Open Access Article

Title: Basics of research paper writing and publishing

Authors: Michael Derntl

Addresses: 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

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2014 Vol.6 No.2, pp.105 - 123

Received: 11 Jan 2014
Accepted: 11 Jan 2014

Published online: 12 Jan 2015 *