Writing Papers

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Notes on writing papers. Mostly advice I've gotten from Ruofei and Dr. Varshney.


Tasks

Important tasks not to forget

  • Check all the references
    • Any symbols in title or accents in names
    • Try to make doi formatting consistent. Either all have URLs or all are DOI:.
    • Try to make sure citations are sorted in \cite{..,..}.

Figures

You can make figures in Powerpoint. However, make sure you change the color scheme from the default so it isn't obvious it was made in Powerpoint and it does not look low-effort.

You can also use Google Slides.
Export as PDF rather than a raster PNG/JPEG image. This allows text to be rasterized on the client and images to be full-resolution.

Video

You should make a 2-3 minute video explaining your project.
This can be done in Adobe Premiere.

Equations

Explain the motivation or derivation of an equation before showing it.

Grammer

Always make a pass on Grammerly.

Common mistakes I make:

  • ‘on the other hand’ must follow ‘on one hand’. Otherwise, use ‘however’.
  • Don’t use ‘firstly’, ‘secondly’. Use ‘first’, ‘second’.
  • Spell out numbers 7 or lower.
  • Data is singular and plural. ‘later research’ and ‘recent work’ should use singular verbs.
  • List of adjectives need to be followed by a noun.
    • E.g. Existing juice research include: apple-based, orange-based, and pineapple-based juices.

Latex

  • Minor things:
    • Be consistent with spaces in cite lists.
    • Tilde keeps citations on the same line.
    • Avoid orphan lines (last line on another page) if possible.