How to Write an Effective Research Essay or Paper

how-to-write-an-effective-research-essay-or-paperWriting an effective research essay or paper can be summarised as the effective and intelligent gathering of data, writing a first draft, structuring it into a scientific paper, selecting a journal, submitting and revising and galley proofing. Here are some more specific suggestions based on personal experience on research. The approaches and practices of research vary and you should use your own judgment when choosing the most suitable guidelines to the content you are working on.

Getting ready with data for your research essay means you should only all the important data, analyses, plots and tables. Then, you should organise the results into a sequence which is logical. This may mean that you will not follow the chronological order of the times that the experiments were conducted if they are not time-extensive. Further, you should consolidate data plots and create figures for the manuscripts. You should limit the number of total figures; six to eight of them is a good number, usually. Then, you should also include additional data and multimedia in the supporting information if possible or applicable. After doing so, you may now discuss the data with your advisor and take note of important points.

Knowing the focus of your research essay is important. It is like being a wise man to be able to know whether you have found a rope or lost a mule. You can write the first draft, you can identify two or three important findings which have emerged from the experiments. Use them as the central theme of your writing work. When you write, it helps a lot to know the good and the bad writing styles. There are styles which are simple and easy to follow while others are very complicated.

Further, you should take into account the readers of the journal you are planning to submit your work for publication. In other words, you should bear in mind who are your audience. You can write following the a structure with the following parts in order: title, abstract, graphics, introduction, experimental section (which may be required to be put at the end), results and discussion, conclusions, acknowledgements, references and supporting information for your essay.

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