This morning, I overheard someone in the lab say:”We’ll put that somewhere deep in the discussion; I never read the discussion anyway”. This person said that if ze reads a papers fast, ze’ll read the results section to figure out what the paper is about. To me that was kind of weird, because if I read a paper fast I’ll read the abstract, look at the figures and then read the discussion. Because there the authors will summarize their findings but also put them in perspective and hint at future directions.
What do you read when you quickly scan through a paper?