My advisor gave me this little list of questions for research when I started working with him, and I've kept it pinned up in my office space ever since. It's surprisingly relevant, even outside academic research.

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A piece of paper clipped to some board. It says:

10 Questions
1. What is the problem? (in the theoretical debate, the world)
2. Who cares? (an argument about its importance)
3. What have others done? (the lit review, but posted as an argument)
4. What is your approach? (your general approach, the new idea)
5. What are your going to do explicitly? (your operationalization, investigation)
6. What will happen? (or did happen, if you have results)

@edsu 7. What does this mean? (in terms of answering the problem)
8. Who cares? (in what way is this important)
9. Where will you publish these results?
10. What will you be doing in 5 years? (2/2)

@adrianheine thank you, I should have remembered to do that!

@edsu how is the last question related to the topic?

@davidak it's getting you to think about how the specific project fits into your larger research agenda.

@edsu i would suggest expanding 9. to include open access & reproducible research (ideally with open source tools)

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