How to Write Up Research: A Discussion with Yang Zhang


Listen to this interview of Yang Zhang, faculty at the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security. We talk about the centrality of text to the research process.

Yang Zhang : "Nowadays, especially when I talk with my students, you know, when I help them write papers, I can sorta estimate how many days or hours they'll need to finish a specific part of that paper. And if a student doesn't quite keep to that timeline, then I know I should check in with them to ask where they've gotten stuck and why. And this sort of ability is a skill a researcher gains with experience, having amassed experience at the act of writing. Because this is not something where there's a handbook — you know, like once you read the Magical Handbook on Writing you'll know the process."

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