Research Publication Writing
Researchers are under immense pressure to publish. Without publications your career will stagnate and you could find yourself unemployed and unemployable. This difficult situation is often described as "Publish or Perish." A simple way to get early publications is to convert your PhD thesis into journal articles.There is significant effort involved to publish PhD thesis work, but the vast majority of the work is already done. You reviewed the literature, planned and carried out the experiment, analyzed the data, and made conclusions. However, writing a thesis is different than writing a journal article. In this guide, we offer tips on how to convert your PhD thesis into journal articles.
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Research Publication Writing
How do you summarize arguments for academic articles such as a literature review? Clearly, any argument you write should speak to other, previously published texts. You are in a conversation with your field and will want to engage with other scholarly works, theoretical pieces, or bodies of research.  Your article’s engagement with these secondary sources will help to bolster your argument and form a basis for your discussion. However, you want to work with these earlier sources in an intelligent and sophisticated way.
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Research Publication Writing
A good research question will guide and centre your research. It may consider the relationships between certain theories or ideas, or attempt to answer what is happening in a specific situation. Ideally, you should be interested in the topic you choose to investigate. If you are unfamiliar with the topic, you should also conduct preliminary research. A good literature review can summarize a given research area and lead to inspiration.  Next, consider some questions you have about your topic; in this post, we will use the example topic of childhood obesity. For example, you might consider one of these questions: What are the effects of childhood obesity? or What are the effects of childhood obesity in early elementary school children? Your research question cannot be too broad or too narrow; if it is either, you will have difficulty researching. The first question is not narrow enough; the research methodology would be too broad to be answered effectively. The second question, however, is a perfect research question. It has a very clear focus where the researcher can collect, analyze, and discuss data.
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Research Publication Writing
A literature review is an exhaustive discussion of the research previously done in a given subject area. It is an organized collection of published research about a topic. Literature reviews are conducted in order to provide a solid background of the topic, examine what areas of research exist, and find new routes of research. While it may be a summary of the material, usually the literature review shuffles information around to shed new light on research.  The first step in conducting a literature review is to choose a topic. Your topic should be narrow enough to find specific sources. Writing a purpose statement will help you focus your search. Next, divide your topic into key themes and ideas; those will provide the framework for the body of your literature review and keep your search for sources organized. Finding and evaluating sources will take up most of your time. Read the abstracts of the studies carefully, and only continue to read the article if the abstract proves useful. Here are some research questions to consider as you read: What were the authors trying to discover? What were the methodologies used? How accurate and valid are the measurements? What further questions or research do the results call for? How does the author structure the argument? How does this article specifically relate to my topic?  When writing your literature review, you should have three main parts: introduction, body, and conclusion. Your literature review should not be a list of summaries of articles, one after another. Instead, it should evaluate the key themes or ideas pertaining to your topics. For example, if you are writing about schizophrenia, you may want to examine causes, treatments, and comorbidity. Within each of these key ideas, you would examine other topics; under causes, you may explore genetic and environmental factors.
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