One of the major issues in the field of research is bias. There are many forms of bias that influence the research process. First of all, what is bias? The Cambridge dictionary defines “bias” as “the action of supporting or opposing a particular person or thing in an unfair way, because of allowing personal opinions to influence your judgment.” The key part here is allowing your personal opinions to influence your judgment. In other words, if you have a bias against something, you will let your views impact your judgment on the subject.
A research process can take months or even years, depending on the subject matter. Therefore, time and effort spent on the research process should not be wasted. However, many young researchers, even some professional researchers, make mistakes from the beginning of the research process that lead the project in the wrong direction. In some cases, even if the researcher realizes the mistake, it is too late to change anything. In this article, we will look at some of the most common mistakes researchers make during research and how avoiding those mistakes can save the project.