This guide aims to help you write a research paper.
This guide contains an overview on writing academic papers such as the term paper, thesis, research paper or other academic essays written in the format of the research paper.
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If you do not know what to write about, you will have to look for ideas for research paper topics.
The structure of a research paper might seem quite stiff, but it serves a purpose: It will help find information you are looking for easily and also help structure your thoughts and communication.
An empiric paper frequently follows this structure:
The following parts may be acceptable to include in some scientific standards, but may be inappropriate for other standards.
When correcting papers, we have been surprised by the many students struggling with intext citations. Although the standards are somewhat different, citations in the text should not be too difficult to master. The most used standards for referencing in research papers are APA-standard and MLA-standard.
Some paper formats allow you to include footnotes in the text, while some do not allow footnotes.
Sometimes the format or standard prohibits the authors from entering tables and figures directly into the text (where you want your table). Sometimes they have to be included after the main text.
Please observe that most scientific fields (and paper formats) have their own specific rules and standards of writing.
You will have to check with your faculty or school to know exactly how to write the paper - the guide is meant as an overview of academic papers in general.
Publication of your article can be a very time-consuming process.
After writing the academic paper, the researchers submit it to a journal. Typically you start with the most regarded journal and then work yourself down the list, until a journal accepts the article.
Publication bias is a well known phenomenon, as the peer review process often rejects "null results". A journal rejection does not necessarily mean that you do not have a chance to resubmit the journal though.
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