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4 Steps to Publishing Pilot Studies in Peer Reviewed Journals

The biggest focus of graduate students or researchers is publishing. However, researchers often fear that their study won’t give them the results they want. 

What if you pursue a project and you won’t be able to publish it later? 

This article will walk you through how to publish studies that are traditionally difficult to publish: pilot studies and negative results. 

Step 1: Find Your Story 

The very first step is to find the story in your results or your research.  

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How to Start Your Articles for Publication: Write a Great First Sentence Every Time

One of the hardest parts of starting a research article is the first sentence. I use to sit and stare at a blank document willing myself to write my first sentence. Unfortunately, many of my early papers had horrible first sentences. So in this tutorial, I will quickly walk you through how to start every paper to hook your reader and get started writing your articles! If you want even more guidance on writing your research articles, download my free Scientific Research Paper Checklist today!

Importance

The goal of your first sentence is to show the...

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How to Create Zotero Collections and Subcollections

Zotero is a great software for managing all of your references. However, to get the most out of Zotero, it is important to know how to use all of the tools in Zotero. Therefore, in this post, I will walk you step-by-step through how to create new collections and subcollections in Zotero.

Using Collections and Subcollections

Before we walk through how to create collections and subcollections, let's first discuss why they are important and how to use them. Collections and Subcollections are similar to the file structure on your computer. If you had all of your files in a single folder on your...

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What is a Literature Review?

Literature reviews are often misrepresented. Many early-stage researchers believe that literature reviews are an easier way to be published than research articles; however, this is not necessarily true. If you are struggling to write research articles, consider getting my Scientific Research Paper Checklist below!

Instead, literature reviews fulfill an important role for both the writer and the reader. In this article, we are going to discuss the purpose of literature reviews, different types of literature reviews, and common misconceptions of literature reviews.

Purpose of Literature...

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Abstract vs. Introduction: 3 Key Differences

Two essential components of any research paper are the abstract and introduction. However, when you are writing these pieces, it can be difficult to decipher how these sections differ.

Much of the same information should be included in both sections. However, the purpose, structure, and length of your abstract and introduction should be very different. In this post, we will dive into each of these differences to help you to write killer abstracts and introductions!

Purpose

Abstracts and Introductions have fundamentally different purposes.

Abstract

The purpose of your abstract is to give a...

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How to Write a Successful Research Proposal

In my first semester of graduate school, I wrote a research proposal for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program. I had no guidance on how to write a proposal for this very competitive fellowship program. Many websites seem to contradict each other on the guidance that they gave. Ultimately, I was unsuccessful at attaining the fellowship.

The next semester, after I had written multiple academic papers, I then applied for an NIH T-32 Predoctoral Fellowship. When I started working on my proposal, I felt like I had learned more about what I had done wrong on...

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Research Paper vs. Research Proposals: 3 Key Differences

Research Papers and proposals can be very difficult and frustrating to write. However, while they may create similar emotions, they are very different, and understanding these differences is important.

There are three important differences between research papers and proposals, which are the timeframe, purpose, and structure.

First, the time that you write a research paper and proposal is different. This is the difference that most people are aware of. For a research paper, you want to start writing this when you have finished all of the data collection. On the other hand, research...

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