3 Writing For Publications

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a literature review by presenting significant content, identifying the challenges in your area of study, recognizing disputed thinking, and identifying gaps
  • Convey the significance of your work including what it is, why it should be undertaken, and how it will be carried out
  • Recognize and apply different genre and disciplinary writing conventions (when to use past and present tense or active and passive voice)
  • Prepare a publication using writing guidance for the major disciplines
  • Compose a cover letter to an editor and identify how to respond to a reviewer’s comments

Part One – Video Lecture:

Part One – Video Lecture – Video Transcript


Quiz One:


Technical Communication Tips: Literature Review


Recommended Exercise:

Before advancing to Part 2, try the following exercises.

  1. Pick one of your favourite research papers from literature in your discipline. Using “Google Scholar” and “Connected Papers” identify this paper as a landmark paper, or a paper specific to your sub-field, closely related to what you do.
  2. Using that same paper, find:
    • Which of the references cited within has been most highly cited (cited the most number of times in papers) by others?
    • A more recent paper which cites the paper you originally chose.


Part Two – Video Lecture:

Part Two – Video Lecture Transcript


Quiz Two:


Part Two – Recommended Exercise:

Before advancing to the next module, try the following exercise.

Many Masters and Ph.D. students at your university have chosen to share their work online to make it accessible to a wider audience. Find, select, and download a Masters and a Ph.D. thesis, preferably from your field of interest/research and try critiquing each thesis using the criteria presented in the module. In particular, focus on the argument given for the purpose of the research/study of the thesis. A trivial purpose of a thesis is always clear – to fulfill the requirement of the graduate programme. But you should critique if the thesis presents a good case for the research/study. Is it convincing? Play devil’s advocate – how well do the thesis’ arguments hold up? Is numeric or quantitative data presented in a way that informs you? Are any included graphs/diagrams effective, informative and easy to understand? Finally, examine the conclusions – have they completed their argument or just summarized the findings of others? What can you learn from the successes and shortcomings of other student papers?



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