Conference Workshop


Professor Ruth Simpson

Perfecting the Three Rs of Publishing 4* papers:

Reading, Writing and Reviewing

Convenor: Professor Ruth Simpson, Brunel University, UK. Ruth is an established scholar in the area of gender and organizations and has run many workshops on writing for publication. She has over 50 publications in high-quality journals. She was a recipient of the 2018 Sage Innovation Prize for Excellence for her recent coauthored paper published in Work Employment and Society. She has had extensive editorial and reviewing responsibilities throughout her career.

As part of efforts to help participants to improve their research output and quality, the aim of the first part of the workshop is to provide you with a methodology or ‘toolkit’ to help you to identify/develop:

  • the core focus of your paper
  • its conceptual framing and the literature you are drawing on
  • the research problem you are addressing and the rationale for the paper
  • the research questions that guide the paper
  • the empirical and theoretical contribution
  • the main argument and the ‘storyline’

Building on this, the second half of the workshop will be devoted to writing key sections including the literature review and methods. Guidance will be given on reading to construct your argument and how to approach data sections, Discussion and Conclusion

This is a ‘hands-on’ workshop so you will need to bring

  • a paper you are working on
  • an example paper from your target journal
  • a laptop.

By the end of the workshop, you should have a draft of your paper which has successfully addressed the key areas/bullet points above and which has ‘sketched out’ key sections.