12 Weeks to Publication

To support you in your academic writing and journal submissions we are offering all staff and Research Graduate candidates the 12 weeks to Publication academic writing program in 2022.  The program is based on the highly successful workbook by Wendy Belcher: Writing Your Journal Article In 12 Weeks.

Program overview

The online program provides 30 places for you to attend 14 sequential workshops, each Friday, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The program commences on Friday 29 April and concludes on Friday 26 August, allowing 3 weeks for a mid-course break.

Each week includes an hour of reading and preparation, two hours of group work on Zoom and an hour or two of manuscript writing.  Participants will be supported to develop their writing skills, participate in group activities and prepare a manuscript for submission to a Q1 or Q2 peer-reviewed journal.

Program Schedule

Week

Date

Topic

Overview

0

29/04

Welcome

Program benefits and expectations, set-up for success, writing as a social function.

1

06/05

Planning

Benefits of planning and scheduling, complete your 14-week writing PLAN, develop your schedule of writing time and establish your manuscript topic.

2

13/04

Argument

Importance of argument and how to ensure your argument is strong.

3

20/04

Abstract

Abstract as a tool for success and elements of a winning abstract.

4

27/04

Journal

Importance of journal selection, use of a model article and contacting the journal editor.

03-17/06

Session Break

5

24/06

Literature

Strategies to master reading, outline the context of your argument through synthesis of the relevant literature and how to avoid improper borrowing.

6

01/07

Introduction

Summarise the significance of your argument and make your claim for significance to provide the reader with the backgrounding for your argument.

7

08/07

Method and Results

Describe the research method, determine the strongest evidence and understand the most effective way to present the evidence to support your argument (findings / results).

8

15/07

Discussion

Discuss the results in light of the literature.

9

22/07

Structure of Manuscript

Develop skills in macro editing to improve manuscript structure and increase reader comprehension.

Learn how to provide and to receive peer-review.

10

29/07

Title, Introduction and Conclusion

Effective opening and closing for your argument and draw conclusions based on your results and existing evidence.

11

05/08

Structure (Sentences)

Improve microstructure of sentences to increase reader comprehension, using the Belcher Diagnostic Test.

12

12/08

Finishing

Importance of finishing, review your abstract, finalise the manuscript and determine your submission process

13

19/08

Submission

De-brief, celebration, what’s next?

14

26/08

Reflection

Social BYO and reflection on course and next steps

Submit an Expression of Interest

To join the 12 Weeks to Publication program, please locate the EOI form (under the researchers heading) available to all Graduate Candidates and Researchers. EOI forms need to be submitted before Friday 8 April 2022. The form includes a brief biography (50 words or less) and an outline of your proposed manuscript (100 words or less).

About your Host

Deborah Sims, RN, RM, Ma (Mid), Ph.D. (Nursing)

Deborah has both clinical experience and research expertise in early parenting support, perinatal mental health and women’s health. Deborah is a nurse, midwife, childbirth educator, and child and family health nurse at Sydney Adventist Hospital and Women’s Health Road Clinic. She is the CEO of Raven Institute of Research, specializing in healthcare research for women in disadvantaged populations. Deborah, an Honorary Clinical Fellow at University Technology Sydney, teaches masters of health subjects; Specialty Clinical Practice and Evidence Informing Practice as well as facilitating ’12 Weeks to Publication’ and ‘Shut up and Write’ for academic writers.  She has published five peer-reviewed journal articles and is currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Public Health.  Deborah is the past President of the Australasian Marce Society and the Secretary of the International Marce Society.