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 Altmetrics is now monitoring and tracking engagement of any linked publications (with a DOI) from this blog.

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.

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.

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.