Moving toward Presentation and Publication: Principles and Practical Steps

How can you present and publish your research so that it is useful and valuable to others? In this one-day course, we will tackle this question head-on, delivering principles and practical steps for publication and presentation.  Among other topics, we will discuss the key aspects that go into qualitative research reports, how to deal with common challenges in publishing and presentation, and ways to frame your research for key audiences so that it is heard as interesting, significant, and valuable. 

Anticipated outcomes include the following. Participants will:

  1. Understand the common challenges of writing qualitative inquiry for journal publication and tips for overcoming them. 
  2. Consider the rule of utility in terms of how to craft the most appropriate research representation. E.g., do you want to change a policy? A theory? A practice? A politic?
  3. Consider audience first, including strategies for “being interesting” and significant to key audiences.
  4. Learn how to craft key aspects of a qualitative research report -- including the abstract, rationale, literature review / conceptual framework, methods, findings, and implications.
  5. Explore ways to craft qualitative presentations that both SHOW and TELL.
  6. Discuss how to incorporate artistic and visual qualitative approaches such as drawings, photos, qualitative models, word clouds.
  7. Brainstorm the most receptive outlets for your research, including alternative representations outside of the scholarly journal article
  8. Know how to begin considering all of this even when the qualitative research is in progress.

Target participants include those new to qualitative methods as well as those experienced who want to improve the visibility, impact, and value of their research representations. Resources for this workshop will come, in part, from S. Tracy’s Qualitative Research Methods: Collecting Evidence, Crafting Analysis, Communicating Impact, 2nd Ed (Wiley, 2020) and from Sarah’s history of publishing more than 100 scholarly research reports and presenting qualitative research 350+ times to a variety of scholarly, professional, and pedagogical audiences.