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Publishing Your Research Series

Both Paul and Susan currently design and conduct academic writing workshops for graduate degree candidates and post-doctoral Ph.D. holders from various Asian countries, such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Japan, China, Korea and India. They also work as freelance editors for academic institutes and publishing houses.



Constructing Your Research Paper Around An Argument:
A Gateway to Publication

Date 21 April 2020 (Tuesday)
Time 02:30pm-04:30pm
Speaker Paul Nerney
Venue Online Workshop via Zoom
Workshop Description One task of journal editors is to decide whether a submitted manuscript clearly argues how its research findings lead to a new understanding of a research topic. A "yes" increases a manuscript's chances of being peer reviewed. A "no" means the manuscript will probably be rejected. This workshop describes three sets of planning strategies for developing arguments in a research paper: (1) formulating a research topic, problem, and answer; (2) sequencing claims about the research answer to bring readers step-by-step to a new understanding of the topic; and (3) developing reasons and evidence from research findings. In addition, participants will do structured analyses of selected arguments from a published research paper.
Speaker's Bio Paul Nerney Paul Nerney designed, taught and coordinated courses in English as a Second Language and English as a First-School Language for the Centre for English Language Communication at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He also worked under the NUS Provost's Office to design, teach and coordinate writing and critical thinking modules for the University Scholars Programme and the University Town Residential Programme.
(Email: pnerney@gmail.com)


Salient Features of (Publishable) Academic English

Date 22 April 2020 (Wednesday)
Time 2:30pm-4:30pm
Speaker Susan Lopez-Nerney
Venue Online Workshop via Zoom
Workshop Description Tips on how to produce successful, i.e. publishable, research papers in English abound. The sheer number of tips can confuse writers hoping to break into publication. This workshop presents the most salient features of the language of publishable research papers. The exercises will help writers identify these features, understand how and why they work, and most of all, learn to replicate these features in their own writing. During this workshop, participants will analyse and discuss these features and learn with other writers who are working towards the same goal—publication of their work.
Speaker's Bio Susan Lopez-Nerney Susan Lopez-Nerney designed, administered, and taught language and writing courses as well as professional communication in the Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore at the undergraduate and graduate school levels.
(Email: slopeznerney@gmail.com)


Constructing an Abstract for a Research Paper

Date 23 April 2020 (Thursday)
Time 2:30pm-4:30pm
Speaker Paul Nerney
Venue Online Workshop via Zoom
Workshop Description Abstracts are 100 to 200-word summaries of published articles that help readers decide whether they want to read an article or not. This workshop describes planning strategies for developing an abstract summarizing a paper's (1) research topic, which identifies what your article is about and frames the topic as something that your research community thinks is important because it affects people's quality of life in specific ways; (2) research gap, which identifies something about the topic that your research community understands poorly and frames this lack of understanding is significant because it is blocking your research community's ability to increase its knowledge of the topic; (3) research question which identifies a question of analysis that starts with the words, how or why, and narrows the research gap to a particular aspect that must be analyzed before the gap can be reduced or eliminated; and (4) research answer which identifies a response to the research question based on your research findings that changes your research community's understanding of the topic.
Speaker's Bio Paul Nerney Paul Nerney designed, taught and coordinated courses in English as a Second Language and English as a First-School Language for the Centre for English Language Communication at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He also worked under the NUS Provost's Office to design, teach and coordinate writing and critical thinking modules for the University Scholars Programme and the University Town Residential Programme.
(Email: pnerney@gmail.com)











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