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Reporting Results by William F. Hosford, David C. van Aken

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2 Technical Papers

Technical papers are a principal means of communicating within the scientific community. They are gener- ally archival in nature and follow prescribed formats dependent on the journal or publisher. Laboratory instructors may require a format similar to a technical journal, and students will find this chapter useful in preparing their technical reports. Corporations and government agencies may have different requirements; these are not addressed here. This chapter describes various formats and describes how the general subsections – abstract, background, experimental procedures, results, discussion, summary, acknowledgments, and references – should be written.

Format

There are various formats that can be used for technical papers. ...

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