Q: Can you suggest the best way to present my area of interest as an academic paper?

Detailed Question -

Hello! I am an undergraduate biochemistry (pre-med) major and as part of my honors program, I need to do an undergraduate research project. I want to focus on the knowledge deficit around the cardiotoxicity of cancer therapies within the medical community and the subsequent need for cardiac oncology programs to promote better patient outcomes. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to format a paper to look at this. I've looked at countless studies and articles, I just don't know where to go from here. Any advice would be much appreciated!

1 Answer to this question

It is great that you are sure about the topic of the paper! Now you need to look at what kind of article you need to present the topic in. It is important to know about the different types of articles that journals publish. This will help you understand the ways in which you can disseminate your work and identify what kind of article would be suitable for your study.

Some of the possible types of scientific publications are:

  1. Original research 
  2. Review article
  3. Clinical case study
  4. Clinical trial
  5. Perspective, opinion, and commentary
  6. Book review

You can find details about all of these articles in this post: 6 Article types that journals publish: A guide for early career researchers

The format of the article will depend on the kind of article you choose to present the topic in and the journal guidelines.