The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) strategy to improve the standards of research methods across the UK social science community.
Organizational Research Methods (ORM), peer-reviewed and published quarterly, brings relevant methodological developments to a wide range of researchers in organizational and management studies and promotes a more effective understanding of current and new methodologies and their application in organizational settings.
A flow chart is a "diagram that shows step-by-step progression through a procedure or system especially using connecting lines and a set of conventional symbols." [from Merriam-Webster.com]
Some people find using a flow chart a very good way of visualizing the research method process.
Something to keep in mind is that it can be very difficult for students to publish in scholarly journals. Expectations are high. Most journals are looking for articles with a clear scientific hypothesis supported by original research that substantively adds to the scholarly literature in the field.
You might want to consider giving a paper or poster session at a scholarly conference about your study. Many of these may have special sessions like these for student engagement.
The following links may provide guidance.
The research cycle is rarely linear and often some (or all) stages will need to be revisited. Remember too that different disciplines and research topics may employ different approaches to research, which will impact on the process.
Image & intro text credit: The Research Cycle. Curtin Library of Curtin University, Perth, West Australia
Systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise
facts, theories, applications. (Dictionary.com)
Sometimes referred to as research methodology.
Purposes of Research
"The ways of categorizing research studies."
"Research conducted for a problem that has not been clearly defined."
"Research that looks to test (confirm) a prespecified relationship
(i.e, causal research that tests prior hypotheses)."
"Research that identifies and classifies the elements or
characteristics of the subject."
"Research that attempts to suggest or explain why or how
something is happening."
"Research that attempts to forecast the likelihood
of something happening."
"The various specific tools or ways data can be collected & analyzed."
NOTE: A research method is part of research methodology.
The general nature of a work of research that includes: the specific analytical
objectives, the types of questions posed, the data collection methods used, the
types of data produced, and the degree of flexibility in design of the study.
* Empirical = Empirical research applies observation and experience as the main modes of gathering data. Data collected is referred to as empirical evidence (which is then subjected to qualitative or quantitative analysis techniques in order to answer empirical questions).
Adapted from: Neville, Colin. Introduction to Research and Research Methods. (University of Bradford (UK), School of Managment, 2007); From the Online Glossary of Nath, Christine Nielsen's Dental Publish Health: Contemporary Practice for the Dental Hygienist. 2nd edition. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2004); and from Straub, Detmar, David Gefen, and Marie-Claude Boudreau (2004). "The ISWorld Quantitative, Positivist Research Methods Website," (Ed) Dennis Galletta, http://www.dstraub.cis.gsu.edu:88/quant/. Last updated: January 7, 2005." Section 3: General Research Approaches; Chapter 3: Research Methods.
This promotional video from the University College Dublin nicely captures the wonder and excitement of why we do research.
Published February 20, 2013 | Runtime: 1:45 min.