Short Research Paper (8 pages, mostly figures)

  • Introduction
    • Broad context of project is mentioned
    • Purpose of project is described
    • Summary of goal of project is included
    • Any jargon particular to the scientific field is explained
  • Methods
    • Equipment (wet lab or computational tools)
    • Tests
      • new methods
      • previously defined methods
    • Diagrams that are labeled and captioned properly are incorporated to enhance clarity
    • No 2nd person is used
    • Statistical tests are mentioned
  • Results
    • Qualitative and quantitative outcomes
    • Summary statistics, precision and accuracy estimates
    • Overarching trends
    • Graphs and tables expressing data are properly labeled and referenced in the text
  • Discussion
    • Analysis of results — shows how this relates back to original question
    • Sources of error, limitations stated
    • Connections made with pertinent research (perhaps from papers brought up in introduction)
  • Conclusion
    • Coherent restatement of question and findings
    • Shows how this specific research fits in current standings of others’ research
    • Provides insight into beneficial and relevant further steps