Why do people do research? By Haider A. Naqvi and Fahd Khalid Syed
|“After all, the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity but truth.”|
“Most people are forced to do research. Research in an academic world is an unequivocal criterion for promotion. This being the situation leaves little option for individuals; ‘publish or perish’ is the law of the academic world. This is the reason there is such a concern regarding authorship, intellectual property rights and plagiarism.
Critical question is: why people do research besides this compulsion. Some do research for the sake of inquisitiveness. While other do it for the sake of discovering the mysteries of science. There might be less noble reason, like fame or recognition.” 1
In any case dictionary defines research as “diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, and applications”.” 2
Based on this definition, ideally research should be done for the sake of inquisitiveness, curiosity, to answer important questions, to fill the gaps in knowledge and/or for personal development rather than for the sake of promotions or publications. The latter would come automatically.
Tasks for the Researcher:
ü Try to set your goals and objectives about why do you want to do research.
ü Try to do research for the sake of inquisitiveness, curiosity, to answer important questions, to fill the gaps in knowledge and/or for personal development rather than for the sake of promotions or publications. The latter would come automatically.
ü Have the right reasons to pursue research.
References and Further Reading:
 Naqvi HA. Research question or questionable research? J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2008 Sep;18(9):531-2.
 Research. Definition of social science research: [On line] 2008 [sited June 18, 2008] Available from: URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research