Answered By: Camden County College Library
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2017     Views: 2754

A primary research article or original paper written by a scientist or researcher will present original data and ideas from an investigation and report the findings in a professional peer-reviewed journal for others in that scientific field. 

It will provide the results of experiments, observations, studies, and other scientific investigations. The body of the article usually contains the following sections: abstract, materials and methods, results, discussion, and references (literature cited).

A secondary research article can interpret, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize the results of original research for either a scientific or non-scientific audience. 

It can be written by scientific experts or general writers and found in science magazines or scholarly journals. The body of the article may have many of the same sections as a primary article.