When writing an academic paper, sections help organize the paper and make it more navigable for the reader. I can imagine a number of pros/cons of having more or less sections in a paper, but I'm not sure how to weigh them all when writing my paper.
How should I determine how many sections/subsections/etc. to include in a scientific journal article?
Obviously this is very paper-dependent, and is subject to the publisher's standards. I'm not looking for advice for a particular paper; I'm looking for general guidelines that would be useful for an academic paper in any scientific field (i.e. I want this to be of value to the community).
- How does this depend on the length of the paper?
- How can I determine an appropriate branching factor? (How many sub-sections per section?)
- How much text per section is too much or too little?
- What other considerations are important?