A Key to Scientific Research Literature

What he said What he meant:
It has long been known that... I haven't bothered to look up the original reference but....
Of great theoretical and practical importance... Interesting to me.
While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to these questions... The experiment didn't work out, but I figured I could at least get a publication out of it.
The operant conditioning technique was chosen to study the problem... The fellow in the next lab already had the equipment set up.
Three of the Ss were chosen for detailed study... The results on the others didn't make sense.
Typical results are shown... The best results are shown...
Agreement with the predicted curve is:
  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Satisfactory
  • Fair
It is suggested that...
It is believed that...
It may be that...
I think.
It is generally believed that... A couple of other guys think so too.
It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understanding... I don't understand it.
Unfortunately, a quantitative theory to account for these results has not been formulated... I can't think of one and neither has anyone else.
Correct within an order of magnitude... Wrong.
Thanks are due to Joe Glotz for assistance with the experiments and to John Doe for valuable discussion. Glotz did the work and Doe explained what it meant.

MiIton H. Hodge, University of Georgia

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