Writing the Research Report

  • Philip Burnard
  • Paul Morrison


These are:
  • To identify the stages in writing up a research report;

  • To consider how to submit a research report to a journal for consideration for publication;

  • Feeding back your findings to the participants in your study.


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Further Readings

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© Philip Burnard and Paul Morrison 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Burnard
    • 1
  • Paul Morrison
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Wales College of MedicineCardiffUK

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