SAGE Higher Degree Research Student Publication Prize 2022 – Winners announced

The winners of the 2022 SAGE HDR Publication Prize were announced in a hybrid ceremony on Wednesday 7th December, 2022. Professor Ginny Barbour, co-lead of the Office for Scholarly Communication, Director of Open Access Australasia and soon to be Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia, 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.

QUT Library extends heartfelt congratulations to the five outstanding winners and five commended entries.  82 entries in total, were received.  The judges commented that the quality of the research and writing presented in the articles in the 2022 competition was extremely impressive, and the task of deciding winners was a challenge.

Links to the category winners’ papers that capture their research are below (where available), along with a publishing tip shared by each winner.

The 2022 winners are:

Faculty of Business & Law 

Winner: Ranjita Islam – “Evaluating board diversity and its importance in the environmental and social performance of organizations

Publishing tip: “To get published, a paper must make significant contributions to theory and practice, especially to the knowledge base of the journal’s discipline and most importantly, even if the topic is complex, the writing should be simple!”

Commended: Rachel Horne – “Navigating to Smoother Regulatory Waters for Australian Commercial Vessels Capable of Remote or Autonomous Operation: A Systematic Literature Review”

Publishing tip: “When writing your paper make sure it contains a clear roadmap and argument thread. This will help your reviewers understand your paper and argument, and hopefully avoid comments that miss the mark and are difficult to act on.”​

Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice 

Winner: Tessa Rixon – “Scaling Australian intermedial theatre: towards a new design methodology for sustainable performance creation and touring of complex visual theatre

Publishing tip: “You have to be in it to win it. Don’t be afraid to try. Of course, make sure your work is up to the standard of the publisher, but don’t let self-doubt stop you from submitting – and don’t give up if you get rejected the first time!” 

Commended: Tara Stringer – “As cheap as humanly possible: why consumers care less about worker welfare

Publishing tip: “My one tip for publishing is, collaboration, working with other researchers from diverse research backgrounds, I was fortunate to have an incredible team working on this paper, with diverse research experience and backgrounds which allowed me to draw on a wide range of theory and explore new research methodologies. “


Faculty of Engineering 

Winner: Scarlett Raine – “Point Label Aware Superpixels for Multi-Species Segmentation of Underwater Imagery

Publishing tip: “A good paper is all about the story that you tell.”

Commended: Roanna Jones – “SeqFLoW: A systematic approach to identify and select food waste valorisation opportunities

Publishing tip: “When you first start writing for publication, embrace being a beginner. Accept that you won’t be perfect and don’t be afraid to lean on your mentors and support services at university. “


Faculty of Health 

Winner: Joshua Wang – “Dissecting the contribution of 5-HT1A auto- and heteroreceptors in sucrose overconsumption in mice

Publishing tip: “Think about the ulterior motives of people that tell you sweeping generalisations about academic culture. Read national guidelines and institutional policies on issues such as authorship and HDR supervision. Back yourself and don’t be taken advantage of. “

Commended: Tina Gingell – “Determinants of food security among people from refugee backgrounds resettled in high-income countries: A systematic review and thematic synthesis

Publishing tip: “The abstract is one of the hardest things to write, but is probably the most read part of your paper. When writing the abstract, think about the key message you want to deliver – especially, what new insights do your findings add to the body of evidence?”

Faculty of Science 

Winner: Owen Forbes – “EEG-based clusters differentiate psychological distress, sleep quality and cognitive function

Publishing tip: “Trust the quality of your work and persevere.”

Commended: Yu-Liang (Leon) Chou – “Counterfactuals and causability in explainable artificial intelligence: Theory, algorithms, and applications

Publishing tip: “Being open to any feedback.​ Share your work with a few co-workers (ideally from other fields) who aren’t afraid to criticise you.​ Accept the comment (especially the negative one) and think about why and how to overcome it.”

Thank you to SAGE for the ongoing support and sponsorship in this highly competitive competition that inspires excellence in writing and publishing.



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