This should be the easiest section to write, but many students misunderstand the purpose.
The objective is to document all specialized materials and general procedures, so that another individual may use some or all of the methods in another study or judge the scientific merit of your work.
There is no specific page limit, but a key concept is to keep this section as concise as you possibly can.
People will want to read this material selectively.
Continue to be concise, using figures and tables, if appropriate, to present results most effectively. The purpose of a results section is to present and illustrate your findings.
Make this section a completely objective report of the results, and save all interpretation for the discussion.After all, how can you summarize something that is not yet written?Economy of words is important throughout any paper, but especially in an abstract.For example, "In order to learn the role of protein synthesis in early development of the sea urchin, newly fertilized embryos were pulse-labeled with tritiated leucine, to provide a time course of changes in synthetic rate, as measured by total counts per minute (cpm)." This sentence provides the overall question, methods, and type of analysis, all in one sentence.The writer can now go directly to summarizing the results.Our research papers are not typical "lab reports." In a teaching lab a lab report might be nothing more than answers to a set of questions.Such an assignment hardly represents the kind of writing you might be doing in your eventual career."Biology lab #1" would not be an informative title, for example. In a minute or less a reader can learn the rationale behind the study, general approach to the problem, pertinent results, and important conclusions or new questions.Write your summary after the rest of the paper is completed.However, use complete sentences and do not sacrifice readability for brevity.You can keep it concise by wording sentences so that they serve more than one purpose.