alternative format for paper

Given that everyone in the same group has the same Methods and Results, the main thing we are practicing is the Introduction and Discussion. Consequently, I would like to offer you the opportunity to write an increasingly common format for scientific papers. Many of the top scientific journals use this format now. It is entitled ‘short scientific communication’. Here is an example of the instructions from the journal Nature. In the journal Science, they are termed ‘brief communications’. I love them. The primary objective is to highlight novelty, critical thinking, research gaps, opportunities, or challenges to existing research. We can consider writing up these experiments using this format.

Format for a ‘short scientific communication’

Context. Similar to an Introduction but more shorter and more direct. State the research topic, explain the main purpose of the field of research, state the gaps, then state your hypothesis and predictions that fill this gap. One paragraph only.

Discoveries. Similar to your results. State what you found.  A total of 1-2 figures. One paragraph only.

Implications. Link what you found to the research of this specific topic. State whether hypothesis explained the system and if predictions were supported. Propose a really important implication of the work and suggest a future direction.

Literature Cited is 10-12 papers.


Marking key

Context: 10

Discoveries: 10

Implications: 10

Literature Cited: 5

Effectively writing: 5

Methods: Just send me one copy for your entire group of exactly what you did. Even just typed up super clear notes, point form, so that I know.






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