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.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/