Programs typically provide a grading rubric that serves as an outline for the required components, and students are encouraged to follow those rubrics closely in developing their Concept Paper.
What are the Main Elements of a Research Concept Paper?
This page lists some of the stages involved in writing a library-based research paper.
Although this list suggests that there is a simple, linear process to writing such a paper, the actual process of writing a research paper is often a messy and recursive one, so please use this outline as a flexible guide.
The Concept Paper lays the foundation for the applied dissertation process, providing an introductory form of communication between the doctoral student and the doctoral committee.
Essentially, the Concept Paper acts as a tentative proposal; it allows the doctoral student the opportunity to define a research focus and obtain early feedback on the research idea.
Title page — provides a tentative title for the dissertation.
The title of the Concept Paper should be a stand-alone statement that can fully describe the project by summarizing the main idea of the manuscript.
Questions are based on theory, past research, and need.
These questions will direct the research methodology; their inclusion in the Concept Paper links the research problem with the methodology.