How to Generalize a Contextual Study

1In the field of publication in reputed academic and practitioners’ journals, there are several reasons, for which a very good quality research based study can get rejected. It is not that the work does not contain any significance or the research is flawed. One of the major reasons behind rejection of a particular context based study is that the study may lack the aspect of generalization, which is one of the major concerns of a journal due to its global readership pattern. Devoid of generalizing a particular contextual research based study, the chances of publication in a reputed journal are very low.

Now, the obvious question is “how to generalize a study, which is very specific to a particular context?” Most of the researchers fail to incorporate the kind of the generalization expected from the journals and some of them eventually discontinue that study in midway. However, it may sound weird to incorporate generalization in a particular context-driven study, it is not that critical, as well. A researcher has to understand that the study being undertaken by him / her is to be read by a wide number of audiences, who might not be aware of that particular context, the researcher has considered. Unless those audiences are initiated to that particular context, or that context is being associated with a nearly similar type of context in a different setting, it can be tough for the audiences to understand the research agenda being articulated by the researcher. Therefore, while generalizing, the researcher should first cite some studies as examples, which were being carried out in nearly similar contexts, and by citing the research gap through those studies, the particular contextual work can be demonstrated as an example to bridge that research gap.

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