Let me start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year as this is my first blog for this year! It is that time of the year when the mind is still fresh and have lots of resolutions that we would want to do during the next 12 months. Does your list have ‘Write an Article as one of your New Year resolutions? Well, add it if you don’t have it in the list as writing an article gets easier after knowing what type of article that you are writing and what are you focusing on while writing.
Let me start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year as this is my first blog for this year! It is that time of the year when the mind is still fresh and have lots of resolutions that we would want to do during the next 12 months. Does your list have ‘Write an Article’ as one of your New Year resolutions? Well, add it if you don’t have it in the list as writing an article gets easier after knowing what type of article that you are writing and what are you focusing on while writing.
Research articles can be of many types. According to the APA Publication Manual, we may write 5 different types of research articles.
1. Empirical Research Article: If you are reporting original research that is based on your analysis and observation, you are writing an empirical article. The report may be derived either from the primary or secondary analysis. It may be quantitative or qualitative in nature. The article usually addresses a novel analysis of data. It is written using the IMRaD format. Example of an empirical article: Here.
2. Literature Review Article: If you are synthesizing published materials and critically analyzing them, you are writing a literature review article. It is different from a literature review section of an article. You may choose an already well-researched topic and critically analyse and review them to examine: the evolution or trends about the topic; debates, conflicts or paradigm shifts in the key theories or methodology; the research gap in the published literature. It is usually written using the IBC format. You may want to check PRISMA methodology for identifying and selecting the articles for review. Example of a Literature Review Article: Here.
3. Theoretical Article: If your article is tracing the development of a theory to expand and refine theoretical constructs or analyzing an existing theory or developing a new theory, you are writing a theoretical article. For this process, you review existing literature that emphasizes the theory you want to trace or analyse. The format of writing is more or less the same as that of the literature review article.
4. Methodological Article: This type of article focused on presenting new methods or methodological approaches, modifications of existing methods or discussions of quantitative or qualitative data analytic approaches. This new method is often a result of using a different or uncommon methodology to analyse data in response to the requirements of research. The new method needs to be tested or used in the research before presenting it in an article.
5. Case Studies: As the name suggests, case studies are reports of research conducted with individuals, groups, communities or institutions or issues or events. It focuses on a single case or a small number of cases: a case may be an individual, a small group (although it is consisting of many individuals, it can be considered as one culture-sharing group or a group of people working in one particular organization meaning considering one concrete entity). This type of article illustrates a problem, suggests means for solving the problem, and sheds light on needed research.
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