Medical Writing Preclinical Studies Good Writing Practice

Volume 26, Issue 4 - Preclinical Studies

Good Writing Practice


Conceptual component omission is a distraction to a content expert who expects specific argumentative conceptual components in the various sections of a journal article. As evidence, some of the components have become standardised in structured abstracts of many journals. In a structured abstract, the conceptual components are listed as subheadings, ensuring that the components are addressed. In a section of a journal article (e.g., Introduction) omission of an anticipated conceptual component (e.g., research problem) is more distracting than its misplacement into another section. However, both convey a nonprofessional tone.  In this first of two articles on inter-sentence discontinuity, we look at two examples of omitted conceptual components: Part 1, Research Problem; Part 2, Hypothesis Justification, both of
which are anticipated in an Introduction section.



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