How to write a paper

(revision of ``How NOT to write a paper'')

by Oded Goldreich

The purpose of this essay is to make some self-evident (yet often ignored) remarks about how to write a paper. We argue that the key to writing well is full awareness of the role of papers in the scientific process and full implementation of the principles, derived from this awareness, in the writing process. We also provide some concrete suggestions.

The current essay is a revised and augmented version of our essay ``How NOT to write a paper'' (written in 1991, revised 1996). Originally, we confined ourselves to general principles and concrete negative comments. Here we overcame our reservation towards positive suggestions; hence the change in the essay's title.

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