The following table compares these features across sections of the paper.
Table 2: Frequencies of selected features With the above information serving as the background, the best way to start writing a Methods section is to read sample papers from the target journal.
After reading the discussion section, you want the reader to think critically about the results [“why didn't I think of that? You don’t want to force the reader to go through the paper multiple times to figure out what it all means.
If applicable, begin this part of the section by repeating what you consider to be your most significant or unanticipated finding first, then systematically review each finding.
Consider the likelihood that no one has thought as long and hard about your study as you have.
Systematically explain the underlying meaning of your findings and state why you believe they are significant.
We can give less general advice about the Methods section than about any other part of a research article.
This is because more than any other part of the article, the Methods section varies most in their structure and content.
For example: 1: Variation in Methods Sections Source: Academic Writing for Graduate Students, The University of Michigan Press The language used in the methods section is slightly different from the tone of the rest of the paper.
As this section consists of descriptive facts, it is primarily written in past tense, and in passive voice.