In this section, we look at how to write an APA-style empirical research report, an article that presents the results of one or more new studies.
Recall that the standard sections of an empirical research report provide a kind of outline.
What might be some of the pros and cons of using cute article titles?
For articles that are being submitted for publication, the title page also includes an author note that lists the authors’ full institutional affiliations, any acknowledgments the authors wish to make to agencies that funded the research or to colleagues who commented on it, and contact information for the authors.
Individual researchers differ quite a bit in their preference for such titles.
Some use them regularly, while others never use them.
Like any effective argument, the literature review must have some kind of structure.
For example, it might begin by describing a phenomenon in a general way along with several studies that demonstrate it, then describing two or more competing theories of the phenomenon, and finally presenting a hypothesis to test one or more of the theories.
The title should clearly and concisely (in about 12 words or fewer) communicate the primary variables and research questions.
This sometimes requires a main title followed by a subtitle that elaborates on the main title, in which case the main title and subtitle are separated by a colon.