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Writing a great research paper

Writing a research paper could be often strenuous and time-consuming. However, when done right it could also turn out to be one of the greatest learning experiences. That is exactly what I discovered the hard way.

For the most part I had a very one-dimensional understanding of research papers, partly because of my exposure to reading papers that were just not intriguing or inspiring. Nothing wrong about the writers; in fact in some cases such papers had an astounding amount of knowledge and contribution. However, for me, they lacked the ability to drive interest like a magazine article or a good blog post.

Over time as I read more and more research articles from better journals, I started to understand research can be presented in interesting ways. Recently I came across this beautiful collection of tips and ideas on how to write a good research paper ​1​. Some of the points made are probably obvious. Yet I loved the way the ideas are presented in a clear, concise, and consolidated manner. So I decided to put it up here, so (hopefully) it reaches out to more people. Here are the keypoints from the slide deck (Use the link in reference to download):

  • Don’t wait, write
  • Identify your key idea
  • Tell a story
  • Nail your contributions to the mast
  • Related work comes later
  • Put your reader first
  • Listen to your readers
  1. 1.
    Jones S. How to write a great research paper. Microsoft Research – Academic resource. Accessed May 7, 2020. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/academic-program/write-great-research-paper/

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I am a Research Scholar in NUS Singapore working in the field of Computational Intelligence and Deep Learning. A Technology Admirer; I am curious to know more, to explore - and to share and socialize

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