Research Top Tips

To help you keep writing, get fellow researchers to form a small writing group, where you all commit to sharing drafts by deadlines and providing constructive critical feedback in a regular meeting.

Decide which journal you are writing for before you start drafting papers for peer review journals, and make sure your paper is written specifically with that journal in mind – cite debates in the journal, key papers in that journal, ensure you use their preferred style.

Once papers are drafted for publication, make sure you get lots of feedback from colleagues before submitting to a journal. Ask them to be critical by telling you three things you could improve

Presentations and papers should have one main point, and a clear argument about what the paper is adding to the literature: don’t try to squeeze everything from your project in.

The mass media rarely pick up on qualitative research outputs, but if you think your published findings have got wide appeal, try to identify what is novel, newsworthy or relevant to particular media (are there regional implications? Or implications for particular groups of professionals?) and work with institutional or funders’ press offices to write a press release.