Published research articles are permanently archived records of research composed by scholars from various academic fields. Articles are often read, evaluated, and cited by an array of people with varying degrees of knowledge about a given research topic. For this reason, among others, it is important that scholars compose research reports in a clear and methodical fashion so that their arguments are comprehensible by a diverse audience. A publication style guide (also referred to as a manual or handbook) is a helpful resource to assist researchers during the writing process because it dictates a set of guidelines for the form, design, and overall presentation of written research. In particular, a style guide offers precise rules for general writing composition, such as punctuation, spelling, ...
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