- Mention the specific CCD model number in the title.
- Don’t mention introductory material or methods in the abstract; do include your results. If you think your abstract is too long, it probably is.
- Graphs are described as y-axis vs x-axis.
- There was a design flaw in experiment: many groups only lowered the temperature to 0° C, and extrapolated a line beyond 0° C which resulted in a negative dark current, which is ridiculous. The dark current should bend sharply and be asymptotic to zero at low temperatures.
- If every team did the same thing, it is not necessary to mention it. For instance, it is not necessary to detail the step-by-step of telescope or camera operation, but it is
critical to explain the details particular to your observation: exposure times, number of images in a series, condition of the sky, and so forth.
- The best-fit equation of line (and correlation coefficient, if calculated) should not be in the field of the graph, and it should definitely not have ten sig figs.
- Figures should have captions. Caption of graph should not include the words of “This is a plot of…” or “Caption:”
- Results section should contain text, and must describe the graphs and tables.
- The words “expectations” and “assumptions” should not be used; instead, these should be hypotheses. Example: We assume the behavior of the CCD is linear with temperature.
- Avoid “it is clear that…” In fact, avoid all unnecessary words.
- Explain why data points were excluded, not just because they don’t fit a pattern.
- The paper should have references, and the references should be numbered and cited within the paper.
- Eliminate vague sentences.
- Don’t be sappy in the acknowledgments. Don’t use the words “extremely” or “intensely”.