Some researchers claim that “a key to accessible, interesting academic work is [a] conversational yet authoritative tone coupled with attention-getting titles, compelling openings, anecdotes and illustrations”. We agree.
Our editorial team is committed to presenting and visualizing research data to boost dissemination and to reaching wider (including non-academic) audiences. We use different forms of communication to present research findings such as infographics and data animations. Some of our authors have also contributed to our excellent podcast series. But this time we would like to invite PSR authors to take part in our research-based interview project.
We believe that interviews are also a prominent form of research communication. It gives a space to discuss a research topic, article or research ideas in a less formal format.
To illustrate this idea, we have prepared some excellent examples:
- Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak /lareviewofbooks.org
- Interview with Kristian Skrede Gleditsch / oxfordresearchgroup.org
- Interview with Patricia Hill Collins / globaldialogue.isa-sociology.com
- Interview with David Olusoga / historyextra.com
- Interview with Judith Butler / revjournal.org
- Interview with Syukuro Manabe / carbonbrief.org
If you’d decide to take part in this, here’s how it works. We will provide you with around 5 questions based on your article, research aims or ideas. You can answer them in writing, or by recording your answers and add any visual/graphical material you want to use to explain your point. The idea is that answers should be relatively brief, and provide readers or listeners with a flavour of your research. As with all our activity, we will promote this through social media for maximum exposure.
The idea is that answers should be relatively brief, and provide readers or listeners with a flavour of your research.
The outcome will be informative and accessible (published at psr.brunel.ac.uk) and will encourage readers to engage further with your article and wider research.
 Feature Essay: The road to academic success is paved with stylish academic writing, LSE Impact Blog, 20.05.2020, https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2012/05/20/the-road-to-academic-success-is-paved-with-stylish-academic-writing/