They help in breaking the monotony and making the absorption of complex information easy.
Secondly, the information in the methods section is closely scrutinized by the journal editors and peer reviewers to assess whether the most appropriate technique was used to reach your research goal.
For clinical research, providing a detailed rationale for selecting the exclusion or inclusion criteria can be a good idea to present early in the Methods section.
If you took a conventional or widely used method, you certainly don’t need to appear stating the obvious, but for less conventional approaches sharing your reasoning of the study design instantly makes the readers curious and engaged with your paper.: To help the readers follow the study design or methodology better, visual elements like the schematic diagram, flowchart, and table can be used in this section.
Instead, mention and cite the specific experiment and mention that the referred process was followed.
However, if you have modified the standard process to meet the specific aim of your study, do describe the modifications and the reasons for those in sufficient detail.
The descriptive nature of this section may make it seem one of the easiest parts of a manuscript to write.
However, this is also the part, where the details are often missed while writing, and sometimes during reading due to its highly technical nature’.
For example: for a clinical trial, you may start with the setting and time of the study (Dividing the Methods section in terms of the experiments helps the reader to follow the section better.
You may write the specific objective of each experiment as a subheading.