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28 The National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network Awards for Excellence 2004 Submitted and Award-Winning Papers TAP 28 Technical Assistance Publication Series U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
  • government task order
  • cost of incarceration
  • rural alcohol
  • drug courts
  • mental health services administration
  • substance abuse treatment
  • program

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great research paper
Simon Peyton Jones
Microsoft Research, CambridgeWhy
bother?
Fallacy Good papers and
we write papers and give talks are a
talks mainly to impress
others, gain recognition, and fundamental part of
get promoted
research excellencePapers communicate ideas
 Your goal: to infect the mind of your reader with
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Mozart)
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you keep them to yourselfWriting papers: model 1
Do
Idea Write paper
researchWriting papers: model 2
Do
Idea Write paper
research
Idea Write paper Do research
 Forces us to be clear, focused
 Crystallises what we don’t understand
 Opens the way to dialogue with others: reality check,
critique, and collaborationDo not be intimidated
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write a paper or give a talk. (Everyone else seems
to.)
Write a paper,
and give a talk, about
any idea,
no matter how weedy and insignificant it may seem
to youDo not be intimidated
Write a paper, and give a talk, about any idea, no
matter how insignificant it may seem to you
 Writing the paper is how you develop the idea in the
first place
 It usually turns out to be more interesting and challenging
that it seemed at firstThe purpose of your paperThe purpose of your paper is...
To convey
your idea
...from your head to your reader’s head
Everything serves this single goalThe purpose of your paper is not...
To describe the
WizWoz system
 Your reader does not have a WizWoz
She is primarily interested in re-usable brain-stuff, not 
executable artefacts