When we write a research paper, most of the times we need to describe in the introduction what is the merit of the present work (unless is a survey of sorts).
Many professors, tell me that is enough to write it within the sentences with some context. And is the way I see it in most papers.
Other professors, however, I've seen they especifically list the merits and innovations of the papers in the introduction, for example:
- The present work presents cherries using A, which has never been done before.
- We implemented the mix of berries and bananas, which has never been tried.
While I find the approach intuitive and way more explicit than the usual approach, It seems a bit condescending.
What is your suggestion, should I write a list of merits or not?