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Findings m6a

The modularisation process
The findings of the research are not always as explicit in linear articles as we might wish for. After reconstruction, this module is not too difficult to create, also because massive overlap is no problem here.

The Findings provide an explicit (at least tentative) answer to the central question of m2b. This answer in module m6a is linked to the question in the Central problem m2b by means of a characterised link indicating that the answer is dependent on the question. Examples of findings are conclusions about the validity or applicability of a theoretical model in the light of the obtained results. From a different view point, these amount to the equivalent conclusion that the results can be interpreted as the reflection of behaviour of the physical system as it is modelled by that theory. The usefulness and applicability of experimental techniques is also a subject for conclusions.

We think it is quite possible that in some articles the main conclusion is simply a particular value for, for instance, the adiabatic electron affinity of the molecule under consideration.5.19 Such a conclusion can be drawn after some discussion about the applicability of a theory, in which also a comparison is made with the values obtained by others. It is always possible to mention numbers in the conclusions, with a pointer to the results.

The resulting module
In this module a brief recapitulation is included of what has been achieved in this article. This recapitulation is linked to the modules that it recapitulates, using `problem-solving dependency' links expressing the fact that the findings depend on these modules, which provide a more focused and detailed account of the concepts. Thus, Findings is a `summarising module' and therefore it overlaps with a lot of (module summaries of complex) modules. In particular the Findings risk coinciding with the Abstract m1d given in the Meta- information. The difference is that the abstract has to provide an overview over the entire problem- solution pattern of all (main) modules in an article, whereas the Findings emphasise the resolution of the problem-solving process.

In spite of its overlap with other modules, we have included a module Findingsin each modular article. The Findings can be seen as the final stage of the  problem-solving process, in which its outcome is made explicit. In a linear article, the conclusions are often presented rather implicitly at the end of the Discussion section. Making the findings explicit can, firstly, clarify a complex discussion. Secondly, it caters for the needs of readers who are interested in the outcome, without being willing or able to follow the entire discussion. According to [Dillon, 1989], readers often browse  the conclusions of an article to judge its relevance. Indeed, in the original version of the longer article A08, in which it may be more difficult to determine what is the outcome of the problem-solving process, an explicit section Conclusion is included. Thus, the module Findings allows the browsing reader to get news in an efficient way, and it clarifies the reasoning of articles in which there are many candidate interpretations cluttering up the Interpretations module.



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