[Event Review] Scientific Writing Workshop : From Research to Manuscript

Recently, Publication Management Services UNSRI organized an event titled Scientific Writing : From Research to Manuscript Workshop. It was held at Pascasarjana Unsri, on 21st-22nd July 2016 and successfully engaged Prof. Dr. Ir. Benyamin Lakitan, M.Sc. and Prof. Dr. Drs. Terry Mart as Advisors. This event was targeted to provide best practices along scientific manuscript writing.

Prof.Benyamin said that all researchers had to decide between “publish or perish” the manuscript. The importance of this message to all lecturers who desire to advance at their university. But, although the most of researchers would like to publish their work, the problem which comes to new authors is forcing the first step by submitting the first manuscript. There are some obstacles such as the lack of confidence and the fear of having the manuscript rejected. To ensure the opportunities of manuscript get published, Prof. Benyamin Lakitan suggested the authors to make sure that the topic is relevant and up-to-date. By starting with an interesting and relevant issue, the reviewer will read the manuscript passionately. At least, there is less chance that the manuscript will be thrown away.

Moreover, the authors also need to select the most suitable research methodology to answer the research questions or prove the issues.  As technical suggestions, well-executed data collection and well-structured manuscript are considerable. These suggestions were also being suggested by Prof.Terry Mart. He also added the message that the researchers need to bring out their finding. It is needed in order to escalate the manuscript status to “accepted” because the reviewer will see the advantages of research. But one thing to always remember, when a researcher submits a manuscript, a good thing that can happen is that it will be accepted, probably pending some revisions. The worst that  is possibly happens that it will be rejected, but as part of that process, researcher will most likely receive invaluable, constructive criticisms on how the research and/or write-up can be improved. The researcher will be at independence to submit the revised manuscript to another journal, and probably with increased opportunities of getting a favorable review.

Prof.Terry Mart said that generally, a manuscript contained tittle, abstract, introduction, material and methods, results, discussions, conclusion, acknowledgments, and references. According to Prof.Terry Mart, title should represent the research and contain strong words. This part is the first thing a reader will see on our paper. Therefore, researchers need to take special care for title. It is also should convey the greatest amount of information in less number of words. Still, according to Prof.Terry Mart, the most “difficult” part is writing the introduction and methods. The introduction is purposed to communicate new scientific information among the scientist. It is also being part to demonstrate that the story being told is worth telling. Meanwhile, in writing methods, researchers must be straightforward and well-written. This can be serious problem since the author is usually very familiar with the research technique so that he/she could leave out important details unconsciously.

The event of Scientific writing workshop was successfully closed on 22nd July 2016. All the participants of this event are suggested to join the next event which is themed scientific workshop from manuscript to reputable journal publication. This event will provide comprehensive guidance towards manuscript publication. By holding this two event PMS as an event organizer hope that all researchers which mean all lecturers in UNSRI can be motivated to bring out their findings.

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