How can the sentence "We consider this research as a next step of the previous one." be interpreted? (Suppose readers know what the previous research is.) In this case, I think there can be two interpretations. Which one is better? 1. We have a huge research project. Both of the previous research and the current research are done as some parts of the project. 2. Someone did the previous research. We added some new elements, conducted experiments and publish a paper as a new research.