How to write a paper
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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