Handbook of Biomedical Research Writing: The Journal Article Abstract by Jocelyn Graf Hanyang University ..
We may have eliminated this journal article from the list because the study involved two large-scale studies in different service industries. At the undergraduate and master's level, it would simply be too much work to (a) carry out two studies and (b) replicate studies that were particularly large. Nonetheless, unless there are particular aspects of research strategy that you do not feel comfortable with, we would not worry too much about the research strategy adopted in the journal article at this stage since this is something that you will inevitably look at in more detail when you read the entire journal articles on your shortlist, which we discuss later in of the next section. But it is something to bear in mind.
The research strategy adopted in a journal article refers to the approach taken by the authors towards (a) designing the research (i.e., whether a descriptive, experimental, quasi-experimental, or relationship-based research design was used), (b) sampling the population of interest (i.e., whether a probability or non-probability sampling strategy), (c) the research methods that were used to collect data (i.e., a survey, structured observation or interviews, data sets, laboratory methods, etc.), as well as (d) the data analysis techniques used, as we touch on in the previous bullet. You can learn more about these components of research strategy in the part of the site. However, the main point is not to evaluate such components of research strategy in any depth at this stage, but rather get a sense of what was involved in the journal articles remaining on your list, and assess whether you should eliminate any further journal articles based on such components. For example, if the journal article used structured interviews or observation, but you would prefer to deal with an existing data set rather than people, you may choose to eliminate the journal article on this basis. Alternately, the abstract of a journal article may suggest that too much work is involved in a replication-based dissertation. Take the following journal article in our list:
How to create a journal article from a thesis
When it comes to creating a shortlist of 4-5 potential journal articles, you could do this in anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the number of results that are returned from your search. However, since choosing the main journal article is so important in Route #1: Replication-based dissertations, we would advise spending 1-2 days doing this, just so that you have sufficient time to work through the available articles in your search. Even though you are not choosing a particular route at this time (i.e., Route A: Duplication, Route B: Generalisation or Route C: Extension), these routes still influence how you shortlist potential articles. All we would suggest is that you don't eliminate articles from your shortlist at this stage based on a particular route, which is something that we focus on later in the article, .Skim through the titles and abstracts of the journal articles, and simply eliminate those which you don't like the sound of (i.e., your gut feeling is important). For example, looking at the list of 24 possible journal articles in our list, we may choose to eliminate the following journal articles [NOTE: our reasons for rejecting the articles are fictitious, but should give you a sense of the types of reasons worth considering]: