How to Present a Journal Article

Updated March 23, 2017

Identify the topic for your journal article and write a title that effectively encompasses the topic you're going to write about. Titles that suggest a question and promise an answer work well for journal articles. Ensure you have a full understanding of the topic you intend to write about.

Research your topic and outline how you will present it. Choose topics that are timely to the field for which you're writing. Determine whether you will present your article in APA or MLA style, depending upon the criteria of the publication you're writing your article for (see Resources).

Write an introduction that summarizes your topic and states any intended outcome you may have regarding the conclusions of your journal topic.

Write the main body of your paper where you will present the topic in an objective style of writing. Any personal observations should be enhanced with supporting research.

Conclude your journal article by restating the conclusions you promised in your introduction and presenting those conclusions as they were discussed in your article.

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About the Author

Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.". He is editor of the "Dark Light" anthology to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.