Read her explanation of how COBWEB was developed and tested here.
An essential “How to…” article published in with annotated comments on aspects of the scientific writing.
Before you submit your paper to a journal, you need to consider whether the article will achieve its purpose: One of the first hurdles to get over when writing up a research plan or reporting the results of your study is finding the appropriate reporting guideline.
We have developed a prototype decision tree (also available online from Penelope Research) to help you choose the right reporting guideline for your work.
Do not choose something that is completely unknown by you, especially when you have a deadline to meet. The more you narrow the topic, the closer you will come to being able to write a thesis statement.
Your thesis statement is the point that will motivate your research and the development of your report. Having settled on a thesis statement, you should approach your instructor to approve your choice of topic and your thesis statement. It is needed to kick-start you in the research process. You write down what you think you will need to put into your research report to establish your thesis.Once you have filled in all of the relevant text boxes, COBWEB creates a formatted Word document for you to edit and continue working on. When the site prompts you to ‘choose an ID’, you can create any username to log in.We interviewed Isabelle Boutron, one of the creators of COBWEB.Once you have the right reporting guideline and know what items to report, it’s always a good idea to look at good examples for inspiration.Several guideline development groups have published articles with examples of good reporting for each item on their checklist.You might also want to supplement a common reporting guideline with any specific guidance for your clinical area or study type.After using the wizard, we suggest visiting the EQUATOR Library for Reporting Guidelines.When published, your article will start a new independent life.It will be read and critically appraised, and it may contribute to systematic reviews, inform clinical guidelines, and influence clinical practice.Be wise in your choice of topic and seek to deal with something that is within your area of interest, a subject about which you would like to know more. The rift is becoming wider and the continent could be splitting.This will bring some joy into the task as well as a challenge. Here you are beginning to narrow down your subject–despite the widening of the rift :-).