Research Article Publication:

Each section of a article paper has its function to play. However, before writing a article paper, some time should be sent choosing the suitable article so that the paper will be written with the requirements in mind. Familiarity with the targeted article includes attention to the scope of the article (e.g. theoretical versus application), most well-liked style for organization of content and data format necessities (e.g. headings, font-type, size, word length). The essential elements of a article paper are shown in Table 1.

Table 1. Sections and contents of a article paper submitted for review.

Table
Section of paper Contents of section Comments
Front Page Page 1: Title of paper, Name of author(s), Affiliation, Corresponding author's contact details. Page 2: Title of paper, Abstract, Keywords. Page 3 onwards: Actual paper. For blind review. Follow article specifications.
Introduction Targeted literature review to show gap for study. May put theoretical framework used for analysis of data as a separate section, if needed.
Purpose of study/ Research question Very precise statement on variables studied + context. May be further broken down into objectives of the study. May not be a heading in the paper but important to pay close attention.
Method of study Describes participants, instruments, procedures for data collection and analysis How sound our data are depends on how we get them. Need to provide enough details for replicability.
Results Describes how data address objectives of study. Integrates data within study and with other relevant findings.
Discussion Sums up findings and contribution of study, with a qualifying statement on limitations, leading to suggestion of an area for further research. May not be a separate heading in the paper but contents should be in the paper
Conclusion Sums up findings and contribution of study, with a qualifying statement on limitations, leading to suggestion of an area for further research. May not be a separate heading in the paper but contents should be in the paper
Back Matter (End)Notes - if any. Acknowledgement - if allowed by article. References - only those cited in paper. Appendices - properly labelled. Biodata - if requested. Follow journal specifications.

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