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    Students will be guided through the process of writing a journal article, reporting their own data, ready for submission by the end of the course.

    This paper is aimed at providing guidance and feedback through the stages of writing one journal article manuscript that is completed by the end of the course. This practical paper is aimed at postgraduate, doctoral and masters' students, as well as early-career staff.

    About this paper

    Paper title Writing Journal Articles for Publication
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    MEdLn, MA(Coursework), MA(Thesis)
    Students outside of the approved programmes, with 54 300-level EDUC points, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.

    If you are a graduate wanting to publish your research, this paper is designed to help you.

    Teaching staff

    Professor Karen Nairn
    Guest lecturers

    Paper Structure
    • Introduction - the significance of writing for publication
    • Academic identities
    • Assessing your data - Is it ready for reporting? What's worth reporting? What's your thesis? How do you build your argument?
    • Active verbs, clear characters and grammar for academic writing
    • Different ways of reporting your data - What would it look like if you wrote about it in this way?
    • Productivity and pleasure - Are both possible in writing for publication?
    • Which journal to publish in? Analysis of journals. How to report your research to match the journal. What do I want to say? Who is the audience?
    • Writing strategies (e.g. mini-essays, jumping into middle of writing an article, etc.)
    • Reporting quantitative data
    • Reporting qualitative data
    • Journal editors' advice
    • Workshopping each other's writing - selected sections
    • Writing introductions and conclusions
    • Final stages of readying a manuscript for submission
    • Course reflections
    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    Students are expected to attend timetabled classes via zoom.


    Required: Williams, J. & Bizup, J. (2013). Style: Lessons in clarity and grace (11th edn.). Boston: Longman.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this paper, you will be able to:

    1. Identify key features of clear academic writing and know how to use these features to improve your writing
    2. Select relevant journals by critically assessing aims and scope and by evaluating the key features of articles published in the journals
    3. Develop a set of writing criteria for a selected journal and use these to write a journal article ready for submission
    4. Describe and evaluate your relationship with academic writing
    5. Compile a range of strategies for maintaining your academic writing practice


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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