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As a reviewer for a journal, I receive many papers that go on for many pages and are full of references. But in the end, you often worry about whether the paper is just manufactured to look like a research paper, or whether it has some real contributions. Often you feel that the author could have just said what the wanted to in just a few pages. Merkle’s classic patent on Merkle trees was just a few pages long, for example, but it has since become the foundation of blockchain technology. I read many classic papers from the past, and they would probably struggle to get past the first review, as they don’t follow the current standard for research papers. …


Prof Bill Buchanan OBE

Professor of Cryptography. Serial innovator. Believer in fairness, justice & freedom. EU Citizen. Auld Reekie native. Old World Breaker. New World Creator.

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