Taking the Terror out of Writing for Publication

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Taking the Terror out of Writing for Publication

  1. 1. Nancy Brooks, Program Specialist, Family Living Programs Patti Herman, Family Living Educator
  2. 2. Scholarship Where does writing for publication fit into the Four Elements of Scholarship (UW- Cooperative Extension)?  Creative, intellectual work  Reviewed by the scholar’s peers who affirm its value  Added to our intellectual history through its communication  Valued by those for whom it was intended
  3. 3. What kind of writing do you do?
  4. 4. What distinguishes writing for professional publication?  Purpose  Audience  Authors  Content
  5. 5. Purpose  Report results of original research or analysis  Communicate/disseminate knowledge  Create a new framework for knowledge
  6. 6. Audience  Scholars  Researchers  Students in a particular field of study
  7. 7. Authors  Researchers and experts in their field  Always named
  8. 8. Content Usually contains the following:  Describe the research methodology  Bibliography or works cited  Technical or specialized language  Usually peer reviewed
  9. 9. What’s your biggest challenge in writing for publication?
  10. 10. Author panel  Will Andresen – CRD, Iron County  Paula Huff -4-H/YD, Oconto County  Faye Malek – Family Living Educator, Manitowoc County  Aerica Opatik – Ag Agent, Kewaunee County
  11. 11. Extension Writing for Publication Survey  Department of Family Development Research & Studies Committee and Family Living Programs  Carried out in May/June 2010  Sent to 300+ people on the Family Living Programs email list via Zoomerang  Purpose: To assess current level of knowledge and needs for continuing education
  12. 12. Demographics  74 responses Untenured faculty 15% Tenured faculty 36% WNEP Coordinator 19% WNEP Educator 23% Other 7% (Academic Staff/Youth and Family Coordinator, Interim FLE, WNEP Specialist, Waiting for Board of Regents approval on tenure)
  13. 13. Demographics  Years of employment by UW-Extension Less than 1 year 8% 1-4 years 26% 5-10 years 28% 11-15 years 14% More than 15 years 24%
  14. 14. Where they’ve been published 38 % National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 25% Journal of Extension 58% Department of Family Development website 29% Other (listed on next slide)
  15. 15. Publications listed under “Other”  Newspapers/news releases  Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences  World Cultures Encyclopedia  Book with LFB Scholarly Publishers, Inc.  Book chapter  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior  Journal of the American Dietetic Association  Not sure if local newsletters to partner agencies would fit this question  FYI – Staff of the week/month
  16. 16. Most knowledgeable about…. (ratings of Good or Excellent)  Accessing library resources for your literature review - 50%  Maintaining fidelity to original sources – 42%  Copyright issues – 40%
  17. 17. Least knowledgeable about… (ratings of Poor or Fair)  Use of appropriate citations – 69%  American Psychological Association (APA) Writing Guidelines – 68%  Professional practices for publishing in multiple journals – 68%
  18. 18. Least knowledgeable about…. (continued)  Informal writing compared to writing for publication – 62%  Sharing evaluation results – 62%  Establishing the purpose of your writing (e.g., persuasive, review of literature, etc.) – 61%
  19. 19. Other topics of interest  Choosing appropriate topics for publication  Establishing timelines for writing  Citing technology sources  Process of submitting for publication  Suggestions for appropriate journals  Finding people to review drafts  When to write during your Extension career?
  20. 20. Writing for Publication Professional Development Series  Session One Writing for publication: What does it mean?  Session Two The process of writing  Session Three Writing style  Session Four Writing for publication case study
  21. 21. Writing Resources  Steenboch Library  Writing Lab  Your local university  Purdue Online Writing Lab (O.W.L.)  http://www.owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02
  22. 22. “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” Mark Twain “For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best that I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.” Ernest Hemingway

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