I am writing a scientific paper at the moment and need a hint for some formulations...

I already got some sentences/phrases for my paragraphs:

  • At first our approach was...
  • Due to the performance issues...
  • In addition to that...
  • Additionally...
  • In our cases...
  • Those optimizations, which are essential...
  • For calculating this problem...
  • Furthermore a problem was...
  • Besides there is the another solution of...

Could you supply some more synonyms or other ideas for starting a paragraph?

Would something like Next I want to point out... be correct?

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    These look okay to me. Moreover, don't forget moreover.
    – J.R.
    Feb 22, 2015 at 20:41
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    7th point: you don't calculate a problem. Feb 22, 2015 at 22:07
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    For solving this problem? Or dealing with?
    – daniel451
    Feb 23, 2015 at 1:35
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    @ascenator: yes, you can solve a problem, but you can calculate a specific quantity, e.g. the position of a particle at time 0 or the voltage across a resistor. I wouldn't use to deal in the context of a scientific problem, though. Feb 23, 2015 at 6:48
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    The one that begins with "Besides" is odd and also contains an extra "the." Perhaps "Besides this, there is another solution of..." Your best bet is to read papers in your field and try to find phrases you like as transitions. See how people who have done what you're doing did what you're hoping to do. (<-- That's a lot of "do" for one sentence...) Feb 23, 2015 at 14:37

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Ascenator, the examples you listed are fine, except (and as Mark Thompson pointed out) you would not use the first-person singular pronoun. However I would add that there are many more single-word transitions (originally, finally, preliminary, randomly,etc.) that you could use before you have to resort to using multi-word and phrasal transitions.

You are only practically limited by: the writing type (expository); the intended audience (because if you are writing for a general audience it wouldn't be a "scientific paper"); and preceding paragraph from which you are transitioning.

As a former Physics major in high school and college, and having written many technical papers to report on laboratory research results, I always recommend reading actual research papers. This will give you specific examples from the target context for which you are writing.

I hope this helps.

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