WRITING AND PUBLISHING

Researcher Development Programme 2017- 2018

This theme focuses on the skills and knowledge needed in sharing and disseminating your research at all stages, from the conception of your writing to the findings and conclusions. The practical elements of writing and the opportunity to actually write are also covered.

Workshops

Getting your first Article Published

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Facilitator: Neil Raven

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

Workshop Dates

Tuesday 17 October 2017, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now
Monday 22 January 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now
Thursday 10 May 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now

Publish or Peril: Academic Publishing in a Nutshell

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Facilitator: Neil Raven

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

Workshop Dates

Tuesday 30 January 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now

Navigating Peer Review: Challenges, Responses & Publishing

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Facilitator: Joanna Young

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

Workshop Dates

Monday 15 January 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now

Writing a Literature Review

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Facilitator: Neil Raven

About the Workshop

The writing of a literature review can seem a daunting prospect. This workshop aims to overcome such fears.

The session begins by exploring the concept and purpose of the literature review and where it fits into the PhD thesis. The key question of what makes a good review will also be addressed. Attention will then be given to the development of a research plan for undertaking a successful review. This will include a consideration of information sources and search strategies.

The second part of the workshop will explore approaches for effective note taking and referencing, with consideration also given to the critical analysis of secondary sources. The structuring of a literature review and the integration of material will also be examined. The workshop will conclude with a look at writing styles and strategies for overcoming the challenge of starting the writing process.

Benefits
  • Appreciate the role and purpose of the literature review within the PhD thesis
  • Recognise what makes a good literature review
  • Understand how to develop a research plan
  • Understand how to critically analyse sources
  • Gain insights into structuring a literature review
  • Recognise appropriate writing styles and be ready to start the writing

Workshop Dates

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now
Monday 22 January 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now

Fear of the Blank Page! Boosting Productivity & Writing

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Facilitator: Neil Raven

About the Workshop

Effective written communication is an essential part of academia and researchers have to write a variety of documents including proposals, theses, papers for publication, grant proposals and books. Every writing project involves planning, setting deadlines and collaborative writing and must be written in a clear and concise manner that is appropriate for that particular style of document.

This workshop will focus on how to start writing, how to keep going and how to finish. We will cover different styles of documents, language and the academic writing style, in addition to how to plan your writing and a short introduction to new collaborative writing tools.The workshop will include writing exercises, advice on making writing part of your life and a short section on dealing with and providing feedback. Finally, we will discuss the academic publishing process, with a focus on research papers.

All participants are required to bring an abstract of no more than 200 words with them.

Benefits
  • Improve your writing style
  • Gain writing motivation and share practice
  • Actually get some words onto the page!

Workshop Dates

Tuesday 30 January 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now
Thursday 17 May 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now

To Blog or Not to Blog?

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Facilitator: Neil Raven

About the Workshop

Researchers are increasingly being asked to share and disseminate their work to a wider audience, going beyond the journal paper and aiming to attract attention from a public audience. Communicating with a non-academic audience requires a different style. This workshop will focus on different methods of public engagement including blogging, writing a press release and engaging/managing journalists.

Benefits
  • Discover how to share your research differently
  • Think strategically about who you engage and why
  • Define your message for communicating your research with different groups
  • Understand the pros & cons of alt-metrics

Workshop Dates

Thursday 26 October 2017, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now

Shut Up and Write!

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About Shut Up and Write!

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The concept is simple – this session is to help you set aside dedicated quiet space for you to write.  So if you have a thesis chapter, journal article, conference abstract, poster to design or funding bid to write, this is the place for you.  Turn up, shut up and write!

Workshop Dates

Tuesday 31 October 2017, 10:00 – 13:00 Book Online
Friday 17 November 2017, 13:00 – 16:00 Book Online
Thursday 14 December 2017, 10:00 – 13:00 Book Online
Friday 26 January 2018, 13:00 – 16:00 Book Online 
Tuesday 27 February 2018, 10:00 – 13:00 Book Online
Thursday 22 March 2018, 10:00 – 13:00 Book Online
Thursday 19 April 2018, 13:00 – 16:00 Book Online
Wednesday 23 May 2018, 10:00 – 13:00 Book Online
Thursday 28 June 2018, 13:00 – 16:00 Book Online

Dare to Enjoy: Writing Retreat

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Facilitator: Will Medd

About the Workshop

Writing is a huge part of research and yet, as a skill, the focus of training is often placed on how to produce scientific papers, while retreats tend to focus on blocking out the time and space to write – both equally great and important. What about the experience of writing itself? How can researchers learn to be productive, to keep writing and even enjoy the process?

“Dare to Enjoy!” offers a combination of a ‘retreat’ to create space to write, and live coaching ‘experiments’ to explore different approaches, to the experience of writing. While working on a current piece of writing (a paper, proposal, etc.), it aims to explore what happens if you unlock the possibility of enjoying writing! The workshop explores confidence, fears, values, goals and habits while experimenting with different writing moods.

Benefits
  • Dedicate time to writing on your topics.
  • Gain awareness of what gets in the way of your writing and how to overcome that
  • Learn from others about their writing experiences and strategies
  • Commit to new writing habits

Workshop Dates

Tuesday 28 November 2017, 09:00 – 17:00 Book now

Getting Your Work Recognised and Gaining Feedback: Planning and Preparing a Think Peace

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Facilitator: Neil Raven

About the Workshop

Think pieces, sometimes also referred to as opinion or viewpoint pieces, represent a form of writing that is gaining academic recognition and is now used across a number of disciplines. While exact definitions vary, the views of the author will, typically, be at the forefront of what is expressed, with the aim of provoking thought and encouraging debate and discussion. Think pieces also tend to be shorter in length than conventional academic articles. Yet, whilst they might appear in journals and conference publications, think pieces have a potentially broader application, since they can also be found in newsletters, e-bulletins and blogs, with the aim of reaching a wide audience. They therefore offer the opportunity to acquire an early publication and to generate valuable feedback.

This workshop begins by exploring the character, purpose and value of the think piece, before considering the structure and preparation associated with the writing process. The workshop’s focus will then turn to supporting participants in planning and preparing their own think piece.

Those wishing to attend this workshop are expected to have given some initial consideration to a subject associated with their research that would be suitable for developing into a short paper.

Benefits
  • Gain an understanding of the nature and character of a think piece
  • Explore the think piece as a form of academic writing
  • Consider the role and value of the think piece to your development as a researcher
  • Appreciate how to plan and structure a short article of this nature
  • Prepare an outline for a think piece of your own

Workshop Dates

Thursday 16 November 2017, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now
Tuesday 27 March 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now

Writing a Great Conference Abstract

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Facilitator: Neil Raven

About the Workshop

Whilst much academic writing, including the PhD itself, is associated with long pieces of work comprising many thousands of words, there is value in being able to complement this skill with more concise writing. This ability is required in preparing abstracts, providing a concise overview of a larger study. Whilst they often accompany articles, abstracts are increasingly used in the selection of conference and seminar papers. Consequently, there is much value in being able to master the skill of writing abstracts.

This workshop begins by identifying the characteristics that distinguish a conference abstract from one that would accompany an article, and the purposes it serves. It then considers the typical format and key components of a conference abstract, before exploring what makes a great abstract, and providing a range of tips for writing a successful conference abstract. In the final part of the workshop, focus will turn to supporting participants in planning and preparing their own abstract.

Workshop Dates

Tuesday 10 October 2017, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now
Wednesday 14 March 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now

Academic Writing for Postgraduates

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Facilitator: Academic Subject Librarian

About the Workshop

This workshop provides advice around all areas of academic writing, from analysing the question; developing an argument; engaging in critical analysis; and constructing introductions and conclusions.

Benefits
  • Refresh yourself on academic writing at postgraduate level
  • Get advice on different forms of essay writing
  • Practice your writing in an functional sense
  • Discuss writing techniques with your interdisciplinary peers

Workshop Dates

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Introduction to Harvard Referencing / APA Referencing

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Facilitator: Academic Subject Librarian

About the Workshop

The library currently delivers a number of academic development workshops specifically for postgraduate research students around referencing. These workshops will provide a detailed introduction to specific referencing formats within the university’s style guide.

Benefits
  • Recognise why you need to reference
  • Understand when to reference
  • Identify the information needed in a reference
  • Create a reference list/bibliography following the University of Lincoln’s Harvard or APA style

Workshop Dates

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Open Access & Sharing Research Information

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Facilitator: Bev Jones

About the Workshop

Researchers are being required more and more to share and disseminate their work to a wider audience in the world of academic publishing. Academic publishing is currently changing dramatically and there has been increasing focus in recent years on opening up research beyond paywalls: including the rise of open access journals, the requirement to share data, and new regulations. Participants of this workshops will be introduced to the editorial processes, legal considerations and various publishing models relating to open access publishing, and how to navigate these.

Benefits 
  • Gain an understanding of Open Access processes & publishing
  • Discover tools to help OA publication & access
  • Find out more about gaining access to published work & promoting access to your own publications

Workshop Dates

Wednesday 28 March 2018, 11:00 – 12:30 Book now

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