Guidelines for Writing Research Papers

It would be a worst nightmare and whammy for a researcher if his/her research paper is rejected in the wake of not following necessary guidelines which is why this article “guidelines for writing research papers” is a must-read for an aspiring researcher.  

At the termination of their research, every researcher wishes to submit an excellent research paper. Whether you write research proposals or thesis, write an abstract or a research paper, your writing style and ways of presenting the data all together create a holistic picture of you. Researcher paper holds too much of importance so we are listing some tips that can make the complicated process of writing a fun.

The following is a list of Do’s and Don’ts to remember as you start to pen down your work:

The Do’s:

  • There is no substitute to writing clearly and precisely. You do not have to write stories; remember you are presenting a novel work done
  • Future researchers may follow your ideas and methodologies so double check the correctness and accuracy of the data you present.
  • Always shed light on the ideas and methodologies involved. Discuss specific reasons to justify your research.
  • Refer diverse sources of research for trustworthy and most up-to-date information.
  • Readers should have a thorough conception of the topic and all its aspects after going through your presented materials.
  • Provide sufficient supporting arguments and solid evidence to reinforce your findings.
  • Do size up your research stuff and information and present it after profound analysis and logic to show how it supports and conveys your research.
  • Proofread the paper multiple times and if required take help of your peers/friends/professional editors/colleagues in fine-tuning and proofreading the paper.
  • Write your paper with only enough detail about the research work. Fill your paper with scientific terminologies.
  • Maintain a track of the bibliography and references. Sort data by source or mark your notes so as to remember where individual facts came from.

And the Don’ts:

  • Do not misrepresent yourself. Be honest to the readers.
  • Don’t lengthen your paper unnecessarily. Relevant and to the point data is sufficient to frame your work and make your point.
  • Don’t include anything that doesn’t answer the questions. It won’t lead to any new conclusion about your work.
  • Do not reveal absurd or incomplete reasons for doing research.
  • Don’t write in a vacuum. Make sure that each of your findings supports the cause.
  • Never ever cite Wikipedia. Instead, find an absolutely reliable source for your citations.
  • Too many generalizations are detrimental for the research paper. If your paper is bristling with overviews, it gives an impression that you do not, in fact, have anything to say.



  • If you have referred any related research done by other prominent researchers or any supporting material, never forget to mention the same, it augments and complements the research paper.
  • In order to stave off plagiarism always proofread your work before submission.

Following the above-mentioned guidelines for writing research papers, you certainly buttress your chance to get your research papers published.