Don Tasks CU Faculty on Publishing High Impact Research Papers
Professor Nelson Oly Ndubuisi, a visiting lecturer to Covenant University, has stated that for any research paper to earn a high impact factor rating, it must be cited by colleagues and other scholars in their own works, attract a number of awards and have a direct bearing on the teaching process of the subject matter.
He stated this during the recently held workshop by the Department of Business Management of Covenant University, with the theme, “Strategies for Publishing High Impact Research Articles.”
While counseling faculty not to dwell too much on the awards their research paper could attract, since there are also awards for quality and impactful teaching, he said research-based teaching is good as it enables the lecturer to teach from his research experience.
He stated that it was important that faculty continuously embark on research activities not only for publishing, but to also confer authority on them in the process of teaching. According to him, “When you speak out of your own research work, you speak with much authority. It is completely different from teaching from what others have researched upon. When you speak from other people’s research work, however, you will be trying to speak the mind of another person.”
In addition, he advised that all faculty should be attentive to theories such as the ‘Mindfulness,’ ‘Sequential,’ and ‘Relationship’ that are germane to developing research topics before embarking on a research endeavour. These, according to him, are key elements that would determine from the onset if their researches would make the desired impact.
He posited that continuous scrutiny of the environment by researchers for latest trends and new developments, openness to possible collaboration with other promising researchers and choosing a supervisor with a record of accomplishment in the field of research, will be able to bring out the best in them in their quest for quality in publication.
Professor Ndubuisi noted that publishing a research paper that would earn a high impact factor is also predicated on having an ancestry in the field of research publication. He posited that the quality of any publication is greatly determined by the depth of knowledge and capacity of the supervising officer.
On finding the appropriate researchable questions, the widely cited Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies said faculty should consider the feasibility of the subject, affordability, availability of enough respondents and how manageable the subject would be, before delving into it. Apart from answering these questions, he noted that researchers must be mindful that the academic world is more interested in what is new about their research, how novel is the idea, or what are they refuting in previously concluded research work?
Professor Ndubuisi stated that researchers should avoid embarking on researches that are geared at corroborating existing findings or that violate ethical procedures; rather, the research question must be relevant to the issue on the front burner.
He advised faculty of the University that from the onset of putting together their research work for publication, they should always take into consideration the journal the final work would be submitted to, because most times, publications are not published by certain journals because they consider them not fit.
According to him, “When you tailor your work and submit same to a journal that fit the research work that you have put together, there is a high tendency it will be published.”
The one-day workshop was structured by the School of Business, College of Business and Social Sciences, to benefit all participants of the University, irrespective of discipline.