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Scientific Research and Communication — Types of Scientific Papers

Developing Communication Competencies for STEM Students

What types of articles are published in scientific journals?

Journal articles in the sciences are almost always a write-up of grant-funded laboratory or field research. Each article provides a brief overview of the research study, a description of methods used, results, and a conclusion. A small portion of science articles are 'review' articles; these are articles that summarize research studies. Journal articles are peer-reviewed. A growing number of so-called "pre-prints" are beginning to be published in science fields.


description of types of scientific papers

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Link to Slideshow, "How to Read A Scientific Research Paper" from Reseach4Life