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Phase 4:

GETTING PUBLISHED

10. Outline of Abstract

This is written last because you cannot write it before you know all the sections of your manuscript.  You must keep it to the guidelines of the journal.  Normally this is very short but it is your ad to your work so it must be interesting and interest catching to get people to read the entire paper.  Take your time with this piece.  Write it numerous times because it has to be correct in form and high in interest. 

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8. Outline Results

Remember this section only pertains to your theme results – no other results will be mentioned.  Also, this section contains no explanation just numbers so if you catch yourself saying men were significantly better than women because---------STOP.  The because is in Discussion.  Keep to as few pages as possible but no more than five written pages

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6a. Writing the Method

I cannot emphasize enough that your method section must be very clearly written and have all the details that would allow me as a novice to take your method section and do it on my own exactly as you did without you being there to answer any questions.  You do not know how many times people have left out descriptions of their subjects, the number that they used or even a description of their independent variable in manuscripts that I have received as an editor.

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9. Discussion Outline


Here is where you write the most.  It is where you explain the importance of any paper whether it is Theory or Practitioner.  Most people run out of gas here but this is where you sell your theme, ideas and conclusions and justify it with either literature that was in the introduction or new literature if needed.

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7. Outline Introduction


At this point your Chapter 1 and 2 are filled with literature.  Some of you were asked to write a historical review of the literature that requires to write “ In the beginning God created this area until the present.”  This is not what you need for your Introduction of your Experiment, Theory paper, Case or Practitioner paper.  You must justify your main theme and the method that determined it.  That is all that you need and you get this down to about 5 pages.  Here you do not want to lift from your paper.

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6. Outline for Method

Remember you have less room for your methodology in an article than you do in a thesis.  You don’t want any literature review in the Methods section so if in your thesis you justified something about your method then that should go into the introduction.  The subsections that you will describe here fully are Subjects by giving all the demographics that you have about them (Organization if needed and allowed by the organization), Materials or Apparatus that you used (If you used a recording device what type and model needs to be explained. 

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