How do expert readers approach a scientific paper?
Expert readers of scientific literature approach a paper with
a critical mindset. This means that they do not automatically
accept an author's conclusions. Rather, experienced readers examine
whether an experiment and its data and analysis support the claims
of the author. Readers are persuaded by the data and its analysis,
not by an author's writing.
Additionally, readers of scientific literature often read with
a very specific purpose. They may not read the entire paper. Instead,
they focus on sections of the paper that will answer their exact
questions. Occasionally, scientists will skim many papers with
no definite question in mind. Rarely, however, will scientists
read an entire paper from start to finish unless it is of particular
Questions an expert reader will ask when reading
a scientific paper: