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Writing a paper: a guide for early-career researchers (2/2)

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In the second part of her guide to crafting a winning manuscript, Susan Allen tops and tails the paper, revealing how to fashion a title, abstract, introduction and conclusion that will satisfy journal reviewers and readers alike.

Picking up from where we left off last week, your materials and methods, and results and discussion sections are written and you’re ready to attack the introduction and conclusion. Once that’s done you can turn your attention to the ‘press release’—or at least the components of the paper that will function as such—the abstract and title.

5. Introduction

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