Write that article

23 May 2016

I these notes are based on the presentation Write that article in 7 days by Dr Inger Meburn and Dr Judy Maxwell.

First, if you have data, artefacts or ideas, prelim analysis or thoughts then it is possible to churn out an article quickly.

Day 0: What type of academic do you want to be?

Where will I publish? The journals are the top of the list are definitely my natural home. Those at the bottom are less of a fit–but could still be important.

  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Organization Studies
  • Scandinavian Journal of Management
  • Strategic Organization
  • Academy of Management Learning & Education
  • Management Learning
  • Human Relations
  • Academy of Management Journal
  • British Journal of Management

  • Strategic Management Journal

Day 1: Choose your flavour

Rugg and Petre (2004) claim that journal articles can be understood as falling into genres: * Data driven * Methods papers * Agenda setting / Consciousness raising papers * Review papers * Theory papers

Generally, we most familiar with the data driven paper and its structure.

Methods paper

  • What is the method
  • How does the method work
  • What is the method good for – both in terms of utility and how it is different
  • Any constraints

Review papers:x

Are usually written every ten years or so–when someone … “bothers to read everything in a filed” and again summarises it and provides evaluative judgement.

Day 2: “The tiny text”

Write an abstract, paying attention to the verbs (what will the paper do?). Then add a title. For me, the start of the forty-paragraph framework will work well.

Day 3: “The spew draft”

Just write .. .ideally from notes (avoids accidental plagiarism).

In the mornings, try 25 minute sprints with 10 minute breaks. In the afternoons do something else. In the evenings, outline, edit, and rearrange the text.

Day 4: “The scratch outline”

Do a more structured outline based on what works for you; e.g., Lists, mind maps, etc.

Day 5: “Cleaning up the mess”

Look at the strengths and weaknesses of your work so far. Ask yourself: * Do I have enough literature? * Am I making ‘knowledge claims’ or just reporting? * Is this an argument–or a manifesto? * Is my data sufficient to the claims I am making? * Am I being sufficiently speculative?

But remember, too much tinkering is just avoiding the problem. Move on!

Day 6: “Murder your darlings”

Steven King once said: “… kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”

And then let it rest.

Day 7: Rejection (maybe)

I do no think this process will take seven days, but it will certainly take way less than my normal prating around takes :)