How to write a strong introduction for your research paper

Get expert advice and practical tips on crafting a compelling introduction that lays the foundation for your research and captures your reader’s attention!

What will you learn?

  1. A 4-step guide to writing a compelling introduction
  2. How to test if your research introduction is effective
  3. The key difference between abstract and introduction
  4. Steps to avoid when writing the perfect introduction


Course Description

Most readers simply scan the introduction of a research paper to evaluate whether it is worth investing time to read the full text. This is why a persuasive introduction, which showcases your research and builds reader interest is extremely important if you want to boost readership and get more citations. Think of this as a section that lets you truly define your work and claim your place within your field of research.

This course is great for first-time authors or for those looking to improve their manuscript writing skills. Starting with the basics, it builds up with expert tips, a great sample, and engaging quizzes and tests to guide you through each step. If also points out the writing red flags to watch out for and ends with a handy checklist to ensure you don’t miss out on important points when creating an effective introduction for your research.


What topics will you cover?

Lecture 1: Let’s start with the basics

Lecture 2: Writing an introduction: What should you include?

Lecture 3: Writing an introduction: What are the steps involved?

Lecture 4: Time to look at a sample!

Lecture 5: Writing an introduction: What not to do?

Lecture 6: Tying it all together!


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R Upskill
R Upskill

Part of Cactus Communications’ R ecosystem of tools and solutions for researchers, R Upskill is a learning platform that comprises of the largest collection of researcher-focused programs, developed by top academic experts. Learn anytime, anywhere with bite-sized online programs on research writing, journal publication, career development, science communication, funding, researcher wellness, and more. Our multi-format programs come with expert advice, practical examples, and a certificate on course completion, which allow researchers to apply what they’ve learnt to excel in real-world scenarios. Trusted by top academic institutions, and over 15,000 researchers, R Upskill empowers researchers to master new skills on the path to all-round researcher success.


Course Curriculum


  Let's start with the basics
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  Writing an Introduction: What should you include?
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  Writing an Introduction: What not to do?
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  Tying it all together!
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