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Research Publication Completion Retreat: bring a draft, take home a submission for publication

A three day writing retreat, led by Professor Brenda Cooper
Wednesday to Friday 2-4 July 2014, 09:00 – 16:00

Open to all disciplines and all career stages, from lecturer to professor levels

We would like to cordially invite academic staff to take part in a three day writing retreat scheduled for July 2014. The retreat is dedicated to the completion of a designated work-in-progress. It will provide colleagues with space outside of work to devote to completing this work and an opportunity to receive feedback from both their peers and from external consultant Prof Brenda Cooper.

This retreat is aimed at Academic staff who are currently working on a research paper.

Participants will be asked to circulate a draft of a work-in-progress paper with the group prior to the retreat, and each participant will then act as a discussant on another colleague’s paper. During the retreat, the group will explore the nature of producing knowledge in different research fields, before presenting their papers and receiving feedback from their assigned discussant and the facilitator. There will also be dedicated time to revise the abstracts of the paper in light of discussions, and to share these revisions. Following the retreat, participants will be encouraged to send a revised version of their paper to Brenda for a follow up one-to-one discussion and feedback session.

The outcomes of the workshop will be as follows:

1.       In the short term, a paper will be completed for submission for publication

2.       In the longer term, participants will have a clearer idea of their research plan and focus

3.       Participants will experience the benefits of collaboration in what can often be a solitary process of research and writing.

How to apply: These sessions represent a genuine cost to the University and therefore places are limited to 12. There has been a lot of demand for this workshop opportunity, so please only apply if you are able to attend all three days, and if you have a draft paper that will be ready for sharing with the group in early June 2014.

Would you please register your interest by sending an email to, including a brief (250 word) abstract of your paper by Monday 7th April 2014.

1.       All applicants will be informed whether they have been selected by no later than Friday 18th April

2.       You will be asked to submit an electronic version of your draft paper for circulation with the group by Wednesday 4th  June 2014 (note, it is fine for the papers to be works-in-progress and unpolished!). Papers can be any length up to 7000 words.

For more information about Prof Brenda Cooper, please see her website:

For more information about the course, please do not hesitate to contact Tracy Ireland on

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Supporting open access to your publications

Open Access Support Scheme

The University has set up an Open Access Support Scheme to help you make your peer reviewed journal articles Open Access by way of paying an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the publisher.

This way you will be able to benefit from immediate, unrestricted access to the final published version of your paper.

To apply to the fund please complete the form at:

There are no submission deadlines.

To find out more about your Open Access options, you can contact Helen Kenna, the Repository Manager at the Library on extension 56370 or on