How to write a methods section

How to write a methods section The methods section of a paper may be the least interesting part to write, but for the purposes of advancing science and facilitating replication attempts of your work, it’s crucial. Nevertheless, many journals have reduced the space they allow for methods or ask authors to create a summary version…

Why have your paper edited?

Why have your paper edited? Every writer, no matter how good they are, needs an editor. Academic writers should have their papers edited for journal submissions for several reasons. Expert editors can find errors in usage, grammar, and punctuation, along with improving the text’s structure and flow. But they also can do much more than…

How to write about the limitations of a study

How to write about the limitations of a study You’ve analyzed your results and reached some conclusions. Now, you’re ready to tell the world about what you’ve found and convince editors, peer reviewers, and readers that it’s important. So how do you tackle the task of also telling them about the limitations of your work?…

Tips for writing a research article

Tips for writing a research article     How to write a research article You’ve completed your study, analyzed your data, and reached some conclusions. Now, it’s time to tell the world about what you’ve found. To do that, you have to write a research article and submit it to an appropriate journal. Maybe you…

How to Write the Background of Your Study

Photo by Clint Adair How to Write the Background of Your Study You can think of the background of your study as being like the story that preceded your own work. Usually, you will present this background in the introduction of your paper or thesis, although you also can elaborate on it in some cases in…

Abstract vs. Introduction: What’s the Difference?

Photo by Riccardo Annandale   Abstract vs. Introduction: What’s the Difference? The main difference between and abstract and an introduction is that the abstract is a brief summary of your entire study—the aim or objective, methods, results, and conclusions—usually in that order. It gives the highlights of your work, with only the briefest background information. In…

What’s the Difference Between a Thesis and a Dissertation?

Photo by Patrick Tomasso What’s the Difference Between a Thesis and a Dissertation? In academia, people often seem to use the terms “thesis” and “dissertation” almost interchangeably, but at the administrative level, they have distinct meanings. The meanings also vary between the United States and other countries, such as in Europe. What is a dissertation? The…