There are some elements for a good article. This is what I have learnt joining the S-SPEC 2010 organized by the SPE UTM and SHELL. Of course my article submitted was not tip topped but at least I get to join the poster competition out of 200++ abstracts, which makes me the top 32. There are something about the event that makes me really disappointing. The organization was messy and there are some bias in the selection. Quite a disappointing event. But nevertheless, there are some knowledge gained from the event.
Here are something that I would like to share for a good research and good article.
1) Have a proper problem statement
- You don't just do some research for fun; you will need a problem statement and that is a almost significant one. Make sure the problem need urgent solution or else people won't bother to go for it.
2) Proper methodology
- Make sure the methods are clear and not just gibberish. How to obtain the data? How significant is the findings? It is better to have many samples and calculate the means and confidence interval (you know, statistics).
3) Comparison of methodology
Compare with current methods and try to convince that your method is better. It is the best to have a novel method to solve a problem and make sure the method is better than the current method in the market or commercial.
4) Cost effectiveness
The method or the solution suggested must be cost effective than the current one. It may cost less or need less time or less energy to produce or for the system to run.
Make sure the research can be market and it is highly wanted in the community. Try not to research something that is not needed or people would say "Finding answers to a question no one asks".
6) Proper citation
No information comes from the thin air. Those information must have a source either by yourself or others. If the information is from others, credit them by citing their work. There are tonnes of method to cite.