Producing knowledge: writing a research paper
Bangkok, Thammasat University, September 7th-12th 2020
Improvement to the quality of teaching and research in Water and Natural Resources Management (WNRM) cannot be ensured without a) a high commitment of HEIs in the partner countries, b) a high quality of trainers selected from the program countries, c) the ability to provide support (financial and supervision) of young researchers, and d) a balance/good fit between the academic skills taught and the skills needed by the wider economic and social environment.
This is the reason why WANASEA (Water and Natural resources in South-East Asia) project includes, as part of its activities, 5 training sessions in its 3 years of implementation. While the first and second sessions were centered on “Genesis of research: science, knowledge and society” and “Project design: writing a scientific proposal”, the third one focused on “Implementing research: methodological and management challenges”. This fourth one focuses on “Producing knowledge: writing a research paper”. It is co-organized by the Center for Research and Expertise on Education and Development (CREED, France) and the Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University (Bangkok, Thailand).
A clear holistic approach is taken since WNRM issues are clearly connected to their societal environment. In addition, an inclusive approach that combines learning about both the scientific and professional aspects of research and teaching activities makes WANASEA’s training sessions unique.
The main objective of this fourth training session is to focus on how to transform results of research into transferable knowledge within the scientific community. We will work on specific methods and tools supporting the writing of a scientific article, the constitution of relevant bibliography (Zotero), identification of journals and development of writing skills (articulation of ideas, English language tricks, etc.).
Academic staff, who are implementing, or have implemented a research project related to WNRM, are targeted for training. All trainees must be currently involved in the process of writing a research paper. Considering the nature of the topic and the limits of the supervision, the maximum number of trainees will be of 16 people.
Criteria of selection
Trainees should be young professionals (under 40), who can communicate well in the English language (including in writing) and who demonstrate a strong interest for developing research and teaching innovation. We encourage WANASEA’s partners to carefully select the trainees in order to meet the above mentioned objectives. Trainees must come with a proven experience of research writing. It is a condition to be selected.
Producing knowledge: writing a research paper
In this session, we will focus on different elements that should be addressed while writing a research paper. Our objective being to address in priority the needs of the participants, the topics of this session will be precisely defined once the trainees are identified. Nevertheless, the session will deal with subjects such as:
- Identification of the right journal
- How to read and critique a scientific paper
- The research question
- Presentation of the hypothesis
- Description of the methodology and experimental activities
- The analysis of data
- Discussion of the data in a wider scientific context
This session will help the trainees to start, move on or conclude their research paper. It should also serve as a basis for its institution to set up some administrative support for researchers.
This training session will use a teaching methodology that combines classical and a combination of lecture and working practical writing. It means that although some introductory lectures will be given, the major part of the training session will be based on group work.
- As an introduction, a webinar will be organized about one week before the session. The objective of this being to provide an introduction to the necessary skills needed to read and critique a scientific article.
- The training session will last 5 days and is designed to train 16 people.
- The learning process is founded upon concrete and tangible activities related to trainees’ concerns. Scientific writing methods and exercises will be based on research results of the trainees themselves, resulting in clear improvement of the scientific publications of the participants. For this reason, substantial (but reasonable) preparatory work will be asked to the trainees, 2 to 3 weeks before the training.
- For the training session, 2 or 3 trainers will be mobilized. We expect a high level commitment of the trainers and trainees attending seminars and transparency of the selection process.
Calendar and milestones
- From 20 January to 7 February: call for applications open (see application form next page)
- 9 February: Wanasea’s members send to TU/CREED up to 5 applications
- 14 February: selection of the trainees and beginning of the pre-class activities.
Planning of activities
(Mon.) September 7,2020
- Introduction to the topic “Knowledge transfer: how to write a narticle”
- The different kinds of articles and journals
- Feedback from trainees on their experience in scientific writing
- How to select a journal
- Presentation by trainees of their research questions (prepared before the training session)
(Tue.) September 8,2020
- Different sections of a scientific article
- Introduction section including hypothesis construction
- Formation of 4 groups
- Work groups: Structuring of the trainee’s introductions, formulation of the hypotheses
- Materials and methods sections
- What goes in this section and what doesn’t, format
- Work groups: Structuring and writing of the Material and Methods sections.
(Wed.) September 9,2020
- Presentation of the results section
- Graphs, figures and tables
- Presentation of the results section: text
- Importance of appropriate statistical tests
- Work groups: Structuring and writing of the results sections
- Study tour
(Thu.) September 10,2020
- Presentation of the discussion and conclusion sections
- Presentation of the abstract: written and graphical
- Work groups: Structuring and writing the discussion, conclusion and abstract sections
- Submission process of a scientific article
- Work groups: Working on the bibliography section (Zotero, Endnote)
(Fri.) September 11,2020
- Practical tools and recommendations for writing
- Ethical questions in research and scientific writing
- Work groups: preparation of final presentation
- Presentation (30’), by each group, of their article(s): Introduction, methods, figures and tables, discussion
- Discussion: ideas for going further (from writing to submission…)
- Closing ceremony