Notes first meeting Tom Johnston

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Published on: 02/04/2011

Some notes:

  1. Great exercise: write your ‘life story’ in a tweet (limit of 140 characters forces to be creative).
  2. Talked about the difference in: scholar, academic, scientist, researcher (because of my question about the difference between science and research – wetenschap/ onderzoek). Still confusing…
  3. A paragraph is not a ‘paragraaf’ in Dutch, but an ‘alinea’.
  4. The Dutch word ‘paragraaf’ equals ‘section’ in English.
  5. The reader of your article should be able to get to know (can be spread over different sections):
    1. The (original) big picture.
    2. The question.
    3. How the answer came about.
    4. Relationships that lead to the answer.
    5. The answer.
    6. The new big picture.
  6. Normally you have these sections: introduction, methods, results and discussion (don’t have to be the titles; depends on journal):
    1. Introduction:
      1. Establish territory
      2. Establish niche.
      3. Occupy niche.
      4. I believe that is what I am doing in my topic/examples/importance/what’s to come-introduction.
    2. Methods
      1. (I miss the literature and question section, here.)
      2. Nothing but the facts.
      3. Past tense (present tense for e.g. figures: “The figures shows that …. “.
      4. Active voice (I or we); not passive: “the research was done …”.
      5. (the method can be circular, e.g. constant comparison).
    3. Results
      1. Only facts.
      2. (In the case of constant comparison there are different layers of facts: first the preliminary results (open coding)  were like so and so, but after the phase of axial coding, the final results were like this and this).
    4. Discussion
      1. The answer to the question (present tense).
      2. Support that with discussing the results (From my data it ….).
    5. Conclusion
      1. Reframing the big picture.
      2. Indicate the consequenses for other researchers and practitioners.
      3. Indicate directions for new research.
      4. What remains unknown.
      5. GREAT eye-opener: “The last sentence of your present articles’ conclusion is the last sentence of your next articles introduction.”
  7. Anticipate objections (haven’t done that yet in my first article): “It is possible that this leads to the impression …, but …”
  8. When ordering let’s say three arguments, start with the decent one, then the weakest and finish with the strongest.
  9. Outline paragraphs as well (did that).

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