Publishing Your Research Workshops (Apr 2019)

22/02/2019 to 25/04/2019

These workshops for research postgraduates are co-organized by The Independent Learning Centre (ILC) and the Library.

Revision Strategies for Research Papers: The Introduction

24 Apr (Wed) 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The introduction of a research paper is generally short, but it is rhetorically complex. Therefore, it needs to be constructed carefully so that it leads readers to an understanding of what the paper is about and why it should be read. The talk focuses on specific revision strategies for research paper introductions and exercises for participants to learn these strategies and apply them to their writing.

Guest Speaker: Paul Nerney
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Salient Features of (Publishable) Academic English

24 Apr (Wed) 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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.

Guest Speaker: Susan Lopez-Nerney
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Towards Publication: Revising an Introduction of a Research Paper

25 Apr (Thu) 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Knowing the features of a publishable research paper introduction and working in small groups, participants in this writing seminar will be guided through the analysis of an assigned introduction. The goal is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of this introduction and revise to make it more likely to be published.

Guest Speaker: Paul Nerney
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Remark: This writing seminar is only for the participants who are present in BOTH of the above two workshops.


Language: English

Venue: Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library

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Speakers' profiles:

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. 

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.

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.