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  1. Specific Writing Dental Research Management Centre University of Malaya

  2. Specific writing • Writing Grant application/Award • Project licence/ ethical approval writing • Lab book writing • Report writing (Monitoring, audit and end of Project) • Abstract writing • Extended abstract/proceeding writing • Paper writing • Thesis/dissertation writing

  3. Scientific Writing, Research Methodology and medical Statistics courses/workshops

  4. Writing Grant application/Award • The application process • (what exactly we want to find out,? Worth finding? how to do it) • Select funding body & Types of grants, training fellowship, mini grants • Calls for proposals • What the grant will cover (costings) • The assessment procedure

  5. Project licence/ ethical approval writing • Animal licence & Clinical trials (IRBs)- 3Rs principles • MoH- one approval for all • Lab book (Light blue book with serial number)– issue by DRMC and belongs to University of Malaya • Patent writing

  6. What committees look for? • An important research question • A timely topic • A well presented application • An appropriate research method • Methodological details • Feasibility • Experienced researchers • Implications of the findings • Dissemination • (will the study succeed? Will the answer be worth having? Does the study represent value for money?)

  7. Report Writing • Format (HIR/MOHE, UMRG/E-Science Fund, FRGS, ERGS, LRGS etc) • Assess by the panel • Regular • Internal & External • Important to monitor the progress • financial implication • Accurate information • Official document

  8. Abstract writing (papers, conference, competition) IMRAD vs unstructured abstract • Motivation:Why do we care about the problem and the results? This section should include the importance of your work, the difficulty of the area, and the impact it might have if successful. • Problem statement:
What problem are you trying to solve? What is the scope of your work (a generalized approach, or for a specific situation)? • Approach:How did you go about solving or making progress on the problem? What important variables did you control, or measure? • Results:What's the answer? • Conclusions:What are the implications of your answer? Is it going to change the practice etc? Are your results general, potentially generalizable, or specific to a particular case?

  9. Example

  10. Unstructured Abstract Structured vs. Unstructured Abstract: A Different Look at Iranian Journals of Library Science Ali Akbar Khasseh*1, Ali Biranvand1 1. Department of library and Information Science, Payame Noor University, PO Box 19395-3697 Tehran, Iran Corresponding Author: Ali Akbar Khassehkhasseh@gmail.com ABSTRACT: The present study aims to investigate the quality of the structured versus unstructured abstracts in terms of content comprehensiveness and observing the items in APA manual.This survey uses a content analysis method. Data were collected through study of abstracts. Journals included in this study are as follows: Faslname-ye Ketab, Journal of Academic Librarianship and Information Science, Iranian Journal of Information Processing & Management, Library and Information Science Quarterly, Ganjine-ye Asnad, and Research on Information Sciences & Public Libraries. Of each publication, abstracts of 4 recent issues have been studied.Of 245 abstracts, 49.4 percent were structured and 50.6 percent were unstructured. The score mean for structured abstracts was higher than unstructured ones. The most frequent omission from abstracts was information about ''conclusions" and the least omission belonged to "purpose". It was revealed that most of Persian journals of LIS use structured abstracts, although the structures used were not the same. Based on findings of the current study, it seems that a structured format increases the quality of abstracts. • Keyword: abstracting, library and information science journals, structured abstract, unstructured abstract.

  11. Extended abstract • Yes or no? • Almost a full paper • Strategy?

  12. Guidelines- writing for scientific papers • International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals: • Journal Guidelines • Impact Factor

  13. Thesis writing • Best to attend at least one academic writing workshop • Adhere to most recent thesis guidelines by University of Malaya • Ask permission for the figures used from publishers, journals etc. The earlier the better

  14. GUIDELINES FOR HIR PUBLICATIONS Publications • Only Tier 1 (Quartile 1) papers are considered in the KPI by the Ministry of Education. • Soft copies of Tier 1 publications must be submitted to the HIR Secretariat IMMEDIATELY upon publication.

  15. Acknowledgement • There must be acknowledgement of HIR MoE grant except for International Consortium papers. • HIR WILL NOT RECOGNISE PUBLICATIONS WHICH DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THE MOHE GRANT.

  16. Template for Acknowledgement All Tier 1 publications should carry the following acknowledgement: • This research is supported by High Impact Research Chancellory Grant UM.C/625/1/HIR/......... from the University of Malaya OR • This research is supported by High Impact Research MoE Grant UM.C/625/1/HIR/MoE/…….… from the Ministry of Education Malaysia.

  17. Duplication of HIR Grant Acknowledgement • If the publication acknowledges two or more MoE grants, only ONE grant will be recognized for KPI.

  18. Page Charges • PIs are strongly encouraged to publish in Tier 1 journals which do not have page charges. • Paying page charges to enable a paper to be published faster is not acceptable as a valid reason. • If there are page charges incurred, these will have to come out of the PIs' grants. • PERMISSION MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE HIR COMMITTEE PRIOR TO PUBLICATION IF THE AMOUNT FOR EACH ARTICLE EXCEEDS RM10,000.

  19. Insufficient fund • In the event that there is insufficient fund in the grant, the PI can write to the HIR Committee to offset this. • Any claims for HIR Tier 1 papers must be sent to the HIR Secretariat. • CLAIMS FOR NON-TIER 1 PUBLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED. • HIR covers for editing service charges if the publication is accepted in a Tier 1 journal

  20. Software and databases • Endnote, Refworks, Papers, Sciref, reference manager • Statistical software- IBM SPSS, Stata, STATISTICA, Minitab, Check UM licence and open source • Sample size calculator • Visual display softwares • Version • Latex • Finite Element Analysis softwares • Turnitin • Third party softwares