Communicating your research workshop 2 part A – 23 June 2016

This is a workshop organised by the Faculty about academic audience. In this session, Professor Sue invited several guest speaker, Professor Geoff Webb, Professor Judithe Sheard and Professor Maria as the panel to discuss about the roles of academic audiences.

Usually, when we are writing a paper or publish a paper, there will be different expectations from the community. To fit into the community, we need to look at the sample papers or the past papers of the conference/journal. We also need to be clear about the culture of the conference, whether it is a more theoretical one or experimental one. Lastly, the formatting of the paper is important as well. It is very important to meet the criteria set by the program chair, otherwise, your paper will be likely to be rejected. If we are new to the community of that field, we should work with people from the community. For example, if we want to publish papers in an Engineering conference, we will need to work with an engineer who has published papers in that type of conference.

Once we submit our paper, we should always maintain contact with the editors. This is easier for both parties. Also, remember to keep track on the paper that we have submitted after several months of no replies. Sometimes, the reviewer might loss track with your paper.

When you get the reviews of your paper back, you need to check the ratings from the reviewers and look for their recommendations or comments on your paper. The comments can be of accept, reject or accept but with changes. If the paper was accepted, you need to think of how to improve the paper for a good publication. If it was rejected, then you need to read the comments, improve it or publish it elsewhere. Often, there are wrong comments, or the reviewers are not equipped with sufficient knowledge to review your paper, you can ask for a re-review from the editors.

That ends the forum discussion with the panels. After that, Nori talks about what should we focus on writing a paper.

First, we need to define the scope of the paper (what is it about) and the focus of the paper (which part of your project to emphasize, is it application or methodology etc). Then we need to be clear about the discipline of the paper and readership. Who are your audience? How many people will read your paper? We need to think of our paper in a the sense of Global, Disciplinary and Technical Significant. For example, in a global sense, how does your research benefits the society?

We also discussed about some effective responses to the reviewers and editors. To response in a rightful manner, we need to acknowledge the comments and interpretation of the reviewers. If there was a mistake, then we can explain your take and be sure to admit our mistakes. Last but not least, we should have an action plan that detail out parts that we changed.

Overall, this workshop is beneficial to new PhD students like us. It gave me lots of insights on writing and publishing a paper.


Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm