Scientific Reports

Scientific reports are generally expected to adhere to a particular structure. Some elements (in bold) are core to all projects, whilst others may not always be required or necessary.

Sections of a Scientific Report

Title General or descriptive heading
Abstract/ Summary Overview of whole report
Introduction What is the problem/ issue?
Materials and Method How did you address the problem?
Results What did you find out?
Discussion What do your findings mean (to you)?
Acknowledgements (optional) Who helped you?
References What work did you refer to?
Appendices (optional) Extra relevant information or graphics


Along with the detailed overview of each of these elements in this PDF, further information about scientific reports can be found at:

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