Tips for writing a research paper

Published: Thursday 16th October 2014
Category: Journal , paper , research , science , writing ,

Writing a research paper?

Reporting new results in a scientific journal is a process common to all researchers. However, many scientific papers fail to effectively communicate research work to their audience. Focusing on the authors instead of on the readers, including unnecessary details or using complicated jargon are some of the things you should avoid. Effective scientific papers are interesting and useful to a broad audience including non-experts in the field. The following infographic presents some useful tips that will help you get the most out or your writing process.

For more information on reading and writing research papers check our Authorship Skills modules in our Training Section.

writing a research paper

More:

– Writing in the Sciences: An online course by Coursera that teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review. http://www.coursera.org/course/sciwrite

– Writing Scientific Research Articles: This book shows scientists how to apply their analysis and synthesis skills to overcoming the challenge of how to write, as well as what to write, to maximise their chances of publishing in international scientific journals. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118570707.html


About the author

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez is the Communications Coordinator for Research4Life. She works with different organisations finding innovative ways to communicate science and development.