• What is the paper about (scope)?
• Did they identify a problem (economic, logistical, etc.)
• What did the author(s) want to do (objectives)?
• How did they go about doing it (methodology)?
• What evidence did they use in the analysis?
• What did they find (conclusion)?
Here are some questions you can consider as you prepare the critique of the paper:
1. Is the article well written and easily understood with clear objectives and reasonable conclusions?
2. Does the author(s) address a tangible problem in society and provide an insightful discussion?
3. Does the author(s) present convincing data and other evidence to support their position?
4. Is the methodology technically sound and appropriate for the data collected?
5. Does the author(s) make a useful contribution to the knowledge of transportation and could it have long term value?
6. Does the author(s) make good use of the diagrams, figures or data to support their arguments? Are any missing, that should be there?
7. Do the conclusions flow from the material presented in the paper?
8. How could the paper be made even stronger?
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