Overview

Journal Articles provide a comprehensive yet concise account of original and completed scientific research. The purpose of these articles, which could help to raise the writer’s profile, is to mainly share the researcher’s findings with a wide, international audience of fellow academics and cross-disciplinary researchers. A well-written article convinces the reader that the research is original and valid, and includes enough information for other researchers to replicate the experimental procedures and evaluate the observations as well as the intellectual processes involved.

A full-length journal article, which is usually between 8 -20 pages in length, includes the following sections:

Abstract

Introduction

Methods

Results and Discussion (or Results followed by a separate Discussion section)

Conclusion

A Journal Article is aimed at communicating information about a study (experimental or analytical) to a mixed audience of specialists in the field, novice researchers and cross disciplinary academics – the last two groups requiring greater detail in terms of the focus of the research, procedures adopted and analysis of key findings. Papers submitted to general journals are also required to provide greater depth of detail than those submitted to highly specialized journals, as the latter are aimed at readers with expert knowledge of the topic.

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