The benefits and challenges of academic writing retreats : An integrative review

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Kornhaber, Rachel, Cross, Merylin, Betihavas, Vasiliki and Bridgman, Heather. (2016). The benefits and challenges of academic writing retreats : An integrative review. Higher Education Research and Development. 35(6), pp. 1210-1227. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1144572
AuthorsKornhaber, Rachel, Cross, Merylin, Betihavas, Vasiliki and Bridgman, Heather
Abstract

The immediate drivers to increase publication outputs in higher education are government and research funding, organisational status, performance expectations and personal career aspirations. Writing retreats are one of a range of strategies used by universities to boost publication output. The aims of this integrative review were to synthesise the available evidence, identify the attributes, benefits and challenges of academic writing retreats and examine the components that facilitate publication output. The review was based on a systematic search of six electronic databases. Of the 296 articles identified, 11 primary research papers met the inclusion criteria. Thematic analysis of the data highlighted a raft of personal, professional and organisational benefits of writing retreats. The five key elements of writing retreats conducive to increasing publication output were protected time and space; community of practice; development of academic writing competence; intra-personal benefits and organisational investment. Participants involved achieved greater publication outputs, particularly when provided ongoing support. Further research is required to examine more substantively the feasibility of writing retreats, their cost-effectiveness and the features that increase publication outcomes.

Keywordscommunity of practice; higher education; mentorship; publication output; writing for publication; writing retreat
Year2016
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Journal citation35 (6), pp. 1210-1227
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0729-4360
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1144572
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84961199688
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range1210-1227
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Deposited19 Jul 2021
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