical citation: is extra information in the parentheses okay?

I'm proofing a document that employs the APA citation style. It contains several citations of the form: (Michaelson, 2000; cattle only) This seems wrong to me, especially since the semi-colon is ...
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Structural templates in scholarly writing

I'm interested in the different ways that academic essays can be structured. Of course there is the 5-paragraph style learned by most Americans in secondary school: Introduction Argument 1 Argument ...
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How to move back to main section after finishing a sub-section

I am writing a paper but I don't know how to move back to the main section after I'm done writing a sub-section, like this: 1.1 Main section 1.1.1 subsection 1 1.1.2 subsection 2 As I write long ...
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Can I use subsections in place of lists

Is it ok to use subsections in place of lists? Consider the following: %---------------------------------------------------- My plans %(section starts here) abcdefgh ijkl..... Following are my ...
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APA Cross-referencing Several Items from One Anthology

I am using a couple edited books in a paper I am writing. From each one, I need to cite 2-3 chapters. MLA offers a way to "cross-reference" within a reference list when citing multiple chapters from ...
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Can anyone become a good writer? [closed]

Is it possible to become an Ernest Hemingway? Sure, someone can learn to spell, put punctuation in the right places, and keep his sentences down to twenty words. That doesn’t make you Earnest ...
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PhD thesis: how to visually separate the "general conclusion" chapter from the last part

Suppose the outline of my PhD thesis looks like this: Acronyms Preface Introduction Part I: some topic Chapter 1: ... Chapter 2: ... Part II: another topic Chapter 3: ... Chapter 4: ... ...
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A heading on a paper

When you are doing a research paper or a writing and you have two people doing it, do you put a comma before the and in something like... By Arielle, and Bella?
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How to cite Authorization for Use of Military Force as published online in MLA style?

The newest version of the MLA manual came out in April and so the OWL Perdue website is technically out of date. Also, additional websites (including the Illinois State University page on citing ...
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Adding links as foot notes

In my thesis, I have added some links as footnotes. I have seen it in some published papers also. But my supervisor tells me to not to add footnotes to them, but add citations. The links I have added ...
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How to refer to myself in a research paper?

Okay so I have collected personal spending data of myself and significant other over a period of 6 months. I'm quite happy with the data and would like to present it and write it up as a research ...
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What is the image size in scientific paper if indicated as "a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image"?

I would like to submit my manuscript in ecology, containing Figures. However, in Author guidelines, I found that I have to Indicate per figure if it is a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image. ...
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How can I rewrite the sentence for technical writing style [closed]

I want to rewrite my sentence in technical writing style. Could you help me rewrite my sentence? Thank you in advance The proposed methods has 4 variables need to update in a optimization process, ...
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Diagram wider than text width

In a math book, is it OK to have a diagram wider than text width (so overriding the margins)? Also, how do I center a wide figure so that it occupies both the left margin and the right margin (not ...
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Can an essay have a preface?

I'm writing a multi-faceted essay that will fill multiple pages (I suppose that it could be considered a collage of essays that build on each other to support one larger theme). This is something I've ...
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Using Numbers in APA: 10 and 5 in the same sentence

I have a sentence in my manuscript with the following structure: "As to the technologies...., 10 participants identified ...., and 5 participants identified ....." According to APA: Use numerals ...
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Should I be concerned about plagiarism with this excerpt in a research paper?

I'm new to writing research papers and I need some help, with plagiarism in general. Here is an excerpt from my paper. Is this within the usual norms for research papers, or am I risking plagiarizing? ...
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where to put the Annex

My teacher asked me to move some part to the Annex of the master thesis. I don't know where should I put this Annex thing, I have index, list of figures, list of appreviatiosn, then many chapters, ...
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Is translating into another language plagiarism?

I'm currently writing my Masters thesis in English. If I take some (small) German text snippets from some papers (I'm German-speaking) and just translate them into English, would this be plagiarism? ...
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Concepts for more interesting introductions in papers

What are the key concepts for writing introductory text more interesting to the reader? An example: The Deutsche Bahn AG is the company with the most energy consumption in Germany. It has ...
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In English non-fiction, should I try to place the important parts at the beginning of the sentence?

Main question There is a claim that I heard from a few persons (none of which were native speakers of English), which goes as follows: In English non-fictional writing, the most important aspects ...
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How can I include my own words within the quotation?

How can I include my own words (of an extra information) within the quotation? Can I do it in the following way, with the words in bracket being my own? To quote the words of the Buddha: “Here, ...
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Is it acceptable to ask a question in an argumentative paper?

Somewhere along the way I picked up a bias against using questions in my writing. Recently I've been reading more about persuasive writing and ideas, and came across a suggestion that asking questions ...
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What is the best use of perspective for works with multiple authors?

If you have multiple authors writing an article, what is the best use of perspective when recounting experiences from different views? For example, I am writing an article with a colleague about our ...
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Adding figures into a report, How to cite?

I am writing my first ever thesis these days. In order to describe a feature extraction methodology, I am going to insert a figure to my thesis and that figure is taken from the original paper in ...
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Which one and why: (alphabets and integers sets) OR (alphabets set and integers set)?

Consider the two phrases: alphabets and integers sets alphabets set and integers set Are both grammatically correct? If so, which one is a better style and why?

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