Scientific incubation: The “Interim” as case study in scientific writing by Prof Lategan

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Prof Lategan’s (Dean: Research and Development, Central University of Technology) presentation at the SATN Annual Conference 2009.

Theme: “Technological innovation at Universities in South Africa: towards industrial and socio-economic development”

16 - 17 July 2009
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Bellville Campus.

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Scientific incubation: The “Interim” as case study in scientific writing by Prof Lategan

  1. 1. Scientific incubation: The “Interim” as case study in scientific writing Prof. Laetus O K Lategan [email_address]
  2. 5. The “Interim” Case Study (1) <ul><li>Research in the spotlight (NPHE, funding formula, growth in the NSI) </li></ul><ul><li>From Technikon to UOT </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a culture of research (improving qualifications, supervision, external grants, rating, publications, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Low participation in “article culture” </li></ul>
  3. 6. The “Interim” Case Study (2) <ul><li>5. Managing the INTERIM </li></ul><ul><li>Two foci: novel researchers and senior researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial board – liaison, review, development </li></ul><ul><li>Process - interaction </li></ul>
  4. 7. The “Interim” Case Study (3) <ul><li>Success </li></ul><ul><li>Year 8 – 14 editions </li></ul><ul><li>Period 2002 – 2008 – 153 articles (13 editions) </li></ul><ul><li>260 authors </li></ul><ul><li>33 students as authors </li></ul><ul><li>30 external authors </li></ul><ul><li>30% published in accredited journals </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional improvement in accredited outputs >300% </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental role </li></ul><ul><li>7. New challenges </li></ul><ul><li>8. Basis for research that can inform system </li></ul>
  5. 8. Observations in science writing <ul><li>Title: Does it capture the contents of the article? </li></ul><ul><li>Abstract: Summary of what article is all about. Integrate focus of article, research methodology, etc. into a logical unit. </li></ul><ul><li>Planning of article: Problem – Method – Evidence - Discussion. Structure matters. </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction – what can the reader expect? Don’t add everything to this section. </li></ul>
  6. 9. Observations in science writing <ul><li>5. Problem, aim and objective of article. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Literature – latest and not only supportive of your line of argument. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Explain data sample / models </li></ul>
  7. 10. Observations in science writing <ul><li>9. Interpretation, discussion and analysis of data. </li></ul><ul><li>10. Discussion of research results – this is your unique contribution to the article. The role of recommendations. </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Self-assessment: Why this article? (structural, critical & value-adding review) </li></ul>
  8. 11. Observations in science writing <ul><li>13. “Article language” (matters such as study, assignment, report, first person references, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>14. Technical requirements of a journal </li></ul>
  9. 12. Institutional lessons <ul><li>Academic profile and marketing tool </li></ul><ul><li>It serves all the academic disciplines and Faculties </li></ul><ul><li>Academic development, capacity-building and critical mass </li></ul><ul><li>Public domain </li></ul><ul><li>External interest in model </li></ul><ul><li>6. Time consuming but rewarding </li></ul>
  10. 13. <ul><li>Laetus O K Lategan </li></ul>

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