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.
Length of introduction in a scientific paper Watch
- Thread Starter
- 27-07-2014 17:29
- Study Helper
- 27-07-2014 22:34
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.