At Peerwith, we are connecting researchers with peers who are experts in researcher services. We do that through a collaborative and transparent peer-to-peer marketplace: www.peerwith.com. We also do that by Author Workshops – powered by Peerwith. An Expert active on Peerwith, will come over to your institution for a half-day workshop: “How to get published in an English scientific journal?”
Actually, you can now enter the competition and win an Author Workshop! The competition is open until 31stMarch.
Now let’s meet a potential trainer, Kate Sullivan. Hello Kate!
Can you tell us a bit about your background and your work for Peerwith?
I’ve been an editor for more than 15 years, working on a variety of genres and subjects—everything from award-winning novels to articles for top peer-reviewed journals. My academic background is in the social sciences—specifically, behavioural economics, cultural heritage, and applied psychology.
I love working with both early-career and established academics to help them learn the skills that can enhance their publication record. After all, publishing isn’t just about having great research and interesting results; it’s about how you present that research, choosing the right journals, writing a good cover letter, and more!
Peerwith is an amazing platform for connecting with researchers and academics who are looking to make the most of their careers by polishing their research and sharpening their skillsets, and I’m delighted to get to work with such engaged professionals.
So you are a potential trainer for these Author Workshops – powered by Peerwith? Tell us, what is your experience in this area?
I have advanced graduate training in coaching psychology and executive leadership, which I apply in all my coaching work. In my work as an editor and author development coach, I’ve worked with authors one on one to identify their major challenges in writing, publishing, and promoting their work, as well as developing workshops ranging from short seminars to multi-day intensive courses.
Some of these workshops have covered basic topics such as constructing a compelling argument structure or best practices in formatting and referencing. Others have dealt with writing skills like keeping your articles concise, improving transitions and flow, and so on.
My most popular trainings deal with the structural side of publishing: how to select the most appropriate journals for your work, how to write a compelling cover letter, how to summarise your work into an abstract or an elevator pitch, etc.
I’m a big believer in hands-on skills development, so I fill my workshops with practical examples, exercises, and action learning feedback. By the end of a session, it’s my goal to make sure every participant comes away feeling like they have a toolbox full of useful strategies and techniques to help them move forward.
What do you see as the major benefits of the Peerwith platform? What made you decide to offer your services on Peerwith rather than any other researcher service platform?
Peerwith offers an unparalleled opportunity to get the specific support you need to present your most polished work. Although you may be an expert in your field, you may not have the kind of training in technical writing skills necessary to stand out in an increasingly crowded academic world. The experts on Peerwith combine academic knowledge with professional expertise in writing and editing, in nearly any discipline you can imagine. They’re an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to improve their output!
I chose to work with Peerwith because of the personal interaction possible with researchers and authors. Other services are much more hands-off and automated—you create an order, send in your manuscript, and eventually get an edited version. You don’t have a dialogue with your editor.
In contrast, on Peerwith you can choose to create an actual partnership with an expert who can help you not only polish a single manuscript, but learn how to enhance your writing and publishing efforts overall.
That’s why I’m so excited about the new Author Workshops initiative—I love working directly with authors to help them improve their skills and take their practice to a whole new level, and I particularly love helping authors expand their impact by being able to better disseminate their research findings.
Is there anything you want to say to people who are hesitant about getting support, or advice to people who are considering using the Peerwith Platform?
We all have to start somewhere! There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you may not have all the answers when it comes to publishing your work. After all, you’re an expert in your field—that doesn’t mean that you’re automatically an expert in choosing a journal, framing your research according to journal standards, formatting your article, or the like! The best researchers and writers seek help in developing these skills, whether that’s hiring an editor or attending professional development workshops.
The experts at Peerwith understand the unique challenges that come with academic publishing and are happy to offer the kind of support researchers need to present their work in a dynamic and appealing manner, getting the impact and outreach they seek.
No matter what your field, there’s likely someone on Peerwith who understands the particulars of your area and can help you hone your arguments, present your research, polish your writing, and make an impact. Start by searching your topical area and then check out some of the experts offering their services; you’re sure to find someone who meshes well with your background and needs and can help you achieve your goals.
Connect to Ms Kate Sullivan directly on Peerwith: http://peerwith.expert/katesullivan