Decide which Journal(s) you shall wish to submit to and download their manuscript composition guidelines from their websites. Determine which publication style is suitable for the Journal and consistently follow that style for the entire manuscript. For example, Soundings uses APA style (American Psychological Association). Some of the more commonly used style manuals include:
Chapters of the Paper
Pretty much all research papers are comprised of seven sections that are separate an abstract, introduction, hypothesis, materials & methods, results, discussion, and reference section.
An abstract is a concise single paragraph summary for the completed work whereby the reader can learn the explanation behind the research, general method of the problem, pertinent results, and important conclusions. […]