How to Write a Research Paper

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How to write a paper
Toby Walsh National ICT Australia and UNSW, Sydney http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~tw

How to write a good paper
Toby Walsh National ICT Australia and UNSW, Sydney http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~tw

How to write a good enough paper
Toby Walsh National ICT Australia and UNSW, Sydney http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~tw

Why me?


I’m not sure


Many other researchers who consistently get their papers published Peter van Beek, Pascal van Hentenryck, ... Often win best paper awards

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Why me?


My papers get rejected too!
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“This should be sent to a journal” “Very good work, but I’m not sure why Alan Bundy hasn’t written this?” Anonymous review: “Clearly the author fails to understands Walsh’s previous work on this topic”



1st Lesson


Don’t lose heart


Even if you do everything right, reviewing is imperfect Good papers will be rejected But try to learn from your knock-backs!

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Why you?


Academic career


Publish or perish



Have an impact
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Communicate your results Many have not had the impact they deserve for being bad writers



Writing is fun!

Outline


How to get your paper rejected


There are many traps even experienced researchers make Myself very much included

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Hints about how to write a paper


Writing is a craft not a science!

How to be rejected



Submit over-length


Blind man: send in 7 pages even though the instructions clearly say 5 Once they see quality of work, they’ll be pleased you sent in more material



How to be rejected
Submit over-length




Diplomatic immunity: put extra 2 pages in appendix Appendices clearly don’t count Similarly, bibliography doesn’t count

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How to be rejected


Submit over-length


LaTeX hacker:
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change from 11 to 9 point font squeeze inter-line space ...



No one will ever notice

How to be rejected


Submit late
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Deadlines are meant for everyone else Review schedules have plenty of slack Your paper is worth the wait!

How to be rejected



You don’t have room for space wasters like:


Motivation, Background, Related work



Why do review forms always have these on them anyway?

How to be rejected


Annoy reader/reviewer
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Proof is trivial, when it isn’t Prove the trivial Fail to cite their work Only cite yourself

How to be rejected


Annoy reader/reviewer


Don’t bother to spell check


What do computers know about spelling anyway?



Use all the old cliches


“There has been a lot of interest recently in global constraints.”

How to be rejected


Annoy reader/reviewer


Be pompous, boring, ...


This is science not literature guys, who said it should be fun?



Be overly formal


Theorems and formulas add weight

How to be rejected


Annoy reader/reviewer


Make them really work


After all, these are difficult concepts and it took you some time ...



Ignore reviews


Just keep sending paper in, eventually it will be accepted

How to write a paper


Hints about how to write
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Preparation Writing itself Ethics

Preparation


Read, read, read!


To learn how to write, read a lot



I spend over 20% of my time reading


1 day/week in library

Read, Read, Read


Related literature
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So you can cite it So you don’t re-invent wheels So you know what others think are important research questions

Read, Read, Read


Other conference/journal papers where you intend to publish
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So you learn the “house” style So you can place your work within the bigger picture So you learn how to ask good questions



Read, Read, Read


Any sort of literature


Magazines, novels, biographies, ...



Writing is a skill, learn from others


I read approx one novel/week as a way of trying to learn how to write And I have...
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