Aim: This short, 6-session course, intends to visit the research article, considering issues before writing and how these elements are then reflected in actual published research articles in your disciplines. You will be asked to apply these considerations to your own proposed writing and research articles.
Materials: You need to select a journal article/s of your choice that you consider being well written and which is relevant to your research. You will also need to bring any writing related to the research you are doing currently, or maybe a recently finished paper. Essentially, something you can reflect on after discussions in class on the themes below.
Outcome: You will be more aware of the expectations that research publication demands and will be able to identify more precisely how writers approach and deal with those expectations.
- Directing Your Research: We look at issues concerned with ‘Contrastive Rhetoric’, how other languages and English approaches to academic writing differ, the characteristics of ‘Good’ research and what readers are looking for in journal articles. We will discuss why papers are rejected by journals, considerations in targeting a journal etc. and looking for what journals want as expressed in journal guidelines to writers etc.
- Introductions to Research Articles: We analyze the structure/s of the introduction to journal articles, discuss readers’ expectations, and look at how contribution and originality is identified, and justified and what that involves, and how disciplines differ within their approaches to ‘Introductions’.
- Literature Reviews: We discuss the effective use of sources, and why we use them, how to make one’s own opinion heard, reviewing the literature and its purposes, differences between disciplines and issues involved with citing and referencing.
- Macro and Micro-level Argumentation: We discuss argumentation, structuring a paper, presenting and highlighting ones argument within a paper, metadiscourse – and the importance of making the text reader-friendly.
- Concluding: We consider the characteristics of the conclusion, structuring it, and its overlap with other parts of the article. We will also focus on writing abstracts (journal article and conference abstracts and their differences), and dealing with other issues that arose during the 5 sessions thus far.
- Peer Review: This session will give you the chance to become clearer about your peers’ proposed research. This session gives you the chance to discuss the strengths and weaknesses in others’ work, and to talk about how you plan to overcome any concerns identified by your readers with regard to your proposed research.
Robin Bellers has been teaching academic writing for graduate students at CEU since 1999, and also taught undergraduate academic writing at Corvinus University, Budapest, until 2013. Prior to coming to Budapest, he lived and worked in Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong, and Colombia. At CEU Robin works with the Public Policy, Legal Studies, IRES and History departments. He has also been working with Legal Studies PhD students. Robin has delivered outreach courses on academic writing for masters, PhD students or professional researchers at various institutions such as the Hungarian Central Bank, and Hungarian Academy of Sciences and in other countries such as Lithuania, Estonia, Holland, and training for junior faculty and PhD students in Russia and FR of Yugoslavia. His interests, apart from academic writing, is teacher training. His hobbies include sports and games of all types but he now has two young children and that keeps him busy!