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Professional Psychology Publications

Psychologists use publications to communicate with the rest of the professional community.  Think of published research as a conversation that one person is having with other professionals.  Common types of publications include:

Research Paper or Lab Report Findings

Research papers are typically divided into 5 sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Method
  3. Results
  4. Discussion
  5. Conclusion

Response, Editorial, Opinion or Review

These are often published in follow-up issues of a particular journal and provide another opinion on a single research paper.

Literature Review

A comprehensive overview of research conducted on a certain project.  These types of publications often contain no original research by the author(s).

Research Protocol

Before beginning a study, some researchers present their methods to the professional community for approval.