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Procedure

In order to cast the information in a modular structure, take the following steps:

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Problem-solution pattern:
 First, organise the scientific information by its conceptual function, into a problem-solution pattern, dividing it into information units following the guidelines specified in section A.2.

In a single article, report on a single problem-solving process. This process can be complex . If you have addressed in your research different problems, report on them in the same article only if they are related `sub-problems' of a higher-level general or aggregate problem. In that case, indicate in the module Positioning how the central problem is structured.

Include in the article one and only one of each of the main modules summarised above, and group the modules of the same type, even if associated to the different lines of inquiry, within a single, complex, module. For example, when different methods were used for the solution of the central problem, give an account of these methods in different constituent modules and include these modules in a complex Methods module.

II
Physics-oriented structure:
Then, organise the information within those units by its physics content, dividing it into smaller information units that focus on one topic, following the physics classification.

III
Range-based structure:
If your work is part of a research project, group the information with a mesoscopic range and the information with a macroscopic range.  

Because these higher level modules are designed for a wider and less informed audience, elaborate and strict guidelines are necessary for mesoscopic modules, and even more so for macroscopic modules. The guidelines we present here focus on the article. Mesoscopic and macroscopic are not really a part of the article itself, although they are part of the larger network of modular publications.

Given appropriate authoring tools, the map of a module could be generated from the complete `map of contents' of the article, and included in a module by means of a link. Guidelines for the module summaries and the relation of the module summaries to the abstract of the article as a whole are discussed in [Van der Tol, 1999].
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Meta-information:
Group the meta-information about the modules and the links, and represent it in a module Meta-information, following the guidelines given in section A.2.

VII
Links:
Represent the relations that have been identified in a -potentially complex- link connecting the source module to the target module, and characterise that link explicitly by assigning a label to it expressing 1) each relation represented in the link, and 2) the bibliographic information about the link


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