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Component Parts of Manuscripts

Updated: Oct 26

The beauty of science writing is that the format is very predictable. When writing a manuscript here are the sections:

Title

Authors and affiliations

Abstract

Introduction

Methods

Results

Discussion

Acknowledgements (and funding sources)

Competing Interests Statement

Supplemental Materials


The hard part is what to expect in each of these sections. These resources provide detail on how to prepare a science manuscript by breaking down all the individual components.


The rules are a bit different when writing a scientific review. There is a lot more flexibility here. I recommend spending inordinate amounts of time on making beautiful summary figures. As a reader of the review, I appreciate very helpful figures I can incorporate into my teaching. This paper outlines how to approach writing a review article. "Ten Simple Rules for writing a literature review" by Marco Pautasso (2013).



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