Use the past tense for unpublished results

By this line of reasoning, the research being reported for the first time in the paper you are writing will not be established knowledge until after it has been published. Therefore, use past tense to describe what you have done.

In the study presented here, the drug killed 95% of the M. tuberculosis bacilli.

Our data showed that few monarch caterpillars survived.

When your paper is published, the results become established knowledge. Thus, in citing your own previously published work, use the present tense, just as you do for others' work.

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