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Writing a journal article

During the course of your research degree (especially if you’re doing a PhD), you are expected to publish one or more journal articles. Although you might think that this is extra work on top of your research and thesis, there are benefits:

  • It will hone your skills as an academic writer and give you more confidence in writing your thesis.The reviewing process may give you insights into your research that you hadn’t thought about.
  • You won’t be writing about new research, so it won’t involve extra research time. In fact, identifying specific elements of your research for your articles may help you see your research in new and interesting ways.
  • You will learn to think of yourself as a scholar writing for other scholars in your field, rather than as a novice researcher writing your thesis.
  • You’ll be noticed by scholars in your research field.
  • When examiners see that you’ve already been published, particularly in a peer-reviewed journal, they can feel more confident that your research is worthy.
  • Having a publishing track record will give you an edge when seeking post-doctoral work.
  • You’ll see your name in print!

Here are two resources to help you write your journal articles.

  • Get started by checking out this Prezi on writing a journal article written mostly by Associate Professor Inger Mewburn (the Thesis Whisperer).
  • For more comprehensive support, work through this highly-recommended moderated online module, Writing for publication, run twice a year by Dr Robyn Barnacle from the School of Graduate Research.

Other texts on writing a journal article:

  • Elsevier database publications advice:

Elsevier (2017). How to publish in scholarly journals. Retrieved from https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/91173/Brochure_UPP_April2015.pdf

  • Sciences

Glasman-Deal, H. (2009). Scientific research writing for non-native speakers of English. London: Imperial College Press.

  • Nursing:

Online Search: Wiley Writing for publication for nurses (pdf doc)

  • Social sciences

Soule, D.P.J., Whiteley, L. & McIntosh, S. (2007). Writing for scholarly journals.                                                   https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_41223_en.pdf



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