Symposium: Academic Writing for International Publication


Each year, universities in Indonesia produce graduate theses and dissertations, yet only a small proportion of this research appears in scholarly journals and books, and the impact of material that is published is low. Several reasons explain why. One is that writing a dissertation is vastly different from writing for publication; the graduate student learns how to do the first but not necessarily the second. Academics today face great pressure to publish research findings in highly regarded journals. Hence the need for training in academic writing is felt more strongly now than before. A further challenge arises from the fact that English is not the first language of Indonesian scholars.

The purpose of the symposium is to help researchers prepare manuscripts that will clear an initial editorial screening and be sent out for peer review. The presentations will:

• Explain what editors look for when reviewing submissions;

• Explain the evaluation process and how to respond to referees’ reports;

• Highlight the underlying dynamics or argumentation in a research article so that the presentation is clear and effective;

• Increase awareness of linguistic conventions that help convey ideas accurately, clearly and appropriately;

• Discuss strategies for planning and revising a manuscript.

In lectures and breakout sessions, the Mentors conducting the workshop will address some of the most common weaknesses in academic writing, including the following.

• Absence of a clearly stated research question;

• Lack of an argument developed in response to the research question;

• Failure to identify the central issue when writing the abstract and introduction;

• Failure to identify a target audience;

• Insufficient explanation of the significance of the research;

• Inclusion of irrelevant material;

• Excessive detail in the supporting data; and

• Failure to provide adequate support for the argument.



Wednesday, March 7 2018

at 13.00 - 17.00



Gedung 2 (Ruang 2401)

Fakultas Ilmu Pengetahuan Budaya.

Universitas Indonesia

Jalan Prof. Dr. Selo Soemardjan

Depok, Jawa Barat 16424



Siddharth Chandra (Michigan State University) is President of the American Institute for Indonesian Studies.

Paul Kratoska is Publishing Director and formerly Managing Director for NUS Press at the National University of Singapore. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the US Association for Asian Studies, past editor of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies and the current editor of the Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. Before moving into academic publishing, he taught Southeast Asian history at the Ateneo de Manila (1975-77), Universiti Sains Malaysia (1977-87) and the National University of Singapore (1987-2005).

Susan Lopez-Nerney taught language, writing and professional communication in the Centre for English Language Communication at the National University of Singapore from 1992 until 2013. She now designs and conducts writing workshops for graduate degree candidates and junior faculty.

Paul Nerney taught language, writing and critical thinking for the Centre for English Language Communication at the National University of Singapore and for the University Scholars Programme. He helped design the academic curriculum for the university’s residential college, and currently designs and runs writing workshops for graduate degree candidates and junior scholars.

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