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22 - Writing a Scientific Report

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 September 2019

Joanna M. Setchell
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Durham University
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Summary

A research project is not finished until we have written it up. Scientific reports have a standard format, with some variation. This should be familiar from your reading. This chapter builds on the general advice for writing in Chapter 14 and focusses on how to write a scientific report. I provide general guidance for writing your report, then cover each section of the manuscript in turn. I focus on primary research articles, because these are the main way in which we disseminate new research. Much of the advice applies more generally to theses and dissertations. Most reports have multiple authors and we must negotiate authorship fairly.

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Studying Primates
How to Design, Conduct and Report Primatological Research
, pp. 271 - 298
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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