Archive for October, 2013

Introducing a paper

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

The introduction section of an academic paper is where the author describes the historical sequence of inquiries which lead up to the work detailed in the paper proper. Referees, who decide if the paper will be published, do not take kindly to the omission of their own work. Given that the referees are anonymous, this forces the author to tie in their work with that of everyone else as much as they can.

I used to think of this process as a corruption, but having done more research-type work, I’ve come to appreciate this organization a lot more. Innovation without context is a huge waste of time for the reader.