An Example

While writing this section of Academic Writing and Publishing, I coincidentally received a copy of a paper by Slatcher and Pennebaker (2006). This paper was about the effects of one of the partners of a dating couple writing either neutral or strongly emotional letters to the other one about their relationship. The paper concluded that the participants who wrote the emotional letters were significantly more likely to be dating their romantic partners three months later than were the writers of the neutral letters. Be that as it may, I was intrigued to observe that the introduction to this paper followed almost exactly the generic structure described by Swales and Feak.

Slatcher and Pennebaker's introduction contains five paragraphs. Here are some examples of how the moves appear:

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