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New initiative to help early career researchers get on the publishing ladder

22 February 2017


New researchers working in science, engineering and technology are the focus of an initiative launched by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) at a special event today, aimed at providing tips and advice to help researchers get their work published for the first time.

The Good Researcher's Guide to Publishing event is enabling new researchers to hear from experienced authors, from academia and industry, as well as from other early career researchers who have recently been through the competitive publishing process. Attendees will be taken through publishing processes and requirements in a bid to reduce researchers’ rejection rates from journals, who seek to publish only the best in-class research.

Hannah Baldwin, IET Head of Knowledge Services Marketing, is chairing the event.  She said: “The IET’s portfolio of knowledge materials provides a wealth of research and information in a wide range of engineering and technology fields, but, the road to publication can be arduous.

“As a leading engineering publisher, we recognise how daunting the process can be.  We’ve established this event to support new researchers in realising the opportunities available and if we can assist more young researchers to the point of publication, it will ultimately benefit the entire engineering community through the wealth of knowledge available to us all.”

Dr Chris Spargo, Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering at Durham University, said: “As a young professional working in engineering, I know what a competitive marketplace it can be to have your work published so I’m delighted to share my experiences at this event. I’m confident we can help researchers understand the common publishing pitfalls and how to avoid them, as well as highlighting what editors are looking for from manuscript submissions. We can also provide an overview of the publishing process itself, as this is something many new to the field often have little knowledge of.”

The event is taking place today at IET London: Savoy Place in central London.

Notes to editors:

The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 167,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.