Academic Writing and Publishing: Trends, Practices and Content Organization

November 17th, 2018 @ IIT Tirupati

About Workshop

The discussion regarding technical aspects of writing and publishing consists of writing book proposals, abstracts and synopsis of research papers, and detailing on the issues regarding copy rights and plagiarism. To discuss these issues, Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati is organizing a workshop on Academic Writing and Publishing on 17th November 2018. IIT Tirupati is a new institution in the making with large number of young faculty and initial batches of research students. There is an opportunity to place knowledge gained by our faculty from different institutions in India and abroad so as to learn from each other thus enriching our academic experience. This will go a long way in establishing and strengthening research practices in our sojourn to make a mark in the field of research.

Research involves not only getting new ideas but also presenting them in a systematic manner. Broadly speaking, there are three stages in publication of a research output: conducting research; learning the protocols of presentation; and then publication. This calls for equipping the scholar with new trends, learning new practices of writing and organizing contents of research. There is also a need to reflect on the current challenges in doing research in India; identifying the possible areas of weakness; locating difficulties in being not able to publish in the best journals; evaluating the role of academic institutions in promoting research. In this context, the workshop also deliberates on: How originality and creativity play a role in research? How institutions can enable and promote them? And, how to translate these ideas into research publications?

Two experts in writing and publishing, namely, Dr. Shashank Sinha, author and publisher, and Professor Sundar Sarukkai, Professor at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Benguluru have been invited to deliberate upon the issue:


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Shashank Shekhar Sinha

Shashank Shekhar Sinha currently works as Publishing Director, Routledge (South Asia). Earlier, he was with Oxford University Press as the Senior Commissioning Manager. He has been involved with policy making related to higher education and research through his presence in key committees of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR). In addition, he has been associated with media and social development through consultancy roles/project assignments with organizations including ESPN Star Sports; Doordarshan; Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India; The National Commission for Women; and, Indira Gandhi National Open University etc. He is also an avid researcher publishing in both in academic journals and in popular media.

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Sundar Sarukkai

Sundar Sarukkai's work is primarily in the philosophy of natural and social sciences. He is the author of the following books: Translating the World: Science and Language; Philosophy of Symmetry; Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science; What is Science? and The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory (co-authored with Gopal Guru). He is an Editorial Advisory Member for the Leonardo Book Series, MIT Press; Series Editor for Science and Technology Studies, Routledge and the Co-Chief Editor of the Springer Handbook of Logical Thought in India. He writes a column regularly in the newspaper, The Hindu. He is presently Professor and Head of the Philosophy programme at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Benguluru.

Session Details

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Opening Remarks Prof. K.N. Satyanarayana, Director, IIT Tirupati
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Problems in writing research Prof. P. C. Deshmukh, IIT Tirupati and others.
11:00 – 12:30 p.m. Identifying the problems and contextualizing them in an academic format of journals, theses and books Dr. Shashank Sinha
12:30 - 2:30 p.m Lunch
2:30 ¬ 4:00 p.m. Originality, creativity and Documenting science and technology Prof. Sundar Sarukkai
4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Response from Publisher Dr. Shashank Sinha
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Round Table Discussion


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