Guidelines for Writing Research Results

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Office of Research, Development & Technology (RD&T) periodically produces brief, plain-language reports called Research Results that summarize the findings of projects associated with track, rolling stock, train control and communications, or human factors research. These summary reports are written for nontechnical and technical audiences and include figures and tables. Research Results are intended to present the purpose for undertaking a given research project, methods used in the study and a brief description of findings and recommendations, if applicable. The publication of Research Results may be followed by a longer Technical Report on the same study, which offers a more in-depth analysis of the research conducted, complete with technical specifications and results. However, they may also be used for intermediate project reporting after a significant milestone has been reached or in lieu of a full Technical Report for short projects. These guidelines are to assist Research Results author(s) with preparing drafts that meet RD&T’s submission standards so that the drafts are ready for the internal review process, and can be approved for final publication on FRA’s eLibrary.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: 12p
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    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01670275
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 14 2018 12:43PM