Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The power of social media to improve knowledge translation and research accessibility #LTUacwrimo (Dr Christian Barton, SEMRC)

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Researchers who seek to deliver accessible writing and research must embrace social and multimedia innovations. The consumer demands it. There will be no ‘one size fits all’, with resource needs likely to vary depending on the individual, type of knowledge, and the context it is to be consumed. New innovations to facilitate knowledge translation are also inevitable. Academic journal publishers must watch for their emergence and embrace them. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Making research accessible: Is academic journal writing the way forward? (Dr Christian Barton, SEMRC) #LTUacwrimo

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On March 6 1665, in the first academic journal ever published, Henry Oldenburg wrote that academic journals were established so that researchers could "impart their knowledge to one another, and contribute what they can to the Grand design of improving natural knowledge, and perfecting all Philosophical Arts, and Sciences."

An enormous profitable industry has grown on the back of Henry Oldenburg and his colleague’s innovation in the past 350 years. As a result, researchers continue to be ineffective at translating knowledge based on their evidence because this profitable model is not effective. 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Writing groups and the art of the Pomodoro #LTUacwrimo (Priscilla Ennals, Carmel Hobbs and Ingrid Wilson)

Writing in progress!
Photo by Carmel Hobbs, Priscilla Ennals and Ingrid Wilson.
Academic writing and doing a PhD can often feel like a hard and solitary experience, but it doesn't have to.

As part of La Trobe's 2016 Academic Writing Month, this week's post is by Priscilla Ennals, Carmel Hobbs, and Ingrid Wilson, who share their experiences of being part of writing group, and the techniques that got them through the PhD process together.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Writing a publishable literature review - #LTUacwrimo (Erika Duan, LIMS)

Doodle of the academic writing and submission process (Erika Duan)
Writing and publishing a literature review often seems like the work of established researchers who are leaders in their field, yet this is not always the case.

In this week's blog, Erika Duan from LIMS advocates for PhD students and early career researchers to seek review writing opportunities.

This piece is featured as part of La Trobe's Academic Writing Month, and we'll be featuring articles on the processes and experiences of writing and publishing.

Remember to check out the other activities we have organised, and follow along on Twitter by using the hashtag #LTUacwrimo!

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

#LTUacwrimo photo competition - "Reflect"

Photo by Allef Vinicius  |  unsplash.com
La Trobe's 2016 Academic Writing Month is officially here! For the full program and registration details, visit this year's introductory post. 

For 2016, the RED team is again running an #LTUawrimo photo competition. This year's theme is "Reflect".

The theme can mean different things, and we hope you'll translate it creatively and insightfully! Will the image reflect how you think through your writing, envision your research self, or visualise your project workload for that day? Is it an aspect of your research that is reflected or bounced back? Can you capture the understanding or progress you might gain from reflection?

This competition, with a fabulous book voucher prize, is open to all La Trobe University researchers (graduate researchers and staff) who have signed up for the #LTUacwrimo challenge.

To enter, take a photo that aligns with the theme, and submit it via Twitter (full guidelines below). 

It's as simple as that!

The photo competition's judging criteria are:
  • the quality, composition, and aesthetics of the photo; and 
  • the photo's interpretation of the chosen theme 
The fresher your interpretation of the theme, the better!