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How-To: Identify Types of Scientific Journal Articles

This guide will allow you to identify scholarly journal articles.

Methodological Articles


In methodological articles, new approaches, changes to existing methods or the discussion of quantitative and data analytic apporaches to the research community are presented.  Readers of these articles can make a comparision of the proposed methods with those methods currently in place and can implement the proposed methods.

The abstract for a methodological article includes the following: (p. 27)

  1. an overview of the general class of methods
  2. the main elements of the proposed methods
  3. the breadth of application for the proposed method
  4. for statistical procedures, a summary of some of the essential feather including robustness or power efficiency.