Preparing research articles by Bruce A. Thyer

By Bruce A. Thyer

Thyer's frank suggestion on settling on a suitable magazine, dealing with rejections and revisions, figuring out complicated options like influence elements and digital publishing, and warding off universal methodological and formatting pitfalls, represent a goldmine for the fledging researcher-writer.

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One problem with how these hypotheses are worded is that any differences or changes, occurring in any direction, will be supported, no matter how big or small or whether they are statistically significant or not. 45 46 Preparing Research Artides A word on theory: If your research project is associated with a solid body of prior theory, then your literature review will need to analyze and summarize this litera ture. If your hypotheses are legitimately grounded in established theory, this should be appropriately mentioned, and later in the paper your discussion seetian should discuss the implications of your results for current theory.

Your introduction should leave the reader with a clear 43 44 Preparing Research Artides understanding of the issue being addressed, the context of the current study in light of prior work, and how your stud y attempted to augment what is known about a given treatment or issue. It is highly recommended that you conclude your introduction with one or more specific and directional hypotheses that are clearly derived from prior empirical work or prior theory. The more specific and directional your hypotheses are, the more testable and potentially falsifiable they are, and these are characteristics of really good hypotheses.

Social Work Intervention This section could also be labeled Independent Variable, but I prefer calling it "intervention" or "treatment" (if you are reporting an outcome study), as this is less vague; this portion of the work should address the varying treatment conditions your clients may have received. Usually one intervention, the focus of the stud y, is called the experimental treatment; this may be the new approach being tested. If another group of clients receives nothing, this too is a condition, called no-treatment control.

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