Sample phrases you can use in introductions

■ Stating your purpose_

In this paper, it will be shown that...

In this paper, ... will be discussed/are considered.

The present paper examines / presents ...

Our/My intention here is to highlight...

In the following pages, we shall propose ...

This article will concentrate /focus on the arguments ...

The key question that this article will address is whether ...

This paper will report on work already carried out in this area.

■ Relating your paper to current work_

In recent years, ... has become a topic of lively debate.

The issue of... has become controversial recently.

The question of... has been thoroughly researched over the last few years.

' Indicating the structure of your paper_

The article has (6) main sections. Firstly, we shall examine the question of... The next section briefly outlines ...

After a short discussion of..., an overview of... will be given. This will be followed by ... The final section will present... I/ We shall then go on to suggest...

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