How to write a research paper: for the sciences
Learn new tools and techniques to help you plan and carry out the writing of a paper.
Ideally, aimed at 2nd through to final year doctoral students. A similar course was previously called Writing for publication.
About the workshop
Writing a research paper is often called the ‘gold standard’ of academic publishing. And the better the quality of your paper, the greater its contribution to building your career and creating impact in the wider world. But starting to write research papers early in your academic career can seem like a formidable challenge. This workshop aims to make that process easier.
Reporting your research as a publishable paper involves ‘packaging’ your research in a form that is enticing to publishers, reviewers and ultimately, to your target readers. This workshop considers how to do that. It will offer tools and techniques to help you plan and carry out the writing of a paper. The workshop will also help demystify publishing and peer review processes with the overall intent of increasing your chances of being published successfully.
This is a practical 'hands-on' workshop. You should bring the following with you:
- an idea for a paper summarised in one paragraph (either a paper you are writing or one that you plan to write)
- a paper written by others that is similar to the kind of paper you want to write (you may or may not have read this paper before coming to the workshop)
Researcher Development Framework (RDF)
This workshop addresses the following RDF subdomains:
- Knowledge base (A1): academic literacy
- Creativity (A3): argument construction
- Professional and career development (B3): reputation and esteem
- Professional conduct (C1): IPR, copyright, attribution and co-authorship
- Research management (C2): project planning and delivery
- Working with others (D1): collaboration
- Communication and dissemination (D2): communication methods and publication
By the end of the course you should be able, or better able, to:
- choose a journal for your publication, matched to your interests and aspirations
- write a research article in an appropriate style, well matched to journal, type of article, purpose and audience
- devise an appropriate title for your article and write an enticing abstract
- engage with the publication process to meet publisher’s expectations
- handle feedback constructively
This course complements the half-day courses Planning and writing your doctoral thesis, How best to read a research paper, and Thinking and writing critically.
Book a place
Please note - if you book a place you are required to attend the whole of the session. If you are unable to commit to this, please cancel your place in plenty of time and let another student attend. Please arrive promptly to the session and remember to sign the attendance sheet.