UGBS’s Centre for Sustainable Enterprise Development (CSED) has organized a free two-day scientific writing seminar on the premises of the Graduate Campus for MPhil and PhD students, as well as members of the general public interested in writing scientifically.
CSED is headed by Prof. Robert Hinson of the Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship.
Facilitating the seminar, Prof. Gabor Lovei of Aarhus University, Denmark, took participants through an extensive and intensive crash course in writing for journal publication, beginning with an introduction to the fundamentals of scientific writing, and expatiating such aspects as its history, tools to help learning, as well as its scientometrics.
Prof. Lovei explaining a point
Emphasising the essence and types of publishing, he urged participants to aim for primary scientific publication as it offers a ‘first disclosure of new scientific knowledge in accessible form that allows readers to repeat experiments’. Further explaining the ‘accessibility’ of primary scientific publication, he again urged participants to be cautious of open-access journals since their credibility is dubious.
To be safe, Prof. Lovei advised participants to note a number of essentials, such as evaluating and picking a journal, and urged them consult a host of sources; which include colleagues and journal mastheads, before deciding where to publish.
A cross-section of participants listening attentively
He painstakingly exhausted the topic on the structure of a primary scientific article, giving specific instructions on the properly presenting one for publication. He stressed the importance of clarity, simplicity and brevity in terms of the style to an article, saying ‘simplicity of coding, i.e. communicating an idea, will reduce instances of misinterpretation.
Prof. Lovei also dwelt extensively on the essence of composing the right title for an article and navigated the sensitivities of co-authorship. The latter, he said, could not be avoided since the trend now is multiple authorship.
Other parts of the structure he explored included the abstract, the introduction, sampling measurements, presenting statistics and properly writing one’s results cautioning participants, on the latter, to present all data. The compulsion not to leave anything out in presenting data proves lack of discrimination, he said.
He also stressed the importance of acknowledgements, especially of any significant help, and explored the topic of the proper utilization of graphs, citing and compiling references.
Prof. Lovei also dispelled as erroneous, the notion that packaging one’s work for publication is unimportant as long as it is good, solid science. He urged participants to check their articles’ format in accordance with the chosen journal’s requirements and follow up on submissions. He also took participants through writing revisions in case of rejections.
The interactive seminar was interspersed with intriguing analogies and activities such as group exercises and discussions on what had been taught.
Participants engaged in one of the group discussions
The seminar, held on 10-11 June, drew an impressive number of participants from UGBS, University of Ghana’s School of Communication Studies, the University of Cape Coast, and others from corporate Ghana.
A participant presenting a token of appreciation to Prof. Lovei after the seminar
The Dean of UGBS, Prof. J.Y Abor, seated with Prof. Lovei. Prof. Hinson (R) and Dr. Kobby Mensah, Coordinator of UGBS Marketing and Communications Unit (L) pose behind.
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