01 August 2009

On how to write a research paper

From Andrew Gelman (picked up on the Marginal Revolution blog). Very sound and clear advice.

The order is rather different from that which I suggest for writing a dissertation here. That is because Gelman's approach suits writing up a paper after the research has been completed, and is about communicating it effectively. Students doing dissertations are often writing concurrently with undertaking the work, and the structure of the article should provide some scaffolding of that process. Having said that, I acknowledge that "writing up" often does not work that way.

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