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Publication workshop

  1. 1. Publication Workshop :Developing your work for(journal) publicationFrances BellResearch in Learning Technology given on 25 June , 2013 atInstitute of Learning Innovation,University of Leicester
  2. 2. AimAn interactive session designed to help develop yourskills and knowledge in relation to writing forpublication in a journalOpportunity to ask questions, review drafts
  3. 3.  Gestation or Night inClose colleagues:•Presentation/ feedback•Local peer reviewConference:•Presentation/ feedbackPersonal network:Blogging and commentsJournal:Read contentCheck audienceOffer to reviewSubmit , and resubmitNo such thing as failure
  4. 4. Who is your audience?Where should you publish?Looking at possible journals helps you imagine theiraudience betterThinking about your audience helps you choose ajournal outletResearch research!
  5. 5. Common ProblemsS C O P ESCOPESo what?Knowledge gap
  6. 6. CoherenceAbstract
  7. 7. TitleTitle AudienceOne approach is:Does it do what it says on the tin?Rachael Jacobs. Aesthetic development in pre-service teachereducation: An interdisciplinary dialogueSearch engine optimisationAlternative approach:Catchy titleFlying not flapping: a strategic framework for e-learningand pedagogical innovation in higher educationinstitutions
  8. 8. 5 minute exercise –Who might be interested in this paper?Would they find it easily?
  9. 9. Research the competitionCheck here – including the word Facebook seemed to bequite a good idea in 2011 andsome of those are still there
  10. 10. Write about… what interests youWhilst making sure you are likely to attractan audienceBlogging Au Plein Air, after Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corotby Mike Licht, NotionsCapitalMan using iPad by C. Regina
  11. 11. A few practical tips – or don’tannoy the editor!If you are not sure if your work fits the journal, canemail abstract to editorFollow style and structure guidelines – word length,Headings, etc., citations, referencesCheck images (resolution, etc.)Proof read before sending
  12. 12. • Read first, (re-)written last• Features• Concise• Precise• Informative• Language matches likely searchThe abstract
  13. 13. 1-2-3 - the ten minute abstractONE• identify a research question, objective• write a title (5 minutes)• share with your neighbour, question, clarify, improve (5minutes)TWO• write an abstract (10 mins) - see handoutTHREE• swap with your neighbour, read and feedback (10 mins)-Thanks to Rhona Sharpe for this exercise
  14. 14. Designing an ArticlePossible article structure• (Abstract, keywords)• Introduction• Backdrop and purpose• Methodology• Varies according toarticle type• address ethics• Literature Review• Results• Discussion• ConclusionsEmerald advice on abstractstructurePurposeDesign/methodology/approachFindingsResearch limitations/implications(if applicable)Practical implications (ifapplicable)Social implications (if applicable)Originality/value
  15. 15. Example of article‘Standard Structure’(Abstract, keywords)IntroductionMethodologyLiterature ReviewResultsDiscussionConclusionCross-discipline investigation of the relationshipbetween academic performance and online resourceaccess by distance education studentsAbstract/KeywordsIntroductionPart of justification /backdrop – identifies the gapto be filledBackgroundContextMethodsJustification/ designResultsConclusionLinks back to stated purpose?
  16. 16. The beginningAbstractKeywords: distance education; online resources;academic performance; virtual learning environments;e-learningIntroduction
  17. 17. IntroductionPart of justification / backdrop – identifies the gap to be filled“Distance education requires less physical infrastructure and resources and can offer studentsaccess to higher education for a reduced living cost (Betts, Hartman, and Oxholm 2009). Distanceeducation enables institutions to access a global student market (Tennant, McMullen, andKaczynski 2009) that extends to non-traditional populations, particularly those with family and/orwork obligations that prevent attendance at university campuses (Betts et al. 2009). Furthermore,distance education is material to the heightened global interest in higher education and the growthin international students (Ragusa and Steinke 2011). “Purpose/aims“The present study seeks to fill knowledge gaps in the research literature by examining how andif the use of pedagogically driven technologies enhances or detracts from higher education deliveryin two large and diverse introductory subjects at an Australian University. By providing anevaluation of online communication and resources used by distance students in a range of naturaland social science courses, as well as the humanities, our research sample includes students withwidely varying pre-tertiary performance abilities that we term ‘perceived academic capacity’.”
  18. 18. The middleBackgroundContextMethodsJustification/ designResults
  19. 19. The endConclusionLinks back to stated purpose?Our research evidenced that the provision of low-costand easy-to-create online resources quantitativelyenhanced students’ academic performance: studentswho accessed the online resources achieved greateracademic success.
  20. 20. Think like a reviewer/editor- Write a review of 2 papers- More useful- Less useful
  21. 21. Reviewer Guidelines: Researchin Learning Technology• Does the paper have clear aims and objectives / research questions that can beachieved within the scope of a Research in Learning Technology journal paper?Does the paper make a contribution to knowledge?Is the work suitably grounded in the literature to justify its contribution andframe the analysis/evaluation?Is the research/evaluation methodology justified, clear and appropriate?(including ethical considerations / approval where appropriate)Does the analysis/ evaluation have a clear flow and logical argument?Does the analysis/evaluation link to an appropriate discussion and conclusions?Is it presented in a way which is suitable for Research in Learning Technology’sinternational audience?
  22. 22. QuestionsInformal consultation…..And now!
  23. 23. Good advice from theThesisWhisperer
  24. 24. ResourcesEmerald – How to write effectivelyWe used today University Press ACS Style GuideReviewing a Manuscript for Publication Allen S. Lee