Research skills

Writing papers, giving research talks, and writing research proposals are key skills, but they aren't easy. This page describes how I approach each of these three challenges, in the hope that they may be useful to you.

(Note: I used to maintain a list of translations of this page into other languages, but maintaining this list turned out be an unexpectedly onerous task. I could not distinguish between genuine offers and search engine optimisation tactics; many of them were from commercial coupon sites; I could not distinguish good manual translations from bad machine translations; and I was spending too much time dealing with email about it. So I've removed them all. Sorry. Just use an online translation service, or a web search for an online translation.)

How to give a good research talk

"How to give a good research talk", Simon Peyton Jones, John Launchbury, John Hughes, SIGPLAN Notices 28(11), Nov 1993.

How to write a great research paper

This talk offers seven simple, concrete suggestions for how to improve your research papers.

How to write a good research proposal

"How to write a good research proposal", Simon Peyton Jones and Alan Bundy.

Other resources

Finally, here are some pointers to other advice I have found useful, though Google will find you a lot more besides.


Simon Peyton Jones, simonpj@microsoft.com