Writing & Publishing a Research Paper - Research Paper Guide
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Writing & Publishing a Research Paper - Research Paper Guide

Steps for Writing and Publishing Research Paper - Choosing Appropriate Journal to Which You'll Submit the Research Paper
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What you'll learn
  • Important parts of a research paper, instructions for writing every part.
  • Choose an appropriate journal to which you'll submit the finished research paper for publication.
  • Prepare a checklist that will allow you to independently judge whether your paper is ready to submit.
  • Outline a complete research paper.
  • Why Writing a Research Paper is Important.
  • How Research Paper or Journals review process works.
  • How to Present your Research Paper to Journals
  • IP - Intellectual Property Like Copyright
  • Ethical Guidelines like Plagiarism
  • Which Journal is compatible with my Research Paper
  • Importance of Literature Review
  • Research Design of Research Paper
  • What is Research Gap
  • How to use Zotero Software for Bibliography
  • Structure of Research Paper
  • How to Write an Abstract for Research Paper
  • How to Avoid Content Mistakes in Research Paper
  • How to make a checklist to follow
  • How to select a topic for your research project or research paper
  • This course is designed for students who don't have any previous experience with academic research or have a little experience - you should be eager to adapt our writing and publishing advice to an existing personal project. If you just finished your graduate dissertation, just began your PhD, or are at a different stage of your academic journey or career and just want to publish your work, this course is for you.

What you will achieve:
In this course, you will learn a complete research paper outline, choose an appropriate journal to which you'll submit the finished research paper or research essay for publication, research paper format or research paper example, and prepare a checklist that will allow you to independently judge whether your scientific paper is ready to submit.

In this course, you will learn what is necessary before writing research paper: the context in which the researchers are publishing. You will learn how to know your own community, through different research paper examples, and then we will present you how scientific journal and publication works. We will finish with a couple of ethical values, like copyrights and plagiarism that the academic world is sharing!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is meant for beginners that are not familiar with Research Journals and/or students looking for a quick refresher on how to publish a research paper. No prior knowledge is needed to start this course of research paper writing and publishing.
Course content
Expand all 33 lectures 01:39:37
+ Academia
9 lectures 25:35

Why publishing is important in your career?

Why Publishing A Research Paper Is Important
Research Paper Course Quiz-1
4 questions
Additional resources for research paper writing and publication
Presenting Your Research Paper To Journals
Research Paper Course Quiz-2
1 question
Researchers Discussion (Optional)
Intellectual Property Rights and Ethical Guidelines (Copyrights and Plagiarism)
IP - Intellectual Property Examples
Research Paper Course Quiz-3
4 questions
+ Before Starting the Research Paper
11 lectures 26:36
Research Paper Definition... Know Your Research Paper
Compatibility Between Research Paper and Journal (Optional)
Research Paper Course Quiz-4
1 question
The Importance of Literature Review for Research Paper
Understanding how the literature review is structured (Optional)
BOOKS & TOOLS for Writing & Publishing a Research Paper

(Wittgenstein, Philosophical investigations, 1953)

Research Paper Course Quiz-5
1 question
Finding Useful References : Difficulties & Strategies for Success.
The Design of Your Research Paper
Comparing different research designs on the same subject (Optional)
What Is "The Gap"? (Research Gap)

Zotero is free,powerful,easy-to-use and open-source research tool plus reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials (such as PDF files). It also helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then share the results of your research.

Notable features include web browser integration, online syncing, generation of in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies, as well as integration with the word processors Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, OpenOffice.org Writer and NeoOffice. It is produced by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University (GMU).

Zotero Software and Its Ease/Importance for Researchers

Benefits of Zotero:

You can:
Store all your online sources in one place.
Access sources and notes from any computer with Internet access.
Annotate, highlight, and create notes for each source.
Automatically cite sources.
Create records and citations for non-web sources, too.
Organize sources in collections.
Tag sources with multiple topics.
Get started with basic tools immediately.
With the Word Plugin, you can export Works Cited pages directly to a Microsoft Word document.

Zotero Online Account Importance for Researchers
+ Structure of the Research Paper
5 lectures 21:04

This guide contains an overview on writing academic papers such as the thesis and research paper.

A Guide on Structure of a Research Paper
  1. CHOOSE A TOPIC. Choose a topic which interests and challenges you. ...
  2. FIND INFORMATION. Surf the Net. ...
  3. STATE YOUR THESIS. Do some critical thinking and write your thesis statement down in one sentence. ...
Tips for Writing an Effective Research Paper
Important to Read Before Writing Research Paper

An abstract summarizes, usually in one paragraph of 300 words or less, the major aspects of the entire paper in a prescribed sequence that includes: 1) the overall purpose of the study and the research problem(s) you investigated; 2) the basic design of the study; 3) major findings or trends found as a result of your analysis; and, 4) a brief summary of your interpretations and conclusions.

Writing an Abstract for your Research Paper
Detailed Information on Writing a Research Paper
+ After Completing The Research Paper
3 lectures 11:49

A paper should be well-written and the author(s) proofread it before submitting it.  I have seen on a few occasions some unreadable paper that look like they were automatically translated by Google.  This is a guaranteed reject.  Besides, if there are many typos because the author did not took the time to proofread their paper, it may bother the reviewers.

How to Avoid Content Mistakes in Research Paper

It is important to respect the paper format, even if it is not the final version of the paper. In particular, I have seen several authors not respect the format for the references.  But it is important if you want to give a good impression.

Mistakes in the Form
Research Paper Course Quiz-6
1 question
Summary and Checklist
+ BONUS SECTION: Research Topic Selection for Research Paper
3 lectures 11:43

Remember that selecting a topic is an important and complex part of the research process. And this section is all about learning on how to develop a good research topic.

In this first lecture, we will discuss that, How to brainstorm for ideas.

Brainstorming for ideas related to research topics
Research Paper Course Quiz-7
1 question

In this lecture, you will learn about the 

How To Read General Background Information:

How to Focus on Your Topic:

How to Make a List of Useful Keywords: Or Keep track of the words that are used to describe your topic.

Background Info, Focusing & Keywords Finding For Research Topics

In this lecture, you will learn about 

How to be flexible in choosing the topic:

How to Define Your Topic as a Focused Research Question:

How to Research and Read More About Your Topic:


How to Formulate a Thesis Statement: Or to Write your topic as a thesis statement.

Flexibility, Research Question & Thesis Statement