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Great Research, Great Publications – Why & How Graham H. Pyke School of the Environment University of Technology Sydney
Content Research & Being a researcher … What’s it all about? Great Research … How to recognise? Great Research … How to do? Approach/ Mindset Tools Great Research … What’s the point? Research quality … How assessed?
Research is about … Observations & Questions Why is it so? What are the consequences? Explanation & Prediction If A then B … Yes/ No? Iterative process Understanding increases
Being a Researcher is about … … discovering/ understanding & ??
Being a Researcher is about … … discovering/ understanding & telling the world & ??
Being a Researcher is about … … discovering/ understanding & telling the world & having fun
Research has … Context
Great research requires … Approach/ Mindset: “SIP” Significance Influence Presentation
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 & Outcomes
Writing: Test Combine lead sentences of each paragraph into single body of text. Convey ‘story’ simply & completely Understandable to almost anyone =>Feedback
Writing: Outcomes Basis for abstract or summary Basis for being captivating, compelling & memorable
Research excellence: How? SIP Approach … Significance max Influence max Presentation is captivating, compelling & memorable Tools Feedback
Great Research: Your career Opportunity Grants Students Institution You
Research Excellence: Metrics Quantity ‘Publish … Or perish’ Quality e.g., # publs weighted by venue ‘quality’ # citations Now: ‘Publish in high quality venues and be well cited …. Or perish” Future: ‘Publish & be well cited … Or perish’
Great Research? Great publications? Goals Research of (relatively) high significance & influence Publication (or other presentation) that is captivating, compelling and memorable, while being simple, concise, logical and clear.
Great Research? Great publications? How SIP approach Research & presentation excellence Citations & other performance measures All-round benefits Tools essential Focus & Determination
Why do you do research?
‘ Because I love it’
Why do you do research? ‘Because I love it and seek to make a significant and positive difference’
Further Reading Pyke, G.H. (2000) A strategy for reviewing the biology of animals. Australian Zoologist 31: Pyke, G.H. (2013) Struggling scientists. Please cite our papers! Current Science 105 (8): Pyke, G.H. (2014) Achieving research excellence and citation success: What’s the point and how do you do it? BioScience Advance Access 15 Jan 2014