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Writing Manuscripts for High Impact Journals

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The current climate of competition among academics to have high impact publications is producing increasingly selective Quartile 1 journals. Q1 editors are looking for manuscripts which are more than well-written; they are looking for papers with ‘star quality’.  For many, star quality remains a rather elusive ingredient in their writing.         
This full-day workshop is designed to explore the question: What aspects of writing help to give a journal manuscript star quality?  The session starts by considering the widely acknowledged mechanisms for producing quality writing, such as coherence, clarity and conciseness.  It then moves on to explore less obvious mechanisms that are used to communicate consistency, authority and persuasiveness. This is done by analysing the language used in articles from various high-impact journals. The session ends with suggestions for strategies to help students to develop their ability to write clear, coherent and concise papers that are also consistent, authoritative and persuasive.   
The session will be of interest to doctoral students, early career researchers and academics with responsibility for supervising postgraduate researchers.  The session is highly interactive and exploratory, and it is hoped that participants will feel free to share their expertise to help group conclusions to be drawn.   
Dr Alison Yeung is Teaching Fellow in Doctoral Writing Skills at the University of Surrey, with responsibility for designing doctoral and post-doctoral writing training across all faculties. She has also worked in the educational publishing industry and has run her own English language support service for international academics. Alison’s current interest is in identifying the writing mechanisms used by authors of high-quality research articles across a range of disciplines.     
To consider the aspects of writing that contribute to the star quality of high-impact journal articles 
To compare and contrast differences in writing style between high-impact and low-impact journal articles 
To identify useful strategies for teaching PGRs the higher-order writing skills necessary to produce papers with star quality
Learning outcomes
By the end of the session, participants should be able to 
Recognise various mechanisms of writing that convey consistency, authority and persuasiveness
Identify techniques for producing, or for helping PGRs to develop, higher-order writing skills. 

Network: Professional Development Programme
Date(s): Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Times: 11.00-16.15
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
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