Published on March 7, 2014
From Research Paper to Manuscript Organization: Caribbean Journal of Psychology (CJP) Facilitator & Author: Marina Ramkissoon, Co-Chief Editor, CJP Event: UWI Mona Annual Psychology Conference Date: March 6th, 2014 Time and Venue: 1.30 – 3 pm, FSS Conference Room
Introduction • • • • • Confidence Thinking Point of view Integration with body of literature Your legacy
Why publish? Other people will cite your work Newspapers may reference your work You may present published work at conferences You may make guest appearances on television based on your published research You might get a book deal and become an expert in your field after publishing prolifically in your field Promotions in academia are usually based on the number of journal articles you have published, among other things
Common burdens and fears about the publication process Mystery? – demystify Long, never ending journey? – projectize Lonely? – collaborate Daunting, I can’t do it? – build confidence It’s not perfect? – it never is It’s too hard? – it is hard, but can be done
Assumptions for this workshop The audience is mostly interested in converting quantitative empirical studies into manuscripts They have all done a significant piece of work at the graduate level They’re interested in submitting to a peer-reviewed psychology journal which follows the APA publication manual’s guidelines Authors need to focus on the macro-structure first, then the micro-structure, of the conversion process
Objectives of this workshop 1.Provide answers to typical questions about the conversion process. 2.Provide guidelines, tips and steps in preparing a manuscript for publication. 3.Demonstrate some steps in the conversion process.
Exercise 1 Please introduce yourselves to the participants by answering one or more of the following questions: 1. What do you hope to publish? 2. What have you published? 3. What help do you need? What do you need to know the most? 4. How confident are you that you can produce a high-quality manuscript? 5. What have you tried to publish and what feedback did you receive? 6. Beyond today, what can CJP do to help you publish?
Questions to consistently ask along the way - Is my literature review adequate, current and relevant? If most of the citations are 10 years and older, it’s a problem - Is my introduction clear? Will people, after reading it, know exactly what my study aims to do (purpose) and why (rationale)? - Are my research questions and hypotheses clear and lead logically from my literature? - Is my sample described sufficiently? (see checklist) - Is my methodology sound and adequately described? (see checklist) - Are my measures described? (see checklist) - Are my analyses appropriate and described sufficiently?
Questions to consistently ask along the way 1. Am I contributing new information to the body of work in this field? How is my work different from what is presented in the other papers? 2. Is my work sufficiently integrated with the past literature? 3. Was my research paper or thesis good to begin with? Is it worth publishing? 4. Is my methodology sound? Is my sample size appropriate for the analyses? Did I do the right statistical tests and interpret the results correctly? Were my measures reliable and valid enough so that the readers can have confidence in the results? Were my procedures ethical? Can my procedures be replicated? 5. Did my review of the literature lead logically into my research questions/hypotheses and methodology? 6. Have I drawn the best conclusions from my study? 7. Is my discussion based on actual results or something I’ve imagined to be true?
Checklists • • • • • Abstract Literature/ introduction Methods Results Discussion and conclusion
Worth publishing? - Your work may be worth publishing if: No one has explored the same purpose, research questions or hypotheses you have, in the same way - It is relevant - The data are not too outdated such that the phenomenon may have changed over time - The methodology is sound and therefore replicable and produces reliable results - It raises questions about past research
Exercise 2 • STEP 1: selecting a journal • STEP 2: looking at your results first • STEP 3: cut and paste your research questions and hypotheses • STEP 4: cut and paste your current literature • STEP 5: align literature with research questions/ hypotheses, methodology and results • STEP 6: discussion, conclusion, abstract, title
Next steps? • These 6 steps can be considered the macro-steps in the conversion process. For the refinement of the macro-structure you have created, you have to now focus on: - Copy-editing - Proof-reading • Those are the subject of another workshop!
THANK YOU! • CONTACT CJP: – firstname.lastname@example.org – Website: http://ojs.mona.uwi.edu/index.php/cjpsy – Facebook page: – https://www.facebook.com/caribbeanjournalofps ychology
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