Guest blog post by Stephanie Bradbury, Manager, Scholarly Communication Services, QUT
The winners of the 2020 SAGE Publication prize were announced in an online ceremony on Thursday 28 January. The Deputy Chair of the QUT Office for Scholarly Communication Advisory Board, Dr Levon Blue from QUT’s Carumba Institute, awarded the prizes to the winners, who then shared a summary of their research and a publishing tip.
Sage Publishing has partnered with QUT since 2014, in sponsoring this publication prize. QUT acknowledges their generosity and support of HDR student publishing.
Melanie Saward’s co-authored paper titled “Behaviours in a peer-only creative writing HDR support Group: The experiences of two student of colour” was awarded the best Higher Degree Research (HDR) publication in the Indigenous category of the 2020 SAGE Higher Degree Research (HDR) Publication Awards. Her one minute video highlights the challenges faced by HDR students of colour in the sometimes isolating discipline of creative writing.
QUT Library extends heartfelt congratulations to the seven outstanding winners and four commended entries. A record number of 80 entries was received. The judges commented that the quality of the research and writing presented in the articles in the 2020 competition was extremely impressive, and the task of deciding winners was a challenge.
Links to the seven category winners’ papers that capture their research are below, along with a publishing tip shared by each winner.
The 2020 winners are:
🏆 Melanie Saward (Indigenous category)
Saward, Melanie & El Sayed, Sara (2020) Behaviours in a peer-only creative writing HDR support group: The experiences of two students of colour. TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, Special Issues Series(59).
Look at the whole breadth of your HDR experience for topics/subjects of papers—ours came from a support group we had to support ourselves through our research rather than our individual research.
🏆 Rudi Messner (QUT Business School)
Messner, Rudolf, Johnson, Hope, & Richards, Carol (2021) From surplus-to-waste: A study of systemic overproduction, surplus and food waste in horticultural supply chains. Journal of Cleaner Production, 278, Article number: 123952.
Consider publishing in journals you are reading for your research
🏆 Smith Mehta (Creative Industries Faculty)
Mehta, Smith (2020) Television’s role in Indian new screen ecology. Media, Culture and Society, 42(7-8), pp. 1226-1242.
Every rejection is a step towards acceptance.
🏆 Hoi Ngoc Vo (Faculty of Education)
Vo, Ngoc Hoi (2020) Understanding higher education learners’ acceptance and use of mobile devices for language learning: A Rasch-based path modeling approach. Computers and Education, 146, Article number: 103761.
Be open: Attend conferences, share and get feedback on your research findings, and talk to experts in your field. You will get great advice from them to strengthen your paper.
🏆 Brittany Mitchell (Faculty of Health)
Mitchell, Brittany, Thorp, Jackson, Evans, David, Nyholt, Dale, Martin, Nicholas, & Lupton, Michelle (2020) Exploring the genetic relationship between hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring, 12(1), Article number: e12108.
Don’t be discouraged or under-estimate the impact of publishing null results. Publishing negative findings is just as important as novel results.
🏆 Michael King (Faculty of Law)
King, Michael (2020) What makes a successful corporate investigator: An exploration of private investigators attributes. Journal of Financial Crime, 27(3), pp. 701-714.
Be brave and bold, there is no wrong time to commence writing an article for publishing. But, be very selective in the journal selection. Make sure you know what they publish and their audience. I ensure that I cite a number of the current papers, or most topical works from the journal of the publisher in my introduction and discussion. If they follow a theme across a number of editions, follow this but be novel in your approach, the editor and reviewers often are looking for something a little different, standing out in a positive manner, it is more likely to get published.
🏆 James Mount (Science & Engineering Faculty)
Mount, James, Xu, Ming, Dawes, Les, & Milford, Michael (2021) Unsupervised selection of optimal operating parameters for visual place recognition algorithms using Gaussian mixture models. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 6(2), Article number: 9286542 343-350.
Collaboration! It can allow you to improve your writing style and overcome weaknesses. My previous papers were driven by experiments and heuristics. However, I wanted to create a system with more theoretical rigour. So I invited Ming, my co-author, who loves first principle approaches to help, by doing so I have improved my own approach to writing and gained wonderful insights.
And the 2020 commended entries are:
🏅 Debbie de Boer (Faculty of Health)
de Boer, D. M. L., Johnston, P. J., Kerr, G., Meinzer, M., & Cleeremans, A. (2020) A causal role for the right angular gyrus in self-location mediated perspective taking. Scientific Reports, 10(1), Article number: 19229.
🏅 Kylie Kingston (QUT Business School)
Kingston, Kylie, Furneaux, Craig, de Zwaan, Laura, & Alderman, Lyn (2020) Avoiding the accountability ‘sham-ritual’: An agonistic approach to beneficiaries’ participation in evaluation within nonprofit organisations. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Article number: 102261.
🏅 Kelly Wilson-Stewart (Science & Engineering Faculty)
Wilson-Stewart, Kelly, Fontanarosa, Davide, Li, Dan, Drovandi, Chris, Anderson, Rebecca, & Trapp, Jamie (2020) Taller staff occupationally exposed to less radiation to the temple in cardiac procedures, but risk higher doses during vascular cases. Scientific Reports, 10(1), Article number: 16103.
🏅 Michelle King (Faculty of Law)
King, Michelle (2020) Dedifferentiation and difference: People with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 45(4), pp. 320-325.
Thank you to SAGE for the ongoing support and sponsorship in this highly competitive competition that inspires excellence in writing and publishing.