first cart, then horse

Quick tip for aspiring journal contributors: generally speaking, “Theory” and “Hypotheses” should not be sub-headings in the section titled “Methods.”

Just one of those things.

5 thoughts on “first cart, then horse”

  1. So true, Drek. I’d be perfectly fine, however, with turning “methods” into a subheading within the “theory” section. Too often are the methods in empirical papers ill tailored to the theory they purport to test.

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  2. While we’re at it, can someone correct me if I’m wrong about this? “Methods” are what you use in an empirical paper; “Methodology” is a body of methods, or the study of methods, or something similarly bigger than a section in an article.

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