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A.1.1 Composition

The smallest building blocks of a modular structure are  elementary modules, which can be composed into complex modules. There are two kinds of  complex modules: 1) A  compound module contains a set of constituent modules, each give an account of a component, that are aggregated into a higher-level entity; and 2) A  cluster module contains a set of similar constituent modules focusing on specific concepts that are generalised in the higher-level cluster module. A complex module contains:
1.
its constituent modules (which can be elementary modules or lower-level complex modules);
2.
the links between the constituents;
3.
a Map of Contents of the complex module, as a separate map or as part of a larger map;
4.
a  module summary, if necessary for the reader's understanding.

In order to obtain a modular structure expressing the problem-solving process of the research, you have to represent the information in the `main' scientific modules reflecting the steps of that process: Positioning, Methods, Results, Interpretation and Outcome (for which guidelines are given in the next section). A modular article in this domain is composed of at least:  

1.
one of each of the following `main' scientific modules:
(a)
Positioning, containing a constituent module Central problem and a constituent module Situation providing at least a link (labelled as `More context in' ) to a module published elsewhere providing an embedding of the research in its context;
(b)
Methods, containing at least a link (labelled as `Is detailed in') to a module published elsewhere with an account of the methods used in the research;
(c)
Results, containing at least the treated results that have been obtained in the research reported in the article;
(d)
Interpretation, containing at least an (attempted) explanation of the results;
(e)
Outcome, containing at least a brief recapitulation of what has been achieved in a constituent module Findings;
2.
a module Meta-information, with standardised meta-information;
3.
a complete sequential path through the article expressing sequential relations;
4.
links expressing administrative relations between the module Meta-information and each scientific module in the article.



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