How to write a paper

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Felix, one of my early career doctoral students, recently spoke out the undeniable truth:

Reading a paper is much easier than writing one.

He implicitly (and later explicitly) asked for advise on how to write a research article to be published in a scientific journal. Felix met the most important criterion already: he had something to say. So, shouldn’t writing be easy then? Here is a random collection of thoughts I can offer on this from my own experience.

  • Above all, content matters. You need an idea, news, results, progress, a message. That’s a fact. There must be archival value. However, the final results are needed only to finish the paper, you can (and should) start writing much earlier since
  • Writing spawns new ideas. One often thinks of results to be “easily transferable to another area” and recognizes the difficulties only when trying to exactly write…

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About evelynizquierdo

English teacher at Universidad Central de Venezuela, tech enthusiast, e-tutor, ICT teacher trainer, proud Webhead, Avealmec, VenTESOL, CLED, TESOL and IATEFL member

Posted on September 3, 2015, in Technology. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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