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Professional Writing – 5 Steps to Publication Success


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With increased accountability and demands for evidence-based practice to demonstrate professional competence, writing for publication purposes provides educators with opportunities to showcase their practice and make professional contributions to learning communities. This webinar provides participants with five steps to produce professional articles suitable for publication.

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Professional Writing – 5 Steps to Publication Success

  1. 1. Professional Writing for Publication 5 Steps to Publication Success Dr Jennie Bales © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  2. 2. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Housekeeping• Disclaimer – The views and opinions are those of the presenters and are provided as general information which will require further research to identify the application of the specific requirements to the participant. • Restrictions – Eduwebinar Pty Ltd does NOT give permission for any capture, recording or reproduction of this webinar in any format.
  3. 3. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED CONTENTS 1. TOPIC: What is your topic? 2. PUBLICATION: Where will you publish? 3. AUDIENCE: Who is your audience? 4. STRUCTURE: How will you structure it? 5. CONTENT: What will you include and how will you write it? 6. PUBLICATION SUCCESS: Why should you publish?
  4. 4. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED - Purpose • Purpose & Interest – What do you want to share? – Is it topical? • Follow electronic lists, blogs, twitter feeds to keep abreast, subscribe to curriculum updates – What is unique / special / innovative / applicable about your contribution? – Are you passionate about the subject? – Are you knowledgeable, familiar, experienced, immersed in the material? – Have you tested ideas with a colleague?
  5. 5. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED - Focus • Identify the focus: – Research – Literature review – Theory – Professional learning – Professional practice – planning, teaching, assessment – Practical – e.g. web and ICT tools, teaching/thinking strategies, curriculum focus, literature, report – Review
  6. 6. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED • Consider options: – State, National, International – Conference paper – Journals – print, electronic – Book chapter • Understand the intended readership • Examine recent back issues to get a sense of the writing style, subject matter, inclusion of charts, images, URLs, referencing expectations • Check and follow the publishing guidelines • Refereed / Peer-reviewed vs Professional – Expectations and options vary
  7. 7. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED National Journals • Australian Journal of Education (research, print) • Australian Journal of Teacher Education (research, e-journal) • Journal – Australian Educational Computing (refereed) • English in Australia (peer reviewed, English, language and literacy education) • Australian Journal of Language and Literacy (refereed, English, practice and theory) • Practically Primary (English, primary teachers, practice) • Literacy Learning: The Middle Years (English, peer- reviewed, practice, research and policy) • ACCESS (refereed section, practice and research) • Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom catalogue/Australian-Primary-Mathematics-Classroom (Primary K-7, Mathematics, practice and innovation) • Australian Mathematics Teacher Mathematics-Teacher (Mathematics teaching practice for students aged 11-16) • Teaching Science (Sciences K-12, refereed / peer reviewed, theory, practice and practical)
  8. 8. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED • Language registers – Formal voice (Third person) – Casual voice (First and second person) – Neutral (Third person, can seem remote and distant) • Writing that will be published in journals and volumes generally require a formal ‘voice’ or tone. Things to consider include: – Point of view – First, Second and Third Person. First – narrative and autobiographical, Second – implies you ‘know’ the reader and is personal, Third – more formal, traditionally used for fictional and academic writing – Active voice is usually more concise and engaging than a passive voice – Avoid the use of slang, contractions, clichés and jargon – Avoid the overuse of descriptive or emotive language unless it suits a specific context. – Correct grammar is important; avoid conjunctions at the start of sentences, write in complete sentences with a balance of short and long, punctuate correctly.
  9. 9. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED • Analyse similarly themed articles from recent back issues: – Use of headings, column width, inclusion of media • Know word limit and break into sections to ensure a balance of content which may include: – introduction, background, supporting literature, body of paper, conclusions, recommendations, actions • Plan / mind map / storyboard – whatever works for you – have word count running through it • Use headings and subheadings to give it structure – this also aids in following plan and checking that all significant content is covered • Realistic time frame
  11. 11. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ‘ABCC’ from Keogh, S, 2013, ‘Copy-editing 101’ Workshop notes.
  12. 12. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Why get published? • Evidence of practice to meet employer’s requirements – AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers • Select one standard and address a focus area to demonstrate highly accomplished or lead understandings across standards • 7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities: contribute to networks and associations and build productive links with the wider community of teaching and learning. – Meet outcomes articulated in personal Professional Development Plan • Build professional profile – CV, broaden employment horizons, invited speaker and presenter • Collegial sharing of innovative ideas, best practice and successful programs, strategies etc. • Build research credibility • Celebration of achievements • Stimulate debate and seek feedback
  13. 13. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED References • Fogarty, M 2010, ‘Active voice’, Quick and dirty tips, viewed 2 August 2013 voice?page=all • Fogarty, M January 2011, ‘First, second and third person’, Quick and dirty tips, viewed 2 August 2013, third-person?page=all • Gen, R (n.d.), ‘Language registers’, Dr. Ray Gen, viewed 2 August 2013,
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