Guidelines to write a paper

Abstract
1. 10-15% of Abstract: State motivation: why is the problem important, or useful, or interesting?
2. 70-80% of Abstract: State the new ideas / progress made in the paper. Mention tools / methods used.
3. 10-15% of Abstract: State the potential impact of the work. In other words, so what?

Introduction
1. Paragraph 1: Provide a general introduction and motivation: why study the problem?
Why is the problem important, or useful, or interesting? Basically, an extension of first part of the Abstract. [approx 10 lines, say]
2. Paragraph 2: Outline previous work on the problem. Specify how your work is different.
Example: you focus on a different regime, different assumptions, more enhanced models / analysis, etc.
3. Paragraph 3: Outline your contributions. State the new ideas / progress concisely.
Outline the tools / methods used, the results obtained [analytical, numerical, simulations, experimental].
Are comparisons with previous work clear and explicit?
Does the work comprise an extension, validation or repudiation of earlier ideas?
4. Paragraph 4: What is the potential impact of the work? What are the consequences: mathematically, for modelling, for design? How generally applicable are these lessons?
5. Paragraph 5: Provide an outline for the rest of the paper.

Model
1. State / derive the model clearly.
2. All the variables / parameters should be clearly defined / explained along with their units and values.
3. State the underlying assumptions clearly. Are they realistic?

Analysis and Plots
1. After every result, write something on the consequences of the result: so what? new insights obtained? understand system better? help in design?
2. Plots presentation quality? Is text below plots adequate to explain what is being plotted, the parameters used, etc. Can plot be understood even if printed on black and white?

Conclusions
1.10-15%: Remind the reader of the motivation: why is the problem important, or useful or interesting?
2. 70-80%: Clearly highlight the progress made, and the consequences of the work done.
3. 10-15%: What new avenues of research [theoretical and/or applied] are opened due to the work done?

General
1. Background material: enough material from previous works to enable the reader to follow the paper?
2. Presentation: are terms in the paper defined before they are used?
3. Writing style: are some words / phrases used too many times? Sentences should not be too long.
4. References: in alphabetic order, and formatting consistent with IEEE format for books, conference papers, journal papers, thesis, technical reports, etc.
5. Editing: use text to speech software [freely available] to listen to your paper. Get 3 other people to review your paper.