The Components of an Academic Paper

An academic paper is usually written on a given subject in which the author uses primary or secondary data or both to validate his position. However, there are papers in which data is not collected, the author only focuses on the literature review and driving his argument home through the review of previous works. An academic paper usually contains but not limited to the following subheadings:

  1. An Introduction
  2. Statement of Problem
  3. Objectives of the Study
  4. Literature Review
  5. Methodology
  6. Model Specification – where it is necessary
  7. Results and Discussion
  8. Conclusion

Of course, this is just a template but not a universally acceptable template for writing an academic paper. It only contains basic subheadings that are usually found in an academic paper. A researcher or writer can design his or her paper as he or she likes. Thank you.