Research Guide: Scholarly Journals

Use this guide to learn more about scholarly journals and the peer-review process


Reviewing the discussion and conclusion

The image below shows the discussion - where the authors discuss their findings and the meaning their study yielded - and the conclusion, where the authors review what has been completed and often suggest what further research needs to be carried out.

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This is a screenshot of the discussions portion of the article, showing the discussion and conclusion of the study.

  • The Discussion/Conclusion section gives discussion, conclusions, or implications, of the research.
  • Here, the authors summarize what the results of the research might mean to the field, how the research addresses the original hypothesis, weaknesses of the study, and recommendations for future research about the topic.
  • This is one of the most IMPORTANT sections - you generally use the information you find here to support or supplement your own research.