COMP80142 Academic Writing and Impact Studies

Jon Shapiro and Bijan Parsia 2019 – 2020

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Please note: This page is currently under construction and some details are to be confirmed. Thus please check this page regularly during the next days/weeks.


Course description

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Locations and times

Location: Monday, 9–10, Kilburn 2.19.

Location: Thursday, 9–10, Kilburn Collab 1.

Please see below for the session schedule and key dates as well as the group assignment.


100% coursework, 0% exam


Note that the schedule is subject to flux.

Week Class Lecture Reading Assignment
1 Mon Intro (Bijan) How to Write a Good Paper in Computer Science
How to Write a Great Research Paper (video)
Find people in school and their publications
Prepare a short (150-200 words) piece of writing. If stuck for a topic, try a brief overview of work done in the department on your area.
1 Thurs The Basics (Bijan) Computing as a discipline
How to not mess up your bibliographies with Bibtex
MCR referencing guide
(A1) Create Bibtex file of pubs by in school people
2 Mon How to Skim/Review a Paper (Jon) Experimental Evaluation in Computer Science: A Quantitative Study (A1 due) Extract/manipulate/complete data
2 Thurs Impact and Errors (Bijan) Spreadsheet Errors: What We Know. What We Think We Can Do.,
Information Technology Uses in Research: Best Practices and Recommendations,Why Most Published Research Findings Are False
(A2) Tiered venues
3 Mon Ethics etc. (Jon) Empirical evaluation in Computer Science research published by ACM (A2 due)
3 Thurs Paper Process (Bijan) An Efficiency Comparison of Document Preparation Systems Used in Academic Research and Development, Information Technology Uses in Research: Best Practices and Recommendations (A3) Tichy coding
4 Mon Presenting Math/Algos (Jon) (A3 due)
4 Thurs Presenting Empricial Results (Bijan) Reread How to Write a Good Paper in Computer Science (A4) Paper Draft
5 Mon Theses and EOY Reports (Bijan) PGR handbook (A4 due) Review A4s
5 Thurs Wrap up (Jon) Review A4s

(A5) Final draft submitted with data. (Date in blackboard)




Domain specific:

Examples of very well-written computer science papers

These are on the School wiki. Feel free to add examples which you find.

Search and citation search tools

Also on School wiki. Feel free to add others that you find useful.


Of Further Interest:

Concerning Research and Surviving a PhD

Journal Format Theses

A journal format thesis presents its content in the form of a collection of units suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or conference. The 'papers' do not have to be published or even submitted. These were previously called "alternative format theses".
PhD Course Unit Material
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