Guidelines for Research Paper Introduction
Yoshihiro Kanamori (kanamori<AT>cs.tsukuba.ac.jp)
Translated from a Japanese version, originally written for members in our computer graphics laboratory, with the help of Ken Jiang on June 13, 2014.
I have summarized topics you should consider when you introduce a research paper using a power-point slide during lab seminars. The following also applies when you write your own research papers.
Stuffs you should describe in your slides
- Why did you decide to introduce this paper? What is related with your own research topic?
- Title, author(s), publication date, published conference or journal.
- What is the purpose of the research? What is the background for the research?
- Among the references therein, name a couple of papers that are the most related to the paper.
Then, what are their relations and differences?
- What are the prerequisite and assumption for this research?
- What is the input?
- What is the output?
- What is the computational procedure?
- Why is the procedure used?
- What are the results? What is superior to previous works? Is the purpose stated earlier accomplished?
- Are there any limitations or future work?
- How do you reflect this research on your own research?
- Prepare your slide as early as possible, and ask for advices of senior members and/or your mentor.
- Try to make your explanation easy to follow so that your audience can deepen his/her understanding.
- If necessary, add explanations if details are not given in the paper.
For instance, if it reads "We used method A for xx," try and look up method A for better discussion.
- Explain using as many figures in the paper as possible.
You can understand the content of a research paper to some extent even if just picking up figures and their captions, because important parts are usually explained using figures.
- If there is a video explaining the paper on the author's web page, present it in your opening slide. If there are materials that will help the audience's understanding, use them aggressively.
- Font size must not be too small. Fonts equal to or smaller than 18 pt are unreadable when multiple slides are printed in one page.
- Add a caption for each figure.