How to Write a Research Article…

…and get really down on yourself.

  1. Think about how writing a research article is really hard.
  2. Remember that there are plenty of good resources out there to help.
  3. Look up one of them, the much-famed Writing the Empirical Journal Article (1987/2003), by Daryl Bem.
  4. Read it.
  5. Nod along to it.
  6. Laugh/cringe about it, when it comes to the recommendations about “The Context of Discovery” when analyzing your data.
  7. Marvel at it.
  8. Realise that you still have a long long long way to go before your writing is that transparent and concise.
  9. Return to your own writing, feeling both inspired and glum.
  10. Get writing, in the hope that one day this list will stop at #7.
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