Year Published: 2016

Time to Complete: 65 min

Speaker: Lori Lyn Price, MAS

Learning Level: Fundamental

Primary Audience: Researchers

Prerequisite: None

Skills Domain: Scientific Concepts and Research Design

What makes a journal article successful?

How can you present your hypothesis, study design, statistics, and conclusions in an effective and compelling way?

Take this course, presented by Lori Lyn Price, MAS, to learn the questions you should ask yourself, whether reviewing journal articles or writing your own.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • List the questions you should ask yourself when evaluating a scientific journal article
  • Identify the specific, testable hypothesis of the paper
  • Identify what type of study design was used
  • Evaluate whether the results of the study were affected by bias
  • Explain why this study was important, what it added to the literature, or how it changed health practice
  • Appraise the compatibility of the conclusions of the study with the study objectives

Content Outline

  • Intro to Evaluating Articles
  • Where Studies Typically Fail
  • Example Article Key Sections
  • Following the Story Context and Motivation
  • Why was This Study Important
  • Study Objective Testable Hypothesis
  • Source Population Recruitment
  • Study Design RCT
  • Data Collection
  • Sample Size Calculation
  • Reporting and Interpreting Data
  • How Strong the Results Were
  • Identifying Chance and Bias
  • Limitations and Generalizability
  • Are Conclusions Reasonable
  • Superiority vs Non Inferiority
  • Learn From What is Not There-Questions to Ask Yourself


  • Lecture Slide Deck (PDF)
  • Journal Article Used in This Article

Coruse Evaluation

  • Post-Course Evaluation
  • Course Completion Verification
 This Course is Free