Conducting a study and publishing a professional research paper

Inhoud

Conducting a new study with a small group of faculty, and write a paper about the study as a collaborative effort. The paper is then ready for submission to an international peer-reviewed journal with a Field Impact Factor greater than zero (such that is will be retrievable by the Web of Science).

For whom?

Stenden Faculty who want to conduct a new study by collaborating in a small research team; and during this research process, develop a paper for a Dutch professional journal or an international peer-reviewed journal.

Goal

Group objectives

Conducting a new study with a small group of faculty, and write a paper about the study as a collaborative effort. The paper is then ready for submission to an international peer-reviewed journal with a Field Impact Factor greater than zero (such that is will be retrievable by the Web of Science).

Personal objectives

Develop your competency in conducting research.
Develop your competency in conducting research in a small team of researchers.
Develop your competency in academic writing.
Develop your competency in academic writing with a small team of researchers.
Learning to provide and receive feedback on a professional research paper (peer instruction).

Institutional objectives

Enhance the research culture at Stenden University of Applied Sciences.
Further professionalisation of Stenden faculty in the area of applied research.
Increase the production (quality and quantity) of articles in professional research journals.
Provide body and meaning to the concept of “Professional Research” as research approach for institutes for Higher Professional Education (HBO).
Make more people participate in and enthusiastic about applied research.
Promote writing as a habit while conducting research.
Create facilities and infrastructure to develop the competency ‘Academic writing’.

Practical information

Subjects & working method

Conducting research is writing. Writing means drafting, editing and revising; in part to sharpen your thoughts and make feedback and collaboration feasible, more concrete and to the point. Hence, the main idea of the planning of this course below is to conduct the study and write the paper at the same time.
Because we will conduct a study and write a paper in a small team, we will use our time during the meetings for agreeing upon criteria for team decisions, making team decisions, providing feedback on each other’s work and text, and for editing the paper. The point of having 3-hour meetings is to collaborate efficiently by talking face-to-face and revising a text side-by-side; instead of using email conversations for making group decisions.
Please consult the more detailed planning per course week for the exact self-study activities, deliverables (specific sections of the paper that the team writes over the course of 10 weeks), and team decisions to be made in the meetings.
Please also don’t forget that this course is intended as a learning experience, not as a lifetime study project. So, the planning allots a very limited number of hours per activity and per section of the paper to be written. Hence, it is important to work and collaborate efficiently and to aim for fast rather than perfect team decisions - details do matter, but pick your battles!
The following planning is based on the assumption that the course group will consist of 2 teams of 4 members who collaborative carry out a study and report about it in a paper.

Week Activities and deliverable
1 Explore a topic, problem statement and research question for the study as a team
Write 1st draft of the introduction for the paper
Select a journal for the paper
Bring 1-2 key articles that you consider essential for the literature review
Planning the paper (e.g. word count per Section, literature referencing)
 2 Decide on the problem statement and exact research topic as a team
Write 2nd draft of the introduction for the paper
Review the literature
Visualize the literature review in a literature map
Write 1st draft of the literature review for the paper
 3 Decide on the exact research question based on literature review
Final edit of the Introduction for the paper (to  1000 words)
Final edit of the literature review for the paper (to  2000 words)
Make a question scheme (central and key research questions, background questions)
Make a conceptual model
Explore research general methods
Write 1st draft of the Methods Section Part 1: General approach (quant/qual, database analysis / survey / interviews, etc.)
 4 Decide on the general research method
Final edit of the Methods Section Part 1: General approach (quant/qual, etc.) for the paper (to  250 words).
Explore operationalization of the units of analysis and other research concepts
Explore options to collect data (databases, research sites / fieldwork, etc) in relation to the operationalization of variables and concepts
Write 1st draft of of the Methods Section Part 2: Defining Concepts / Operationalizing variables
 5 Decide on the operationalization of the units of analysis and other research concepts
Final edit of the Methods Section Part 2: Defining Concepts / Operationalizing variables (to  500 words)
Prepare measurement tools (e.g. database / maps / interview question list)
Write 1st draft of the Methods Section Part 3: Exact methods - How we measured what we aimed to measure (e.g. describe the interview question list)
 6 Team decision: how to operationalize the research question into measurement actions / tools
Final work on measurement tools (e.g. interview question list)
Final edit of the Methods Section Part 3: Exact methods - How we measured what we aimed to measure (e.g. describe the interview question list) (edit to  500 words)
Plan measurements (who does what, and when: analyzes databases, does field work, etc)
 7 Do the measurements (analyse databases / make maps / conduct interviews, etc)
Explore how to analyse the measurements
Prepare the analysis (an excel-file, transcripts of interviews, get help from students, etc.)
 8 Analyze the fieldwork
Write 1st draft of the Methods Section Part 4: Analysis of the data
Write 1st draft of the Results Section
Write 1st draft of the Conclusions & Recommendations Section
 9 Final edit of the Methods Section Part 4: Analysis of the data (edit to  250 words)
Presentations of both teams: the research design, the measurement results, and conclusions
Feedback on the presentation: Results, conclusions, and recommendations for practice
 10 Draw final conclusions (use feedback of last week) and implications
Final edit of the Results Section (edit to  2000 words)
Final edit of the Conclusions & Recommendations Section (edit to  1000 words)
Final, final edit of the entire paper (check overall consistency, word count, literature references)
Congrats! You are ready to submit and present the paper on conferences!