Writing a Paper
- Getting started
- What's publishable?
- Who is your audience?
- What's the main point?
- Start with an outline and extend it.
- Some suggestions ...
- Multiple drafts [Eisenberg, 1982]
- First draft. Main ideas and arguments.
- Second draft. Persuasiveness. Logic, coherence, flow.
You want to ``... lead
reader inescapably to your conclusions.''
Are emphases in right places?
Move, insert, expand.
- Third draft. Mechanics. Style, usage, grammar. Consistency
of notation and terminology. Transitions
and topic sentences. References.
- Does the paper read well when scanned?
- Step away from the paper for a day.
- Have others read it.
- Work on different sections in isolation sometimes, but also read
entire paper from front to back a number of times too.
- Practicalities, constraints, strategies.
- Re-using text from other papers.
- Working with co-authors.
- Time and space constraints.
- A technical report vs. a paper.
- Is this two papers or one?
- The publishing process
- Finding a journal
- Refereeing process
C. J. Ribbens,