There is a common understanding that certain skills as well as coaching/mentoring are two essentials for writers to produce a high quality journal article. In order to facilitate these necessities to our potential authors, BISNIS & BIROKRASI: Jurnal Ilmu Administrasi dan Organisasi (JBB) held an online Writing Clinic on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 via Google Meet. The 10 participants on this year’s Writing Clinic are rounded up from presenters of the International Conference on Management in Emerging Markets (ICMEM) and International Graduates Colloquium (IGC) 2020 organized by Sekolah Bisnis dan Manajemen Institut Teknologi Bandung (SBM-ITB) and from internal selection process done by JBB Team.
The speaker at the Writing Clinic Workshop, Ardian Setiawan, is the Chief Editor at prosemantic.com. He delivered the materials in two sessions. The first session was titled “Improving Reading Effectiveness, Some Tools for Writing and Writing Approach”. “Authors’ lack of readings and their ineffective way of doing it have contributed to ‘writers’ block’ and other issues they have encountered during their writing process,” said Ardian. Ardian explained that to make a scientific reading more effective, writers should maximize their reading management skills in two ways. Firstly, writers should read effectively. Nowadays, by using advanced technology, we can use applications to understand some difficult words and also to summarize the text. Secondly, writers should be able to store and easily retrieve their readings, which can also be done by using applications.
The second session was titled “Evaluating and Improving Manuscript Using Q&A Matrix”. “There are many types of manuscripts such as original research, review articles, methodologies, short reports, and perspective. The first thing we should establish when we are writing a manuscript is a clear objective. After that, we can continue to the methodology,” said Ardian. Ardian suggested that to produce a high quality manuscript, authors can create and use the Q&A matrix. “There are two ways to improve the quality of the manuscript. Firstly, the writer should improve engagement by using relevant references from reputable journals. Secondly, writers should adapt to the writing style that is often used by the targeted journal,” he added.
“For JBB, Academic Writing Clinic is an investment with high return. On one hand, the activity will provide us with fine quality potential articles for our next editions, and on the other hand we also hope to build long-term cooperations with the participants”, said Muhamad Imam Alfie Syarien, JBB’s Managing Editor. The Writing Clinic is foreseen to be a place for writers to increase the quality of their papers and to support their personal development. The Writing Clinic is continued with a series of 1-on-1 consultation sessions between participants and the facilitator (Ardian) to review and fine tune their manuscript.