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How to Construct a Research Project

  • T. Dalkara
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica Supplements book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 83)

Summary

A research proposal should start with defining its aims. A synopsis of the literature and observations that the hypothesis is grounded should be given together with relevant references. The significance of the project, expected contributions to the field should also be indicated. If available, preliminary data enhance the impact of the proposal. A detailed description of the methods and subjects to be used is an important part of the proposal. What data are to be collected, the method of collecting data, and selection criteria for subjects should be indicated. Variables and how the measurements will be taken, have to be defined precisely. Data processing and analysis tools should be described. Additionally, the expected time table, project cost, the ethical and legal issues should be included in the proposal. It should be kept in mind that a scientist’s primary responsibility is to create conditions such that the hypothesis can be tested objectively rather than proving his hypothesis.

Keywords

Research project hypothesis experimental design data collection. 

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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Dalkara
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Neurology, Institute of Neurological Sciences and PsychiatryHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyHacettepe University HospitalsAnkaraTurkey

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