How to Write a Scientiﬁc Paper
Prof. Dr. Jari Saramäki
Dep. of Computer Science, Aalto University, Finland
“Scientiﬁc writing is hard. In particular, if you are a Ph.D. student, you probably personally know what the fear of the blank page means. Writing can feel overwhelming. But a systematic approach helps — the key is to have a plan and to think about what to write before trying to write it!
I’ll go through a step-by-step, top-down approach that makes it easier to turn your results into research papers. I’ll focus on the process of writing instead of technicalities, breaking this process into manageable chunks that can be dealt with one at a time. How to choose the key point of your paper? How to write its abstract, sentence by sentence? How to outline the paper? How to turn the outline into a ﬁrst draft and then into a ﬁnished manuscript? What to do if you get stuck?“ And ﬁnally, how to deal with critical reviews?“