If you want to raise the quality of your writing from average to excellent, you will find Professor Simon Peyton Jones – of Microsoft Research, Cambridge – the perfect guide to producing papers which will interest and engage your readers from the first sentence to the last. As a supervisor for PhD students at the University of Cambridge and honorary Professor of Computer Science at the University of Glasgow, he has years of experience and expertise in both writing and assessing research papers and his video will help you to make real improvements to every paper you write from now on.
Whether you are writing essays, dissertations, theses or papers/articles for publication, his suggestions about many aspects of the writing process will be directly useful to you. He’s also a really interesting and entertaining speaker, so although the video is 30 minutes long, the time will fly by!
You can find more information on the Microsoft Research website, including a set of English-language PowerPoint slides and copies translated into both Arabic and Japanese.
I’d be really interested to know which aspects of his advice you find particularly useful – so please do post your comments.