I am writing an article for publication in a journal, and I couldn't find the answer here on Stack Exchange or in the journal guidelines. The field in question is electrical engineering.
As I'm writing my introduction, I would like to tackle different parts of the problematic in a very clear way. I'm thinking about something in the likes of (not necessarily in order):
- Formalizing some definitions and variables that will be used;
- Context of the problem;
- Brief review of models used in the literature (to justify my model of choice);
- Review of parametrization methods for models similar to mine;
- Review of papers tackling the same problem (and therefore the "holes" that my paper will fill);
- Objectives of the article and a brief explanation of the structure (e.g. Section II will show...).
I think that if I write all these points a single section, it will be a huge block of text (even with proper use of paragraphs and writing), and some readers may not pay attention to some important points. So I thought about breaking down my introduction in subsections, as it seems a logical solution to the problem.
I saw some articles doing this, but the majority of journal articles I have read on my area don't do this. Do you guys think it is an acceptable solution to use subsections on an introduction? Can it impact positively or negatively a review process?