Budding scholars at Fiji National University (FNU) are being encouraged to publish their research work in credible journals and create a greater pool of knowledge shared by local academics. 

FNU’s College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF) Dean, Professor Paul Iji while speaking at a research seminar organised by the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Research, said publishing research will assist young academics in strengthening their path to career progression. 

Professor Iji, who has published more than 300 book chapters, journal papers and conference presentations, shared his research publication experiences with the academics. 

Author of the booklet – ‘Writing and publishing your research,’ Professor Iji highlighted that a key component of research is publication of the findings. 

He said the impact of research is weak or lost if the findings are not disseminated. 

“Publishing your research will give new knowledge to the end-users. You are doing research for the people. The findings of your research can also be useful to users that are not directly involved in the field of your specialisation,” said Professor Iji. 

The senior academic said research publication also enhances the reputation of the scholar. 

“When you undertake research, completion is marked by publication.” 

“Research publications create a positive impression of you as an academic and it will enhance your job prospects. Publication records can also help you to apply for research grants.” 

Professor Iji advised the young academics not to target high ranked journals at the beginning of their career, rather start from the low impact ones to gain experience. 

“For my first paper, I received some very harsh reviews, however, I took this in good faith and continued publishing. This same journal now chases me to review and write papers for them, an interesting climax of my career.” 

“Therefore, start publishing from lower level journals if you don’t want to get disheartened, and gradually rise to the top.” 

Professor Iji also highlighted that research findings can be published in a number of outlets, varying from seminar presentations to book publications. Each of the processes differ but all need to be used appropriately to make the most impact. 

Meanwhile, Assistant Instructor in Forestry, Tiraon Taioti was pleased to be part of the presentation and described it as an informative session.  

“For young researchers like me, there is a lot to be learnt. I appreciate and acknowledge the way the University is giving us opportunities to learn from the experiences of such high caliber Professors who have published so many journal articles, book chapters, and so forth,” said Taioti. 

“The presentation was very helpful in guiding us what to expect from the reviewers and how we can improve our publications to get our work published in high ranked journals.”

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