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Writing for journals . Dr Clare McBeath Editor, Issues in Educational Research and Dr Roger Atkinson Business Manager, Issues in Educational research and Editor, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Seminar presented at Curtin University of Technology 14 April 2010.

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Writing for journals
Writing for journals

Dr Clare McBeath

Editor, Issues in Educational Research

and

Dr Roger Atkinson

Business Manager, Issues in Educational research

and Editor, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology

Seminar presented at Curtin University of Technology

14 April 2010


Topics for discussion
Topics for discussion

  • Choosing a journal

  • Publication style

  • ARC dictates for refereed published research

  • The nature of journal articles

  • Writing and reviewing

  • Responding to reviewers’ comments

  • Developing your paper towards journal publication


Choosing a journal
Choosing a journal

  • Read widely and keep note of appropriate journals

  • Check the ARC list and subsets of main areas

  • Read the advice to authors in chosen journals


Publication style
Publication style

  • Buy an up to date copy of the APA Publication Manual and learn to use it correctly

  • Teach your students to use it

  • Practice correct use when you mark student assignments

  • Also use the Australian Government Style Manual and the Macquarie Dictionary


Arc dictates for refereed publications
ARC dictates for refereed publications

  • Ranking of journals by ARC

  • Definition of research

    • Originality, contribution to human knowledge

    • Note the emphasis on research as product and not on research as process


Nature of journal articles
Nature of journal articles

  • A discrete entity?

  • Length of title and keyword density?

  • Numbering of figure and tables?

  • Publishing your literature review?

  • Rewriting from chapter to journal format?

  • Using the name of your Supervisor?


Writing and reviewing
Writing and reviewing

These two skills complement each other.

For writers aiming to improve their papers, a knowledge of the reviewing process is important.

For reviewers, a knowledge of common ways to recommend improvements to authors is also important.


Responding to reviewers comments
Responding to reviewers’ comments

Keep working on article after submitting it.

What is a positive review?

How do you respond?

What is a critical review?

What do you do when reviewers criticise your paper?

Discussion


Developing your paper towards publication
Developing your paper towards publication

  • Try out your ideas with colleagues

  • Present at a local Forum, such as the WAIER Forum or the Teaching and Learning Forum

  • Publishing at different levels

    • Abstract at Forum

    • Short paper or non-refereed paper

    • Journal publication


Some references
Some references

  • AJET. Advice for authors: Some open access articles. http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/about/ref/resources.html#advice

  • AJET Editorial 26(1). Journal rankings: AJET demoted. http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet26/editorial26-1.html

  • Atkinson, R. J. (2010). Bibliometrics out, journalmetrics in! HERDSA News, 32(1). http://www.roger-atkinson.id.au/pubs/herdsa-news/32-1.html

  • Review Form Issues in Educational Research http://www.iier.org.au/about/review-form.html

  • Criteria for papers and abstracts, Teaching Learning Forum http://otl.curtin.edu.au/tlf2009/criteria.html


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