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How to write and develop your astronomy research paper

Knapen, JH, Chamba, N and Black, D (2022) How to write and develop your astronomy research paper. Nature Astronomy, 6 (9). pp. 1021-1026. ISSN 2397-3366

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Writing is a vital component of a modern career in scientific research. But how to write correctly and effectively is often not included in the training that young astronomers receive from their supervisors and departments. We offer a step-by-step guide to tackle this deficiency, published as a set of two Perspectives. In the first, we addressed how to plan and outline your paper and decide where to publish. In this second Perspective, we describe the various sections that constitute a typical research paper in astronomy, sharing best practice for the most efficient use of each of them. We also discuss a selection of issues that often cause trouble for writers from sentence to paragraph structure—the ‘writing mechanics’ used to develop a manuscript. Our two-part guide is aimed primarily at MSc- and PhD-level students who face the daunting task of writing their first scientific paper, but more senior researchers or writing instructors may well find the ideas presented here useful.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: astro-ph.IM; astro-ph.IM; physics.ed-ph
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: Nature Research
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2022 14:49
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2023 00:50
DOI or ID number: 10.1038/s41550-022-01759-z
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17868
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