Every researcher has heard the phrase “publish or perish” – but what if you’re not quite ready to hit those high impact journals with your master work? Then get some practice in, writing about a research related topic for the new venture – Arthur Online. As well as honing your critical skills, this is a chance to try writing for a general audience, rather than a scholarly journal, which will do you no harm at all if you fancy a career outside academia, particularly in a media or communications role.
Why “Arthur”? Well, it’s aimed at residents of the new Arthur Lewis building, so they’re targeting researchers in SOSS and SED. If that’s you, get your virtual quill pens out and start scribbling.
The new editor and driving force behind the venture is current postgrad, Geoff Stevenson. Here’s his message for you :
“Arthur Online is a new on-line research magazine currently in its pilot issue. It is written by and for research staff and students in the School of Social Science and the School of Environment an Development, with the aim of providing a space to write about research related topics to a more general audience. The magazine is currently looking for editors/publishers, as well as contributions for the second issue.
Contributing to the magazine would be a great way to enhance a researchers CV, whether for a future career in academic research or otherwise. In particular, involvement with editing/publishing would certainly be useful for anyone looking for a career related to the media.
If you are interested, contact the editor via the website: www.arthuronline.co.uk“
Any PhDs and research staff who are interested in writing or publishing outside an academic environment as a career might also be interested to know that we’ve got a couple of journal editors lined up to attend the Pathways event – including a trainee editor from Nature who was inspired to go out and get her job after attending last year’s event.