This is a statement of something sufficiently interesting to motivate your reader to read the rest of the paper, it is an important/interesting scientific problem that your paper either solves or addresses.
You should draw the reader in and make them want to read the rest of the paper.
Break up the section into logical segments by using subheads. We want you to answer a scientific question or hypothesis.
We would like you to gather evidence -- from various sources -- to allow you to make interpretations and judgments.
The list should include a short title for each figure but not the whole caption. The list should include a short title for each table but not the whole caption.
You can't write a good introduction until you know what the body of the paper says.
The goal is the shortest possible paper that contains all information necessary to describe the work and support the interpretation.
Avoid unnecessary repetition and irrelevant tangents. Necessary repetition: the main theme should be developed in the introduction as a motivation or working hypothesis.
This person will become your research mentor and this gives you someone to talk with and get background material from.
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