How to present research data?

  • Seng Fah Tong
  • Aznida Firzah Abdul Aziz


The result section of an original research paper provides answer to this question “What was found?” The amount of findings generated in a typical research project is often much more than what medical journal can accommodate in one article. So, the first thing the author needs to do is to make a selection of what is worth presenting. Having decided that, he/she will need to convey the message effectively using a mixture of text, tables and graphics. The level of details required depends a great deal on the target audience of the paper. Hence it is important to check the requirement of journal we intend to send the paper to (e.g. the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Medical Journals1). This article condenses some common general rules on the presentation of research data that we find useful.


International Committee for Medical Journal Editors. Uniform

requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals:

Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication.

How to Cite
TongS. F., & Abdul AzizA. F. (2006). How to present research data?. Malaysian Family Physician, 1(2 & 3), 4. Retrieved from
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