writing course – the conclusion


While the conclusion of a journal article is relatively short, it needs to pack a big intellectual punch(…..)making sure that the claims and suggestions you make are consistent with the research that you’ve done

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At last the end… but it’s not over yet. Finishing off a paper is always hard. Just when you’ve had about enough, you have to raise the energy and enthusiasm for more. The intellectual work you’ve been doing isn’t quite over yet.

While the conclusion of a journal article is relatively short, it needs to pack a big intellectual punch. The conclusion:

(1) returns to the problem/question/niche/puzzle you identified in the Introduction. There is a pleasing symmetry about the journal article. If you set out the mandate for writing the paper well, way back at the beginning, then it is moderately simple to go back to it again now at the end.

(2) shows how you have provided an answer to the question/problem/puzzle you raised – that is, the Conclusion makes clear your contribution to the scholarly conversation.

(3) spells out the So What and Now What of your paper…

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