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1 Writing an Article for an Academic Journal Yes, you can Dr Laura Niada, University of Westminster, Finance, Law and Philosophy Journal LN Consulting 6 June 2012 – Student Research Workshop – University of Westminster

2 Contents Choice of the topic Outline Research Write (I) Write (II) Write (III) Write (IV) Conclusion (I) Conclusion (II)

3 Choice of the topic Is it relevant? Is it researchable? Is it publishable? Can I contribute with originality? Do some preliminary reading on the subject matter ▫Identify the main literature ▫Consider opportunities and challanges or reserching this area

4 Outline What’s the paper about? ▫Identify the problem, the research question(s) Do a ‘brainstorm’, concept map ▫This is the originality bit, your own reasoning process ▫Think out of the box – within reasonable limits:  Be logic  Add ‘intelligence’ to the subject matter, be interesting Draw the outline

5 Research Read and Think Fill the outline and Adjust the outline

6 Write (I) Get ready for a test Count the "F's" that are in the following text: FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS. How many "F's" did you find?

7 Write (II) Most probably, wrong. There are 6 F's in the text above. How is this possible? Apparently your brain doesn’t process the word OF. Everyone that finds the six F's at once is a genius. Three is normal, four is very rare. So… when you write, be careful, self-critical, ‘objective’ – always think that you are writing for your reader!

8 Write (III) ORDER CLARITY LOGIC RICHNESS ▫content ▫information ▫sources FLUENCY GRAMMAR and SYNTHAX

9 Write (IV) FromTo

10 Conclusion (I) Preparing an article takes a lot of time, energy and focus BUT It gives great satisfaction, CV boost, and virtually eternal legacy… Remember: Every man should plant a tree, have a child and write a book to ensure a measure of immortality. Note: this quote is apocryphally attributed to the Chinese, the Talmud, Margaret Fuller, José Martí and Picasso In fact... publishing is the best means to prove authorship of your ideas! And, as the steps illustrated in this presentation demonstrate Yes, you can!!!

11 Conclusion (II) Lastly, a bit of promotion. The author of this presentation, Dr Laura Niada, works as private tutor and consultant at LN Consulting, LN Consulting offers a range of services to help with your academic endeavours including: ▫Revision of essays, dissertations, PhD theses ▫Editorial work for publications ▫Proof-reading ▫One to One tutorials (London area) GOOD LUCK!!!


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