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SCRG Working Practices

These are guidelines to help create an effective and pleasant working environment, maintain a work-life balance and support creativity.

Healthy working principles

SCRG members are not expected to read or respond to emails outside of normal working hours. Some SCRG members prefer to work ouside the normal working day, for example, due to carer responsibilities, but this is never required.

SCRG members work self-managed flexitime.

SCRG members are encouraged to request support to help their work and careers, such as childcare help when attending conferences or disability-related help.

SCRG members are never given short term deadlines that override personal prorities. A healthy work-life balance and flexible working are priorities and the group understands that life sometimes has to take priority over work. Members are always allowed to restructure their own work to deal with life issues.

SCRG members are encouraged to identify training and development needs and request funding for it. Any development that supports the long term career of a member, whether at Wolverhampton or elsewhere, is welcome.

The SCRG supports the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers at the University of Wolverhampton.

Ethical working and research integrity

All research must follow ethical approval procedures. Usually this applies most to studies involving questionnaires or interviews, which will require infomed consent and official approval from the faculty ethics committee before starting.

SCRG members must follow best practices for ethical research in the discipline, including avoiding plagiarism, double submissions, and care over the accuracy and quality of data.

The SCRG supports the Concordat to Support Research Integrity at the University of Wolverhampton.

Publishing style guidelines for journal articles and conference papers

These are guidelines rather than ruleas and are to help starting researchers over a number of common tasks.

Should summarise why the research was done, how it was done, what the findings are and what the implications are.

-Start with explaining the importance of the research problem
-Continue by summarising previous relevant research very briefly
-Finish by describing the research gap to be filled
Don’t list the paper contents at the end of the discussion.

Literature Review
-break into subsections with headings
- organise by theme rather than historically

Research Questions
Either at the end of the introduction or as a separate section after the literature review

-Describe in enough detail that what you did can be replicated. Only include software names if you think that the software used may be an issue in the accuracy of the results (e.g., a complex statistical result).
-Be obsessive about the accuracy of your data and check everything that you do for mistakes. Use sanity checks on anything new to make sure that it gives the type of results that you would expect for small sets of data that you understand.

-Only results that help to answer the research question; any results that are interesting to you but that do not answer the research questions should be left out.

Limitations and Discussion
-mention as many factors as possible that are limitations of the methods from the perspective of answering the research questions
-discuss the extent to which the research questions have been answered by the results, and relate the findings to similar work, without repeating the literature review at all.

-summary of key results and implications for practice

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