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:
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.
A comprehensive overview of research conducted on a certain project. These types of publications often contain no original research by the author(s).
Before beginning a study, some researchers present their methods to the professional community for approval.