Writing for Publication- 12 week writing course
- University of Leeds
- Yorkshire and North East
- Date first submitted:
- 25 Nov 2010
- Date last modified:
- 30 Nov 2010
- Research project skills
- Academic practice
- Doctoral researchers
- Research staff
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
Enabling early career researchers to become more efficient at publishing and disseminating their research findings. The course consists of ten 2 hour sessions held over a period of 12 weeks. Whilst enrolled on the course participants are also working on a first draft of an article for publication.
The course is designed to support researchers to write research papers. Its aims are
- To develop writing skills and enable researchers to practice them
- To motivate de-motivated writers
The course provides support and a place to discuss progress and problems with producing a publication . By the end of the course participants will have produced a first draft of a paper for publication.
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
That researchers (doctoral and post-doctoral) are embarking on writing, returning to or revising papers. There is a maximum of 12 places on the course.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
Immediate benefits are that participants finish papers whilst attending the course. The course provides a forum to discuss subjects like lack of time, motivation or themes in their paper and how to overcome difficulties. Feedback confirmed that participants now have a greater understanding of how to target journals and how to use time more effectively. It also confirmed that strategies to increase writing output and quality have been adopted by participants.
This is a long course. There is a drop out rate. This is managed by talking to participants each week about what they need and meeting these needs.
This provision is linked to faculty objectives to increase publication rates amongst early career researchers and encouraging them to disseminate their research findings.