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To what extent should figure legends within scientific literature describe trends in their figures?

How far should figure legends go in describing the trends within the figure (within a biology paper)? I've seen some conflicting information on this and I'm unsure if legends need to fully describe ...
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Figure describing regional disparities “in times”: need help in caption writing

I am struggling to write a caption for the following plot. Despite the efforts, the result still seems ugly. Could you give some hints to improve it? This graph shows differences in mean salary ...
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Using article “THE” in writing scientific papers [duplicate]

I have a question on the use of article "the" in scientific paper. The following is my paragraph that includes my question. ... This process is given by x+ y + z = 1. ...
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“yields” vs “yields that” in math context

I have learned that a commonly mistake in math papers is the phrase by ... we have that ... instead it would be correct to just leave the that. Now I am wondering how to correctly use yield. In ...
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Number vs. no. vs. # in scientific papers?

This is kinda an extension to: this question. I am writing a scientific paper and have a numbered list. Now, when I want to refer to that list I want to say something like: "This issue is closely ...
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Noun + Past Participle Usage

DCR(Dark Current Rate) represents the base noise level of a SPAD caused by parasitic avalanches happening in the dark due to thermal noise and band-to-band tunnelling effects. I don't understand why ...
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Is the usage “multiple logistic regression analysis” correct?

I encountered a manuscript where the author writes: Risk associations for metabolic syndrome and diabetes were analyzed using multiple logistic regression analyses..." In this case, is the ...
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Can the word 'slab' be used to mean 'range'? For example, distance slab and weight slab (in technical specifications), income tax slab

In Merriam-Webster dictionary, none of the meaning of 'slab' is 'range'. But slab is also used to mean range in India. For example, limit X1 for weight slab 10-20kg, limit X2 for slab 20-30 kg.
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'Such' in place of a demonstrative pronoun. Such a configuration or such configuration?

I read some explanations about the use of 'such' as a determiner, but I still could not figure this out. If, in scientific/formal writing, I want to use 'such' instead of 'this' to specify a ...
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Convention of writing percentage range

I am writing to inquire the convention of writing the following percentage range in academic writing: We reduce the extra cost from 99.9% to 12%--24% (depending on different configuration schemes). ...
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Is “get stuck” a proper term in academic writing?

I am writing to inquire the usage of "get stuck" in academic writing. Here is my draft: this design could get stuck in a bad local minima and therefore is not desired. I use Google Scholar to ...
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Do I have to have an article in the beginning of a caption? [duplicate]

I am writing a scientific paper. I have a caption that says: "Figure 1. Picture of a man..." another non-native speaker told me I should do "Figure 1. A picture of a man..." However, it sounds wrong ...
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Taxonomy - how to describe something as plantlike?

So I'm writing a story that features Chimeras or hybrid creatures, and I'm wondering what I would call a plant based creature. For other things like a spider creature or bird creature I would call it ...
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Phrases for qualitative comparison

Suppose we have find a relation between two quantities X and Y. When we say "The more Y, the more X" is it implied that the relation between Y and X is linear?
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“As we want to” in scientific writing

I am writing a scientific journal article at the moment (biophysics). I am using the phrase "As we want to" in a sentence: "As we want to focus on the assembly process, we implicitly average over all ...
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Relation of the etymology of «epilepsy» and «cataplexy» to their meaning

I want to know the exact meaning of these 2 words (they are a medical words ... I know their scientific meaning, I need the relation of their etymology to their meaning) the prefix and the suffix of ...
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A better word/phrase to describe “a more…” in a scientific paper

I am writing a scientific paper on how a cancer staging system may be improved. However, I am a non-native English speaker, and I am concerned that my current title reflects that too much. Please, ...
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Does “corroborate” in a scientific context imply confirmation rather “either confirmation or rejection” of findings from previous studies?

I am a non-native English speaker writing a scientific paper. I have question concerning the word corroborate. In my native language, one might say that a research project aim to corroborate ...
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scientific way to say wash your hands

What would be a scientific way to tell people to wash their hands? In a way that it wouldn't sound like simply washing hands but more like a newly discovered method against corona virus. I'm thinking ...
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Mathematical Jargon when choosing for determinacy

What is the usual expression a mathematician uses when he has to make a choice in order limit an over-determined structure, in order to continue his argument? For instance, when a structure is over-...
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Are the words bathymetry and bathymetric interchangable?

In my mind these both work... 1) I performed a bathymetry survey. I gave the client the bathymetry data. 2) I performed a bathymetric survey. I gave the client the bathymetric data. A web search ...
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Etymology of the scientific term “tomont”

What is the etymology of the scientific term "tomont", referring to a life stage of certain parasitic organisms such as Cryptocaryon irritans? The Oxford English Dictionary has an entry for a ...
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what's the scientific term for “natural” in “natural blonde”

Jim Rogers (a famous investor) is very enamored with the natural blondeness of his current (third) wife. See here: and here: I once came across an interview of his where he described her as a "...
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Questions about choices of tenses and plural/singular (scientific writting)

We assumed that the annual device scrape rate is/rate was/rates are/rates were 10% from 1960 to 1979, 30% from 1980 to 1999, and 60% from 2000 onwards. I know if mentioning hypotheses, we need to ...
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Do I have to use “I” or “we” when orally presenting my scientific thesis written by a single author? [closed]

I know that in a scientific paper or thesis made by a single author, it is common to use we. (This is also recommended at our university.) But what about when you alone are presenting a thesis work ...
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Should Chemical names be used at the start of sentences?

Which of the following sentences is more grammatically correct: 'Calcium was reported in the sample, but not Na.' or 'Ca was reported in the sample, but not Na.'? Or are they both fine?
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Neologism: I am introducing a new term in my thesis for a concept but I am cautious [closed]

Is it arrogant in writing to explicitly say I came up with the term? Fear of appearing arrogant made me think to just say: X will be used throughout the thesis to refer to the concept of Y without ...
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On explaining weird applications of something in a scientific/technical context

I'm going to write a paper on weird and unusual applications of tool A. Is there any appropriate term/single word or idiomatic phrase to point to such odd applications in the scientific context? ...
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An alternative for genetive case with of in scientific writing

I am writing a scientific paper and have a following dillema between two sentences: Therefore, it is reasonable to analyze the effect of the mutual coupling in the proposed application. vs. ...
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Why are there vague terms in science and mathematics? [closed]

In the sciences and in mathematics there are a great number of words and terms in use that do not, in any literal sense, describe the concept they are meant to describe. Let's explore the use of "...
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How to abbreviate “section” and “sections” in scientific writing

What are the correct abbreviation of words "section" and "sections" in a scientific writing? Sec. and Secs. or Sect. and Sects. ?