The Keys to Producing Meaningful Research and Writing for International Journals
From the Desk of BUTY GLOBAL
Several pieces of research are turned out and being published in various national and international journals on a daily basis. Working on research and then producing it on paper takes a great amount of time and effort. For a scientist, it’s their dream. But with an increasing volume of works coming out over the last few decades, every work doesn’t get the attention that it deserves.
Hence it is important when you write for an international journal, you need to be creative. If your academic work isn’t creative enough, it won’t be noticeable to the traditional publications. Again, creativity is the key to drawing grants for further research. In the vast ocean of talented science works, creativity is the only thing that will make your academic work stand out from others.
However, making academic work interesting can be quite a challenging thing. Writing research is based on facts and findings; generally, people view that as dull and boring. To make it appealing, you can be creative in the following ways:
1) Choose your subject wisely
Choose an out of the world concept which has never been thought of before. You can achieve this by engaging in conversations. Talk to people from diversified fields and origins. A topic from your field of work, itself can be something unique. Engaging in conversations can bring up new ideas in your field or genre of research; you can identify new scope from where you are working.
2) Look hard for errors in the past
Be alert for anomalies and paradoxes, things that are accepted but perhaps should not be. Scientific progress often involves an ability to notice small (often minutely) anomalous events or outcomes. A new idea at first can be problematic as it will break the rules established earlier by experts. But the willingness to probe into related works and critique them logically and scientifically can bring up something creative for your new research work. The idea is to closely study your literature review and find out minor changes that can make your work different from others in the field.
3) Break-free from set rules
It is important to let go of the inhibitions you are confined to. We are structured to live and think under a set pattern of rules. But to be creative we have to look beyond what is obvious and think critically outside the normal hemisphere. To create research which will be appealing to readers, think like a child who views the sky as pink. Get away from the desk. Release yourself from the pressure of guidelines and template of the international journal. Give your brain the incubation period to think afresh on subjects over a cup of coffee, before you proceed with the findings.
4) Read more and more journals
Consult several international journals, both in and outside your area of work to discover new things. Diversified understanding can often give you the right clue which you can adopt in your research.
5) Look beyond the written words
The complete meaning and implication of an idea can never be conveyed through a 6000 words article. When you are reading journals and literature reviews for your inspiration, try to understand the inner meaning beyond the written words; the intention or perhaps a hidden message from the study which you can utilize. Perhaps, the same work could become creative if it was presented differently, like sung or painted or danced to! Who knows!
6) Get inspiration from storytelling
All writings are essentially creative, but with the tightened deadlines, format and pressure of sticking to facts and findings, we often forget the essence of communicating our research to the audience. We have to understand that all readers aren’t essentially scientists. Use metaphors and similes from daily life things to define and compare scientific ideas.
7) Broaden your circle
Associate yourself with creative people who have successfully implemented their ideas. Talk to them, the group with them to know their notions and perspectives.
Stress is the most important factor for inhibiting us from thinking. Be happy. Eat what you enjoy; be surrounded by bright colours, good music and nice fragrance which will boost your brain to think outside the box.
In conclusion, writing for international journals isn’t easy especially if your objective is to cater to a wider audience and maximize the reach of your academic research. The power of creativity can take your work from ordinary to exceptional heights which will make you noticeable as a scientist and a writer. Your work will speak for you and it will be simpler to get funding for the time and effort you put in. So do not hesitate to be creative.
Adapted from International Journal Corner (IJC)
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