Seminar: 'How to lessen the pain of writing academic papers!'


School of Business Seminar Room, Level 1, Building 27, UNSW Canberra

12.15pm to 1.15pm

Writing academic papers requires an understanding both of how to write for an academic audience and how the publishing environment works. Certain ‘rules of thumb’ can assist with preparing manuscripts so they can be prepared efficiently and have a greater chance of being published. This presentation will provide some guidance on: how to write for a journal; how to write a 5-minute abstract; how to write a 5-minute introduction plan; how to structure paragraphs to create an argument; how to present your results in an interesting way; how to write a 10-minute discussion plan; and how to write a 5-minute conclusion plan. Examples will be provided to demonstrate how writing can be more critical, informative and ‘citable.’

Dr Moon has worked in the environmental policy arena for 17 years within Australia and Europe, in government, the private sector and academia. Her professional experience demonstrated the importance of sound policy development and led her to a research career where she could further understand the social dimensions of policy development and implementation. Dr Moon’s PhD research focus was on how policy instruments could be used to support private landholders to provide environmental outcomes. Understanding how to pair the right instruments to the right people was a major contribution of her research. Her Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, focused on the role of evidence in policy development and implementation. Dr Moon is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Canberra focusing on areas of policy implementation and stewardship. She is also an adjunct at the Institute for Applied Ecology.