Background To improve research publication output, a general practice
department in Australia declared a department wide ‘writing week’.
Discussion While effectiveness of writing week could not be precisely measured
with respect to publication outputs, researchers, regardless of
seniority, benefited from the provision of structural knowledge,
quarantined time and/or support to write up research.
Results Ninety percent (18/90) of potential staff participated, from novice
to senior. In the subsequent 3 months eight papers were submitted
and a further nine were nearing completion. Expressed benefits
were having dedicated and structured time, collegial support and an
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