A Writing Workshop for Publication in the Journal of Forest and Society

Writing workshop hosted by Universitas Papua, AIFIS, Universitas Hasanuddin, journal of Forest and Society, and AMINEF

Call for writing workshop

January 28-30, 2019

Confused about the publishing process and want to learn more about it? Have great data but don’t know how to put together a research publication? Want to turn a thesis/dissertation chapter into a publication? Need a close proofread to your draft and want suggestions about where to submit? Submitted a publication and working through comments in the peer review process?

 AIFIS, Universitas Papua (UNIPA), Universitas Hasanuddin (Unhas), the journal for Forest and Society, and AMINEF will be sponsoring a joint writing workshop in Manokwari on January 28-30th. The aim is to support targeting and submitting articles for successful publications in high level journals. Selected papers will also be invited to submit for publication in the journal of Forest and Society.

 The writing workshop is targeted for those that have made significant progress on a research topic. This means preparation of a substantial literature review, a majority of data collection completed, and those that have conducted meaningful steps on data analysis. During the workshop, participants will learn about the nuts and bolts of publishing, work on [re]structuring their research papers, and will receive close mentoring on their draft manuscripts. Furthermore, the workshop also builds time to work on writing and synthesizing existing drafts in a coherent, well-presented manner. We encourage submissions from a diverse set of disciplines, backgrounds, and expertise.


If you are interested, please submit an abstract and draft paper (outline can be sufficient) by email to micahrf@hawaii.edu. The deadline for submissions is August 15th, 2018. Spaces are limited however, so please submit early. The workshop is also envisioned as a catalyst for hosting future writing workshops. We hope that participants will also initiate writing workshops at their own home institutions by applying the syllabus developed from this workshop.

 Workshop Facilitators

Micah Fisher                           Univeristy of Hawaii

Muhammad Alif K. Sahide    Hasanuddin University

 Workshop Organizers

Jonathan McLeod                   University of Arizona

Fitry Pakiding                         University of Papua


About Forest and Society

The journal of Forest and Society seeks to provide avenues for developing a better understanding on issues of land, forest, natural resources, and people in Southeast Asia. Beyond publishing quality research, one key principle of our journal is to develop capacity building efforts that improve research approaches and expand a network committed to connecting all the exciting and timely work taking place across the region. The link to the journal website and open access publications are available here: http://journal.unhas.ac.id/index.php/fs/index


Workshop Schedule

Day 1 (January 28th)

Morning: Introduction and getting to know each other

·         Introduction to the workshop: about publishing, types of publications, minimum requirements to getting published, targeting journals, peer review, and anything else you want to know.

·         Presenting our research topics: each participant will spend 10 minutes describing their research and receive feedback from peers. Participants will cover the following main topics: What is your title? What is your method? What are the theoretical concepts you are situating your work within? How are you analyzing your data? Why does it matter?

Afternoon: The problem statement

·         Each participant will describe their problem statement and break up into groups. After sharing problem statements, participants will then spend some time writing and re-writing problem statements. You will engage on keywording, communities of research, browsing abstracts, and finding your angle.


Day 2 (January 29th)

Morning: The literature review

·         We will begin with different approaches to literature review. How do you enter a theoretical conversation and what does it take to make your data relevant?

·         After the initial discussion, participants will work on writing their literature sections coming up with the tensions in the field, the current discussion, and the missing piece.

Afternoon: The methods section

·         Does your methods section match the overall problem statement? By doing what you say you will do, does that help answer the bigger question? How does data prove your point and how does it move into the realm of relevant research? These are some of the questions that will help us engage on writing about methods. Are your methods mixed, is it a collaborative ethnography, participatory mapping, action research, archival, or a review article? There are ways to really highlight the importance of the way you approached your research. In this session we will simulate different ways of doing so.


Day 3 (January 30th)

Morning: Synthesizing the discussion

·         How do you present your findings? Should you begin with tables and diagrams and how do you begin descriptively explaining your findings? Participants will work at using their existing analytical conclusions and try to present them in different ways.


·         Intros, conclusion, and re-visiting your abstracts

·         Doing peer reviews on each other. What does a reviewer do? What guidelines do they follow? What are their roles and responsibilities? What are the ethics involved. In this session, participants will simulate reviews of one another

·         Next steps: targets and schedule going forward. Would you be interested to publish in Forest and Society? Would you be interesting in conducting your own writing workshop?

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