Method sections in academic (psychology) papers usually consist of the following sections: Participants, Design, Procedure, and Materials. They also tend to be presented in this order. But is this, generally speaking, the right order? I don’t think so. I think the proper order of Method sections is: Design Procedure Materials Data Analysis Participants Two things are notable here. One, there’s a Data Analysis section. Two, the Participants section is all the way at the end.