Scientific communication

Collection of tips based on the following content:

Academic Writing

A rough framework for writing a generic paper (i.e. not for e.g. a review paper) is as follows

  • Make a working title.
  • Introduce the topic and define (informally for now) terminology.
  • Introduce the motivation - explain why the topic is important.
  • Relate to current literature.
  • Mention the gap and what needs to be done.
  • Introduce research question formally.
  • Introduce necessary background material.
  • Introduce formal definitions.
  • Introduce methods being proposed.
  • Describe experimental setup, and what the experiments aim to show.
  • Describe the data used in the experiments.
  • Summarize the results with figures/tables.
  • Discuss the results.
  • Explain any conflicting results, unexpected findings and/or conflicts with other research.
  • Describe the limitations.
  • Describe the importance of the findings.
  • Mention possible directions for further research.
  • Acknowledges and references.

One important principle: Do not make the reviewer of your paper think.

First impressions are important - a good introduction with a good motivation is half your success. The first page should answer the following questions:

  • What is the problem?
  • Why is it interesting and important?
  • Why is it hard, and why do naive approaches fail?
  • Why hasn’t it been solved before? Or what is missing is the previous proposed solutions?
  • What are the key components being proposed?

Directly quote other papers if suitable.

Making good figures

Giving a talk

Making a poster


Author: Nazaal

Created: 2022-04-04 Mon 23:39