What does “well organized” mean?

While the ideas for papers rarely come to us in an organized and coherent way, your final drafts should have a clear and consistent organization that makes it easy for the reader to follow the flow of your ideas. For academic papers, readers have certain expectations about how your paper will be organized. If you deviate from these expectations, you should know why, and you should test your organization on a couple of readers to make sure they are able to follow the flow of your ideas. Here are some of the most common expectations readers have about how an academic paper will be organized:

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