Sociologists are writers. The Sociology Place has guides and tips for writing research articles and academic grants.

Writing the Acknowledgements Section of a Research Article

Who should you acknowledge in a research article in the social sciences? Many things went right (and, perhaps wrong) in your writing of a research article in the social sciences. You should acknowledge the help that you received. But, who should you acknowledge? The ethical core of an acknowledgment section in a research article in…

10 Tips for Writing Research Grant Proposals

What are the best practices for writing research grant proposals? To fund their research projects, academics apply for research grants from governments and philanthropies. Research grant writing has become a fundamental activity of academic researchers in sociology, psychology, and political science. But grant writing is difficult, even for experienced social scientists. There are many things…

Some Tips on Finding Research Grants

Tips for researchers to obtain grant funding In addition to the top tips for grant writing, I gathered some tips by Jonathan O’Donnell in a blog post for LSE. With shrinking funding options and more and more PhDs in the world, how to get grants? Some tips if you are… A Reviewer of Grants Register to review…

Writing the Conclusion Section of a Research Article in the Social Sciences

All good things must come to an end — even your empirical research article in the social sciences. In terms of structure and content, of all of the sections, the conclusion section of a research article in the social sciences has the fewest common expectations and the greatest variability. What is the conclusion section of…

How to Write the Introduction to a Research Article in the Social Sciences

What is an introduction? Empirical research articles in the social sciences require a title, an abstract, and an introduction. Introductions in social science articles are short — perhaps three or four paragraphs long. They are at the beginning of empirically-based research articles in sociology, psychology, and political science. In a previous article, we discussed the…

Authorship and Substantial Contributions

This post discusses the issue of academic authorship. We ask, who is an author? An author is someone who makes a substantial contribution. Since that is not very satisfying, we must also ask, what is a substantial contribution? In previous posts, we discussed the structure of empirical articles in the social sciences, and tips on…

Outline of the Structure of Research Articles in the Social Sciences

Why is the structure important? You are building an article. The structure is key. A social scientist reading an empirical article in a social science journal expects that the article has a familiar organizational structure. The author’s job is to satisfy the audience. You can satisfy the audience by satisfying their curiosity, their love of…

Data Write-up: The Who, What, When, Where, and Why

You are an investigator. You collect data to test your theory and prove your point. You and journalists are similar. In writing their articles, journalists are taught to answer five questions: who, what, when, where, and why. This post tells you how to write the data and methods section of a research article in the…