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ScienceDirectArticleThe medical research paper: Structure and functionsAuthor links open overlay panelKevin NgoziNwoguShow moreAbstractStudies into the organization of information in the medical research paper have tended to present accounts of the structure of information in sections in isolation. The structure of information in all sections of the medical research paper was investigated using Swales' (1981, 1990) genre-analysis model. An eleven-move schema was identified, out of which nine were found to be “normally required” and two “optional”. Each schema was found to embody “constituent elements” and to be characterized by distinct linguistic features. The study provides insights into the nature of discourse organization in this genre of written discourse.