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I am doing a literature review on cocoa demand and supply. The norm is cocoa demand is going up slightly. However, I was reading an article stating:

Demand for cocoa is predicted to rise by 30% by 2020 but without empowering and investing in small-scale farmers, the industry will struggle to provide sufficient supply.

Is it appropriate to say

The demand for cocoa was predicted to increase by 30% by 2020 as claimed by .... (2020).

I have used 'according to' several times now and thought to change it.

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    ... [according to, as stated by/in, as claimed by] ... followed by a source/company/study/investigation, but not a year. – Andrew Tobilko Mar 31 at 10:53
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    I think you could simply put a parenthetical citation after "2020 (...), but..." It will be understood that the information or claim comes from that source. – Jack O'Flaherty Mar 31 at 12:22
  • yes.. I have to put the in-text citation -> "as claimed by Beg (2020)." – Ahmed K. Moustafa Mar 31 at 14:01
  • I don't think as claimed by is wrong exactly, but why do you want to use such a complicated phrasing? Why not just say "...was predicted to rise by Joe Schmoe"? – stangdon Mar 31 at 14:30
  • @stangdon just another way of saying according to. Yeah, it is a bit complicated I guess. – Ahmed K. Moustafa Apr 1 at 8:26
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Original Article

Demand for cocoa is predicted to rise by 30% by 2020 but without empowering and investing in small-scale farmers, the industry will struggle to provide sufficient supply.

Your Suggested Review Report

The demand for cocoa was predicted to increase by 30% by 2020 as claimed by .... (2020).

'As claimed by' can be used instead of 'according to' in your literature review report.

I note that you have changed the copula from is to was, and this is fine.

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  • Thanks for your answer. Do you think it is less polite to use "as claimed by". I do not know why I have the feeling that it is a bit less polite Lol – Ahmed K. Moustafa Mar 31 at 14:05
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    I do not think it is impolite to use 'as claimed by'. – Seowjooheng Singapore Mar 31 at 14:13

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