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Writing for Computer Science

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All researchers need to write or speak about their work, and to have research that is worth presenting. Based on the author's decades of experience as a researcher and advisor, this third edition provides detailed guidance on writing and presentations and a comprehensive introduction to research methods, the how-to of being a successful scientist.

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Published 2014 by Springer-Verlag London (first published December 1st 1997)
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Rod Hilton
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Indispensable.

As a Computer Science PhD candidate, I was absolutely shocked to see a book like this even exists - it seems so specific, but writing in the Computer Science field is often terrible, and Justin Zobel's book painlessly dissects what makes CS papers so bad, and how to avoid those problems.

The book covers everything, ranging from how to conduct research to how to perform experiments, and, of course, how to actually write the paper. No stone is left unturned, Zobel doles out advice for
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Jonathan Schuster
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great overview of not just how to write about computer science research, but also how to do research itself. I wish I had read this book when I first started my PhD so that I had a better view of the overall process.
Freddie Barr-Smith
Game changer, 10/10
Thore Husfeldt
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bravo. This book is comprehensive, clear, useful, concrete, non-trivial, non-dogmatic, and competent. Stellar advice for students and researchers alike. Very useful for an introductory class for academic writing, or to hit thesis students (and colleagues) over the head with.
Max Lybbert
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had expected a book on writing user manuals, developer documentation, or similar documents. Instead, this book focuses on writing ACM-style articles and conference papers. There is material about doing research and refereeing papers as well. I was very happy with the book, and would recommend it to anybody.
David Tedjopurnomo
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Zobel provided a lot of excellent tips and surprising insights into the world of science writing. I recommend going through the book and noting common writing mistakes you have been making or will potentially make in the future.
Johnny
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zobel explains in much detail what it takes to write for a scientific publication. Even when you don’t want to write a technical paper, the ideas and examples can help you to write more precise and to the point.
Szymon
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great manual not only on academic writing, but also on refereeing, giving presentations, and doing ethical research. Its packed full of great, actionable advice so even though I'm tagging it #read, it's not leaving my work desk anytime soon. Highly recommended!
Stanislav Vorobyev
An amazingly comprehensive overview on how to describe and present your research, must-read for a novice computer scientist.
Domenico
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really useful!
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