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How to write a research paper. By Gareth Forbes, Curtin University and Engineers Australia

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  • 1. Leveraging yourresearch online Gareth Forbes Curtin University and Engineers Australia
  • 2. Step 1: Quality• Do, and write up good work• There is no substitute for quality!!!• You are not a “used car salesman”• You want to market your quality work in the best way possible
  • 3. Step 2: Importance of the Title• Often the last thing you write in a hurry• It is the most critical deciding factor whether someone reads your work or NOT• Think about how you decide which papers you read and which you don’t
  • 4. Step 2: Importance of title
  • 5. Conventional methods1. Attend conferences and talk to people about your research2. Talk to others about your work3. Send your paper to other authors have worked in your field (people you may have cited)Still very important!!
  • 6. Less-conventional methods1. Loading of paper to digital repository2. Academic social networks (digital repositories)3. Comments on forums about your area of work4. Personal webpage/site
  • 7. 1. Digital repositories• Curtin www.espace.library.curtin.edu.au• UWA www.library.uwa.edu.au/repository• ECU www.ro.ecu.edu.au• Murdoch www.researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au
  • 8. What can be uploaded• Most journals (90%) allow post-prints to be made freely available• Many conferences allow complete free access to papers loaded onto institutional repositories• Unfortunately many conference organises do not allow any material online such as: ASME, Engineers Australia, IEEE
  • 9. What is a post-print
  • 10. Benefits of online access• Ability to reach far larger audience than otherwise practical
  • 11. 2. Academic Social networks• eg. www.researchgate.ne www.academia.edu• Usefulness is not entirely clear• They do have profound effect on Google searches• Bring more content to first page of Google searches, more likely to be found and read
  • 12. Increased search ranking
  • 13. Increased search ranking
  • 14. 3. Forums• There exists academic forums such as: www.imechanica.org• Comments and links to work from these forums can often generate interested readers to your work• Once again, only add comments and/or content if you genuinely believe you are adding value
  • 15. Top tips1. Do good work!2. Send your work to authors who you believe are interested in your work3. Upload all work to digital repository4. Use academic social network to link to online work