Presenting Ideas in Research Paper

Your paper is not a mechanism for getting promotion it’s a mechanism for conveying ideas from your head to somebody else’s head if you don’t convey them like if you don’t bother to tell anybody about your ideas then you might as well not have them all right I even if Einstein had sat in a windowless box and not told anybody about relativity then we wouldn’t know about relativity right that means you need to know what your idea is right so when you write a paper in the end at least by the time you’ve finished you must know what is the idea that your paper conveys it’s surprising how hard that can be to determine from people’s papers as a reviewer if you read somebody’s paper. Learn more about presenting your ideas on Edusson.

When you finished you can say what idea did that paper convey if you find that hard to articulate as a reader then you know you in your view can say I really couldn’t figure out what this what the idea this paper was about and so then you apply that to your own papers right it’s actually sometimes quite hard to know exactly what your idea is to begin with but you must know by the time you finished if you find it yourself thinking well actually three ideas in this paper then what you do just write three papers like well then try to wedge them all in in which case each one becomes cryptic and incomprehensible because you try to squidge it into ten pages just like three papers that’s cool right that’s not salami slicing that is taking ideas in expressing them a good good idea in your paper is to say explicitly when you get to the main idea it’s surprising how seldom this happens so I often try to write phrases in my paper that say at the beginning of section three somewhere.

The main idea of this paper is this because I’ve had to explain some contexts and setup and background and I wanted to be absolutely clear when I move from describing the context to saying here’s the payload like the virus is about to arrive in your brain prepare does that make sense all right if you don’t say that if you leave your reader to be a detective so that subsequently they have to reverse engineer what they think you meant was the key idea that’s not good right why not say it explicitly be completely upfront about this third thing tell a story so if you know write a paper and this applies I’m focusing mainly on papers but I do also mean dissertations and so forth everything applies to everything you like really is to tell some kind of a story I always try to imagine when I’m writing a paper that I’m standing in front of a whiteboard and explaining it to a colleague it’s amazing how differently people will present things at a whiteboard than they will in a paper like with a whiteboard.