John Creedy from the University of Melbourne has written two useful guides for new economists. The first paper was published in 2001 in the Australian Economic Review, and then expanded and revised for the ILO in 2002: Starting Research and Writing a Research Paper (PDF).
This paper provides a brief guide for those undertaking a research project and writing a paper or report. It discusses the nature of research and gives suggestions for specifying and planning a research topic. The structure and appearance of a paper are described and suggestions are made regarding the writing process. Emphasis is placed on the need to achieve clarity.
Creedy's second paper, published last year as University of Melbourne economics working paper 934, tells you how to get your research paper published: From Manuscript to Publication: A Brief Guide for Economists (PDF).
The aim of this paper is to give a short description of the nature of books and journals, their respective editors, and the diﬃcult process and proprieties involved in publishing papers. It describes some of the main features of the publication process, so that readers may be in a better position to make judgements about published work and writers may be, to some extent at least, prepared to face the diﬃculties that inevitably lie in their path.
Emphasis is given to the need to deal with rejections and the often substantial revisions requested by editors. While some of the features of publishing are common to all disciplines, this paper is specifically intended for economists.
Both provide clear, sensible and well informed advice to graduate students and newly minted academic economists.