Every student at some point has to write a research article. Those who don’t have to write an article, they at least do desire to write an article because becoming a published author is becoming a kind of extremely important skill in acquiring better job positions. For medical doctors the residency Or the fellowship match is dependent upon the research article publication. While the non-medical professionals want it for promotions and more income. The rest of the students just need it for personal and professional growth and achievement.
Whatever, the reason is, one of the most common problems these students face while writing an article is the difficulty they face in finishing their research article. Today, in this blog I will discuss this issue and provide the solution to this problem. According to my experience, there are four major causes of not completing the research article. If the students learn to handle those issues then they will never have a problem in finishing an article. These four causes are directly proportional to the amount of difficulty the students face in completing their articles. The following are the problems along with the solution.
1- LACK OF PLAN
Most students just start working on their article without any plan. They think that they should just start an article and as the time goes by, the paper will automatically take the shape of a research article. This could be true for the experienced writers, however, for a novice writer this is not the case. Without a proper plan they simply cannot write an article.
The students must plan their article before writing. Now, let me give you an example, when you cook a food item, you have a plan, you know the recipe. If you cook something often enough then you probably don’t need the recipe because the recipe is in your mind. However, if you are a new cook, then you need a proper recipe in front of your eyes all the time, otherwise, you will not cook the dish effectively and will compromise the flavor of the dish and probably no one will eat it. In easy words, you will destroy the food. Similarly, for a research article, you need to have your recipe (plan) in front of you in a written format. Therefore, whenever you write an article, make sure you write the plan down and show it to a senior or a fellow colleague or a friend and then keep that plan in front of you while working, and work according to your plan. The plan should include your topic, question, data collection, data extraction, and the plan of writing each section. How many lines, how many total words and how many headings will your full paper have. If you have such a concrete plan, you will find it extremely easy to complete your article.
2- NOT HAVING A DEADLINE
Not having a deadline is another major cause of procrastination and not completing the task. We all need a deadline for all of our tasks. Otherwise we will keep wasting time and will probably never finish our task. When you drive and go to a place, do you not set a deadline that around what time we will reach at the destination? Or you just start driving and say “who cares, one day we will reach the store.” Trust me if you don’t set a deadline of time, you will get distracted and never reach your destination. The same attitude you need for your research article.
3- HAVING NO SCHEDULE
Another lethal error students commit is not having a proper schedule of writing. What time of the day you have decided to work on your paper? Is it the morning time? Or the afternoon time? Or is it the night time? Whatever time of the day it is, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that there must be some predetermined hours dedicated solely for writing. This will force you to work on your article. Remember, this must be done every single day. Make sure there is no gap for at least two months until your article is finished. Can’t you just give 2-3 hours per day to your writing and have it scheduled?
4- NO ACCOUNTABILITY
When you have all the above mentioned points taken care of, then you must hold yourself accountable by asking some sincere people in your life to hold you accountable. Announce your deadline and tell this to your family and friends that by this date I will complete by paper and by this time of the year I will be a published author. Trust me, we all need someone to hold us accountable. We all need coaches and helpers. There is no shame in holding ourselves accountable. Even the greatest sportsmen have coaches to hold themselves accountable.
Avoid these four causes and learn to handle these issues and you will complete your article fast. If you feel you need professional help and want a coach, then join our Be a Published Author Program and we will hold you accountable and make you a published author.
Dr. Hassaan Tohid