Journal papers and conference papers are the main ways that researchers in science and engineering communicate their work. In fact, one of the main measures for the success of a research project is how often others cite the research papers of that project. In science and engineering, an expected organization exists for research papers. That organization is as follows: the research question, the methods for answering that research question, the results of the test, and the meaning of the results. While disciplines in science and engineering add particular branches, this organization serves as the trunk for communicating one's research.
Organizing Your Research Papers: Overview. This film presents an overview of the expected organization of a research paper in engineering and science.
Organizing Your Research Papers: Titles. This film discusses creating titles for documents in engineering and science.
Organizing Your Research Papers: Abstracts. This film discusses creating abstracts for research papers in engineering and science.
Preparation to write a paper: Visit the website of the journal or conference to which you intend to submit your next research paper. At that site, to appreciate how the reviewers will evaluate your paper, read the guidelines for reviewers. In addition to common criteria such as showing the importance of the research and showing that the research is unique, note any unusual criteria.
Outline of paper. Follow the advice of George Whitesides and early in the research process, begin writing an outline. See Whitesides' advice for how to write this outline. As you acquire results and add to this outline, share it with your research adviser or colleagues.
Organizing Your Research Papers: Introductions. This film discusses creating abstracts and introductions for research papers in engineering and science.
Organizing Your Research Papers: Middles and Endings. This film focuses on audience expectations for the methods section and results and discussion section of a research paper.
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