Acedemic writing workshop | Week 4
Acedemic writing workshop lectured by Steven Wallace.
Also see the blog in his techinical writing editor company: https://www.editing.tw/blog
Why go to conferences
To meet other humans of the same special interest group and to impress them
- reviewers and editors
- potential coauthors
Show them you are interested in their studies. Exchanging email addresses is even better.
- Accepts partial results (if you get full results go for regular journals)
- Most likely not count towards multiple submissions, except
- Journal conference papers
- Conference with a ISBN
- If rejected, send a nice letter to query reviewer comments to help your paper.
- Match the keyword for survive the screening and for search engines
- Word limit for abstract is around 300 words (2 sentences for each section)
- Do not use Abbrs. uncommon acronyms, symbols difficult to explain
- Cite one new research for novelty, one important person in your field, and one conference reviewer (e.g. techincal editor) for connection.
How to write a paper
Methods and results -> (target a journal) -> Intro and discussion -> title
- Avoid telling a long history
- Minimal amount a necessary background information
- Literature review for terms and definitions
- Knowledge gap
- Research qustions (Research aim)
- Only cite for
- Context (motivation)
- Keywords (lit. review)
- Concepts (lit. review)
- Knowledge gap (related work)
- Common mistakes ⚠️
- Cite one source too much
- Cite irrelevant sources
- Overcite definitions
- Misattribute (may upset your referee)
- Misuse implication as facts
- Cite a citation (for the keyword definition, go for the first one)
- Quote too much
- Paraphrasing : when you just opy the notes. Instead: close the reference and note and try to recall by impression alone.
- Present: for facts and descriptions in figures / tables
- Present perfect: for multiple previous studies (e.g. knowledge gaps)
- Past: for a single previous study and your methods / results
Meterials and methods
- Past tense, except for populations and facts
- Cite for methodology only
- Passive voice to hide
- Occasionally hint the reader the purpose of your methods
- Avoid using
- After A, B…
- Once A, B …
- In the end, …
- Verbs > Nouns. Adv. + Verb » a lot of descriptions
- Give your devices a meaning name instead of tube 1, tube 2, …
Figures and table are here to save your text, not to replicatd them.
- Use present tense in the descriptions
- legends should be standalone
- Put related data into subplots
- Avoid power point humors
What does your results mean?
- Note and difference of strong vs weak verbs: e.g. found (strong facts) vs. suggested (weak implications)
- Do reverse lit. review to state the connection of prev. work and yours
- Future works to encourage other to join force and you can get cited. Also get relevent to the reality.
- Ones who helped you and cheered you up
- Reviewers and editors
- Sponsors and funding