Evidence-based understanding of introductions of research articles

Abstract

Achieving publications in high-impact journals is a major cornerstone for academic careers in the US and elsewhere in the world. However, apart from novel insights and relevant contributions to the field, there are expectations of editors and reviewers regarding the structure and language of manuscripts that prospective contributors have to adhere to. As these expectations are mostly communicated using best-practice examples, especially international researchers might often wonder how to implement them in their manuscripts. Applying an applied linguistics model to 60 papers that were published in US-based and Indian management journals we derive evidence-based advice for the writing of introductions.

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List of analyzed papers

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Bajwa, N.H., König, C.J. & Kunze, T. Evidence-based understanding of introductions of research articles. Scientometrics 124, 195–217 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-020-03475-9

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