How do I write a formal document that describes my study?

Key Points

  • Research protocols serve as guidelines for conducting research.
  • They are short, stand-alone documents that complement the abstract in describing the rationale for research methods or proceedings.
  • Protocols explain the essential or technical elements of the process, often with special attention to safety considerations.

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  • Format for Research Protocol
    • This article from the World Health Organization offers recommendations for writing a succinct research protocol.
    • It describes the format, content, and special considerations to include.
  • How to Develop a Competitive Research Protocol
    • This 42-page document describes the main elements of the research protocol in detail.
    • It offers advice and examples for each component of the protocol, like the title, problem description, timetable, and safety considerations.

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