INTRODUCTION: Content & Structure: Study Design 1

An overview of the study design can go in the aim, legend or as a separate section. However, it can save space and enhance the readers understanding of the experiment, if it is presented early on i.e. at the end of the aim or in a separate section after the aim. Typically, the information in the study design should tell the reader:

  1. Information about sample and sampling (size, characteristics etc. of sample, randomness of sampling etc.).
  2. General information about how the experiment was carried out and the conditions under which the data were collected. This information should not be repeated in other parts of the report that deal with methodology.

The study design must be clear and accurate.

Glossary: sample, randomness.