The structure of scientific papers is well established, and readers have expectations for what they will find when reading a paper.  It is best to stick to these expectations.  Here are some general guidelines, although different papers will have different needs.  

Abstract

Introduction

Methods

Results

Discussion


When you have finished a draft of your paper and are ready for another round of feedback, do these checks:


When you are ready to submit the final version of a paper to a journal, do all of the above checks, plus: