Common problems in scholarly and professional research for publication include the following:
1. Over-generalization and extrapolation of results;
2. Conflict of Interest between researcher and the subject(s) of his/her research;
3. Conflation of absolute data relative data;
4. Research (whether academic or corporate) politics;
5. Research questions that are too broad;
6. Research questions that are too narrow;
7. Research questions that cannot be answered;
8. Research with an agenda;
9. Design bias in research;
10. Measurement bias in research;
11. Sampling bias in research;
12. Procedural bias in research;
13. Problem bias (such as solving the wrong problem; asking the wrong questions);
14. Assumption of causality where there is none;
15. Attribution of findings of a sample to a population.
These are just a few of the many problems.
This said, how might researchers, both academic and corporate, work to minimize research problems related to studies for publication?
- forge ahead anyway. Researchers need to focus on the interesting aspects, and pertinent relevance of what they themselves want to know. Topics should be based on what they consider to be important and vital to others, as well. If a topic is not relevant to themselves and others, there will be no reason to forge ahead. Actually, you have done a great service to researchers who are motivated to forge ahead: Isolating the difficulties is the first step.
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