In this webinar, you will dissect the Discussion section of a published research paper in your field, and see that a paper’s Discussion is comprised of only 6 types of information.Once you’ve done this exercise, it will be easier for you to then draft your own paper’s Discussion during the webinar, using a step-by-step strategy to ensure it contains the 6 information types that linguistic research has uncovered in published Discussions.Like specialist languages adopted in other professions, such as, law or medicine, academic writing is designed to convey agreed meaning about complex ideas or concepts for a group of scholarly experts.
It must be cohesive and possess a logically organized flow of ideas; this means that the various parts are connected to form a unified whole.
There should be narrative links between sentences and paragraphs so that the reader is able to follow your argument.
Once you’ve finished drafting the Results, Materials / Methods, Introduction and Discussion sections of your paper in webinars 1-4 and the associated writing tasks, all that will remain to finalize is the Title and Abstract of your paper.
These will then be relatively straightforward to draft, because by that stage you’ll have done all the hard yards of thinking about your data and what conclusions you can and cannot draw from it.
In fact, linguistic research shows that the Introduction section of published scientific research papers consists of only 4 to 5 types of information.
Any information types other than these are not only unnecessary, they also detract from the impact of your paper.
After each webinar, participants will be tasked with writing specific aspects of their paper (e.g.
the Results section after webinar 1; the Materials / Methods section after webinar 2; the Introduction section after webinar 3, etc).
In this webinar you will also learn what tense is most appropriate to use when writing the Results section for the particular paper you’re working on (past or present tense – it can vary depending on the strength of your data).
The strategies outlined in this webinar will not only help you to prepare a Results section that’s clear and succinct, but will also help you to shave hours off the process of writing up your paper for publication.