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1 Writing for Publication Dr. Mark Matthews Student Learning Development

2 Path to Publication 1.Research 2.Identify Venue 3.Title / Abstract / Editor 4.Outline 5.Writing 6.Submit

3 Getting your paper published

4 Why Publish? Increase human knowledge Writing is improved Sense of completion Work is promoted

5 How do I know what I think until I see what I say? E.M. Forster

6 1 / Research Clarity beforehand saves time Generate Ideas Publon

7 2 / Identify Venue Become familiar with journals Identify 1 or 2 possible venues Read 1 issue of journal Read Author Guidelines Admin tasks – registration, template Email Editor an abstract

8 3 / What do editors want? Follow journal’s guidelines Originality Clarity of message Structure, flow, tone Research methodology Theoretical and practical implications Good Title & Abstract References

9 3/ Main Message The message is the single most important point you need to make to express your purpose. Step 1: “I want this paper to….” Step 2: Write your message sentence, the most important point you want to make.

10 Evaluating Driving as a Valued Instrumental Activity of Daily Living The World of Everyday Occupation: Real People, Real Lives 1 Spirituality within dementia care: perceptions of health professionals Occupational therapy to optimise independence in Parkinson's disease: the designing and recording of a randomised controlled trial intervention

11 Look through the table of contents of papers 1.Which paper would you like to read? 2.Which title is most interesting to you? 3.What makes a good title?

12 3 / Title Advertising Tool to help focus What makes a good title?

13 Think about your thesis 1.Think of a title if you were to write a paper

14 3 / Abstracts 100-300 words Structure Precise, clear & interesting Avoid generic statements like: “The results we be discussed” “Methods are presented” “Future research is discussed”

15 Your are the editors 1.Read the 3 abstracts 2.You can only accept 1 3.Which one will you pick?

16 SPSE Technique Situation: Describe the general background / setting in which your research takes place Problem: Describe a problem that the research addresses. Solution: What did you do or try to address this problem? Evaluation: How did you evaluate the proposed solution and what were the results?

17 For your paper Continuing on from your title, use the SPQR technique to write an abstract

18 3 / Abstracts 1.Who are the intended readers? (name 3-5) 2.What did you do? (50 words) 3.Why did you do it? (50) 4.What happened? (50) 5.What do the results mean in theory? (50) 6.What do the results mean in practice? (50) 7.What is the key benefit for readers? (25) 8.What remains unresolved? (50) (Brown 1994/95)

19 4 / Outline Before you start writing Structure Flow Logic Meaningful titles Feedback

20 Level 1 Background Objectives Method Findings Conclusions

21 Level 2

22 Level 3

23 5 / The Habit of Writing Writing at the end of a long list of tasks – no fixed deadline “I can’t find the time for writing….” “I have no energy for writing…”

24 10 ways to not write 1. Open your email at the start of the day and never quit it. 2. Keep your writing goals quite general. 3. Don’t talk about your writing-in-progress. 4. Only seek feedback when you have a full draft. 5. Don’t write unless you know exactly what you want to say. 6. Wait till you’re ready to write. 7. Don’t bother defining sub-goals – you know what you have to do. 8. Don’t bother with the 5-minute warm up for writing -- you know what to do. 9. Always write in large chunks of time. 10. Try and find more time for writing. Rowena Murray

25 5 / Final Touches: Take the time Permanent Proofread Spell-check References Feedback

26 If your paper is rejected … Find out why Rework your paper Target a different venue Re-submit soon

27 If asked for revision – celebrate! Revision means the journal is interested Address ALL reviewer’s concerns Don’t take it personally 6 / After Submission

28 Referencing Harvard referencing system Endnote Library video – Cite2Write –

29 More

30 Other useful resources (a general resource for academic writers with academic phrases etc.) 2. writing blog, tips 3.Writing for academic journals / Rowena Murray 4.IDRC WFC_English//sitemap.html WFC_English//sitemap.html 5.Freewriting: Elbow, P. (1973) Writing without teachers. Oxford: Oxford University Press

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