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How to Deal with Research Papers

Posted by Thandiubani on Wed 08th May, 2024 -

We've prepared this guide to help you succeed in writing research papers.

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It's becoming quite challenging to find a topic for a research paper. Popular scientific journals publish around 50,000 new academic research articles annually, and this academic field has started to feel a bit overcrowded. However, college professors enjoy tasking their students with such academic assignments, and, as always, your research's uniqueness is the requirement. 
We've prepared this guide to help you succeed in writing research papers. By following seven significant steps from our article, you will be able to choose a subject, research it, write, proofread, and polish your academic writing. If you still lack self-confidence or the skills to compose solid research independently, consider contacting for expert advice and academic assistance. 

Step 1: Choose Research Subject 

An essential question is needed before starting working on a research paper. Should you even write the paper at all? If the topic you have chosen has already been explored from all sides and there is no ambiguity left in it, then there will be nothing for you to explore in this topic. Such a paper will probably seem secondary, empty, and meaningless to the professor; you can never expect to score well if you decide to write a paper on a secondary topic. 
We strongly recommend not taking risks and spending more time choosing the subject of your research. You will soon find a more successful topic or a fresh perspective to reveal the previous one. Don’t forget that you shouldn’t choose an utterly unfamiliar topic either. You will not be able to write a solid, argumentative paper with an absolute minimum of information, and your work will again be empty and weak, but for opposing reasons.

Step 2: Choose the Type for Your Article 

You should start by thinking about your project and goals to figure out what kind of paper would be best suited to them. The most important kinds of scientific articles, which are often peer-reviewed, are listed below: 
  • Full-length research publications. Research findings are disseminated through full-length original research publications. Typically, a research article of this kind has 8–10 pages. You must complete several full-length research papers to advance in your chosen field. 
  • Review paper. A review paper is an extended essay synthesizing relevant research on a subject. These articles typically have many more references and are much longer than the original papers. Journal editors will usually be the ones to commission them. If you want to strengthen your research career, writing reviews is a great choice. 
  • Short communications or letters. Publications such as letters, rapid communications, or short communications are frequently used to convey groundbreaking discoveries as soon as they occur. The publication typically dictates the length of these pieces and is substantially shorter than that of entire articles. In some professions, journals are devoted solely to publishing brief communications or letters. They let writers provide brief, exploratory results before submitting a full-length paper.  

Step 3: Write Your Paper

Ensure that various portions of your document are straightforward to index and search because each aspect has a purpose. Be as brief as possible because space is still an issue, especially with online publishing. While this is a general outline for a research paper, remember that different fields may have different needs; for more information, see the journal's guidelines for writers.  

The Title 

Always start with the title and cover page. At this stage, you only need to choose a brief and concise title for your research work and strictly follow the guidelines of the selected format.

The Abstract 

Make your abstract intriguing and easy to understand. Maintain brevity while being precise and detailed. Several publications (especially those in the medical domain) suggest dividing the abstract into separate, labeled sections for even more excellent readability. If your abstract is easy to understand, professors or editors will be more likely to give your work a second look or send it out for further assessment.


In this initial section of the primary paragraph, you should present the problem, any solutions that come to mind, and the primary restrictions. You should also specify your research objectives and your primary statement. 


Every research report should include a thorough Methods section (also called "Materials and Methods"). This section should give the reader enough information to determine the study's validity and reproducibility. Be sure to provide all the necessary details so that an educated reader may replicate the experiment. To mention previously published processes, however, utilize references and supplemental materials.  


Here you will lay out the main points or essential findings from your research. Use subheadings and suitable visuals like figures, graphs, tables, and images to make them easy to understand.  


This is the place to explain the significance of the findings to the audience. Include a discussion of the study's assumptions, goals, and methods and any relevant comparisons to other research. Outline all how your results and the study's limitations could be interpreted. Make sure your "grand statements" are backed by data. Also, don't throw out any new definitions or outcomes. Brush off any research that contradicts or differs from your conclusions.   


In the conclusion, reinstate your central statement, letting readers reconsider their opinion regarding the new facts presented. Remember that the conclusion is your last chance to impress the reader, so take time crafting it. 


Remember to give credit where credit is due: to the people who helped you write the work, those who provided resources, and everyone who provided feedback on the topic or helped with the English. Be sure to seek their permission and explain why they have been acknowledged. You must also properly credit all funders, including providing grant or reference numbers.
In addition, you should mention whether or not informed consent was obtained and whether or not your study had ethical approval if you have dealt with humans or animals. Please indicate if there are any financial or personal links that could potentially influence your impartiality in this study.  


Last but not least is the reference page. This page is imperative for the academic success of your research paper. List every source and reference according to your academic format. The list of references is your protection against plagiarism accusations, so check and recheck every source and citation multiple times. 

Check, Proofread and Submit Your Paper 

One last thing to do before turning in your work is to get feedback from coworkers. Check the journal's aims and scope to ensure your paper fits them. Make sure you've checked all the boxes in the writers' instructions. Verify if the referenced literature is fair. Have a native English speaker or editing service do a last- language check.
Once you and your co-authors thoroughly review and edit the article, please send it through an online submission system or e-mail. In addition to submitting your paper, please include a cover letter that assures all authors have given their okay for publication and underlines why the journal would be interested in your paper.  

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