How to start a research paper. Academic guide.

That’s it, your proposal of communication is accepted and you will be able to write an article! This is an important step in your journey: you must make it a habit to broadcast your results (and here you can see a video on the previous step: how to find a magazine to publish our article?).

This Is How to start Effective Research Paper

So, how are you going to do it now? The first reflex is often to find out what form the article should have; what sections it should be made of, of course, you do not want to be faulted.

But beware, the quality of your article respects the “standards” of writing, but even more with the relevance of the results that you expose and that you like pleasure. How to write an article useful for others and exciting?

Which format to adopt?

If you have been on the network before arriving here, you may be respected.

It is usual to say that an article must contain:

• An introduction that sets out the problem, explains why it is interesting/innovative, and announces the plan of the article.

• A Part-of-Time-Factor (or State of the Art) Here you summarize the latest advances in knowledge in your field and tell them what concepts you rely on. And all in just a few paragraphs, huh yes!

• Methodology: this is a part where you explain what your data is and what you take to recover them.

• The results you have obtained

The discussion of these results on the concepts mobilized: finally, what will really be said about the process studied?

However, this list was not a cooking recipe: it was not mandatory or exhaustive.

Not exhaustive, indeed, because some journals are even more important concerning the architecture of their articles and claim other points still (“ethical considerations”, “objectives”, etc.).

View an Example of an Introduction in Research Paper

And, on the contrary, is not mandatory, because other publishing committees are not obliged to contribute to following such a pattern. This is particularly the case in some disciplines with a more literary tradition, where the journals publish articles with plans that unfold an argument in a thematic way and where the presentation of the method and the context are lost, intro. I myself wrote articles in this way “free”, the thematic discussion taking precedence over the rest (and it was in socio ).

So how do you end up and avoid missteps?

Well, you have to go! A review accepted your contribution? Look for previous issues of this review and do your investigation. Look at several articles. How are they built? All the same? So do the same. Or are they all different? You will then have the freedom to leave more room for the discussion of results, for example.

An article is between 10 and 15 pages, most of the time; this leaves you little space to develop a logical argumentation, Writing a good article, so first find a topic that has the right dimension. How to do?

All you need to do is to be extracted from your memories (with exceptions, in the case of theses, articles, as can sometimes be done in economics for example). It is difficult to extract a small piece of long argumentation; this can produce an impression of incompleteness, the feeling that it is not all the elements to draw a conclusion.

The article cannot be more a summary of your entire works or much of it. If you try to tell your story, you will fly over and lose in generalities.

You have chosen a specific theme, present in your thesis and which has been collegial to the call for contributions. Indeed, often, the magazine that launched the call for contributions imposed themes; it can sometimes take you out of your text, you want to take another view, but that’s just what’s rewarding.

But beware! If your theme is too specific, it has been put on a detail, you fall in the anecdote, about what you can still say.

In short, find a good focus is a puzzle… It’s an exercise to ask a research question that can get you out of trouble.

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