A paper has been written, about writing papers in Astronomy!
It may sound ironic, but there is a lot of specialised skills going into writing in an academic style optimised to transmit scientific savoir-faire, methods, algorithms, assumptions, context of research and more. Writing papers is often one of those skills that is acquired by exposure, but it need not be like that.. In addition to the Academic Writing support at the University, we recommend that graduate students and young researchers read this paper, and if there are any questions, approach more senior faculty who will be able to help.
Writing Scientific Papers in Astronomy
Writing is a vital component of a modern career in astronomical research. Very few researchers, however, receive any training in how to produce high-quality written work in an efficient manner. We present a step-by-step guide to writing in astronomy. We concentrate on how to write scientific papers, and address various aspects including how to crystallise the ideas that underlie the research project, and how the paper is constructed considering the audience and the chosen journal. We also describe a number of grammar and spelling issues that often cause trouble to writers, including some that are particularly hard to master for non-native English speakers. This paper is aimed primarily at Master’s and PhD level students who are presented with the daunting task of writing their first scientific paper, but more senior researchers or writing instructors may well find the ideas presented here useful.
Johan H. Knapen, Nushkia Chamba, Diane Black, submitted to the Astronomy Education Journal, arXiv:2110.05503