Writing and Publishing for ECR and HDR Researchers (Video Available)

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An event for early career and higher degree researchers working on migration, ethnicity, multiculturalism and refugee-related projects.

Featuring a panel of speakers at various stages of their academic careers, this session focuses on academic writing and publishing for early career scholars and students.

Presented by TASA's Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism group and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute as part of the NextGen MEM 'Conversations About' series.

Download the Resources for Researchers Document (PDF)


Dr Karen Block, Academic Convenor, Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Migration, Statelessness and Refugee Studies, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne

Dr Sal Clark, Lecturer, Politics and Sociology, Swinburne University

A/Prof Farida Fozdar, Anthropology and Sociology, University of Western Australia

A/Prof Vince Marotta, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University / Co-Managing Editor, Journal of Intercultural Studies

Speakers cover topics including:

  • Practical aspects of publishing: choosing the right journal; authorship (and co-authorship); review and editorial timelines; submission outcomes (e.g. the difference between a ‘minor revision’ and ‘revise and resubmit’); deciphering metrics/impact factors;
  • Finding time to focus on writing and publishing amid the competing demands of academia;
  • Balancing, teaching requirements, PhD milestones, and thesis writing with publication goals;
  • Resisting the culture of overwork and the importance of rest for promoting sustainable writing practices;
  • Addressing the ‘publish or perish’ mentality, especially in the context of COVID-19: how do we recognise the importance of publishing our research without exacerbating the pressures ECRs and PhD students are already experiencing?;
  • Managing criticism and rejection during the publication process;
  • Publishing your finished doctoral thesis as a book; and
  • Useful resources and supports for ECR and HDR researchers who are new to academic writing and publishing.

These presentations were followed by a Q&A session.

For any questions about this event, please contact Dr Ashleigh Haw, TASA MEM Co-Convener: ahaw@unimelb.edu.au