Parts of a Scientific Paper

  1. Title: Descriptive, yet brief explanation of the paper topic.

  2. Authors: Identifies the articles researches and their places of work.

  3. Abstract: Short summary of the purpose, scope, and major findings of the work, as well as the significance of the results.

  4. Introduction: Establishes the context, guiding question and importance of the research.

  5. Materials and Methods: Describes the procedures used.

  6. Results: Presents the outcomes of the research, but does not interpret their meaning. Summarizes data with text, table, and figures.

  7. Discussion: Intreprets and explains results, placing the findings in context with other studies. Suggests future directions for research.

  8. References: Lists the sources cited in the article.

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