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


Kornhaber, R and Cross, M and Betihavas, V and Bridgman, H, The benefits and challenges of academic writing retreats: an integrative review, Higher Education Research and Development, 35, (6) pp. 1210-1227. ISSN 0729-4360 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07294360.2016.1144572


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:community of practice, higher education, mentorship, publication output, writing for publication, writing retreat
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
UTAS Author:Cross, M (Dr Merylin Cross)
UTAS Author:Bridgman, H (Dr Heather Bridgman)
ID Code:108996
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2016-05-17
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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