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A complete guide to the key components of a research article

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Wiley Researcher AcademyCertified microlearning courses for research and publication success

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Learn about all the core elements that go into creating a submission-ready manuscript that is optimized with keywords in this comprehensive course by one of the world’s top publishers.

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5 hours



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14 modules

What you learn

The importance of a good title and abstract for your research paper

How to create concise, engaging, and SEO-friendly title for your paper

The criteria for inclusion in, and the order of, authorship in a manuscript

How to create an author list with a focus on consistency and author affiliations

The importance of including keywords in your paper for better visibility

How to use the Keyword Kit to select and use the right keywords for your research

Importance of and ways to optimize the introduction, method, discussion, and conclusion

How to communicate and structure your research results effectively

The importance of graphs, figures, illustrations to communicate your research

How to format your artwork to meet the journal requirements

Appropriate citation styles for different types of information

An overview of gray literature and what to keep in mind when citing it in your paper

How to create the most effective acknowledgement and cover letter


You’ve done the research and now it’s time to draft a manuscript while keeping in mind the various sections and their objectives. If you’re experiencing a block right now, you’re not alone. Many researchers find writing and structuring the manuscript extremely daunting. In this course, you will learn about the different aspects that go into the making of a good research manuscript.

You will understand the purpose of different sections in the IMRAD structure and the key elements to cover in each section; this includes expert tips to create a clear, concise title and a compelling abstract that showcases your research. The course also has detailed advice on authorship, including who you should add as an author and in which order and who you should acknowledge. You will also be able to select and use the right keywords in your research paper to make it more visible to a wider audience. The course wraps up with guidelines on the use of tables and figures to convey your findings, compiling bibliographical references and citations correctly, and writing a convincing cover letter that makes your paper stand out.

This video-based course has 14 modules, with additional reading resources, quizzes and an overall exam to test your understanding. By the end of this comprehensive course, you will have mastered the skills needed to create a publication-ready manuscript.

About the course author:

Aditi Nadkarni Aditi Nadkarni created this course when she was part of the Strategic Insights team at Wiley, where she worked for more than 5 years. She is currently the Scientific Director at Havas Health & You, a health and wellness network. Aditi has a PhD in biomedical science, with significant experience in cancer research. She was the Developmental Editor for Current Protocols, a gold standard among methods journals and most recently held the position of Director, Science & Strategy, Neuroscience at Clinical Care Options.

This course is created with major contributions from: Andrew Moore, Gwen Taylor, Kerstin Brachhold, Francesca Novara, Matteo Cavalleri, Jennifer Mahoney, Conor Doss, Ying Jia, and Hilary Crichton

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LECTURE 1 |Video

Module 1: What Makes A Good Title

20 mins

LECTURE 2 |Video

Module 2: The Abstract

30 mins

LECTURE 3 |Video

Module 3: The Author List

20 mins

LECTURE 4 |Video

Module 4: Choosing The Right Keywords

15 mins

LECTURE 5 |Video

Module 5: Introduction- What problem or question are we addressing?

15 mins

LECTURE 6 |Video

Module 6: Methods- How did we research the problem or question?

15 mins

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Wiley Researcher Academy

Certified microlearning courses for research and publication success

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Are you an early career researcher seeking to improve your research writing skills? Are you an established researcher who wants to better understand the scholarly publishing landscape? Wiley Researcher Academy has the tools you need to navigate the publishing process and increase your chances of achieving a successful publishing outcome.

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