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Paper-ology 3: High concept — What’s the paper about ?

Go ahead and make draft figures on the computer with your favorite graphing package.  Don’t be too concerned at this stage about making the final figures.  But be sure that the data that you are plotting is correct.  Check, re-check, and re-re-check the data.  It is easy to make a mistake and can be costly to find mistakes.
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Paper:ology – Part 2 Getting started

OK, so you’re ready to start writing a paper.  Or at least you think you are ready.  You’ve collect the data.  Done lots of reading.  Analyzed the data.  Talked about it with you supervisor and lab-mates.  Maybe you’ve even started writing, once, twice or more.  But its just not happening.  No matter how much you try you’re stuck and don’t know how to proceed.

Here’s where Paper:ology comes in.  Continue reading

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Paper:ology Part 1: So you want to write a paper: But don’t know how to start.

I work with grad students everyday helping them learn how to write up their research for publication as a journal paper. Often I’m the one who looks at the results from their experiments and says “fantastic, now write it up”.

Over the past 15 years I’ve learned that this “results cheerleading” isn’t enough help.

That simple phrase “just write it up” doesn’t give the graduate student the information they need to learn how to write a good journal article.  Too often it sets the expectation that the student should already know how to write a journal paper.  And if they don’t that they should figure it out on their own.

This series of postings is about a new approach to paper writing that I call Paper:ology. Continue reading

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