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Scientific Writing Critique

A. Format:
Title of article
Title of journal, volume number, date, month and page numbers
Name(s) of the authors

Introduction
Summary
Conclusion

Group Research Title


Name of Members
Date of submission

Hard copy (Short bond paper, include the Journal that you critiqued)
Soft copy (eymabbagu@yahoo.com FILE name: DLSHSI RESEARCH 2 MLS Section, Group number JOURNAL
CRITIQUE NUMBER 1)
ATTACH GRADE SYSTEM (page 2 of this file) ON EACH JOURNAL CRITIQUE

B. Content
Introduction
o Start with a brief description and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the research design
and methodology
Summary
o Summarize the authors purpose and main points / evidence cited that are useful for backup
Conclusion
o State whether you agree with the author
o Back up your decisions by stating your reasons

C. Guide Questions
Answer the following questions:
o Is the title of the article appropriate and clear?
o Is the purpose of the article made clear in the introduction?
o Do you find errors of fact and interpretation?
o Are all of the discussion relevant?
o Have any ideas been overemphasized or underemphasized? Suggest specific revisions.
o Should some sections of the manuscript be expanded, condensed or omitted?
o Are the study design and methods appropriate for the purposes of the study?
o Have the procedures been presented in enough detail to enable a reader to duplicate them?

D. Grading system (see page 2)


Grading System for Journal Critique

Grading Scale: 5 = highest score; 1 = Lowest score


5 4 3 2 1
Formatting:
Follows the given format religiously
Introduction:
Presented a clear summary of the aims and
methods used in the study
Summary:
I. Organization
Well organized thinking that reviews the article
II. Content
Cited clear and complete analysis of the
journal
III. Analysis
Discusses the major and minor points in an
order that makes sense
Conclusion:
Selected the data most relevant to the authors
aims and conclusions actually make results
clearer
Professional Style:
Use of Language, words and Sentence structure
complete and grammatically correct.
References:
Prior work is acknowledged by referring to
sources for theories, assumptions, quotations
and findings following the APA format.
Acceptable Grade + 60 = Total Grade

Other Remarks:
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Total Grade:
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Prepared by:

Reymund M. Mabbagu, RMT


Faculty
College of Medical Laboratory Science

Approved by:
Rolando M. Reyes, MD, MHPed
OIC College Dean
College of Medical Laboratory Science