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    How long should an introduction be for a scientific paper? The entire paper needs to be 3000-5000 words so I don't know what proportion of that should go towards the introduction.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Conventions vary by subject, so my advice comes from writing papers for physics journals. In general, an introduction - including background information and all relevant theory - should generally be about a quarter to a third of a report. So up to 1000/1700 words. But this is only a very rough guide. Try to be as succinct as possible, whilst making sure you motivate your research and provide all necessary theory behind your data.
 
 
 
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