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Structure of research article for journal publication- Dr. THRIJIL KRISHNAN E M


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Basic structure of a research article for journal publication

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Structure of research article for journal publication- Dr. THRIJIL KRISHNAN E M

  2. 2.  An article is a written work published in a print or electronic medium. It may be for the purpose of propagating the news, research results, academic analysis or debate.  Journal - a daily record of events  in the literal sense of one published each day  a private journal is usually referred to as a diary
  4. 4. A Common Format for Journal Articles: IMRAD  Introduction: What was the     question? Methods: answer it? Results: And Discussion: How did you try to What did you find? What does it mean?
  5. 5. A More Complete View          Title Authors Abstract Introduction Methods Results Discussion Acknowledgments References
  6. 6. Some Other Structures  Variants of IMRAD—for example, with  a literature review section after the introduction,  a combined results and discussion section, or  a conclusions section added  Essay-like format, with subheadings chosen by the author  Other  What have you found to be the usual structure(s) of journal articles in your research area?
  7. 7.  The fewest possible words that adequately indicate the      contents of the paper Important in literature searching Should not include extra words Should be specific enough Generally should not include abbreviations (Running title: short version of title—appears at tops of pages)  Title NOT ALL CAPITALS, not underlined.
  8. 8.  Those with important intellectual contributions to the work  Often listed from greatest contributions to least  In some fields, head of research group often is listed last  In some fields, listed alphabetically  Important to list one’s name the same way on every paper
  9. 9. The Abstract  An important part of the paper  Relatively widely read  Used to decide whether to read the rest of the paper  Gives editors, reviewers, others a first impression  Briefly summarizes the paper  Should be organized like the paper (for example, in sort of a mini-IMRAD format)  In some fields, there are structured abstracts (with standardized headings).  Structured Abstract, Words: approximately 250
  11. 11. Purposes of the Introduction  To provide background  In order to help readers understand the paper  In order to help readers appreciate the importance of the research  To identify the question(s) the research addressed  Sometimes stated as a hypothesis or hypotheses
  12. 12. Length of Introduction  Articles in some fields tend to have short introductions (a few paragraphs or less)  Articles in some other fields tend to have long introductions or to also include related sections (for example, literature review, theoretical framework)  What about introductions in your field?
  13. 13. Gearing the Introduction to the Audience  Papers in relatively general journals: Introduction must provide basic background information.  Papers in specialized journals in your field: Introduction can assume that readers have more knowledge about the field.
  14. 14. Structure of the Introduction  Introduction typically should be funnel- shaped, moving from general to specific  A common structure:  Information on importance of topic  Highlights of relevant previous research  Identification of unanswered question(s)  Approach you used to seek the answer(s)  (In some fields) your main findings
  15. 15. METHODS
  16. 16. Purposes of the Methods Section  To allow others to replicate what you did  In order to test it  In order to do further research  To allow others to evaluate what you did  To determine whether the conclusions seem valid  To determine whether the findings seem applicable to other situations
  17. 17. Methods: Basic Information to Include  In most cases, overview of study design  Identification of (if applicable)  Equipment, organisms, reagents, etc used (and sources thereof)  Populations  Approval of human or animal research by an appropriate committee  Statistical methods
  18. 18. Methods: Amount of Detail to Use  For well-known methods: name of method, citation of reference  For methods previously described but not well known: brief description of method, citation of reference  For methods that you yourself devise: relatively detailed description
  19. 19. Methods: The Words and More  Should be written in past tense  In some journals, may include subheads (which can help readers)  May include tables and figures—for example:  Flowcharts  Diagrams of apparatus  Tables of experimental conditions
  20. 20. A Suggestion Look at the Methods sections of some papers in your target journal. Use them as models.
  21. 21. RESULTS
  22. 22. The Results Section  The core of the paper  Often includes tables, figures, or both  Should summarize findings rather than providing data in great detail  Should present results but not comment on them  (Note: Some journals combine the Results and the Discussion.)
  23. 23. Verb Tense for the Results Section: Past Tense Examples:  A total of 417 of the customers replied.  _____ increased, but _____ decreased.  The average temperature was _____.  Three of the dogs died.  This difference was not statistically significant.
  24. 24. Results Sections of Papers with Tables or Figures  How much should the information in the text overlap that in the tables and figures?  Not extensive overlap  In general, text should present only the main points from the tables and figures  Perhaps also include a few of the most important data  Remember to mention each table or figure. Do so as soon as readers might want to see it.
  25. 25. Mentioning Tables and Figures: Some Writing Advice  In citing tables and figures, emphasize the finding, not the table or figure.  Not so good: Table 3 shows that researchers who attended the workshop published twice as many papers per year.  Better: Researchers who attended the workshop published twice as many papers per year (Table 3).
  26. 26. Tables: A Few Suggestions  Use tables only if text will not suffice.  Design tables to be understandable without the text.  If a paper includes a series of tables, use the same format for each.  Be sure to follow the instructions to authors.
  27. 27. Figures: A Few Suggestions  Use figures (graphs, diagrams, maps, photographs, etc) only if they will help convey your information.  Avoid including too much information in one figure.  Make sure any lettering will be large enough once published.  Follow the journal’s instructions.
  28. 28. DISCUSSION
  29. 29. Discussion  One of the more difficult parts to write, because have more choice of what to say  Often should begin with a brief summary of the main findings  Should answer the question(s) stated in the introduction  Sometimes is followed by a conclusions section
  30. 30. The Discussion: Some Possible Content  Strengths of the study  For example, superior methods, extensive data  Limitations of the study  For example: small sample size, short follow-up, incomplete data, possible sources of bias, problems with experimental procedures  Better to mention limitations than for peer reviewers and readers to think that you’re unaware of them  If the limitations seem unlikely to affect the conclusions, can explain why
  31. 31. The Discussion: Possible Content (cont)  Relationship to findings of other research— for example:  Similarities to previous findings (your own, others’, or both)  Differences from previous findings  Possible reasons for similarities and differences
  32. 32. The Discussion: Possible Content (cont)  Applications and implications—for example:  Possible uses of the findings (in business, public policy, agriculture, medicine, etc)  Relationship of the findings to theories or models:  Do the findings support them?  Do they refute them?  Do they suggest modifications?
  33. 33. The Discussion: Possible Content (cont)  Other research needed—for example:  To address questions still unanswered  To address new questions raised by the findings  Other
  34. 34. The Discussion: Structure  Typically should move from specific to general (opposite of introduction)  Beware of excessive length
  35. 35. Acknowledgments  The place to thank people who contributed to the research but whose contributions don’t qualify them for authorship  Obtain permission before listing people  Sometimes also the place to mention sources of financial support
  36. 36. REFERENCES
  37. 37. Functions of References  To give credit to others for their work  To add credibility to your work by showing that you used valid information sources  To help show how your work relates to previous work  To help readers find further information
  38. 38. References: Importance of Accuracy  Studies show that many references are inaccurate.  For references to fulfill their functions, they must be accurate. Therefore  Make sure that you accurately state what the cited material says.  Make sure that all information in the citation (for example, author list, article title, journal title, volume, year, pages) is accurate.
  39. 39. styles APA style MLA style Bluebook ALWD Citation Manual ASA style Harvard referencing Vancouver system The Chicago Manual of Style
  40. 40. Before Submitting Your Paper  Make sure the abstract is consistent with the rest of your paper.  Revise, revise, revise the paper.  Show the paper to other people, and revise it some more.  Re-check the journal’s instructions to authors.
  41. 41. Some General Research-Writing Resources  English Communication for Scientists ( -communication-for-scientists-14053993)  OneLook Dictionary Search (  Academic Phrasebank (  Grammar Girl (  Advice on Designing Scientific Posters ( vice.htm)
  42. 42. Some publisher  AYU – Gujarat Ayurveda University  Ancient science of life – Coimbatore  Aushadi – Mumbai  International journal of ayurveda and research - AYUSH - Global Ayurveda – Kochi - Ayurvaidya – Pune - Journal Of Research & Education In Indian Medicine - Varanasi
  44. 44.  Covering letter To, The Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (J-AIM) Sub: Submission of Manuscript for publication in J-AIM Dear Sir, We intend to publish an article entitled ‘ ’ in your journal as a ‘ ’. On behalf of all the contributors I will act and guarantor and will correspond with the journal from this point onward. Prior Publications/presentations details of this work :  Publication Details:  Presentation at:  Organisation  Place:  Date: Support/Funding : Conflicts of interest : Permissions: We also agree to provide post-publication update on this review article. We have done sufficient work in the field to justify authorship for this review article.  We hereby transfer, assign, or otherwise convey all copyright ownership, including any and all rights incidental thereto, exclusively to the journal, in the event that such work is published by the journal.   Thanking you,  Yours’ sincerely, 
  45. 45.  Corresponding Author:  Name:  Address:  Mobile No.:  Phone No.:  E-mail:  Conrtibutor’s Details No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 : Name Highest Academic Qualification Affiliation
  46. 46. Contribution Details : (Copy and paste this tick-mark symbol wherever applicable): C: Contributor
  47. 47.  Total number of pages:  Word counts:  For the abstract:  for the main text:  Total number of photographs:  Name of the Institution where the work was primarily carried out:  Ethical Committee Approval: Yes / No  Clinical Trial Registration No.:  Running title:  Acknowledgement:
  48. 48. Process of article publication Completion of research Preparation of manuscript Submission of manuscript Assignment and review Decision Rejection Revision Resubmission Re-review Acceptance Publication Rejection
  49. 49. Initial Screening by the Journal  For appropriateness of subject matter  For compliance with instructions  For overall quality (sometimes)  For importance (sometimes)  Desk reject
  50. 50. Peer Review  Evaluation by experts in the field  Purposes:  To help the editor decide whether to publish the paper  To help the authors improve the paper, whether or not the journal accepts it
  51. 51. The Editor’s Decision  Based on the peer reviewers’ advice, the editor’s own evaluation, the amount of space in the journal, other factors  Options:  Accept as is (rare)  Accept if suitably revised  Reconsider if revised  Reject
  52. 52. Revising a Paper  Revise and resubmit promptly.  Indicate what revisions were made. Typically:  Include a letter saying what revisions were made. If you received a list of requested revisions, address each in the letter.  If requested, show revisions in Track Changes.  If you disagree with a requested revision, explain why in your letter. Try to find a different way to solve the problem that the editor or reviewer identified.
  53. 53. WHY PAPERS ARE REJECTED: 1. general  issue not important  not original  not appropriate for journal  data old & now irrelevant  practical difficulties -> doubtful results  conflict of interest  ethical issues
  54. 54. WHY PAPERS ARE REJECTED: 2. scientific  unclear hypotheses  poor or weak design  sample biased or too small  statistics inappropriate or misapplied  conclusions unjustified  references outdated
  55. 55. WHY PAPERS ARE REJECTED: 3. presentation/style  poorly organized  badly written  careless errors  terrible tables  needless figures  outdated or improperly cited references
  56. 56. Answering Queries  Queries: questions from the manuscript editor  Some topics of queries:     Inconsistencies Missing information Ambiguities Other  Advice: Respond promptly, politely, and completely yet concisely.
  57. 57. Reviewing Proofs  Proofs: type set material to check  Some things to check:  Completeness (presence of all components)  Accuracy (absence of typographical errors in text and references)  Placement of figures and tables  Quality of reproduction of figures  Note: This is not the time to rewrite the paper.
  58. 58. A Final Step Celebrate Publication of Your Paper! “There is no way to get experience except through experience.”
  59. 59. Go through these……… articles  WRITING AND PUBLISHING JOURNAL ARTICLES- Barbara Gastel, MD,  TIPS FOR WRITING SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL ARTICLES- Dr Pekka Belt, Dr Matti Mottonen & Dr Janne Harkonen  GUDLINE FOR WRITING A FIRST ACADEMIC ARTICLE- university of prectoria