Scientific Question Template

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This is a proposed template for open scientific questions. Feel free to suggest additions/modifications.

Clarifying the question[edit | edit source]

  • Non-goals for the question (that is, questions that we’re not asking)
  • Try to give examples or relevant background information

Status of Question[edit | edit source]

  • What stage are we in? Lit review? Do we have any running experiments?

Clarifying the assumptions this question makes[edit | edit source]

Relevant Research[edit | edit source]

  • Directly related research
  • Possibly related research
  • If it’s unclear if/how a certain body of research is relevant, we can start a new question of the form “is research about x relevant to question y”
  • We should put only brief summaries of each body of relevant research in the main question page so that the page doesn’t get too long. But if there is a lot to write about a certain type of research, we could break that out into it’s own page and link to it from the summary.
  • Each section here should include why we think the research is relevant to the top level question.
  • Each section here should link to the relevant mendeley folder
  • Each section may call out direct connections to other sections, but shouldn’t speculate on possible connections (that should be done in the Possible answers section)
  • This section shouldn’t be doing any analysis beyond what’s needed to explain why an area of research is relevant

Relevant discussion[edit | edit source]

  • Put any non-scientific discussion on the topic here that may be relevant

Possible answers to the question[edit | edit source]

  • This section is speculative. As such, it can reference sections on relevant research, or not (if the speculated answer doesn’t have any relevant research).
  • Proposed answers can combine/synthesize very different areas of research
  • This section can also draw from non-scientific discussion from either the discussion page, or outside websites.

Possible studies/experiments to decide between the possible answers[edit | edit source]

Tasks to be completed[edit | edit source]

People/organizations who may have relevant knowledge[edit | edit source]

Relevant popular culture (sometimes old stories and fables contain helpful hints)[edit | edit source]

Related questions[edit | edit source]

  • Can list related questions here and even make brief comments on them. But any significant work done on a related question should be taken into it's own page and linked to here.