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Title: Basics of research paper writing and publishing


Author: Michael Derntl


Address: RWTH Aachen University, Advanced Community Information Systems (ACIS), Lehrstuhl Informatik 5, Ahornstr. 55, 52056 Aachen, Germany


Abstract: Publishing research results is an integral part of a researcher's professional life. However, writing is not every researcher's favourite activity, and getting a paper published can be a very tedious and time-consuming process. Fortunately, many of the obstacles along the writing and publishing path can be avoided by following some simple guidelines and practices. This paper presents a synthesis of guidelines found in literature about structuring and writing scientific papers. The paper outlines the process of publishing research papers in journals and conference proceedings, aiming to provide early-stage researchers with a handy introduction to essential issues. The paper takes an interdisciplinary stance by giving examples from technology-enhanced learning research and borrowing from literature in social, natural and computing sciences.


Keywords: research papers; research publishing; research writing; publication process; paper structure; journal publications; conference publications; writing tips; scientific practice; research journals; scientific papers; paper writing; research articles.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2014.066856


Int. J. of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2014 Vol.6, No.2, pp.105 - 123


Submission date: 11 Jan 2014
Date of acceptance: 11 Jan 2014
Available online: 09 Jan 2015