- Research was on a researchable topic of some potential value to the field.
- Research was guided by some explicit theoretical or conceptual framework.
- Research was relevant to theory and could contribute to theory development.
- Research has practical relevance within the research setting. It could have helped change or improve something in that setting.
- Research has practical relevance beyond the research setting. Something could have been learned that might inform practice in another setting.
- There are no serious flaws in the research (e.g., sample too small to draw reasonable conclusions, generalization of findings from a single case study, use of an inappropriate statistic, blatant errors in logic, inappropriate research design given the research problem, serious misapplication of some theory to the research problem).
Peter Lyons & Howard J. Douek