The typical README in social science journals serves the purpose of guiding a reader through the available material and a route to replicating the results in the research paper, including the description of the origins of data and/or description of programs. As such, a good README file should first provide a brief overview of the available material and a brief guide as to how to proceed from beginning to end, before then diving into the specifics. These template files structure such a README in a way that is compliant with the typical data and code workflow in the social sciences.
Koren, Miklós, Connolly, Marie, Lull, Joan, & Vilhuber, Lars. (2022). Data and Code Availability Standard (1.0). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7436134