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The following research paper is written in a story-telling manner:

What is the name of this style of research paper writing?

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    It's unclear if that example -- a personal reflection on a research experience -- is actually an instance of the genre "research article". – lighthouse keeper Mar 21 at 17:01
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One word for this is an experience report. This search on Google scholar reveals that many experience reports seem to have a similar purpose to the paper you ask about.

An experience report relays some important, often qualitative information about the authors' experience in deploying a method, hypothesis, or idea in the real world, whereas a regular research paper focuses more on proposing a new method, hypothesis, or idea, and arguing why it advances the state of scientific knowledge.

Also, I think we should separate two things here: the style of the article, and the style of the writing. The style of the article is accurately described as an experience report. On the other hand, many experience reports (see the above Google scholar list) do not have such a flavor of a story -- unlike your article, which begins

I remember sitting on the green couch...

I would say this is more a matter of writing style than actual content. I have read articles in my field (computer science) that are like this, but it is rare and unorthodox. It likely varies by field, and in some fields (I would guess that philosophy and comparative literature are examples), storytelling is a standard and accepted style of writing.

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In a medical context, storytelling is sometimes a "case study" (cf. Oliver Sacks' work, for example).

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    Not sure why the downvotes, this feels like a relevant answer. – 6005 Mar 21 at 21:49
  • @6005 The answer to the question was in the question. This isn't it. – Anonymous Physicist Mar 21 at 23:57
  • @AnonymousPhysicist Sometimes a question has more than one possible answer. – Geoffrey Brent Mar 22 at 0:53
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A formal word for a story is "narrative."

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  • I'm not sure this is relevant to the article in question that is being asked about. Especially because "narrative" in academic writing often refers to the argument that is made about the work (usually fleshed out in the introduction) about why it is important and where it fits in context. – 6005 Mar 21 at 21:48

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