ELEMENTS OF A SCIENTIFIC PAPER
This assignment is designed to help
you identify and appreciate the characteristics of top-quality research
publication. Unlike the Publication and Authority paper, it
specifically addresses publication of primary research as defined by
one of the most influential scientific editors of the 20th century.
Further, it gives you practice in identifying such publications when
you encounter them in class assignments or in professional literature.
- To recognize the requirements for a scientific paper
- To survey professional journals in your field, previously identified in your research for the Publication and Authority Paper
- To articulate the qualities which produce a top quality piece of
scientific publication in any field, such as content, organization,
first disclosure, valid publication and appropriate language
- To distinguish a true scientific paper from a review paper, conference report or meeting abstract
- First, read the assigned chapters in your textbook. Then, read
Robert Day's essay, "What is a Scientific Paper?"
Highlight or take notes as needed. Be sure that you can identify the
characteristics of a scientific paper and the subparts of each.
- Survey the professional journals and/or library databases to identify
an article in your field that you feel exhibits the characteristics of a
top-quality scientific publication as identified by Day. Be sure that the
article is one you clearly understand. The article should be a
minimum of 3 pages long and preferably no more than 15 pages long.
- Write a 2-3 page typed, double-spaced paper in 12 point type, using
explaining the ways that your article satisfies Day's criteria for
excellence. Cite specific examples from the text of the article to prove
- Attach a copy of your chosen article to the paper,
making sure that bibliographic information is
included: author(s), article title, publication title,
volume number, date of publication and page number(s). Submit.
Your paper will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- Smooth, grammatically correct essay style, including but not
limited to sentence structure, spell-checking and correct punctuation
- A clear thesis at the beginning of the paper, supported by major
arguments in the body of the paper and ending in a cohesive conclusion
- Demonstration that you understand and have internalized the extended definition of a scientific paper based on Day's essay
- Ability to articulate that definition and its subparts
- A strong defense of the article you selected as exhibiting those characteristics in the following areas:
- first disclosure,
- valid publication and
- appropriate language
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