Writing your First Academic Paper

Tuesday 23 October, 1.30 – 4.30pm

About the Workshop

In the design stage of a Ph.D or M.Res, the research methods and the means for acquiring new knowledge in the field of study are developed. When the design is complete and put into action, evidence may begin to emerge that addresses the research question articulated earlier. This may appear for example as the results of experimental investigations, or data gathered through surveys or interviews. If the new knowledge appears to provide answers to the research question and is an original contribution to the field of study, the next step is in communicating this knowledge to the wider research community through writing a paper for publication in an academic journal. Having read many such publications in the first stage of embarking on the research project (and thereafter), making the transition from reader to author can be a daunting task.

This workshop is aimed at guiding the researcher through this transition by providing some tools and techniques that can help in writing academic papers, and providing some ways of overcoming obstacles to writing.

Benefits
  • see how the quality of academic publications is controlled
  • choose an appropriate journal and style for a paper
  • spproach writing the different sections of a paper, and the order in which to write them
  • incorporate reviewers’ comments in a peer-reviewed paper
  • gain a set of strategies for overcoming common barriers to writing

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Academic Publishing

Tuesday 23 October, 7 – 9pm  

About the Workshop

This session will introduce and discuss the practicalities of academic journal publishing. Various means for choosing a target journal will be considered, as will the mechanics of writing an effective paper (including a summary of the aims of each section of an academic report). Strategies for dealing with reviewer comments will also be considered at some length and opportunity will be provided to look at the response-to-reviewer letters of experienced academics. Time will also be made available for questions.

This has been a really great and informative session. It explains academic publishing in an accessible and clear way – extremely, extremely, helpful. Thank you so much (Royal Holloway).

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Publish or Perish: Academic Publishing in a Nutshell

Wednesday 24 October, 09:30 – 12:30

About the Workshop

Publishing your work and sharing your findings is a key component of a successful research career. A significant time investment is required to successfully publish a paper and several skills are used during the process including collaborative writing, figure design, analysis and concise written communication. With 30,000 journals and various publishing models to consider, researchers need to be aware of which option will work best for them. Academic publishing is currently undergoing a revolution and there have been several new developments in recent years, including the rise of open access journals, the requirement to share data, and new regulations. Participants will be introduced to the editorial process, various publishing models, open access publishing, legal considerations and how to navigate the process. This workshop is designed to cover the key actions and issues behind publishing a research paper, including manuscript preparation, choosing the appropriate journal and peer review. In addition it will include an introduction to the controversial subject of metrics. The instructor’s own publishing experience will be used to illustrate key points.

Benefits
  • Get a preliminary insight into academic publishing
  • Understand editorial process
  • Explore the steps of publishing your own paper

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Navigating Peer-Review: Challenges, Responses, Publishing

Wednesday 24 October, 13:30 – 16:30

About the Workshop

All researchers will encounter peer review during their career, both as an author of research papers, books, fellowship applications or grants and as an expert who has been asked to review one of these documents. This workshop will introduce researchers to the peer review system, the process, the complexities, the responsibilities of the author and the reviewer and how to get the most out of the experience.

An awareness and knowledge of the peer review system is important so that early career researchers know what to expect when they submit their first research paper. Equally, understanding how to critically assess a research manuscript for quality, style, content, novelty and relevance gives researchers an insight into how cutting edge research is assessed and published. What should you look for in a manuscript? How can you optimise your chances of success as an author?

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the academic publishing and peer review system through short presentations, discussions and peer review exercises. The workshop is suitable for PhD students and early career researchers who are writing a manuscript for publication or who are interested in finding out more about the peer review process.

Benefits
  • Understand the editorial processes of peer-review
  • Get practical knowledge of what a review entails
  • Assess and gain awareness of what reviewers look for
  • Optimise your chances of peer-review success as an author

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Getting Your First Article Published

Thursday 25 October, 09:30 – 12:30

About the Workshop

Much importance is now attached to getting published. This session offers some practical guidance for publishing your research.

The workshop begins by asking: why publish – what are the reasons for publishing and what are the benefits of doing so? Attention will then turn to journal selection and where to publish, before the question of how to get published is addressed. Here consideration will be given to the writing stage – the steps involved and the need to think about the journal’s readership. The subjects of article structuring and referencing, as well as preparing the final manuscript, will also be examined.

The session will then turn to the submission process, including the writing of covering letters, before consideration is given to dealing with feedback, including handling revisions and managing possible rejections. The session will finish with some recommendations from those ‘in the know’, amongst them journal editors, as well as suggestions on the intermediate steps that can be taken to support the successful submission of your first article, including writing for newsletters and contributing to blogs and e-bulletins.

Benefits
  • Explore the reasons/motivations for publishing
  • Learn the stages of preparing a paper for publication
  • Consider how to structure an academic article
  • Explore submission process and handling feedback
  • Consider a range of recommendations for success in getting published

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Preparing to Publish: A Writing Workshop for All

Thursday 25 October, 13:00 – 16:00

About the Workshop

Writing is an essential component of life as a postgraduate – whether it is for the production of reports, the preparation of the thesis, or the penning of an article for publication. However, starting the writing process, or completing your first draft, or preparing the finished version, can be far from easy and straightforward. This workshop provides a forum for those facing such challenges. Interactive in nature and supportive in approach, it begins with each participant determining the stage they have reached in their writing, and where they would like to be. Consideration is then given to a ‘decisional balance sheet’ when it comes to making writing progress, before attention is turned to the barriers impeding this progress and tactics for overcoming these challenges. The second half of the workshop will focus on the development of suitable and meaningful writing goals and the identification of strategies for relapse prevention. It will conclude with each participant turning their particular set of writing goals into a realistic and implementable plan of action!

Benefits
  • Gain an awareness of the stage you are at in your writing
  • Consider your motivations for making progress in your writing
  • Explore the barriers to writing you face and tactics for overcoming these
  • Develop a set of writing goals
  • Identify strategies for relapse prevention
  • Compile an action plan for achieving your writing goals.

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About the Seminar

Open access is an important political topic. Funders, governments, and universities are seeking to make academic publications as broadly available as possible. These changes pose many challenges to the traditional economics, politics, and practices of scholarly communications.

In this talk, Martin Eve will discuss the open access landscape in the UK and beyond, covering economic reconfigurations, UK policy discourse, and the forthcoming mandate for monographs.

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