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Write your paper in 2 weeks

In this series of 5 live Zooms, Prof. Amanda Salis will walk you through a step-by-step process designed to help you write your research paper in 2 weeks.

The 5 live Zooms are held on consecutive Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are also recorded and made available to registrants within a few hours after completion of the Zoom, for subsequent on-demand viewing.
 
Each Zoom consists of a 60-minute interactive session on writing a particular aspect of research papers, followed by 30 minutes of optional Q+A and worked examples of the concepts taught in the session.
 
Participants will be invited to share components of their writing during the training if they wish, and selected examples will be used to illustrate to the group the strengths of the writing and ways to improve it.
 
After each Zoom, participants will be tasked with writing specific aspects of their paper.
 
By the end of the 5 Zooms and associated writing tasks, participants are envisaged to have a complete and professionally-structured draft of their paper ready for feedback from their co-authors.
 

Testimonials

  • (This training was) so helpful — sparked bursts of clarity every time. I really wish that I’d been told about this workshop during my PhD orientation. This is like quantum writing — it saves that much time. It’s great having clear steps and a system I can rely on. I got clarity around how all the papers and chapters of my PhD fit together. Being instructed to write one paper at a time and ignore the rest never worked for me. I don’t think hierarchically — I see the whole dataset interconnected in my mind; I needed to see the interconnected papers the same way. You (Amanda) are the first person who has given me permission to get clear about all the key messages first, and then write each paper from there. Jade Barclay, PhD student, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • (What I liked most about this training was) constructing a paper from a linguistic perspective. The webinars were interesting, and I found Amanda Salis’ comments (on my paper) very helpful and insightful. Sarsha Yap, New South Wales, Australia
  • (What I liked most about this training is that) it is very clear. Very useful for masters or PhD students. It is also very useful for early career researchers. I hope this kind of research training is able to run regularly. I will recommend my masters and PhD students to attend. Thanks. Cindy Wang, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
  • (What I liked most about this training is that it is) very clear and easy to follow. Something that seems complex is broken down into simpler components. Mariam Mandoh, PhD student, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 

Zoom 1 of 5 – Start with the end in mind: your Results

This Zoom will show you how to prepare and present your research data so that editors, reviewers, and other readers will be able to see their relevance and importance.

First, you will be invited to follow a process to help you define, write and refine the ‘take-home message’ of your paper, based on your research data.

Next, you will be shown principles for presenting your paper’s display items (e.g., figures and tables) so that they are self-explanatory, clearly illustrating your paper’s take-home message.

In this webinar you will also learn what tense is most appropriate to use when writing the Results section for the particular paper you’re working on (past or present tense – it can vary depending on the strength of your data).

Finally, we will cover the 3 elements that must be included in the text of your Results section, based on linguistic research into published research papers.

The strategies outlined in this Zoom will not only help you to prepare a Results section that’s clear and succinct, but will also help you to shave hours off the process of writing up your paper for publication.
 

Zoom 2 of 5 – Make your writing flow like water (and practice while writing your Materials / Methods)

In this Zoom you will learn how to recognize writing that doesn’t flow, explain how to fix it, and write in a way that flows from the outset, using 5 writing techniques proven by linguistic research to promote flow.
 
You will then be encouraged to practice these 5 writing techniques whilst writing the Materials / Methods section of your paper, avoiding common errors in this section of your paper.
 

Whether you’ve been speaking English since you were a child, or you learned it as an adult, the 5 techniques in this Zoom will help you to write anything in a way that flows smoothly and logically, helping to ensure that your readers will be nodding in agreement.

Zoom 3 of 5 – Craft a compelling Introduction in an hour

Many new and emerging researchers spend an excessive amount of time writing and re-writing the Introduction section of their paper.
 

A major contributor to this is that they mistake their Introduction for a literature review, attempting to cover everything they’ve learned from the literature in it.

The Introduction to your paper is NOT a literature review.

In fact, linguistic research shows that the Introduction section of published scientific research papers consists of only 4 to 5 types of information. Any information types other than these are not only unnecessary, they also detract from the impact of your paper.

In this Zoom you will learn exactly what type of information you need to write into your paper’s Introduction, and exactly what you need to leave out, using real examples from participants at the workshop.

The intention is that you will leave the Zoom with a clear understanding of the angle you need to take in your Introduction, as well as an outline that you can confidently complete and write up as your Introduction section after the Zoom. 

Zoom 4 of 5 – Don’t despair over your Discussion

Many researchers spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about what information to draft into the Discussion section of their paper.

In this Zoom, you will dissect the Discussion section of a published research paper in your field, and see that a paper’s Discussion is comprised of only 6 types of information.

Once you’ve done this exercise, it will be easier for you to then draft your own paper’s Discussion during the Zoom, using a step-by-step strategy to ensure it contains the 6 information types that linguistic research has uncovered in published Discussions.

Zoom 5 of 5 – Title and Abstract

Once you’ve finished drafting the Results, Materials / Methods, Introduction and Discussion sections of your paper in Zooms 1-4 and the associated writing tasks, all that will remain to finalize is the Title and Abstract of your paper. These will then be relatively straightforward to draft, because by that stage you’ll have done all the hard yards of thinking about your data and what conclusions you can and cannot draw from it.

In this Zoom you’ll learn how to encapsulate the most important conclusions or activities from your research into an accurate and catchy title that will appeal to your target audience, using examples from draft titles shared by participants at the Zoom. 

You will also be encouraged to write the Abstract of your paper, using insights from applied linguistic research into the essential components of Abstracts of published research papers.

Who is this Zoom series for?

This Zoom series is for anyone who has research data they would like to write up as a paper with any of the following structures:

  • IMRaD: Introduction, Materials / Methods, Results and Discussion
  • AIMRaD: Abstract, Introduction, Materials / Methods, Results and Discussion
  • AIRDaM: Abstract, Introduction, Results, Discussion and Materials / Methods
  • AIM(RaD)C: Abstract, Introduction, Materials / Methods, repeated Results and Discussion, Conclusion
  • AIBCAbstract, Introduction, Body sections, Conclusions
This includes:
  • Honours students
  • Higher degree research students (e.g., Masters and PhD students)
  • Junior postdoctoral fellows
  • Anyone who wants to improve their confidence, efficiency and impact in writing original research into papers

Prerequisites

The following prerequisites will help you get the most out of this Zoom series.

  • You must have a set of analyzed research data ready to write up as a paper. If you are still collecting research data for your paper, or if you have not yet finished analyzing and interpreting your data, your opportunities for participation in the assigned writing tasks between Zooms will be limited.
  • You must have time to work on your paper between Zooms. As a general guide, you will need a minimum average of 2.5 hours per day for 2 weeks (i.e., a minimum of 35 hours in total) to complete a high-quality draft of your paper that is ready for feedback from your co-authors.
  • You will need input from your co-authors in the week between Zoom 1 and Zoom 3. Specifically, you will need to show your co-authors the draft display items (e.g., figures and tables) that you plan to include in your paper, as well as your draft and then refined take-home message for your paper, and you will need their agreement that you are on the right track. This is best achieved in one to two face-to-face or video meetings with your co-authors, but can also be achieved via email communications. You may want to schedule some time with your co-authors for the first week of the Zoom series to be help ensure you get the strategic feedback you need.

What you need at each Zoom

  • A set of analyzed original research results that are ready to be written up as a paper.
  • Your draft to date of your original research paper / systematic review (not a narrative review). This is optional for Zoom 1 of 5, but for Zoom 2 of 5 onward you will need to bring your draft. Registrants will receive a template to help them format their draft paper.
  • An electronic copy (PDF) of an original research paper or systematic review – with or without meta-analysis (not a narrative review) on a topic similar to your own, from a journal you’d like to publish your research in.
  • Access to software that enables you to quickly add text and highlighting to PDFs, like the example shown here. This example was done with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

Refunds and Cancellations

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