2012-07-24

Results before Methods??

Why do so many journals require you to put results before methods? That's so backwards, and it is maddening to have to write a paper to conform to. You can't explain what you found before you explain how you found it. This also betrays the mindset of many biologists that I know at least (since this pattern is ubiquitous in biology and biomedical journals), that you can safely ignore the contextual assumptions embedded in the methods when you interpret the results.