Chapter 15 Writing Resources
15.1 Writing and Organizing Papers
Chris Adolph. Writing Empirical Papers: 6 Rules & 12 Recommendations
Barry R. Weingast. 2015. CalTech Rules for Writing Papers: How to Structure Your Paper and Write an Introduction
The Science of Scientific Writing American Scientist
Deidre McCloskey. Economical Writing
William Thompson. A Guide for the Young Economist. “Chapter 2: Writing Papers.”
Stephen Van Evera. Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science. Appendix.
Joseph M. Williams and Joseph Bizup. Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace
Strunk and White. The Elements of Style
How to construct a Nature summary paragraph. Though specific to Nature, it provides good advice for structuring abstracts or introductions.
The advice in the AJPS Instructions for Submitting Authors is a concise description of how to write an abstract:
The abstract should provide a very concise descriptive summary of the research stream to which the manuscript contributes, the specific research topic it addresses, the research strategy employed for the analysis, the results obtained from the analysis, and the implications of the findings.
15.2 Finding Research Ideas
Gary King has advice on how to turn a replication into a publishable paper:
Gary King. 2006. “Publication, Publication.” PS: Political Science and Politics.
And see the examples of students replications from his Harvard course at https://politicalsciencereplication.wordpress.com/.
- "Irregularities in LaCour (2014) (Broockman, Kalla, and Aronow 2015)
- “Does High Public Debt Consistently Stifle Economic Growth? A Critique of Reinhart and Rogoff.” (Herndon, Ash, and Pollin 2013)
However, although those replications are famous for finding fraud or obvious errors in the analysis, replications can lead to extensions and generate new ideas. This was the intent of Broockman, Kalla, and Aronow (2015) when starting the replication.
Broockman, David, Joshua Kalla, and Peter Aronow. 2015. “Irregularities in LaCour (2014).” http://stanford.edu/~dbroock/broockman_kalla_aronow_lg_irregularities.pdf.
Herndon, T., M. Ash, and R. Pollin. 2013. “Does High Public Debt Consistently Stifle Economic Growth? A Critique of Reinhart and Rogoff.” Cambridge Journal of Economics 38 (2). Oxford University Press (OUP): 257–79. https://doi.org/10.1093/cje/bet075.