principle investigator

Identify the first author(s) (it is authors if there is a reference to “equal contributing authors”) and the principle investigator (the person who heads up the research program). Were they working at the same institution when the work was performed, did they have different affiliations, or was there a change in affiliation from the time the work was done and when it was published?
Example:
DNA Polymorphisms at Bermudagrass Microsatellite Loci and Their Use in Genotype Fingerprinting
Terry L. Kampsa, Neil R. Williamsab, Victor M. Ortegaa, Karen C. Chamuscoa, Karen Harris-Shultzb, Brian T. Scullyb and Christine D. Chase *a

– Author Affiliations
a Horticultural Sciences Dep., Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0690;
b current address, Seneca Foods Corp., PO Box 109, Dayton, WA;

Published in Crop Sci. 51:1122–1131 (2011).
doi: 10.2135/cropsci2010.08.0478
Published online 14 Mar. 2011.
c Crop Science Society of America | 5585 Guilford Rd., Madison, WI 53711 USA

• Have the first author(s) published any other work since? If so, refer to the work and indicate whether it is a continuation of the project or a different project.
• Are there any indications of the revision cycle for the paper that you are working on? Explain.

2.Introduction: Briefly, write about the essential background information that is provided for a reader to gain some understanding of what the research is about.
• Does the introduction place the study in proper context, give it a clear setting?
• Does it show why the work needed to be done?
• Does it present a hypothesis about what the outcome could be, and the predictions that would support the hypothesis?
• Describe and explain, don’t just answer yes or no to these or any of the questions you are being asked in this handout.

3.Figures and Tables:
• How many are there of each? Do not miss counting the supplemental tables and figures that some papers will have.
• Do they take the expected form (including such features as titles, legends, and labeling)?
• Are they images of gels, cells, tissues, whole organisms, graphical representations, or cartoon schemes?
• In your own words, what does each show? At a minimum talk about the first 5 (figures and/or tables).
• Do the legends really allow the figure to stand alone (i.e. do you understand what it is showing you without having to read the narrative results section?)?
• How is the level of detail in the figure legend different than the level of information in the Results narrative section that corresponds to the figure or table?
• Between the Results narrative and the Figures, and Tables is the information presented expanded or more redundant?

4.Results:
• How is the results section organized in the paper you are working on?
• Are there major Headings and/or subheadings within this section?
• To what do those sections refer?
• In your own words discuss the results of EACH section, commenting on the procedures used. Note: this will probably be the largest portion of your project.

5.Discussion:
• Does this section identify patterns with respect to other research investigations (and make proper citing of these)?
• If so, what pattern(s) are indicated?
• Does it make implications from the work and draw conclusions?
• If so, explain.
• In your own words make statements about any future investigations that may have been proposed based on the information gained in the current study.

 

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