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Title: Medical Paper Writing

How to Write the Methods Section of your Medical
Methods Section of Research Paper
  • The Methods section of a research paper
    contains the essential details for other
    scientists to replicate the study and helps the
    common readers understand the study better.
  • It is like a road-map that guides the readers
    through the actual journey the authors took to
    reach the results of the study.
  • Therefore, the Methods section of your paper
    should be descriptive. Though it sounds easy,
    many authors miss the details while writing it.

Here are some tips to write the Methods section
of your medical manuscript, to make it
interesting and informative.
1) Explain early
  • Each paragraph or subsection of the Methods
    section talks about a specific experiment. So,
    begin your paragraph by explaining the rationale
    behind your choices for a particular experiment.
  • For example, why you used a certain compound, or
    why you chose a particular strain of mice or the
    particular concentration of the reagent?

2) Use visual elements
  • Visual elements like schematic diagrams,
    flowcharts, and tables help the readers follow
    and understand your study design better.
  • They also break the monotony in the medical paper
    writing. It becomes easy for the readers to
    absorb the complex information.

3) Adhere to the guidelines of your journal
  • Read the guidelines of your target journal
    carefully and follow the specific instructions.
  • For example, the heading of the section
    Materials and Methods may need to be changed to
    Patients and the Method or you may require
    omitting the name of the institutes for journals
    that dont prefer open-label reporting.

4) Tell the story of your research
Narrate each experiment of your study in a
chronological order to help readers retrace the
gradual development of your research and its
5) Use subheadings
  • Divide the Methods section in terms of the
    experiments to help the readers follow the
    section better.
  • You may write the name of the experiment or its
    specific objective as a subheading.

6) Provide all the details
  • Provide all the details of your study including
    the description of the materials, equipment or
    stimuli used in the experiment and the variables
    used (dependent, independent, and extraneous).
  • If your study involves a survey or any
    psychological assessment, mention the
    questionnaire, scoring methods, and validation of
    scales with every detail.

7) Mention the ethical approval
If your study involves approval by the ethics
committee or institutional review board, or an
informed consent from the patients or the
guardians, mention it in the Methods section.
8) Write the statistical analysis
  • Describe all the statistical tests, levels of
    significance, and software packages used to
    conduct the statistical analysis.
  • If you hire a bio-statistician for his
    recommendations on analysis, mention it clearly.
    Finally, justify the statistical method you used
    in the study.
  • The Methods section of your research
    paper writing becomes easy and quick with these

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