Like the Olympic athlete aiming for the gold medal, you must have a positive attitude and the belief that you have the ability to achieve it.
That is the real start to writing an A research paper.
A good introduction will provide a solid foundation and encourage readers to continue on to the main parts of your paper—the methods, results, and discussion.
In this article, we present 10 tips for writing an effective introduction.
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It’s such an important section—setting the scene for everything that follows—that many authors write the methods, results, and discussion sections in full before completing the introduction.
I hope these tips help you to write effective introductions that capture the attention of readers and reviewers.
I would like to close with one last piece of advice: When you begin drafting a paper, the introduction should be one of the first things you plan.
The introduction serves as the roadmap for your paper; by clearly stating the study’s background, aims, and hypothesis/research question, the introduction can guide you as you write the rest of the paper.