I have taught a Master’s level course for educational researchers called Writing Educational Research more than a dozen times now. Every semester, I find great new resources to share with students. Sometimes students share resources they have found during their learning journey, too. In this blog post, I collect, curate and share information about the required readings, along with some excellent supplementary resources to help you learn to improve your academic writing.
I offer a big shoutout of appreciation and acknowledgement to the students who have added resources to this list over the years.
- Belcher, W. L. (2009). Writing your journal article in 12 weeks: A guide to academic publishing success. SAGE Publications, Inc.
- American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Online resources (Available at no cost. Also, see the course outline for resources specific to the University of Calgary)
- Basics of APA Style (Tutorial): http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx
- Workbook to accompany Belcher’s text: http://www.wendybelcher.com/pages/WorkbookForms.htm
General writing resources
- King, S. (2000). On writing: A memoir of the craft. New York: Scribner.
Recommended readings on writing for publication in research and professional journals
Bednar, J. A. (n.d.). Tips for Academic Writing and Other Formal Writing. Retrieved from http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/jbednar/writingtips.html
Fisher, J. P., Jansen, J. A., Johnson, P. C., & Mikos, A. G. (n.d.). Guidelines for writing a research paper for publication. Retrieved from https://www.liebertpub.com/media/pdf/English-Research-Article-Writing-Guide.pdf
Hartley. (2008). Academic writing and publishing: A practical handbook. Retrieved from http://inf.ucv.ro/~mirel/courses/MIAM114/docs/academicwriting.pdf
Hess, D. R. (2004). How to write an effective discussion. Respiratory Care, 49(10), 1238-1241. Retrieved from http://site.ufvjm.edu.br/ppgodonto/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Artigo_6-1.pdf
Liumbruno, G. M., Velati, C., Pasqualetti, P., & Franchini, M. (2013). How to write a scientific manuscript for publication. Blood Transfusion, 11(2), 217-226. doi:10.2450/2012.0247-12
Lowe, C., & Zemliansky, P. (Eds.). Writing spaces: Readings on writing (Vol. 1). West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press. Retrieved from http://writingspaces.org/sites/default/files/writing-spaces-readings-on-writing-vol-1.pdf
Pautasso, M. (2013). Ten simple rules for writing a literature review. Retrieved from http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003149
- Rocco, T. S., & Hatcher, T. (2011). The handbook of scholarly writing and publishing. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Writing for publication. Retrieved from http://www.wiley-docs.com/HSJ-14-63694_Writing_for_Publication_lowres.pdf
Recommended readings on how to give (and receive) peer review and peer feedback (and deal with rejection)
- Durso, T. (1997). Editors’ advice to rejected authors: Just try, try again. The Scientist. Retrieved from http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/18603/title/Editors–Advice-To-Rejected-Authors–Just-Try–Try-Again/
- Hattie, J., & Timperley, H. (2007). The power of feedback. Review of Educational Research, 77(1), 81-112. Retrieved from http://education.qld.gov.au/staff/development/performance/resources/readings/power-feedback.pdf doi:10.3102/003465430298487
- Seals, D. R., & Tanaka, H. (2000). Manuscript peer review: a helpful checklist for students and novice referees. Advances in physiology education, 23(1), 52-58.
- Shashok, K. (2008). Content and communication: How can peer review provide helpful feedback about the writing? BMC Medical Research Methodology, 8(1), 3. doi:10.1186/1471-2288-8-3.
Recommended supplementary readings on how to get published
- Belcher, W. L. (2009). Reflections on ten years of teaching writing for publication to graduate students and junior faculty. Journal of scholarly publishing, 40(2), 184-200. doi:10.3138/jsp.40.2.184
Lovejoy, T. I., Revenson, T. A., & France, C. R. (2011). Reviewing Manuscripts for Peer-Review Journals: A Primer for Novice and Seasoned Reviewers. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42(1), 1-13. doi:10.1007/s12160-011-9269-x
- McGrail, M. R., Rickard, C., & Jones, R. (2006). Publish or perish: a systematic review of interventions to increase academic publication rates. Higher Education Research and Development.
- Parsons, J. (2016). How to write an article for The Canadian Journal for Teacher Research (CJTR) from your graduate work? The Canadian Journal for Teacher Research. Retrieved from http://www.teacherresearch.ca/blog/article/2016/02/01/292-how-to-write-an-article-for-the-canadian-journal-for-teacher-research-cjtr-from-your-graduate-work
Pearce II, J. A. (2012). Revising manuscripts for premier entrepreneurship journals. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 36(2), 193-203. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6520.2012.00502.x
Zwaaf, E. (2013). 8 Reasons I accepted your article. Elsevier. Retrieved from https://www.elsevier.com/connect/8-reasons-i-accepted-your-article
A note to other professors and educators: I am happy for you to share this list with your own students. Instead of copying and pasting this blog post into your own course outline (because that would be plagiarism), please put a link to this blog post in your syllabus.
How to provide peer review feedback http://wp.me/pNAh3-1qH
How writers can learn to accept criticism http://wp.me/pNAh3-1oA
What’s the difference between a citation and a reference? http://wp.me/pNAh3-1F9
Why APA formatting matters http://wp.me/pNAh3-1Hc
12 Phrases to Avoid in Your Academic Research Papers http://wp.me/pNAh3-1JX
How many sources do you need in a literature review? http://wp.me/pNAh3-1Hu
What’s the difference between a manuscript and an article? http://wp.me/pNAh3-1SV
Why “as cited in” should be avoided in academic writing http://wp.me/pNAh3-1BH
10 Great writing resources for grad students – http://wp.me/pNAh3-1Bc
How to create a research paper outline: 5 great resources http://wp.me/pNAh3-1y6
Template for a 10-page graduate research paper in social sciences http://wp.me/pNAh3-1s2
Share this post: Writing resources for educational researchers http://wp.me/pNAh3-1OJ
This blog has had over 1.8 million views thanks to readers like you. If you enjoyed this post, please “like” it or share it on social media. Thanks!
Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.