Crispin Coombs: Academic writing workshop recap
The workshop attracted early-career faculty and PhD researchers from Europe and the United States.
Participants discussed the challenges of writing up and getting published, choosing a title and crafting an abstract, tactics for improving writing style and strategies for responding to reviewers and editor feedback.
A particular feature of the workshop was the opportunity for all participants to have personal expert feedback on their journal paper draft provided by Michael (formerly a Senior Editor at MISQ and ISR), Professor Emeritus Guy Fitzgerald (former Editor of Information Systems Journal), Professor M. N. Ravishankar (Senior Editor of Information Systems Journal) and Dr Crispin Coombs (Senior Editor of Information Technology and People).
The workshop is part of a series of academic career development workshops initiated and led by Dr Coombs to inspire and develop academics to achieve the highest quality research performance.
The workshop, coordinated by Dr Konstantina Spanaki, received great praise from the participants:
“It was very useful and interesting; a great milieu to meet researchers and get inspired. I particularly appreciated the writing moments when we ‘had to’ sit and develop new writings. It gave me the opportunity to get something straight out of the workshop.” -Fatemeh Saadatmand, University of Gothenburg
“It was the most instructive workshop I have ever attended since I joined academia. I have walked away not only with a clear sense of what my paper will look like, but also with great suggestions on how to improve academic writing and craft the most important parts of a paper, starting from the title and abstract.” –Silvia Masiero, Loughborough University.
“Informative and useful workshop, enjoyed every aspect of it! Highly professional, helpful and engaging speakers and organisers invested vast efforts to help PhD students and early career researchers improve their writing style and skills.” -Davit Marikyan, Newcastle University
“It was definitely insightful and interesting, and it is genuinely one of the best workshops I’ve attended. I enjoyed every second of it!” -Gongtao Zhang, University of Nottingham
Previous workshops have examined a range of topics including: from submission to 4* publication:
- An example from MIS Quarterly, Professor Robert Galliers, Bentley University;
- The use of theory and theorising for 4* journal articles, Professor Michael Myers; and
- Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide with Mixed Qualitative Methods, Professor Robert Davison, City University Hong Kong.
This Blog post was written by Dr Crispin Coombs, Deputy Director of the Centre for Information Management and Reader in Information Management at the SBE. Crispin can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org