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  • Could do a practical exercise here as well
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    • 1. Western Academic Writing: Getting Published in a Peer-Reviewed Journal CRRC-Armenia 2010 Workshop Jenny Paturyan
    • 2. Workshop Content
      • Brainstorm:
        • How is western academia different?
        • How is western writing style different?
      • Writing: Structure and Style
      • Practical Exercise
      • Writing an article for a peer-reviewed journal
      • Documenting sources
      • Helpful tools
      • Wrap up
    • 3. Western Academic Style
      • How is western academia different?
      • How is western writing style different?
        • Strict style rules and requirements
        • Clear structure
        • More critical
        • Active discussions
        • Focused/addressed to specific audience
        • Importance of novelty
    • 4. Improve your Writing: Structure
      • Focus : what’s the puzzle?
      • Structure : tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you told them
      • 5 important points: What? Why? How? Thus and So What?
      • KISS : Keep It Simple Stupid
      • Back up your arguments: references and data
      • Flawless in-text citations and reference list (style, amount, full correspondence)
    • 5. Structure
      • Abstract
      • Glossary, main terms (or in the end)
      • List of abbreviations
      • List of tables and figures
      • Introduction
      • Body
      • Conclusion
      • References
      • Appendixes
    • 6. Tips on Writing: Structure
      • Plan ahead
      • Abstract is the last thing to be written. Introductions is usually second last
      • Literature review is not to show that you know a lot. It shows the “puzzle”
      • Methodology is there to show the quality of your work
      • Pay attention to the paragraphs (lead sentence, 3 sentences min)
    • 7. Improve Your Writing: Style
      • Write in short simple sentences
      • No emotions
      • Keep your audience in mind
      • Define your concepts
      • Provide information your reader needs (abbreviation explanations, “within text references”)
      • Be honest about flaws and limitations
      • It is YOUR job to help your reader follow your train of thoughts!
    • 8. Tips on Writing Style
      • Use active rather than passive voice
      • Do not abbreviate (don’t)
      • Does this word (sentence, paragraph) carry any additional meaning?
      • It is crucial to find the right tone: confident but not overconfident
      • Spellchecker (grammar check) always on!
      • Consistency: %, one-third vs. one third, etc
    • 9. General Writing Tips
      • Know your own writing style
      • Overcoming writer’s block
      • Read works you want to imitate
      • Let it be, then read again
      • Proofread several times: each time different focus (punctuation, style, references, etc.)
      • Ask someone to proofread it
      • It has to look neat
      • Learning and improving never ends
    • 10. Practical Exercise
      • There is a quiz on CRRC moodle
      • Work in groups
    • 11. Article in a Peer-Reviewed Journal
      • What’s an article?
        • About 20 pages
        • Emphasis on results
      • What’s a peer-reviewed journal?
        • Ranks
        • Process of Peer Review
      • Have a very clear idea of what kind of articles that journal is publishing: content, style, format
    • 12. Documenting Your Sources
      • Courtesy to the author
      • Credibility of your work
      • Service to your reader
      • For yourself, in case you need it later
      • To avoid plagiarism accusations
        • Using other people ’ s work and ideas, without acknowledging it, is plagiarism (this is true for pictures and graphs as well)
    • 13. Different Style Requirements
      • American Psychological Association (APA) style
        • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Fifth edition. American Psychological Association: Washington, DC, 2001.
      • The Modern Language Association (MLA) style
        • Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Sixth edition. The Modern Language Association of America: New York, 2003.
      • Chicago style
        • The Chicago Manual of Style. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 2003.
      • And a few thousand other styles
    • 14. Helpful tools
      • Spell-checker
        • English is build in, active by default
        • Armenian: PowerSpell
      • Reference management software
    • 15. Wrap-Up
      • Writing for a Western academic community can be tricky for those of us used to Armenian/Russian academic style
      • Good content is necessary but not sufficient. Good structure and good style are also needed
      • Document your work from day 1. Keep track of your sources
      • Make your results public: find the right journal, follow the submission criteria
    • 16. My favorite quotes about writing
      • You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression
      • More is not better. Better is better
      • There are two types of PhD theses: the perfect ones and the finished ones
    • 17. Further Reading
      • Books at CRRC library 
    • 18.
      • Good luck writing and publishing!