Notes for Contributors

We welcome articles of around 1000 words ( there is no strict limit) that are:

  • opinion pieces
  • responses to policies
  • short reports on your research
  • an anecdote about an exciting moment/epiphany/encounter you have experienced in your work as an educational researcher
  • short summaries of your publications

Prospective contributors should ensure their contributions:

  • avoid jargon, dense language and academic referencing
  • provide links to sources where possible
  • use inclusive and non-derogatory language

Our intended audience is the broad community. It includes parents, teachers, educational leaders, members of school communities, journalists and politicians. 

In the age of impact and engagement, our blog is very effective at disseminating research. This is particularly so because Altmetric is now monitoring and tracking engagement of any linked publications (with a DOI) from this blog. (More about Altmetric below.)

Journalistic tips for new bloggers

There is no right way to write a blog post. However a good post will immediately grab a reader’s interest and, at the same time, tell a reader what the blogger is posting about.

Blogs are personal so don’t be afraid to use first person ( that is, use ‘I’ and ‘we’ when talking about your work).

Opinion writers are more effective if they hit out with their main comment in the first paragraph. Whether readers agree or not  they will read on to see how well the opinion is justified.

Academic writers usually leave the best bits and strongest wording for conclusions. Bloggers usually do the opposite. Think about the most interesting part of your research, the most compelling argument for your comment piece and start with that.

More about Altmetric

EduResearch Matters is working with Altmetric which tracks a range of publication sources to monitor and report on the attention they receive. For example, Altmetric has begun tracking the EduResearch Matters blog. This means that any mention of a research output (e.g. journal article or book – which has an identifier like a DOI or ISBN in the mention) included in an EduResearch Matters blog will be picked up by Altmetric. Then, if the blog is mentioned (with a link) on social media such as Twitter or Facebook, it will also be captured by Altmetric.

So for example, if you publish a journal article and you write an EduResearch Matters blog on this article (including a link), this will contribute to the Altmetric score for the article. Similarly if someone tweets about the article, which might be talked about on the blog, it will be picked up by Altmetric.

Ensuring research linked in a EduResearch Matters Blog is captured by Altmetric

If you blog about research, the best way to make sure that your post gets picked up by Altmetric is to include a direct link to scholarly publications. You can include a link to publications in a variety of different formats including direct links via DOI, the publisher site, or even the repository. For example:

Tweet Counter

We  have our Twitter retweet counter back. ( We lost it for many months when Twitter dumped its own retweet counter code for websites). But apparently our version “only returns the count from the last 7 days”.   Twitter doesn’t like us counting retweets it seems.

I think it is better than having no counter at all.

If anything changes I will let you know.

EduResearch Matters is edited by Maralyn Parker on behalf of AARE

Please submit contributions, along with a short bio and profile photo to

maralyn@aare.edu.au

or contact Maralyn on 0418457260 if you would like to discuss an idea.