How to write a discussion section?

Öner Şanli, Selçuk Erdem, Tzevat Tefik

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Writing manuscripts to describe study outcomes, although not easy, is the main task of an academician. The aim of the present review is to outline the main aspects of writing the discussion section of a manuscript. Additionally, we address various issues regarding manuscripts in general. It is advisable to work on a manuscript regularly to avoid losing familiarity with the article. On principle, simple, clear and effective language should be used throughout the text. In addition, a pre-peer review process is recommended to obtain feedback on the manuscript. The discussion section can be written in 3 parts: an introductory paragraph, intermediate paragraphs and a conclusion paragraph. For intermediate paragraphs, a "divide and conquer" approach, meaning a full paragraph describing each of the study endpoints, can be used. In conclusion, academic writing is similar to other skills, and practice makes perfect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-24
Number of pages5
JournalTurk Uroloji Dergisi
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 2013


  • Academic medicine
  • Discussion section
  • Writing a manuscript

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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