Scientific Article Critique

The human respiratory tract microbial community structures in healthy and cystic fibrosis infants. Marie-Madlen Pust, Lutz Wiehlmann, Colin Davenport,  Isa Rudolf, Anna-Maria Dittrich, and Burkhard Tümmler.




Introduction Include an introductory paragraph that includes the following:

  • The author’s name(s) and the title of the article
  • The author’s main point
  • A thesis statement that previews your analysis


Summary:  After your introduction, discuss the following in your own words:

  • The main points of the article : Fifty-two deep cough swabs from healthy children between 0 and 6 years of age, with no medical history or suspicion of pulmonary diseases were collected by trained paediatricians, during the regular preventive medical examination or at kindergartens and local parent–child meetings in Hannover, Germany. Forty-one children with CF were recruited from the Cystic Fibrosis Outpatient Clinic at Hannover Medical School (MHH), Germany. Eleven CF participants were screened longitudinally after diagnosis following the CF newborn screening (Table 1 and Supplementary Table 1).
  • The arguments presented in the article
  • The findings of the article


Critique: After summarizing the article, critique the article by doing the following:

  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the article that you noted while critically reading the article.
  • State your informed opinions about the clarity, relevancy, and accuracy of the article, using specific examples from the article to support your statements.


Conclusion: Finally, end your article critique with a conclusion that does the following: Summarize the key points in the article, as well the key points from your own analysis.

Close with a comment about the significance of the research or a statement of future research needed in the field.