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Quality Papers

Quality Papers

 

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Quality Papers

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You enjoy research, but writing papers is either scary or just takes too long. You are under pressure to 'get published' in high ranking journals, but daily commitments mean you haven't got patches of undisturbed hours in your diary.

Background

Academic research comes to life when it is published and someone else reads it. Consequently, the number and quality of your papers is often used as a measure of how well you are performing as an academic researcher.

Who should attend

You should come on the workshop if you are:

  • Postgraduate about to write your first paper

  • A post-doctoral researcher trying to turn your thesis into papers, or

  • A PI wanting to increase tour team’s efficiency when writing papers

Outline of content

Quality Papers provides a process that can help you write with greater speed and confidence, at the same time as increasing your chance of getting published in your target journal. The workshop gives strategies for getting the best from your co-authors and streamlining thinking, writing and editing.

Learning Objectives

During the workshop participants will:

  • Analyse the structure of papers, revealing aspects of editorial thinking.

  • Create a blank ‘map’, scoping the scale of the writing task and presenting it as a Step-Tree flow charm or list of bullet points.

  • Determine the ‘message’ of the research, creating a clear focus of the document.

  • Agree authorship is more about team discipline and diplomacy than rules.

  • Research paragraph use in Introductions (and other areas), revealing the narrative structures found in academic papers.

  • Select information by combing ‘message’ and ‘structure’, creating a tool that lets you pull what is needed at the same time as showing what information can legitimately be left out.

  • Decide on the order of information in your first draft, listing it on a post it.



Excellent, thought provoking, resourceful and well conducted
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