I am writing a research paper where I want to say

The rest of the paper is organized as follows.

in the introduction of the paper. However, the word "rest" doesn't sound good as it is perceived as if I am explaining about an unimportant part of the paper. I checked some synonyms on Grammarly, but nothing really fits well.

I thought about the following:

The remaining paper

It also sounds odd as it sounds like "leftover" to me. I can be wrong as well.

The remnant of the paper

This is used mostly for historical events as far as I know.

Any advice is appreciated.


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I suggest you use remainder. The Cambridge English dictionary gives the following definition and usage examples (among others):

the part of something that is left after the other parts have gone, been used, or been taken away

The remainder of the paper is organized as follows.

The remainder of this paper is structured as follows.

The remainder of the paper is structured as follows.

We shall use this notation in the remainder of the paper.

The remainder of this paper attempts to sketch the outline of such an approach.

The remainder of this paper is a contribution to the development of such an understanding.


Your idea that remnant is used in a historical context is mistaken.

You say that rest suggests unimportant leftovers - actually I would suggest that remnant has that sense. You can use rest or remainder to mean 'the parts I haven't already described'.

  • In my many years in academia, I don't think I have ever seen the phrase "the remnant of the paper".
    – Kimball
    Jun 16 at 13:40
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    @Kimball to me it implies a leftover fragment after the paper has been destroyed.
    – barbecue
    Jun 17 at 2:58

You could refer to the first part as introduction and instead of saying "the rest of the paper" you can use the main body of the paper.

University of Hull explains:

The main body of your essay is where you deliver your argument. Its building blocks are well structured, academic paragraphs. Each paragraph is in itself an individual argument and when put together they should form a clear narrative that leads the reader to the inevitability of your conclusion.

  • 2
    This may work, but there can be several parts of a research paper which are neither part of the introduction nor the main body of the paper - one could argue the conclusion, figures, tables, bibliography, and supplementary material are not the "main body". In general, I don't see "main body" and "everything but the introduction" as perfectly synonymous. Jun 16 at 11:26
  • I like both "subsequent," and "balance," a lot, but I prefer this answer. Name the part of the paper you want to refer to, "body" or "main body" or an alternate approach would be refer to the whole paper and include the intro in your explanation of the structure.
    – BWhite
    Jun 18 at 4:36

You could also say, "The balance of the paper ...."

Merriam-Webster has an example:

4c: something left over : remainder

answers will be given in the balance of this chapter— R. W. Murray


This is mentioned in some comments, but not any answers so far:

It is perfectly fine to simply say: "The paper is organized as follows." You can also just jump in and say: "In Section 1, we ..." and continue like that.

You can also say "the remainder of the paper", but to my ears this is a little bit weirder than just saying "The paper is organized..." because typically the introduction is a small part of the paper.

Source: I have been in academia (mathematics, if it matters) for many years, and both read and written many research papers.

Pro-tip: If you're not sure how to write something, try looking at some other papers in you field.


"the next parts of the paper" (if it is just after) or "the later parts of the paper" (if it comes a bit farther).

Maybe also "subsequent".

See also www.thesaurus.com


'The paper continues …' is brief and flexible enough connective to be used to introduce most any content.

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