Table 1

The three schemes

S1

Objective

OBJ

The background and the aim of the research

Method

METH

The way to achieve the goal

Result

RES

The principle findings

Conclusion

CON

Analysis, discussion and the main conclusions


S2

Background

BKG

The circumstances pertaining to the current work, situation, or its causes, history, etc.

Objective

OBJ

A thing aimed at or sought, a target or goal

Method

METH

A way of doing research, esp. according to a defined and regular plan; a special form of procedure or characteristic set of procedures employed in a field of study as a mode of investigation and inquiry

Result

RES

The effect, consequence, issue or outcome of an experiment; the quantity, formula, etc. obtained by calculation

Conclusion

CON

A judgment or statement arrived at by any reasoning process; an inference, deduction, induction; a proposition deduced by reasoning from other propositions; the result of a discussion, or examination of a question, final determination, decision, resolution, final arrangement or agreement

Related work

REL

A comparison between the current work and the related work

Future work

FUT

The work that needs to be done in the future


S3

Hypothesis

HYP

A statement that has not been yet confirmed rather than a factual statement

Motivation

MOT

The reason for carrying out the investigation

Background

BKG

Description of generally accepted background knowledge and previous work

Goal

GOAL

The target state of the investigation where intended discoveries are made

Object

OBJT

An entity which is a product or main theme of the investigation

Experiment

EXP

Experiment details

Model

MOD

A statement about a theoretical model or framework

Method

METH

The means by which the authors seek to achieve a goal of the investigation

Observation

OBS

The data/phenomena recorded within an investigation

Result

RES

Factual statements about the outputs of an investigation

Conclusion

CON

Statements inferred from observations and results, relating to research hypothesis


Guo et al. BMC Bioinformatics 2011 12:69   doi:10.1186/1471-2105-12-69

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