Research Publication 101 : A Groundbreaking Seminar

“If you have money, keep it with you! If you know, share it along with us”- ( Indian Bureau of Technocrats and Administrators Motto)

Paper authorship and publication are as crucial to life as academic. A future in Post Graduation studies is not only determined by your skill and volume as a researcher but equally as an author in Under Graduation. Many of these aspiring students are unfamiliar with the world of research writing-as such MAHE’s Department of Commerce teamed up with the Indian Bureau of Technocrats and Administrators to deliver a webinar called “Strategies For Writing Good Research Articles” on the 30th of August, notably free of cost.

The Indian academic world has recently seen increasingly burgeoning and competitive new wave scholars. Attendees received detailed and comprehensive, yet concise guidance from Dr P. Karthikeyan(of KCE Erode) on the specifics of selecting a journal-oriented topic to optimize the paper for consideration and publication. Dr Karthikeyan notably showed how one might elevate their writing to the standards of publication in international journals and covered a plethora of topics from the process of writing a research proposal to the quality work expected from a scholar. His lecture shed light and helped rookies to research academia understand the pillars of research writing, such as- choosing the appropriate journal, types of journals, general aspects of paper writing, and the essential and scientific foundations of a paper that make it truly noteworthy. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of articles across various magazines, many in non-English languages as part of methodology and format session; the speakers guided the attendees on how to edit such pieces. The academic paper process has been covered from start to finish- from the author’s pen to the printing press ink, and all the formats of writing that make up research academia.

COVID-19 itself has become an intellectual threat to up and coming research authors. The market is overflowing with a plethora of papers promising groundbreaking work on the Coronavirus. A couple of fraudulent establishment academics exploit their positions of power when mentoring these young writers; publishing bodies have an unevenly exploitative relation with the writers that seek them out to get their work published. The fee imposed by specific journals on the (often student) research writers sometimes stretches to the point of fraud, sort of intellectual hostage. Academic institutions push their student and tenured writers to saturate the market with their research. But many times, the author is trampled underfoot and fails to receive due credit and benefit for the work they’ve done. It seems the institution’s importance as taken precedence over the grassroots work of research writers. More research writers are seeking to show their work as individual works, distinct from the reach of their institutions.

We at Manipal Digest were able to turn what would have been yet another lazy Sunday for us to a solid hour of interactive and appealing learning experiences by attending this event. Complete newcomers to the field of research writing may use this as a substantial opportunity to get into the game and make a difference in the world of academia and overreaching sciences. This seminar truly deepens one’s understanding and broadens horizons.

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