Publication goals Article (or other kind of presentation) that presents your research results in such a way that the audience, consequences and influence are all reasonably large How do you do it? Answer =>SIP
SIGNIFICANCE re issue or question Choose an issue or question (planning) or set your work within a context (informing) of high significance (i.e., importance, relevance, usefulness) … the higher the better … but need to credible
Significance - Example Question: Why do animals (& other organisms) forage (or feed) the way they do?
Significance - Example Significant because … All organisms ‘forage’; Foraging is important to individual organisms; Foraging often a major activity re time & energy; Including foraging is necessary for understanding other phenomena & patterns (e.g., other aspects of behaviour, population dynamics, inter-species interactions, structure of communities, patterns of co-evolution).
INFLUENCE of publication or presentation Seek to have as much influence as possible, through changing how people think, what they say, and what they do. (Planning or Informing)
Influence - Example Question: Why do animals (& other organisms) forage the way they do? Approach advocated: Optimal Foraging Theory Influence sought: Adopt the approach
PRESENTATIONS (Informing stage) Publications (& other presentations) that are captivating, compelling & memorable.
Hierarchy of questions - Example Why do animals forage the way they do? Do animals forage in ways that are consistent with Optimal Foraging Theory (OFT)? Do bumblebees forage in ways that maximise Net Rate of Energy Intake? Is the foraging behaviour of bumblebee species X, while taking nectar from flowers of plant sp Y, in location Z, consistent with this hypothesis?
Tools: Presentation Standard approach … KISS Concise Logical Clear Plus extras … Captivating Compelling Memorable
Writing: My Approach Logical order of simple points These are lead sentences of separate paragraphs One point per paragraph Applies to articles, reviews, grant proposals, reports etc Test & Consequences
Writing: Test Combine lead sentences of each paragraph into single body of text. Convey ‘story’ simply & completely Understandable to almost anyone =>Feedback
Writing: Consequences Basis for abstract or summary (Emphasise introduction, discussion & conclusion) Basis for being captivating, compelling & memorable
Writing: Captivating Focus on reader (or other audience) Attention Read on Progression Title Abstract/ Summary Introduction
Great Research? Great publications? Research of (relatively) high significance & influence Publication (or other presentation) that is captivating, compelling and memorable, while being simple, concise, logical and clear.