3 Steps to research success

Researchers, you are incredible, passionate and smart. You need to be heard so that you can educate, and you want to be heard so that you can gain recognition for your efforts.  But there is a black cloud approaching, we have increasing numbers of PhD students, of which 1 in 10 will remain in research after graduation, diminishing government funding, and increased emphasis on innovation and industry funded research. This means that surviving in research will require greater collaboration, communication, translation and the identification of the alternative and complementary funding sources.

The three KT activities that are outlined below have been proven to increase research recognition, reach and  uptake, funding opportunities and increased citation rates of academic journal publications. Break out your umbrella and avoid the black cloud!

Increasing your skill set and thinking a little differently can only be beneficial. I challenge you to start doing these activities today.

  1. Commit to writing a plain language summary for every paper that you publish, have this uploaded to a website or database.
    • This should not be difficult to do, it will take some time to develop your writing style but it will be worth it in the end.
    • Perhaps you could tell your research story to a non-academic friend and get them to write it down the way you explained it to them.
  2. Develop your online profile – start tweeting, get on ResearchGate, use you plain language summaries as part of a blog series about your research.
    • Sign up to a platform, start watching, start communicating, you may be surprised by what you find. Twitter is particularly interesting with many businesses and organisations taking part, even mainstream media are getting their stories from social media avenues.
  3. Involve non-academic partners in your research in some capacity, talk to the likely users of your research, communicate and share your knowledge.
    • Practice your elevator pitch. Points 1 and 2 will help you to understand the best ways to communicate. Evaluating and getting feedback based on these you will know if your message is hitting the mark.

If you’re interested in implementing these activities but need some further direction and advice then register your interest in our upcoming workshops and webinars. If you are already doing any of these activities leave a comment to share your experience with others.