Some of you might already have heard of RUSTLE (Really Useful Stuff on Teaching and Learning Etc.) at Sussex – if you haven’t, it’s worth checking out. This post especially resonates at the moment, with words such as ‘impact’ and ‘engagement’ constantly surrounding us. Publishing your research is no longer considered something you do after your doctorate, but is now increasingly expected during your doctorate. There’s good news…
Originally posted on RUSTLE @ University of Sussex:
Academics are always being encouraged to publish, but increasingly students too are finding that there are benefits to sharing their work with one another and a wider audience. RUSTLE has been talking to faculty and students about three different routes to publication.
Paul Omar (Law) saw his students producing a lot of written work, most of which was returned by tutors to be filed away and never looked at again. So he thought he would try to get some of it published: ‘With doctorates and the REF there is always this publishing imperative, so why not apply it across the board and say to students: Let’s have a competition, let’s see if your work is good enough to publish’. To be in with a chance, students have to produce work that gets a first class mark, that it is topical, commenting on current events or responding to developments in the literature or case law and that is written in a style that is accessible. Although Paul says that ‘at the end of the year I might be in a position to only help about half a dozen people to get into print, there’s no reason why others might not be able to get published and I can suggest some possible journals’.
Publishing their work can give students a real advantage when it comes to the next step in their career: ‘Quite often in the early years of practice you want something to differentiate you from your peers and for practitioners increasingly publication is one way of building a reputation.
To have published a piece of research which is on a topical issue, is something that students tell us interviewers comment on. They see it as a positive advantage and it is nice to be able to offer them this opportunity.’