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Publishing workshop proves popular event

Tuesday, 14 February 2012


The Small and Medium Enterprise Research Centre (SMERC) recently hosted a vibrant career development workshop for Higher Degree by Research candidates and staff.

Titled ‘Getting Published as an Early Career Researcher’, the session was held on Tuesday 31 January on the Joondalup campus, attracting students and staff from several faculties at ECU as well as students and staff from other universities.

The workshop was designed to impart skills and strategies to give early career researchers the best chance of successfully publishing their research. It included a panel discussion and an open forum where participants were invited to ask questions.

The session was facilitated by academics and research journal editors, including:

  • Professor Colette Henry, Norbrook Professor of Business and Enterprise at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, and founding editor of the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship
  • Professor Craig Standing, the Foundation Professor of Systems and Information Management in ECU’s School of Management and editor of the Journal of Systems and Information Technology
  • Dr Kate Lewis, Senior Lecturer in the School of Management at Massey University in New Zealand and editor-in-chief of the Small Enterprise Research Journal

The three brought their extensive experience together to deliver some key lessons to participants, such as  asking colleagues to review papers  prior to submission, being receptive to feedback, editing work as recommended by colleagues, targeting more than one publication, and adapting conference papers for submission to journals.

Murdoch Business School PhD candidate Wan Sofiah Meor Osman found that besides providing some strategies for improvement, the workshop helped to instil confidence in her work.

“The workshop enhanced my self-confidence, especially in the area of being proactive in order to learn. For example, offering to review work for others,” she said.

More information

For more information on SMERC and related workshops, contact Professor Beth Walker.

Professor Beth Walker
Small & Medium Enterprise Research Centre
School of Management
Phone: 08 6304 5282


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