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A complete guideline on scientific writing

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

It is widely accepted that a scientific effort is not complete until it has been written up. The practice of putting your rationalizing down on paper will frequently lead you to refine your thoughts, detect flaws in your arguments, and perhaps realize that your work has a broader significance than you had initially imagined.

This is important because scientific works come under rational knowledge, which has to be communicated on its remarkable impact. On the other hand, intuitive knowledge can be just experienced by any subject. Please refer to a few good references to understand the difference between rational and intuitive knowledge. The publication also has strategic significance. As a beginning scientist, you work long hours for a low salary, but your job contract is anything but assured. To supplant, you must make your expertise well known and widely recognized. Furthermore, once you write down your work in a piece of paper, it can be easily spread to the respective community, and ultimately, it will enlarge your reach.

What is the best way to write the research paper?

In a nutshell to each paper of a series, you order the work stated in the long-term goal circumstances, to which you thereby place right, and you describe how the present arrangements take you a step closer. If your project turns out to be as notable as you had anticipated, you will unquestionably be asked to write a thesis after you have published numerous papers in the series. This will provide you with an appropriate forum for a long, comprehensive article that will be widely referred to and help secure your science fame.

There are numerous points of interest in reviewing your work as a progression of short papers.

Directors and funding agencies need tangible proof that they have employed the workforce and gone through the process carefully. Nothing is more useful in such a manner than the rundown of the list of publications because,

In the present, this is what is expected, which is not entirely defendable.

Obviously, they will be satisfied with the off chance that you will project a drawn-out good research objective and address some unsolved problems in the long run.

Composing a paper that presents one new thought or result is a lot simpler than composing a long and complicated article. A significant part of the prologue to a shorter paper can be arranged intellectually when the research project is initially proposed. You can consider writing shorter papers because referees usually occupy people and prefer to review short papers. You are possible to receive a more analytical and decisive report on short writing than a long one.

How to write compelling papers?

A journal paper should introduce a cautious and moderately complete record of your research. Notwithstanding, it is effortless to compose an exact portrayal of your work that pulls in no consideration, and that adds little to your scientific arena, even your results are promising and unique. Figuring out how to compose articles that individuals will peruse and remember will make you a more productive researcher. It will likewise improve your odds of endurance as a scientist.

1. Abstract:

The abstract of an article is the main section of your paper, which decides the reader will read the full article or not. It sums up the essential data, the primary outcomes, and what methods you used to get them. There is also a word limit for abstract by some journals. It is a smart thought to force such a breaking point on yourself whether or not the journal does. An abstract that is concise and to the point has a superior possibility of being read. A tedious one, which peruses like the prologue or the paper's body, will lose readers' number. Furthermore, one must remember that abstract is the only which circulated among researchers than full paper.

2. The paper's introduction:

The article's section, where you recount your story, perhaps representing the content with a compelling figure or some key outcomes, however without explaining full details. In this section, you need to clarify why your work is a significant one to cover and how your outcomes impact the respective field or subject. Many occupied researchers read just the introductory presentation and concluding remarks of papers. It is good to feature some of your crucial outcomes by putting your most significant figure in the presentation. Regardless of whether your perusers never set aside the effort to go through the full description of your work in your article's body, the researcher will get the overall idea about your work, and definitely, it will help you in the future.

It is highly recommended to start thinking about an article's first paragraph when you begin a project rather than complete it.

3. In writing your paper's body:

It is advised to put your work in context, not just by clarifying what you did and why yet, but also by referring to the significant literature. This is essential, not exclusively to give your readers a method of understanding your work but also because your researcher colleagues are exceptionally anxious to get kudos for their accomplishments.

4. In reconsidering and editing your article before submitting it:

You should continuously inquire as to whether you have managed all the last details in your rationale or not. Are there contentions you have considered and utilized, however, not composed into your content? You have to work somewhat longer before composing your paper or be direct about what is guess and what has really been demonstrated/proven.

Regardless of whether the arbitrator doesn't get your composition's week points, it would be best if you did not overlook that your paper will be on general visibility for quite a while.

The respective journals often provide the format of a paper's body, and you can always make changes accordingly to make your text attractive. Also, consider using the option of putting the extra details in the appendix section.

Keep in mind that a journal article's function is to communicate, not merely to indicate how incredible your results are. In principle, a paper should provide enough information that an interested reader would be able to reproduce your work. Any standard journals recommend to include pictorial explantation. So do not make excuses up on that because a picture may be worth more than lengthy paragraphs.

5. Writing's concluding section:

The research paper's last concluding section should discuss the summary of the results and the idea of how this research might be helpful in further development and the directing of future research. The conclusion section's goal is to leave your reader thinking about how your work affects their research plans.

Good science opens new doors.

Last, since journal officials can take numerous months to settle, and it can be not very pleasant, it is good to forestall them by having your manuscripts reviewed locally, by one or two of your colleagues, before submission. If your referee does have severe complaints about your article, getting angry is not a productive response. A better idea is to consider why this thoughtful expert did not follow your argument and agree with it.

This article is in memory of Dr. Govind Swarup,

We applaud his intellect, his inspirational leadership, his remarkable inventions that have helped reshape astronomical instrumentation and the role that India has been able to play, and lastly, his countless achievements as a scientist and a researcher.

Dr. Govind Swarup [ March 23, 1929 – September 7, 2020 ].

You may also like to read the first article about research project beginner guidance,


Further Reading:

  1. A Ph.d. Is Not Enough! A Guide To Survival In Science, Book by Peter J. Feibelman

  2. Alley, Michae, The Craft of Scientific Writing. 3rd ed. New York: Springer Science and Business Media, 1996.

_by Ankul Prajapati, Contact -LinkedIn, or ResearchGate.


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