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How to read and understand a scientific paper

August 31, 2013 Filed under Blog, Featured, Reviewing, Writing 

Brian Curran sends along this great blog post about how to read and understand a scientific paper. The subtitle is a guide for nonscientists, but Brian points out that even scientists could benefit from this information. In fact, I would say that many of the questions asked by the author are valuable in constructing a good quality review.

Highlights: what is the big question, does the abstract match the text of the paper, can you think of an alternative way to interpret the results of the paper?

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