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What are Academic Papers for?

03/11/2016

Papers validate contributions to knowledge.

Reviewed:

  • Subject experts peer review.
  • Published with others in area checking it.
  • Scrutinised by other researchers once in public domain.
  • Tested again and again by many people.

Paper can stand up to tests, be modified or thrown out.

Papers disseminate knowledge, e.g. discover and share a cure for disease.

Papers further research

  • identify existing solutions
  • identify further questions requiring answers – stimulate discussion

Body of knowledge develops with publication of papers supporting this cycle.

Papers provide critical review of existing knowledge – literature reviews and research covered maybe identifying shortcomings in previous research.

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