Writing research article introductions in software engineering: How accurate is a standard model?

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In this paper, a standard model for describing the structure of research article introductions, the CARS model, is evaluated in terms of how well it can be applied to 12 articles which have received "Best Paper" awards in the field of software engineering. Results indicate that although the model adequately describes the main framework of the introductions, a number of important features are not accounted for, in particular, an extensive review of background literature, the inclusion of many definitions and examples, and an evaluation of the research in terms of application or novelty of the results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-46
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Professional Communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Dec 1



  • Engineering
  • Genre
  • Pedagogy
  • Software

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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